Friday, 30 November 2012

Netflix on the New Wii U

Millions of Netflix members use Nintendo Wii game consoles to watch films and TV programmes. Nintendo products are popular with our members and today we are happy to announce that Netflix is available, pre-installed, on Wii U!

The Netflix experience on the Wii U was designed to take advantage of the console’s unique dual-screen experience with 1080p HDTV and the GamePad for the best browsing and viewing experience.

For the browse experience, films and TV programmes and detailed information are shown on both the TV and GamePad so everyone in the room can see the all of the TV programmes and films available.

Scrolling or browsing is shown both on the TV and GamePad  All traditional controls are accessible on the GamePad, such as play, episode selection and rating capability. Key functions such as Play are accessible by both touching the screen or using the buttons on the GamePad   At the bottom of the screen is the primary navigation, which provides access to Search and Just for Kids.
The Netflix playback experience is unique on the Wii U because the TV programme or film is presented in high-definition (when playing an HD title on an HDTV with appropriate connections) while play controls (play/pause/stop, episode selection, play scrubber) and title information are available on the GamePad.
Exploring the programme is very easy with the GamePad and is reflected on the TV as you move across the timeline.
Another unique feature is the ability to play on the GamePad or a personal viewing experience. In the main playback experience simply tap the play on GamePad button and playback switches to the GamePad with sound through the speakers on the GamePad or the headphone jack. You can easily switch back to playing on TV.
Accessible from the main navigation, Netflix search on Wii U has a full keyboard on the GamePad for easy text entry. All search interactions and results are presented on the TV in real-time. Results for TV programmes, films, actors and directors are available.
Just for Kids is available from the main navigation. This enters the Just for Kids section with our character-based navigation and child-centric search experience. The Kids experience is also presented in a coordinated way between the GamePad and the TV.
Netflix is available today on the Wii U home screen with the Wii U launch in Europe. Netflix members can sign in for full access. If you are not yet a Netflix member, you can learn more and sign up for a free trial.



Chris Jaffe is Director of Product Innovation at Netflix where he leads our work on game consoles and mobile phones.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

First Look Trailer: Netflix Original Series "House of Cards"

With less than three months to go before our premiere, we’re proud to share the first trailer from the Netflix Original Series House of Cards.

From acclaimed director David Fincher, award-winning playwright and Academy Award® nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon, and Academy Award® winner Eric Roth, this wicked political drama slithers beneath the curtain and through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington D.C.

Based on the BBC miniseries of the same name, House of Cards stars Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, the House Majority Whip. Underwood is the politician’s politician – masterful, beguiling, charismatic and ruthless. He and his equally ambitious wife Claire, played by Robin Wright, stop at nothing to ensure their ascendancy. The series also stars Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Kristen Connolly, Michael Kelly and Sakina Jaffrey.

House of Cards combines the best of filmmaking with the best of television. Netflix members worldwide can instantly watch all 13 episodes of the first season of the show beginning on February 1, 2013. In offering the entire season at once, Netflix is giving viewers complete control over how and when they watch the show. Learn more about the series and explore the characters at


Ted Sarandos is Chief Content Officer for Netflix

Tony Bennett sings with Amy Winehouse in 'The Zen of Bennett,' Exclusively on Netflix

Amy Winehouse was like a lot of tragic and gifted figures to cross Tony Bennett’s path in his 85 years on this planet and his more than 65 years in show business. In the new Netflix exclusive documentary The Zen of Bennett director Unjoo Moon captures their last encounter during a recording session for the Award winning album “Duets II.”  We see a very nervous and distracted Winehouse trying to pull together her performance of “Body and Soul.” Voices from the behind glass are trying to coach her through, but it is finally Tony Bennett who takes control of the situation, calmly recalling stories about her idol, Dinah Washington and comparing the two. Tony knew Washington (of course he did), as he knew Billie Holiday and Bill Evans and so many other artist who tragically lost their lives to various addictions. In that moment, there was nothing else but Tony, Amy and the memories of Dinah Washington. Through that connection, almost possessed by Washington, Winehouse nails “Body and Soul.” That performance went on the win a Grammy for Tony and Amy, but she would never live to see it. Amy Winehouse died just weeks after that session. “She died so young,” Tony reflects in one of film’s more tender moments.

“The Zen of Bennett” is a special portrait of Tony Bennett the singer, Tony Bennett the artist and Tony Bennett the elder statesmen for mankind. With remarkable endurance, we follow Tony around the world for recording sessions with Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Willie Nelson and many others.  Into the wee hours of the morning, Tony is the calming force in the madness of what working with big personalities can bring. We see the artists who perform with Tony in awe of this living legend and in acceptance that this crooner can keep up and even force them to stretch to keep up with him. The film is light on music and heavy on reflection and intimate moments with Tony, the other duets artists and his family. The film was conceptualized and produced by Tony’s son Danny Bennett, who was the masterful architect of the post MTV Tony Bennett. It is beautifully shot by Oscar winning cinematographer Dion Beebe (“Chicago”) and a powerfully entertaining film that will stay with you long after the final song.

Netflix is proud to present this original and exclusive documentary that the San Francisco Chronicle said is “like the singer himself…smooth and classy.”


Ted Sarandos is Chief Content Officer for Netflix

Monday, 12 November 2012

New Titles to love on Netflix UK & Ireland in November

We love bringing y’all great new movies and TV shows every month, and November is no exception. If you are like me, Netflix is a great way to connect with friends, put in some family time, or just escape from the daily grind.  We try to program Netflix with movies and TV shows that suit any mood.

For the day you need to break a rib laughing: 21 Jump Street
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill star as young cops banished to a special police program at 21 Jump Street, where they are tasked with infiltrating the dealers and finding the suppliers of a nasty new drug called HFS. Stages of the drug include “The Giggs,” “Over-Falsity of Confidence” and  “Asleepyness.” You won’t be disappointed.

For the day you need a new screen crush: White Collar
After getting nabbed by the FBI, art forger and smooth criminal Neal Caffrey (played by the Texan Matt Bomer) agrees to help special agent Peter Burke (Tim Dekay) solve white collar crimes in exchange for staying out of jail. You’ll want to throw your hat into this ring.

For a family friendly “chick flick:” Chicken Run
Aardman Animation’s first full-length movie follows the Tweedy family’s escape from a farm in Yorkshire after the owners switch from selling eggs to selling chicken pies.

After losing their parents, three children move in with their cousin, Count Olaf, who is secretly trying to swindle the family fortune. Based on a series of children’s books by Lemony Snicket, this dark comedy stars Meryl Streep, Billy Connolly, and the man of many faces, Jim Carrey. Watch out for leeches!

For some post-Edwardian upper-crust family drama: Downton Abbey
Coming soon, this highly decorated international smash is the most nominated foreign TV show in the history of the Emmys, and Maggie Smith took the supporting actress statue this year for her portrayal of Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham. We think you’ll agree it was well-deserved.

Other highlights for this month include Meet the Fockers, Michael Clayton, Open Season 3, and – in case you missed it – the first run exclusive of Breaking Bad Season 5, Part 1. Get cooking!


Kelly Merryman, VP Content  

Thursday, 1 November 2012

All Hail the King: Breaking Bad Season 5 Part 1, Premiering on Netflix UK and Ireland

For those of you in heavy withdrawal from the explosive, breathless end to Season 4, we have just the thing to cure your ills.  Starting today, Netflix will premiere Part 1 of the final season of Breaking Bad for our UK and Ireland members.

We’ve all witnessed Walter White’s journey from defeated high school chemistry teacher to crystal meth kingpin, and Season 5 promises to answer the one question on everyone’s mind…how will this all end? 

For the uninitiated, what better time than now to start watching the show The Observer calls, “the best American drama series you’ve never seen.”  We should warn you though that once you start, there’s very little chance of kicking the habit.


David Lee is a Director of Content, responsible for licensing content in the UK and Ireland