Nintendo 3DS Adds Netflix Movies and Free Hot Spots
Netflix has added yet another device to its list with Nintendo's announcement at the Game Developers Conference yesterday (March 2) that its 3DS handheld gaming console will connect to the Netflix streaming movie service.
The Nintendo 3DS will be able to stream Netflix movies over a Wi-Fi connection with any existing streaming account. Movies will play on the larger, higher-resolution top screen, which is the one that can display 3-D content . There's no word yet on whether 3-D movies will eventually be compatible with Nintendo's glasses-free 3-D technology.
In order to provide more connectivity to 3DS users, Nintendo also announced a partnership with AT&T to open up 10,000 hot spots to users for free. These hot spots will provide access to Wi-Fi in retail locations and airports nationwide, provided Nintendo 3DS owners sign up for the SpotPass service.
"Nintendo 3DS will be the most connected Nintendo device ever, with its ability to link people via local wireless connections, while at the same time connecting them to people and content worldwide via hot spot connectivity," said Nintendo president Satoru Iwata in his keynote speech.
With Netflix showing up on so many devices — Internet-connected TVs, DVD players, multiple game consoles and set-top boxes — it's starting to look as if Netflix's six-device limit for streaming accounts might be a little restrictive