Thursday, March 12, 2015

Watch These Guys Run Netflix On A Nintendo

Netflix Hack Day is an biannual event for the company's engineers and designers to cut loose and do something wacky. This year, a trio of hackers got the video streaming service working on an NES.  That's a Nintendo Entertainment System.  As in the console that was released in the 1980's.

The results are actually probably worse than you'd expect. The interface works by scrolling text in the same way that you'd run through an old Mario Bros. game. In a clip posted to YouTube, the engineers try to watch House of Cards.

Because something like this requires so much of the console's power and memory the console can only output four colors instead of its usual 256 while playing video. According to the video, the software is running on an unmodified NES console, but the engineers don't reveal how they got the hack working.

Still though, that is Kevin Spacey starring in a 2015 drama playing through a Nintendo from 1985.

In any case, you probably won't be watching the latest dramas or old Futurama episodes on this machine, still it's fun to see people still messing around with the 30-year-old console.

We reached out to the hackers for details on how they got this set-up working, and will update when we have more information.

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