For those who haven't abandoned Netflix yet and have an unlimited streaming plan, there is now another screen you can get your $7.99 worth of movies and TV shows: on your Nintendo 3DS.
Starting today, the Netflix app will be available for download from the Nintendo eShop, which is accessible after you've installed the free system update from June 6. Existing Netflix customers will be able to access their streaming service once the app is installed, while new users will be prompted to start their free trial. Most importantly, the app requires a steady wireless Internet connection to stream movies and TV shows smoothly, so it may not work as well at Starbucks as at home, even though the 3DS has free access to various public Wi-Fi hotspots across the country.
According to the press release, a selection of 3D movies will become available but no word yet on when or the movies coming down the pipe. The idea is that not only will you or your kids be able to stream 2D movies on the 3DS, soon you will also able to enjoy 3D content on the device's glasses-free 3D screen. Sure, the 3.5" screen is just a speck compared to the gigantic 3DTV in your living room, and not as high-res as the display on the HTC Evo 3D smartphone, but the 3DS is a relatively affordable 3D device that can keep kids entertained on-the-go and off your television.
Clearly, the 3DS is expanding its identity beyond just a handheld gaming device with addition of the Netflix app for streaming content. Could a music streaming app like Pandora be far behind?
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