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Wilma
08-29-2010, 02:08 PM
Thank goodness the instant view library isn't huge. Since last night we've watched Muppet From Space, Bettlejuice (twice), G-Force, and we are now viewing Up. I'll go back when they get past the scenes from Mr. Fredrickson's marriage. Always makes me cry.

But the best thing is, Farscape is on instant viewing.

Teri
08-29-2010, 02:18 PM
Actually, the instant library is rather extensive.
Have you accessed it online and sent it to your queue?
You can also watch them on your Iphone/Ipod Touch.

BPier12
08-29-2010, 02:27 PM
There was a thread about Netflix and the Wii awhile ago. Someone posted this link http://instantwatcher.com/ which is a MUCH easier way to search for all of the instant downloads than it is on the Netflix site itself. When you use this site, you can search by subject/title/etc, and update your queue right away without having to search again in Netflix. It has saved me hours of time.

MamaB2C
08-29-2010, 05:08 PM
We've been watching documentaries, many of which were originally Imax, like Hurricane on the Bayou.

Also, for some reason I had never seen Iron Giant, so DS and I watched it together on Netflix via Wii. It was the first time DS emotionally connected with fictional characters on that level (he was sobbing) and so a precious moment for me, seeing that extension of empathy. My little baby is getting big and complex, bittersweet.

And yeah, the marriage montage in Up makes me cry every single time.

Wilma
08-29-2010, 05:18 PM
Actually, the instant library is rather extensive.
Have you accessed it online and sent it to your queue?
You can also watch them on your Iphone/Ipod Touch.

Yeah, I found that out once I went on the computer. But on the wii itself it looks rather small. I'll just keep letting the kids think that is it.

happykid25
08-29-2010, 05:26 PM
Are there many educational type programs available through this?

I'm not a member of Netflix, as we really don't watch all that many movies right now, but we have a Wii and would consider becoming members. Just curious as to what other homeschoolers out there have found. Would you consider the monthly fee "worth it" for the educational materials available - I guess both in instant view and through the mail?

We would probably increase our movie watching too. I feel very out of the loop on current/recent past movies - we never rent or use redbox either.

Wilma
08-29-2010, 05:33 PM
Well, I have another post about the Michael Palin travel documentaries. Most of them are on instant view. If not, you can order them. I have only not found one video we have been looking for - King Leopold's Ghost. We have gotten The Universe, Planet Earth, Blue Planet, lots of History Channel documentaries. As we have just started with the instant viewing, I don't know how many of those are available that way. We use netflix for a lot of school stuff.

MamaB2C
08-30-2010, 01:02 AM
The instant play has a bunch of the MacGillivray Freeman films (http://www.macgillivrayfreemanfilms.com/site/our-films/film-library.html) (most originally done for IMAX), and almost all of their films have teacher's guides available on the web

schwartzkari
08-30-2010, 08:59 AM
We signed up for Netflix through our Wii about 3 months ago and we are actually going to get rid of our cable provider once our contract is up in December. My kids have discovered several new shows they like to watch (Pingu the Penguin being one) and it has been nice to stop watching all the reruns on TV!

Busygoddess
08-30-2010, 09:18 AM
Are there many educational type programs available through this?

I'm not a member of Netflix, as we really don't watch all that many movies right now, but we have a Wii and would consider becoming members. Just curious as to what other homeschoolers out there have found. Would you consider the monthly fee "worth it" for the educational materials available - I guess both in instant view and through the mail?

We would probably increase our movie watching too. I feel very out of the loop on current/recent past movies - we never rent or use redbox either.

We had a thread (http://www.secularhomeschool.com/threads/694-Fav-Educational-Netflix-Videos-OR-What-s-Educational-in-Your-Netflix-Que) a few months back about the educational programs available from Netflix. We have almost 500 things in our instant queue (500 is apparently the max that can be in there atone time), and a large chunk of that is educational or for school.

Topsy
08-30-2010, 09:34 AM
Think Netflix is bad?? We recently discovered PlayOn.Tv (http://www.playon.tv/index.php)!! It has a yearly subscription fee, but allows you to access everything from Hulu to PBS to Discovery, PLUS all the media on your home computers. That means I can take my educational downloads from Discovery Streaming, and can download them to my laptop, and now we can watch them anytime on the big screen via our Wii. (Also works through Xbox and PS3)

Too....many....choices!!! :)

camaro
08-30-2010, 10:37 AM
I'd like to point out for Canadians that the Netflix streaming service is coming to Canada this fall. Note that they will not be doing DVD rentals, which they are apparently leaving to the existing Zip.ca (http://zip.ca) service. You can visit http://www.netflix.ca to sign up to get emails when the Netflix Canada service launches.

Of course I'm going to bitch and moan that I wouldn't be able to get it anyway because satellite internet isn't suitable for streaming. Someday something better will come along.

Sarbare0704
08-30-2010, 12:19 PM
oh my gosh Topsy! You may have found my way to get rid of cable!! Now to go check out if all my shows (yeah there are a lot) can be found on things like hulu!

fbfamily111
09-02-2010, 02:22 AM
Are there many educational type programs available through this?

I'm not a member of Netflix, as we really don't watch all that many movies right now, but we have a Wii and would consider becoming members. Just curious as to what other homeschoolers out there have found. Would you consider the monthly fee "worth it" for the educational materials available - I guess both in instant view and through the mail?

We would probably increase our movie watching too. I feel very out of the loop on current/recent past movies - we never rent or use redbox either.

Absolutly worth it. They have 100's upon 100's of educational video's. There's another post on here where people list some of their favorites. Just to give you an idea. You can do a free trial (must get unlimited streaming) so you can try it before you buy it. We've had netflix since late 04' I think. When we decided to give up the "extra's" we cancelled cable (over a year ago) but kept Netflix. My kids rarely miss expensive (over $100) cable but when the internet is down and they can't get their daily dose of Mythbusters, I get an earfull!

hockeymom
09-02-2010, 05:47 AM
I'd like to point out for Canadians that the Netflix streaming service is coming to Canada this fall. Note that they will not be doing DVD rentals, which they are apparently leaving to the existing Zip.ca (http://zip.ca) service. You can visit http://www.netflix.ca to sign up to get emails when the Netflix Canada service launches.

Of course I'm going to bitch and moan that I wouldn't be able to get it anyway because satellite internet isn't suitable for streaming. Someday something better will come along.

My understanding is that it is going to be a very watered down selection, unfortunately. Zip.ca is very protective, similar to the Indigo vs Amazon fight (amazon dot ca has a very small selection compared to the US site). I am desperate to stop paying so much for cable, which we barely use, yet I'm not holding my breath over netflix Canada.