March 11, 2015
VIDEO: Two guys watch Netflix through an 8-bit Nintendo
In a world that’s becoming increasingly obsessed with the latest and greatest gizmos and gadgets (see: the Apple Watch), it’s nice to see Netflix making the effort to support older devices.And when we say older, we mean OLDER: as in, the original Nintendo Entertainment System.
Yes, thanks to Netflix product development team members Guy Cirino, Alex Wolfe and Carenina Motion, you can now pop a cartridge (making sure you blow on it to clean it first, of course) into your NES and watch ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’ as God intended – in all of their pixilated glory and complete with Mario-style side scrolling.
Hacking the day away
Okay, not really. The demo was whipped up by Cirino, Wolfe and Motion for Netflix Hack Day, a “fun, experimental, collaborative, and creative” event held by the streaming video service last week as “a way for our product development teams to get away from everyday work.”
A total of 70 hacks were produced by over 150 engineers and designers for the event, which was held last week. Among the other videos feature an animated 3D globe that shows real-time global playback activity and a one that helps you keep your loved ones from sneaking around and watching shows without you by requiring dual-PIN access.
All of the projects (including NES-flix) were created in less than 24 hours. Sadly, however, the company says that while they “think these hacks are very cool and fun, they may never become part of the Netflix product, internal infrastructure, or otherwise be used beyond Hack Day.”