Netflix on NES

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Netflix on NES

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Re: Netflix on NES

Post by tokumaru » Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:36 pm

I was expecting something a little more interesting. What they showed is what I'd expect real Netflix to look like on the NES (at least for the pictures and video, the interface could definitely be better), but a fake Netflix could be so much prettier.

Speaking of video on the NES, if you had an external device feeding the video to the NES (which would have to be the case with Netflix), you could actually end up with something watchable. Having access to the VRAM bus means that tiles, name tables and attribute tables (8x1 attributes would be cool) can all be managed by the device at no cost for the NES, and palettes (and possibly sound) could be transferred through memory mapped registers. A 60fps video could look pretty good if the device was good at picking palettes and dithering graphics.

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Re: Netflix on NES

Post by lidnariq » Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:07 pm

Here's some discussion, including from the creators: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9180231

It'd be nice if they stopped by just to say hi ;)

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Post by rainwarrior » Wed May 24, 2017 6:48 pm

So this demo got used as part of an official Netflix promotional trailer for their new Castlevania series:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIMrFnl5NiA

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Re: Netflix on NES

Post by Memblers » Wed May 24, 2017 7:33 pm

Looks like the NES cart in that video is a PowerPak.

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Re: Netflix on NES

Post by FrankenGraphics » Thu May 25, 2017 2:00 am

I was hoping for a castlevania live action show. With a fixed camera angle from the side and intersected backdrops.
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Re: Netflix on NES

Post by Asaki » Thu May 25, 2017 5:16 am

rainwarrior wrote:So this demo got used as part of an official Netflix promotional trailer for their new Castlevania series:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIMrFnl5NiA
I just saw that, too. Came here to congratulate them, but I guess they didn't post it here?

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Re: Netflix on NES

Post by DRW » Thu May 25, 2017 11:01 am

rainwarrior wrote:So this demo got used as part of an official Netflix promotional trailer for their new Castlevania series:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIMrFnl5NiA
The idea in this video wasn't really thought through:

They start an NES game that shows the Netflix menu in eight bit, listing various shows like "House of Cards", "Stranger Things" and "Castlevania".
But the cartridge has only a "Castlevania" label, not a generic Netflix label. :roll:
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Re: Netflix on NES

Post by Drew Sebastino » Thu May 25, 2017 11:07 am

Did they even give any sort of credit in the video? It seemed to me they didn't really know what they were trying to do either, other than trying to shoehorn in an NES for the heck of it.

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Re: Netflix on NES

Post by DRW » Thu May 25, 2017 11:18 am

What credit do you have in mind?
The PowerPak used is obviously not mentioned by name. (By the way, why didn't they use an authentic gray cartridge if they want to evoke nostalgia?)
The NES itself is of course properly labeled on the front, so what other credits would be necessary?
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Re: Netflix on NES

Post by Drew Sebastino » Thu May 25, 2017 11:38 am

Both the Powerpak, and the NES Netflix mockup, although it's made by people with the YouTube channel "NetflixOpenSource". I can't find anything about them, so I don't know if they are actually affiliated with Netflix or not.

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Re: Netflix on NES

Post by lidnariq » Thu May 25, 2017 12:29 pm

The original instance came from Netflix's "hack day" wherein small teams did random things unrelated to their normal job: https://medium.com/netflix-techblog/net ... dbae00de58

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Re: Netflix on NES

Post by rainwarrior » Thu May 25, 2017 12:31 pm

I just wish they didn't use such a horrible palette for it.

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