Sep 27th, 2013


Netflix has upgraded all of their streaming options to offer Super HD, including its app on the Wii U. Super HD streaming was previously only available to Netflix customers who were also customers of an Internet service provider that took part in Netflix’s Open Connect Network. Since that is no longer a requirement and Super HD is available to everyone, Wii U owners who use their console to watch Netflix have access to this higher quality stream.

If you haven’t yet, you can download the Netflix app free from the Nintendo eShop.

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  • Schultz38

    What exactly is Super HD? Is it different from just HD?

    • Baum 「ツリー」

      well HD is 720p, Full-HD’s 1080p….it’s either something like a “brand” just for Netflix or complete nonsense since Wii U doesn’t support higher resolution than 1080p (wich is more than enough imo)

      • That’s exactly it. Netflix streams are now at 1080p everywhere instead of just 720p and upscaled. Though I’m not sure if that’s the case on consoles that usually upscale 720p to 1080p, hmm.

        • Majora’s Mask

          What is Netflix ? its not available in Europe

          • AAAkabob

            I think the closest thing is lovefilm

          • Nope.avi

            Super HD is 1080p at 5-7 mb, versus the regular HD which is around 3-5 mb. It also supposedly uses a much better codec..

            Super HD’s added bandwidth will make everything look cleaner with less grain and pixels.

          • Zuxs13

            and still 5x less than Bluray at around 25 mbs bandwidth and completely uncompressed audio.

          • google it

          • nin-10-doughfan

            yeah, right!

          • now i see what you did there

          • howling_wolf1334:[

            Google it!!! Duhh!!!

        • Zuxs13

          Not every where. The 360 still limits them to 720p.

  • palomino blue

    Does this make Wii U streaming any better than my Blu Ray player?

  • Josiah Henry

    About time Netflix!

  • Ony

    Meanwhile in Europe… (well excuding UK and some privileged…)

    • Ony

      Beside, what’s Nintendo TVii ? It’s been a year and It’s still unavailable.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        While we are complaining. When will the late summer update come? Next summer?

    • Majora’s Mask


      • Shaise

        Netflix is in Europe! Well, I’m in the UK, we have Netflix, I dont know about the rest of Europe, & we know about Nintendo TVii, its on the start menu, just not available

        • Majora’s Mask

          netflix is uk only

          • Petri

            Finland has it.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        TVii is the cool red button on the Wii U menu. Its feature is that if you press it nothing happens. Not that interesting really, got tired from pressing it already the first month.

        Edit: Im from Europe too

      • vvvvv1v

        There is netflix on europe….. and yes i can watch it. 7.99€ for a month but no TVII

  • Rodger Jamjet

    Well I just wish Aussies had Netflix, Amazon etc!! How do you know wii u can’t support 4k in the future? It will only be a matter of a firmware update.

    • RyuNoHadouken

      ummmm, no

    • Brian

      technically if they are using HDMI 1.4B they can handle 4K at 30 fps… just saying it may be possible…

  • Clel


    Too bad it’s not available in Laos :s

  • D2ThaLo305

    Wii U has next gen POWER!!!!

  • uuuh. netflix has streamed super HD to the Wii U for quite a while now. I only get the option when I have an ethernet cable in, but it’s been there since launch.

    • flybass

      how do you know the stream quality?

      • it says by the show description if it’s in HD or not, and some of the titles said “super HD” instead of just HD. They’ve also been streaming in “X-High” HD before. (You can see this if you hit the – button while watching something)

        • flybass

          thank you

  • Dennis

    At the release in the Netherlands it was already possible to stream in ”super HD” which is 1080p.

  • Zuxs13

    It’s Super because “full HD” wasn’t cool enough

  • Ducked

    Is it super duper pooper whooper HD?

  • bieke98 .

    I watch netflix on my blu ray player, therefore i used my wii u but it doesn’t offer surround sound. It has arrived this month in the Netherlands.

    • Mark

      Wii U does offer surround sound, but you can’t use the old fiber optic cables; you have to get an HD receiver than can provide sound and video and connect your Wii U to that. The result is stunning!

      • bieke98 .

        I have hooked my wii u up to an onkyo receiver through hdmi. The only problem is wii u doesn’t have dolby digital licenses so it has no surround in netflix.

        • Mark

          If that’s what you meant, than okay.

        • EhenTi LaNero

          i swear minee play’s surround. on netflix…

        • nin-10-doughfan

          mine does through my bose home theatre system!( it can play surround even the sourceis in mono or old radio programs, it is amazing!)

        • Shigeru Miyamoto

          Onkyo is a good brand! yeah i don’t use my wii u for netflix or hulu much… i still rather use the roku. But it is nice. i dont like how you can’t turn off the gamepad while watching one of the two.

  • Christopher Coonan

    Any news on the 3DS’ Netflix resolution? Is it at least 360p, now?

  • Mike C

    Netflix not available in Europe cant you use unblock us region free trick.

    I use plex my self

  • Petri

    I just wish they fix the black screen of death issue.

    • Noel Canales

      i have the same darn issue. I am about to call Nintendo and complain. I have a 50/50 chance of the black screen happening with both Netflix and Hulu Plus. Its pathetic. Screen goes black, I hear Nexflix loading music and I the handheld is not responsive, can’t even shut off the system, I have to do it by a hard reset holding down the power button on the unit itself.

      • Petri

        Yes, I talked with Netflix, like 3 months ago.
        And they still when you contact them, hears about the problems for the first time..
        Think their technical support goes to part time phone sex operators who listen, but don’t really do anything.

        Maybe if we can get Nintendo to investigate this, they cant ignore us.

  • bizzy gie

    If you haven’t yet, you can download the Netflix app free from the Nintendo eShop.

    Yeah. I think every Wii U comes pre-installed with Netflix.

    • Adam Porter

      mine didn’t

    • Merrfn

      Mine didn’t.

    • LopsidedPasta

      Mine did