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Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 07/14/2011

Netflix to stream on 3DS, but how many customers will stay?


Nintendo announced Netflix streaming is coming to the 3DS today. Above, Carleen Ho poses with a Netflix movie she is picking up from her mail box in Palo Alto, Calif. (Paul Sakuma - AP)
Right in the middle of a maelstrom of bad press for Netflix, Nintendo announced that the video service can now be streamed onto its handheld console, the 3DS. Netflix subscribers with unlimited streaming plans can download a free app from Nintendo. The download requires the system upgrade that the company released on June 6. Those who download the app will have access t o 2D video, and the company promises 3D content is coming soon.

Users have been expecting the feature since the 3DS launched in March. But the announcement comes at an awkward time for Nintendo, which needs to woo customers as it faces stiff competition from Sony, Microsoft and smartphone games.

Backlash against Netflix’s decision to change it pricing plans continues -- something CNET reported that the company prepared for by telling customer service representative to expect angry calls.

According to an informal poll from Business Insider, 41 percent of Netflix subscribers it surveyed said that they plan to cancel their subscriptions. A similar user poll from Geekwire found that 40 percent of its readers said they would cancel.

Gamers may be one market that Netflix shouldn’t have to worry about, actually, since integration with the Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 is a major perk on all the consoles. Users can watch Netflix on their televisions through any of the three major consoles, though it does require an Xbox Live Gold membership for the 360.

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By  |  10:11 AM ET, 07/14/2011

Tags:  Online video, Gaming, digital culture

 
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