Survey Says Netflix Pondering Nintendo DS Streaming

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How likely would someone in your household be to stream TV and movies from Netflix to a Nintendo DS, should such functionality be made available? That's the question Netflix is seeking an answer to via an online survey. Would you watch?

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With a plethora of HD video capable portable devices at my fingertips, the Nintendo DS is probably the last handheld I would consider watching streaming video on, but that's just me. A Netflix survey looks to be testing the non-Fahey consumer population to see if they'd like to give DS video streaming a go.

Imagine that Netflix offers its subscribers the ability to instantly watch movies and & TV episodes on their Nintendo DS. The selection available to instantly watch includes some new releases, lots of classics and TV episodes. There are no advertisements or trailers, and movies start in as little as 30 seconds. You can fast-forward, rewind, and pause or watch again. The movies & TV episodes you instantly watch are included in your Netflix membership at no additional fee.

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SO it's basically the same sort of functionality already available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, only smaller.

Netflix also notes that your DS must be connected to a Wi-Fi network in order to stream content, but that's for the folks who still believe TV transmissions are magic.

What do you folks think? Would you watch streaming video on your Nintendo DS, or are those screens too tiny for your tastes?

Thanks to Kevin for passing along this story.

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I think it sounds like a stupid idea. The DS has quite the wifi connectivity setup process and not to mention the current DS models have terrible battery life. The battery use is up again because being constantly connected to the internet again!

Also, Wifi still isn't ubiquitous and even if a wifi hotspot isn't locked you usually have to pay for it, like AT&T. It isn't like a 3G cellphone or laptop connection that goes through your cell provider. Where you DO have reliable wifi, your home, is completely pointless to have DS netflix, cause you could just watch it in every other way available!

The streaming video on a portable device is just stupid. iPods with video work well because you own the content and it is kept with an actual copy, not streaming it.

Ugh.

And that's just the feasibility of it all! iPods and iPhones have relatively okay resolution, and I imagine that the DSi XL would be the only one that you could stand watching it on. DS Lite or, God forbid, you want to try this with a DS Phat. That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.