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wishesuponastar
06-24-2011, 01:36 PM
Would this work? I want to get a second Wii so we can watch Netflix on two televisions. I have the Netflix plan for one dvd mailed to you at a time, I think it's the $9 plan.

This would help everyone in the house watch Netflix streaming by having two Wiis.

MoonFaerie
06-24-2011, 01:38 PM
If you only want the 2nd one to watch Netflix on, a Roku would be much cheaper.

3boymthr
06-24-2011, 01:41 PM
I don't have two wii's but I do stream on multiple devices (wii, netbook, desktop and two ipods) and sometimes more than one at the same time so I'd think it should work as long as the plan you have includes unlimited streaming. But a word to the wise check your limits on your internet plan. Some them restrict how much data you can stream at the same time and charge overage fees if you go past the limit.

wishesuponastar
06-24-2011, 01:45 PM
I would want the second Wii to stream netflix and to use for Wii games.
I will have my DH look at your post regarding Roku.:confused3

sweetsusannah
06-24-2011, 01:48 PM
Yes, one account can stream to two seperate wii consoles. We do it, one we at out vacation home and one at home. You just enter both into your device console in Netflix.

angierae
06-24-2011, 01:59 PM
The only thing I'm not sure about is whether or not they can do it simutaneously. You'd think this would have come up by now in my house (three people with smartphones that can stream netflix, plus two tvs) but we've never tried to stream two things at once through our one account. Hrm.

timmac
06-24-2011, 02:08 PM
Yes, you can stream to two devices at once (sometimes netflix pukes when I try three at once though). Quality may suffer just slightly due to the shared bandwidth, but probably won't be noticable.

If you're concerned about cost, get the Wii used from gamestop; not much more expensive than a Roku.

JB2K
06-24-2011, 02:08 PM
If you only want the 2nd one to watch Netflix on, a Roku would be much cheaper.

Heck, lots of Blu-ray players with Netflix capability are even cheaper than the Roku box!

Back to the Wii, there shouldn't be many bandwidth/picture quality issues since Wiis are not High Definition devices...

luvmesometigger
06-24-2011, 02:41 PM
We have 2 Wiis and a bunch of PCs/Apple devices all hooked into one Netflix account.

wishesuponastar
06-24-2011, 03:13 PM
Will I have to pay more money monthly to Netflix if I have two Wiis hooked up?? Right now we have the $9 one DVD mailed out at a time hooked up to one Wii.

thanks everyone

vicki_c
06-24-2011, 03:16 PM
Will I have to pay more money monthly to Netflix if I have two Wiis hooked up?? Right now we have the $9 one DVD mailed out at a time hooked up to one Wii.

thanks everyone

No - I think the limit is 5 devices at once (check the Netflix site - it says it there). We often have the Wii streaming Netflix and 2 phones at the same time doing the same, and I think once the computer was even going at the same time.

angierae
06-24-2011, 03:17 PM
Will I have to pay more money monthly to Netflix if I have two Wiis hooked up?? Right now we have the $9 one DVD mailed out at a time hooked up to one Wii.

thanks everyone

Nope.

dreweyj
06-24-2011, 03:18 PM
No. You can have up to 6 streaming devices to one account according to the "rules" but that number may have recently changed (increased). However, I read a blog that one individual states he works for Netflix and if you call to find out about hitting the max, they will offer you an additional stream as a "one time courtesy." According to him they are or at least were licensed for 7 streams through the movie clearing houses but as a practice Netflix only allowed 6 streams.

I should add that they refer to the additional stream as a "one time courtesy" because every year Netflix says it removes your streaming devices off your account. It said they do that because you may replace a computer or other equipment and that device isn't removed from your list automatically. If this happens, you just reconnect your device...

Vowelmommy
06-24-2011, 03:22 PM
We sometimes have a hard time streaming on 2 devices at once. It might just be that we dont have enough bandwidth.

dreweyj
06-24-2011, 03:26 PM
And I should add that every time you stream from more than one device simultaneously you do compromise, picture, quality, and response time...

LadyBeBop
06-24-2011, 05:24 PM
Hmmm. Right now, my granddaughter is watching cartoons on Netflix/Wii in the living room, and my husband is watching a movie in our bedroom on Netflix/Roku. They always do that. No quality problems.

However, when both are watching Netflix, I cannot watch Netflix on the computer. They only allow two streams at a time.

luvmesometigger
06-24-2011, 06:51 PM
Will I have to pay more money monthly to Netflix if I have two Wiis hooked up?? Right now we have the $9 one DVD mailed out at a time hooked up to one Wii.

thanks everyone

Nope. We don't.

vicki_c
06-24-2011, 07:03 PM
Hmmm. Right now, my granddaughter is watching cartoons on Netflix/Wii in the living room, and my husband is watching a movie in our bedroom on Netflix/Roku. They always do that. No quality problems.

However, when both are watching Netflix, I cannot watch Netflix on the computer. They only allow two streams at a time.

Unless you have some lower limit plan, this should not be the case. As I said, I know we've done about 4 things simultaneously and another poster said the limit is 6 per Netflix.

DawnM
06-24-2011, 09:02 PM
If you really want 2 Wiis I would consider this, however, if the primary reason is to watch good picture quality, the Wii is not the way to go. The quality on the Wii is 480p while the Roku box can get 1080p. The quality IS noticeable. We have a Wii in the family room and after seeing the difference, we opted for a Roku box in there.

Dawn

*Seanaci*
06-25-2011, 12:23 AM
Would this work? I want to get a second Wii so we can watch Netflix on two televisions. I have the Netflix plan for one dvd mailed to you at a time, I think it's the $9 plan.

This would help everyone in the house watch Netflix streaming by having two Wiis.

We have 2 Wii's...one upstairs and one downstairs. However...we've found that we can't watch Netflix on both Wii's at the same time (my dad and husband decided to watch 2 different shows/movies on each of the Wii's one night...and they kept freezing each other out).

If I were you, I'd figure out something different (as someone mentioned, a Roku). Although, I'm unsure if you were watching something on the Wii and the kids were watching something different on the Roku if it would react the same as the Wii's. *shrugs*

formill
06-25-2011, 06:00 AM
Another option to try for now- do you have a lap top?- hook it up to your tv......a newer tv with an HDMI cable or VGA (monitor type) cable -most of our older tvs have s-video we can use to hook up. Then you can watch whatever you put on your lap top on your tv. We are Canadians with Netflix and have had several movies playing at once no problems. There are also more and more blu ray players/home theater systems/media players that will connect to your home network so you can watch Netflix. We bought a Phillips home theater system and it will work in the States for Netflix but not in Canada where we are and need it!!! We are waiting for an update on it to come out.

nunzia
06-25-2011, 07:15 AM
ok...clearly well behind here. What is a ROKU?

DawnM
06-25-2011, 07:46 AM
Roku.com explains them better, it is a streaming device to stream things like Netflix and hulu to your tv.

Dawn

lost*in*cyberspace
06-25-2011, 09:08 AM
And I should add that every time you stream from more than one device simultaneously you do compromise, picture, quality, and response time...

That may not matter too much if you are streaming Netflix on a wii, since you cannot stream HD on a wii anyway.

Golf4food
06-25-2011, 04:03 PM
That may not matter too much if you are streaming Netflix on a wii, since you cannot stream HD on a wii anyway.

Which is why we never use our Wii to stream Netflix. Our Bluray player streams and will do it in full HD (when Netflix allows it). We've tried the Wii for Netflix and the quality is so inferior it isn't even worth it at all.

If you have an HD TV and like the better picture quality you owe it to explore other HD streaming options than the Wii - until the upcoming Wii U comes out with HD in it (finally).

Marionnette
06-25-2011, 05:13 PM
And I should add that every time you stream from more than one device simultaneously you do compromise, picture, quality, and response time...
Only if you're using the same internet connection. My kids' computers and ipads are under my Netflix account but they watch movies on them when they're away at college or wherever. It never affects the quality of the picture even when there are 4 devices streaming at the same time at different locations.

kelsco99
06-25-2011, 07:00 PM
For those wondering why they can/can't watch more than one device at the same time....this is from Netflix.com

Q:Can I watch movies instantly on more than one PC or Netflix-ready device?
A:Some membership plans allow you to watch simultaneously on more than one personal computer or Netflix-ready device. If you are on the Watch Instantly Unlimited plan or the 1-disc-out-at-a-time plan, you may watch only one device at a time. If you are on the 2-discs-out-at-a-time plan, you may watch on up to two devices at a time. Members on the 3-disc plan can watch on up to three devices. The maximum is four devices -- available for members on the 4-or-greater-discs-out-at-a-time plan.
Your account can have up to six unique authorized devices activated (and associated with it) at any given time, including personal computers and Netflix-ready devices. For example, if you're on the 1-disc plan, you can have up to six devices associated with your account, but you can only watch one of them at a time. If you're on the 2-disc plan, you can have up to six devices activated but can only watch two of them at the same time

Tinknalli
06-25-2011, 07:02 PM
We have the $9.99/mo with one DVD at a time and unlimited streaming. Netflix only allows us to stream to 2 devices at the same time (most of the time, for some reason sometimes a 3rd can get on). Most of the time if you try to stream to a third it will tell you that you are allowed 2 devices max at a time.