Friday, November 30, 2012

Netflix on the New Wii U

Millions of Netflix members use Nintendo Wii game consoles to watch films and TV programmes. Nintendo products are popular with our members and today we are happy to announce that Netflix is available, pre-installed, on Wii U!

The Netflix experience on the Wii U was designed to take advantage of the console’s unique dual-screen experience with 1080p HDTV and the GamePad for the best browsing and viewing experience.

For the browse experience, films and TV programmes and detailed information are shown on both the TV and GamePadso everyone in the room can see the all of the TV programmes and films available.

Scrolling or browsing is shown both on the TV and GamePad  All traditional controls are accessible on the GamePad  such as play, episode selection and rating capability. Key functions such as Play are accessible by both touching the screen or using the buttons on the GamePad   At the bottom of the screen is the primary navigation, which provides access to Search and Just for Kids.

The Netflix playback experience is unique on the Wii U because the TV programme or film is presented in high-definition (when playing an HD title on an HDTV with appropriate connections) while play controls (play/pause/stop, episode selection, play scrubber) and title information are available on the GamePad.

Exploring the programme is very easy with the GamePad and is reflected on the TV as you move across the timeline.

Another unique feature is the ability to play on the GamePad or a personal viewing experience. In the main playback experience simply tap the play on GamePad utton and playback switches to the GamePad ith sound through the speakers on the GamePad or the headphone jack. You can easily switch back to playing on TV.
Accessible from the main navigation, Netflix search on Wii U has a full keyboard on the GamePad or easy text entry. All search interactions and results are presented on the TV in real-time. Results for TV programmes, films, actors and directors are available.

Just for Kids is available from the main navigation. This enters the Just for Kids section with our character-based navigation and child-centric search experience. The Kids experience is also presented in a coordinated way between the GamePad and the TV.

Netflix is available today on the Wii U home screen with the Wii U launch in Europe. Netflix members can sign in for full access. If you are not yet a Netflix member, you can learn more and sign up for a free trial.



Chris Jaffe is Director of Product Innovation at Netflix where he leads our work on game consoles and mobile phones.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

First Look Trailer: Netflix Original Series 'House of Cards'

With less than three months to go before our premiere, we’re proud to share the first trailer from the Netflix Original Series House of Cards.

From acclaimed director David Fincher, award-winning playwright and Academy Award® nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon, and Academy Award® winner Eric Roth, this wicked political drama slithers beneath the curtain and through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington D.C.

Based on the BBC Miniseries of the same name, House of Cards stars Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, the House Majority Whip. Underwood is the politician’s politician – masterful, beguiling, charismatic and ruthless. He and his equally ambitious wife Claire, played by Robin Wright, stop at nothing to ensure their ascendancy. The series also stars Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Kristen Connolly, Michael Kelly and Sakina Jaffrey.

House of Cards combines the best of filmmaking with the best of television. Netflix members worldwide can instantly watch all 13 episodes of the first season of the show beginning on February 1, 2013. In offering the entire season at once, Netflix is giving viewers complete control over how and when they watch the show. Learn more about the series and explore the characters at


Ted Sarandos is Chief Content Officer for Netflix