Jun 6

As a testament to the low priority I place on television viewing, we only just got around to streaming Netflix through the Wii - it was a novelty, a is fast becoming a staple in our media repertoire.  The problem with streaming through the Wii, however, is the horrid default transport medium.  In other words, streaming Netflix in low-res over an RCA composite cable yields marginal quality at best, and is notoriously unstable with regards to image quality.  This manifests as a vacillation between a dark, and light picture, and overall fuzziness.  Now, while I haven't sprung for the $30 Wii component cable to replace the default composite, I understand that this simple upgrade goes a great distance toward rectifying the image quality issues of the composite connection.

While the Wii UI to Netflix, and the overall experience, is passable, I did feel that the better candidate for the task was the Revo - here again, with its support for HDMI and overall flexibility, it seemed a natural.  Still running the tried and true XBMC on the Revo, step one was to upgrade from version 9 to 10 (10.1 is the current release).  This was achieved quickly upgrading XBMC to version 10.1 over the top of version 9, but resulted in some very undesirable behavior around UI responsiveness.  Regardless of the theme applied, or various minor tuning, I simply could not get to a state of reasonable UI responsiveness.  Rather than invest further in troubleshooting, tuning and applying band-aids on top of band-aids, I elected instead to uninstall XBMC altogether, and reinstall cleanly.  This singular step effectively resolved all glitchiness in the UI prepared the system for step 2 - installing Netflix.

Installing Netflix as an XBMC add-on is really quite simple.  There are a couple of paths one could take, but the easiest is simply to launch XBMC, navigate to Movies, select add-ons, and look for "XBMC FLICKS".  Install "XBMC FLICKS", and launch it.  The first run will eventually launch a browser and prompt you to authorize the machine to access/stream Netflix through it.  Once authorized, you will restart XMBMC.  From this point, once relaunched, XBMC is now ready to stream Netflix content through your Revo.

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