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Old 01-08-2011, 09:42 PM   #1
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I'm trying out the one month free Netflix offering.

Movies stream in via my laptop (connected by S-video cable to my TV) without any interruption. On my Wii, the movie will pause every 10 minutes or so to reload. I'm guessing the Wii doesn't have the same buffering capability as my laptop.

Is anyone here stream Netflix movies to a Wii without interruption? What internet connection speed do you have?
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:37 PM   #2
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Netflix? Wii? What the heck are you talking about?????







Just kidding. I'll see what my nephew uses next time I see him.
I think he uses a rocket stick (Rogers, maybe? oh, yes, he's got a job ) and I'm not
sure which game console, but he plays games online with other gamers worldwide.
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:32 PM   #3
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Here's a link to some info on another forum where there appears to be some expertise.
http://www.4scf.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=3439

Maybe it helps?
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Thanks Mike.

I think I'll keep subscribing to Netflix. Also, streaming video from the Global, CTV, CBS etc, works great - full screen out to TV (through my laptop computer). I like being able to watch something when I want to and not on a schedule.
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:35 PM   #5
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Thanks Mike.

I think I'll keep subscribing to Netflix. Also, streaming video from the Global, CTV, CBS etc, works great - full screen out to TV (through my laptop computer). I like being able to watch something when I want to and not on a schedule.
It would work for me except there are some types of information I need in real time,
mostly to manage our finances. Internet access is pretty fast, but real time news updates
via the boob tube are better. As well as I need to keep up to date on world events as well,
because it's all interconnected.

I think some of the folks on 4SCF are close to full timers and none really seemed too bothered
that the info is old. I would think the movies would be good, but I'm not a big movie fan. Someone
suggested getting Rogers on Demand and watching it free anywhere on your laptop too, which sounded
like a deal. The problem would be getting Rogers in the first place.
Good luck with it, and let me know if anything changes with it's currency.
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Old 01-18-2011, 04:43 PM   #6
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I videostream Netflix via connected Apple TV wirelessly with laptop or iPad. I've also just used our Wii but mostly just to see how it works. There are many ways. Performance seems to change from day to day and even from device to device. It just seems to be a mystery but I suspect it has something to do with Netflix servers and traffic. If just me watching I'll just view directly on the iPad. Roku makes a similar device as the Apple TV. The service I have with Netflix is unlimited live streaming and one actual DVD in possession at a time. Delivery service of DVDs is fast where I live. I think they are warehoused locally. The bar scan returns and "receive" them the same day you post them back and send you the next one in the queue. It sometimes comes the very next day and generally not more than two days. You are probably good for at least a half dozen and up to 10 DVDs per month if you can keep up the viewing pace. Live stream instant movie selection is not that great or as current in selections compared to the DVDs. So I utilize both methods combined for $8.99 per month. The downside is last year for a few months I practically forgot we had the Netflix account in not using it, but was still getting billed automatically out of our Visa card every month.

In the B I find live streaming next to impossible performance wise on the road just about everywhere so download rentable movies from iTunes ahead of time for a trip and watch via my iPad connected to the TV with Apple's component cable. Movies are cheaper than Blockbuster and you can hold them for up to 30 days. Once you start watching they will self destruct in 24 hours.

The other growing option is Redbox. We have 4 kiosks choices in grocery stores and McDonalds within 2 miles of our house and rentals are $1 per DVD. You can return a DVD to any Redbox so that could be an advantage on the road. There is a daily $1 charge so you do have to return them the very next day to avoid additional charges. Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings can be a zoo with people lined up waiting to use a Redbox since there is usually only one in a store.
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I videostream Netflix via connected Apple TV wirelessly with laptop or iPad. I've also just used our Wii but mostly just to see how it works. There are many ways. Performance seems to change from day to day and even from device to device. It just seems to be a mystery but I suspect it has something to do with Netflix servers and traffic. If just me watching I'll just view directly on the iPad. Roku makes a similar device as the Apple TV. The service I have with Netflix is unlimited live streaming and one actual DVD in possession at a time. Delivery service of DVDs is fast where I live. I think they are warehoused locally. The bar scan returns and "receive" them the same day you post them back and send you the next one in the queue. It sometimes comes the very next day and generally not more than two days. You are probably good for at least a half dozen and up to 10 DVDs per month if you can keep up the viewing pace. Live stream instant movie selection is not that great or as current in selections compared to the DVDs. So I utilize both methods combined for $8.99 per month. The downside is last year for a few months I practically forgot we had the Netflix account in not using it, but was still getting billed automatically out of our Visa card every month.

In the B I find live streaming next to impossible performance wise on the road just about everywhere so download rentable movies from iTunes ahead of time for a trip and watch via my iPad connected to the TV with Apple's component cable. Movies are cheaper than Blockbuster and you can hold them for up to 30 days. Once you start watching they will self destruct in 24 hours.

The other growing option is Redbox. We have 4 kiosks choices in grocery stores and McDonalds within 2 miles of our house and rentals are $1 per DVD. You can return a DVD to any Redbox so that could be an advantage on the road. There is a daily $1 charge so you do have to return them the very next day to avoid additional charges. Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings can be a zoo with people lined up waiting to use a Redbox since there is usually only one in a store.
The 2 issues I guess are bandwidth usage. In Canada we don't have any unlimited monthly internet bandwidth plans
that I'm aware of, so an internet based streaming or downloadable TV system could get expensive. Up here we'd have
to watch our usage, as we get robbed for our internet and wireless data transfer usage. I would guess performance
would be the other issue, although someone said you can stop watching and switch to another TV to continue when
the slow down time frame has passed. Kinda like a DVR?
We started noticing the Redboxes at McDonalds a year or so ago. Looks interesting, and easy. I assume
you use a CC to pay for it. Ever tried it, and have you had any problems with returning movies, or billing
errors?
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Weird, double post. Sorry about that.
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I've used Redbox with no problems so far.
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:20 AM   #10
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If we're in a movie mood next time we're out, we may give it a try. Seems simple enough.
Wonder if our DVD player works. We've never tried it.
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