News Section Logo NEWS - Return to news section


Original Nintendo (that's the NES!) Gets 8-Bit Netflix

Posted by: , 18:10 AEDT, Thu March 12, 2015

Permanent Link     Add Comments
submit to reddit
Who doesn't want to watch House of Cards in all of its 8-bit glory?
News story feature image
Image/Photo Credit: Netflix

Netflix's Hack Day, an event sponsored by the streaming giant to allow its developers to play around with the Netflix code, has managed to produce one of the most innovative ways to watch Netflix - on your old 8-bit NES console!

The Nintendo Entertainment System was originally launched in North America in 1985, 22 years before Netflix launched their now ubiquitous streaming product. With 8-bit color graphics (a color palette of up to 48 colors, and 6 grays - think something much worse than GIFs), and having been retired more than 12 years ago, it's hardly the most obvious platform to receive the latest port of the Netflix app.

But leave it to programmers with too much time on their hands to do just that, with the NES version of Netflix allowing users to select browse through Netflix's video library, and even play the intro to the Netflix Original series House of Cards (again, all in 8-bit 256 color glory).

Of course, that's all it does. The NES never had Internet function (mainly because the Internet, at least as we know it today, didn't exist back then) and so everything that the demo shows is actually working off a game cart, one that obviously have limited storage.

Still, it's all in good fun, and just one of the many cool, funky and outright ridiculous ideas that sprang forth from the latest Netflix Hack Day.


Related News:

News Icon Netflix In Australia: Local Media Companies In Full Panic Mode?

posted by: Sean F, 21:12 AEST, Sat September 13, 2014

News Icon 'The Interview' Lands on Netflix Three Weeks before DVD, Blu-Ray Debut

posted by: Sean F, 12:02 AEDT, Thu January 22, 2015

News Icon Analysis Shows Netflix Has 'Better' Content than Amazon ... For Now

posted by: Sean F, 17:38 AEST, Sun July 6, 2014

News Icon Popcorn Time: Netflix Style Streaming For Pirates?

posted by: Sean F, 20:39 AEDT, Fri March 14, 2014

News Icon Netflix Producing 'Crouching Tiger' Sequel, Theater Chains Boycott Film

posted by: Sean F, 23:09 AEST, Wed October 1, 2014