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9:30 PM on 01.25.2012

Netflix doesn't have any plans to rent out videogames

Back when Netflix was still pushing to split up its streaming service and physical-media rentals, the idea to rent out videogames was kicked around. We weren't pleased to hear that first part -- and its death was celebrated b...

Jordan Devore

4:45 PM on 01.10.2012

DTOID News Flash: Diablo III, CES, and delays galore!

It's time for yet another quick news flash, courtesy of The Destructoid Show! Now that we've officially joined the Revision3 team, you can expect to see a lot more videos like this popping up on the homepage. On today's DTOI...

Tara Long

7:30 PM on 01.09.2012

CES: Netflix headed to PlayStation Vita in the US

Speaking at Sony's CES 2012 press conference, Kaz Hirai came on stage to give us a little bit of gaming news in between the tech talk. Netflix is going to offer its streaming service on PlayStation Vita in the United States, ...

Jordan Devore

3:00 AM on 10.18.2011

Videogame workshop gets your grandparents game on

My grandma is ace at bowling in Wii Sports -- and yes that is her throwing it down in the pic above (be nice and send some positive energy her way as she's currently in the hospital). But while she may have the natural bowlin...

Wesley Ruscher



Netflix scraps Qwikster, keeps everything under one roof photo
Netflix scraps Qwikster, keeps everything under one roof
by Jim Sterling

It only announced them last last month, but Netflix has already scrapped plans to re-brand its DVD-by-mail service as Qwikster. The company has instead decided to keep everything it does under the one name. 

"We underestimated the appeal of the single web site and a single service," said Netflix's Steve Swasey. "We greatly underestimated it."

The Qwikster announcement caused a considerable amount of controversy ... on Twitter ... for half a day. A bunch of canceled subscriptions probably didn't help either. The name sounded ridiculous, like a Genesis-era platform character, and it seemed blatantly certain that having two names would simply confuse customers. 

With Qwikster's announcement came the revelation that it would be adding videogames to its library. That seems unchanged, but now that they're going to be sent under the Netflix name, Blockbuster will have to change its shamelessly desperate commercial where it says Netflix doesn't do games. God, that commercial is pathetic. 

Netflix Abandons Plan to Rent DVDs on Qwikster [New York Times]

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1:30 AM on 10.01.2011

Lights Out: Battlefield beta woes, Netflix and ICO on top

[Lights Out: A Destructoid Newsreel is a video series highlighting a selection of Destructoid staff and contributors, featuring a discussion of the news of the day over a spirited round of Team Fortress 2. You can play ...

Conrad Zimmerman





1:45 PM on 09.20.2011

The DTOID Show: It's our TGS 2011 Wrap-Up!

Greetings, viewers! We're back from the weekend with a hangover and a handful of news for ya!Now that Hamza "Harry" Aziz is back from terrorizing those poor Japanese women, we've been blessed with our remaining news from the...

Tara Long



Netflix rebrands DVD service as Qwikster, adds games photo
Netflix rebrands DVD service as Qwikster, adds games
by Nick Chester

Following an outcry earlier this year when it added separate plans for its physical DVD mailing service and streaming, Netflix has completely rebranded the service for the former.

Now called Qwikster, a post on the official Netflix blog explains the changes. If you're curious, you can go read the statement in full, which starts with an apology about not communicating pricing structure changes properly earlier this year. The service and pricing won't be changing in any significant ways, it seems. But those who want physical media will have to order it from the Qwikster website, which will likely look a lot like the current Netflix setup (sans streaming options).

But the big news for gamers is that videogames for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii will also be offered, a new service for the company. The addition will come with an added cost, which has yet to be detailed at this time. If you're already a GameFly user, the addition may not seem like a big deal, though. Only time will tell if Qwikster's selection, turnaround time, and pricing can rival (or trump) its competition.

Qwikster: Netflix' separation from DVD and streaming [Flixist]

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Preview: The new design of the Xbox 360 dashboard photo
Preview: The new design of the Xbox 360 dashboard
by Wesley Ruscher

The current Xbox 360 dashboard is kind of a clusterf*ck. Netflix, Hulu, and ESPN integration are great (as I use them pretty much daily), but a redesign is clearly needed. You can point the finger at Microsoft for its state of disarray, but really the madness can be attributed simply to the rules of Chaos Theory: the belief that everything constantly moves from order to disorder.

When the last Xbox 360 dashboard makeover (NXE) arrived, everything was peaches n' cream. Avatars were populating like rabbits, and Facebook, Zune, and Netflix found a nice balance among the Xbox Live marketplace. Everything was in order.

Then Twitter, Last.fm, and Hulu joined the mix, the XBL marketplace exploded with content, Kinect finally launched, and thus the chaos began. Longtime 360 owners have learned to deal with how all these crazy things work. But for those unfortunate to have just stumbled into the dash, finding the latest and greatest through a sea of tabs and ads can be a chore. Oh, and for the 10+ million Kinect users out there who were promised voice and gesture connectivity innovation -- the kind the world has never seen -- well, don't get me started.

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1:00 PM on 07.30.2011

Wii is the most popular console for Netflix streaming

Earlier this week, the Nielsen media research company posted a breakdown of Netflix and Hulu devices by usage. Though the PC is far and away the most common Hulu platform, the Netflix numbers are a tad more surprising. While ...

Tony Ponce

12:15 PM on 07.14.2011

Nintendo DLC: Netflix, Rickrolls and pixel cars

HAHAHA! Netflix on that little screen! HAHAHAH! If you're down for Netflix in miniature on your 3DS screen, you can download an app today for free to let you log on and watch. Check out the awesome, awesome screenshots above ...

Dale North

10:30 PM on 07.13.2011

New Destructoid Episode: 3DS Netflix, Popcap, and Aliens!

Ahoy, all! Or something. I really am totally out of cute ways to introduce the show in these silly, silly posts I do. Video game news! [fart noise] First, PopCap Games has been acquired by EA, for MILLIONS of dollars. Or pos...

Max Scoville

8:00 PM on 07.13.2011

Tomorrow's 3DS update adds Netflix functionality

Anticipating getting your hands on the Netflix app for 3DS this summer? I hope tomorrow works for you, North Americans. That's when your handhelds will get the ability to stream movies and television shows. The download itsel...

Jordan Devore

10:45 AM on 07.13.2011

Ad says Netflix for 3DS is coming 'this Summer'

According an advertisement for Netflix, the popular video streaming service is making its way to 3DS systems this Summer. The service was promised way back in March, but very little has been said since then.  I literally...

Jim Sterling

1:20 PM on 04.14.2011

Netflix on Xbox 360 now has Kinect support

If you use Netflix a lot, and happen to have Kinect, then you'll finally have a reason to use the motion control device again from today onwards. A new update enables Kinect support for Netflix, which comes with all the wavin...

Maurice Tan

11:43 AM on 03.02.2011

GDC 11: Netflix coming to Nintendo 3DS this summer

This morning during the 2011 Game Developers Conference keynote speech, Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime announced that Netflix would be coming to the Nintendo 3DS this summer. While the details of the software haven't been revealed, it's expected it will work similarly to other mobile Netflix software.

Nick Chester