Showing posts with label Wii U. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wii U. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Netflix on Wii U - How We Built It

Netflix on Wii U launched at the same time as the console in November, that's probably not news to you. What you may not know is that this was the first time we built a Netflix experience for a brand new game console. It was also the first time we worked on a second screen experience, for the Wii U GamePad.

The story of how we built Netflix for Wii U gives some fun insight on how we do things at Netflix. We recently provided a look behind the scenes to EP Daily (clip below) and Time Technologizer's Harry McCracken. We also shot our own video explaining how Netflix on Wii U works (also below). Finally, UI Engineer Joubert Nel has written about building Netflix on Wii U on our Tech Blog


Joris Evers is director of corporate communications at Netflix

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Netflix on the New Wii U

Millions of Netflix members use Nintendo’s Wii system to watch movies and TV shows. Nintendo products are popular with our members and today we are happy to announce that Netflix is available on Wii U!

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

When browsing, movies and TV shows and detailed information are shown on both the TV and GamePad so everyone in the room can see all of the TV shows and movies 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, rating capability, and add to queue. Key functions like 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 Netflix Just for Kids.

The Netflix playback experience is unique on the Wii U as the TV show or movie 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 show is very easy with GamePad and is reflected on the TV as you move across the timeline.

Another unique feature is the ability to play video on the GamePad for a personal viewing experience. In the main playback experience simply tap the play on GamePad button and playback switches to the GamePad with 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 for easy text entry. All search interactions and results are presented on the TV in real-time. Results for TV shows, movies, actors, and directors are available.

Netflix Just for Kids is available from the main navigation. This enters the Just for Kids section with our character-based navigation and Kids “safe” 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 the US and Canada. 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 right on the Wii U.



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