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Netflix app coming to 3DS tomorrow

According to an email from Nintendo, a Netflix application is among the content coming to the Nintendo 3DS as part of tomorrow's eShop update.

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An official email from Nintendo has revealed that a Netflix streaming application will be among tomorrow's planned 3DS eShop update, according to GoNintendo.

Nintendo has been stepping up its media content offerings around the globe. As of today both Europe and Japan have access to a new video download service for Nintendo's new portable system. In a statement to Shacknews, Nintendo of America confirmed a similar service would launch in North America "later this summer."

The announcement also revealed the Nintendo 3DS will receive the Virtual Console Game & Watch Gallery alongside the old-school sports classic, Baseball.

Nintendo announced the Netflix streaming application would be made available for its 3DS handheld at GDC 2011. While the addition of such a high-profile service is ordinarily cause for celebration, Netflix is currently coming under fire for plans to drastically alter its streaming and snail mail services. The 3DS application is free.

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    July 13, 2011 4:30 PM

    Xav de Matos posted a new article, Netflix app coming to 3DS tomorrow.

    According to an email from Nintendo, a Netflix application is among the content coming to the Nintendo 3DS as part of tomorrow's eShop update.

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      July 13, 2011 4:58 PM

      Heard yesterday that Netflix wants to charge $8 for streaming and $8 for disks. Canceled my account today. Good job Netflix, way to be greedy. If ALL of their on-disk content was available via streaming then this move would be easily justified.

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        July 13, 2011 5:19 PM

        People are just stupid. Why does everyone assume the two should be in parity? Netflix can buy any disc from any location at any price. They don't have to buy a special rental version from the studios at a marked up rate. They don't have to have a license from the studios to rent a disc. (there are plenty of stories that covers this and how the studios originally tried to block Netflix, unsuccessfully).

        Digital is different. They can't just rip a disc out of their library and host it. For that, they have to obtain a license. For that reason, their disc catalog can, and will likely always be larger than their digital library. It's also the reason digital titles can come and go.

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          July 13, 2011 5:38 PM

          daggot you make too much sense.

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          July 13, 2011 6:05 PM

          I understand that and that is fine. The problem is that they not only split the services into separate subscriptions, but they raised the price. I pay $15 a month for 2 DVD and streaming right now. The 2 DVD plan without streaming will be $12 a month. This is a net increase in cost. It feels like they really just split the plans as a way to sneak in a rate increase

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            July 13, 2011 6:17 PM

            Keep in mind that technically streaming has been free this whole time. They're rate of $6/disc has been constant for several years. At least that's what my 3 disc plan has been for about 5 years.

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              July 13, 2011 10:46 PM

              Keep in mind this is a 60% increase that you are glossing over.

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                July 14, 2011 11:10 AM

                It's not a straight 60%. It's only 60% if you go from the lowest plan w/streaming to the two separate plans. If you had the 8 out at a time plan your rate actually went down. Funny how none of the news sites covered that point.

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                  July 14, 2011 1:47 PM

                  And if you had the disk and streaming, which many people do since streaming movies come out much later if at all, then it went up 60%. Do you honestly think the vast majority of Netflix subscribers only used the streaming service? Of course not!

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            July 13, 2011 7:46 PM

            As a member for over a decade, a 60% increase upset me due to the way they handled it. Sure, it's still dirt cheap when you factor in the cost of a movie outing for just 2 adults let alone an entire family. However, they basically killed this with craptastic PR. I would love to have all streaming but it wont happen especially with new releases. I don't care to re-watch the same movies over and over again, however, my 3 yr. old loves it on streaming with Thomas, WordWorld, etc....

            The biggest problem I have is the way it was worded and they are not doing anyone any favors. They also have not given any decade+ members like myself any incentives for being loyal customers. It would have been nice to hear a "hey were sorry folks and we know its a steep jump in the scope of business practice at a 60% increase, but we are forced to do so etc...., blaghh, blahh".

            Paying for the little streaming we do and Netflix shouting in the Wall Street Journal today about how discs are costing them too much and they are doing us a favor is a load of nonsense. Offer me a full HD streaming package with new releases available and I will pay $30.00 a month for it. This crap though is a joke. I can strream for free from many networks or Hulu.

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          July 14, 2011 5:48 AM

          blah blah blah. we understand licensing and we don't care. it's their job to get the content, it's my job to pay them to watch it. If they don't have content, I'm not paying.

          1) FIX
          2) IT
          3) FIXIT

          fuck them

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            July 14, 2011 5:59 AM

            Don't forget that a number of content producers (like HBO) will not license their product at any price. This goes for certain movie studios and distributors as well.

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              July 14, 2011 6:07 AM

              well that it's changing from last year to this year though. that's a constant, or consistent lack of content.

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        July 13, 2011 8:22 PM

        The root of the issue is the content owners not Netflix. Their current streaming deals cost them just under 200 million. I saw that it's expected the same content will cost them just under 2 billion in 2012 when most of the current licensing expires.

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          July 13, 2011 10:48 PM

          Which makes me wonder if they will survive. That cost will be passed on, and a real competitor (not blockbuster) or three will be popping up.

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            July 13, 2011 11:18 PM

            The problem is any competitor would have to deal with the same licensing issues Netflix does.

            There is a void in the bluray market though.

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              July 14, 2011 5:39 AM

              Me thinks 'Zon and Apple have deeper pockets

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                July 14, 2011 6:05 AM

                But so what? It doesn't change the fundamental problem that the content owners can just keep increasing fees in order to capture whatever economic profit may exist with providing the service.

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          July 13, 2011 11:39 PM

          NetFlix got a hell of a deal when hollywood though streaming was going to be a bust and took these cheap deals where it consisted of: stream X content for Y years for a blanket Z dollars. Regardless of the number of subscribers or views.

          I have to imagine that NetFlix is moving to a licensing situation similar to the DVD licensing where it's pay X up front for streaming rights, plus Y per time that it's streamed.

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        July 13, 2011 9:53 PM

        In my opinion, the service has always been under-priced. Its one of the few things in this world I can actually say that about. A price increase was inevitable. You can still get plenty of value out of $16 a month for unlimited streaming and 1 dvd rental at a time. As their streaming library grows, so will bandwidth needs and overall usage. All of these things cost money. A year ago their streaming options were shitty. Its gotten a lot better. If this price increase improves it even further, I dont see a valid reason for bitching.

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        July 14, 2011 5:10 AM

        It's still less than the cost of two movie tickets. Get real. I mean seriously, what a load of first world problems.

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          July 14, 2011 7:42 AM

          Interesting, how many titles release the same day on flix as on theater opening days? I hate this ticket argument don't really make much sense.

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            July 14, 2011 7:49 AM

            Your question is silly and you know it. I mean here, I'll counter with "How many other people of the public do you have to let into your home to watch netflix? How much do you have to pay for nachos at home"

            No obviously they are not 1:1 equivalent. It's video content, so it's not irrelevant. I'm just trying to say you get a fuckload of content for what would be a fraction of an evening out.

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        July 14, 2011 5:15 AM

        I can't believe this company with increasing costs and demand and a want to increase supply is raising prices!?!?!

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        July 14, 2011 9:56 AM

        The outrage at the change is more of an emotional response to a large percentage increase in fees rather than a logical one. $16 a month is still a pretty darn good value when compared to other forms of entertainment costs.... cable TV, movie tickets, restaurant meals, etc.

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      July 13, 2011 10:34 PM

      I'll be canceling my Netflix account by the end of the month... It's obvious they are trying to get as much cash out of us as they can, bye!

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        July 13, 2011 11:54 PM

        By providing a convenient service?

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        July 14, 2011 6:00 AM

        Ok, bye!

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        July 14, 2011 7:45 AM

        so long, more bandwidth and dvds for the rest of us.

        Listen they have to raise prices a little bit considering the dollar is in the tank right now and the yare shelling out lots more money for streaming content. It still beats paying blockbuster prices and/or buying all this media.

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        July 14, 2011 7:46 AM

        see u later

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        July 14, 2011 8:04 AM

        Thanks! I bet hulu will take your whining ass.

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        July 14, 2011 9:58 AM

        welcome to capitalism! enjoy your broadband caps and escalating cell phone data plans as well!

        are you going to quit those as well?

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          July 14, 2011 11:48 AM

          wait, so in what world would those things not go up over time?

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      July 14, 2011 5:42 AM

      The weird thing is that they seem to be hitting their cost-conscious customers the most. We have the 5-disc plan because my wife burns through discs working from home. It's literally going up a dollar with this split, like $40 -> $41. Crazy then that the $20 plans are going up by several dollars.

      Maybe they are trying to get people to drop their disc plans?

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        July 14, 2011 6:06 AM

        Sure. They spend obscene amounts of money on postage for discs. I bet netflix would love for every customer to go streaming-only, even at a reduced monthly cost than streaming + discs.

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      July 14, 2011 7:47 AM

      Neat. Can't wait to try the app.