How to Use Wii for Netflix

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How to Use Wii for Netflix
If you change your mind while watching a movie, choose another title easily. (tv control and tv 3 image by chrisharvey from

Netflix is a DVD rental company of movies and TV episodes that provides subscribers with instant streaming, as well as discs mailed to their homes. Watch movies and television shows instantly through Netflix using a Wii system without the use of any discs. Use Netflix instant streaming to watch more than 1,000 titles, including a wide range of titles from classic movies to television series. Starz Play is the provider of instant movies and TV episodes.

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Things you need

  • TV
  • Wii system
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wii controller
  • Computer with Internet access

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  1. 1

    Turn on your TV and Wii. Connect your Wii system to a wireless Internet connection. Use the Wii controller to locate the Netflix download from the Wii Shop Channel.

  2. 2

    Enter the activation code found on the Wii Netflix at the Netflix website from your computer to activate your instant streaming access. Find the Netflix station on your Wii channel screen that is available after you turn on the system and select using the Wii controller. Start the Netflix channel to see a list of title categories.

  3. 3

    Use your computer to choose from the titles available for instant streaming and add them to your Netflix queue. Select titles directly from the Wii using the search option. Or browse through all the available titles listed in multiple categories on the Wii Netflix screen, which includes titles in your queue that are streamed, recently watched titles, suggested picks and movies similar to movies you have previously viewed. Other categories available through the browsing option include new arrivals in TV shows and movies, comedy, documentary, drama and children and family viewing.

  4. 4

    Highlight a title by pointing at the DVD cover to find information about the movie or TV episode that includes the running time, rating and a short summary. Select a title to watch and choose whether to view it immediately by selecting "Play"--or you can add it to your instant queue for future access. You can also find out the names of the director and cast on this screen.

  5. 5

    Point the Wii controller toward the screen at any time during a movie or TV episode that you are watching to fast-forward, rewind or pause the viewing. Press "B" on the Wii controller to return to the previous screen, where you choose to play the movie, resume or return to the list of titles.

Tips and warnings

  • Wii does not support an Ethernet cable for Internet, unless you purchase a Wii LAN Adapter.
  • You will need to download the Wii Shop Channel before you can access the Netflix download.
  • The Wii Shop Channel and Netflix download are both free to download on your Wii.

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