Saturday, 26 March 2011

How to Install Netflix on Wii (softmodded)

I just signed up for a 30 day free trial... $8/mo thereafter.  I'm not at all sold on Netflix yet as it doesn't appear to have any of the movies or shows I want to watch.  As a case in point, check out these search terms I ran this afternoon:  Big Bang Theory [any season] (not available), Inception (not available), Sgt. Bilko (not available), The Social Network (not available), House MD (not available) and so on.  Don't get me wrong, Netflix does have a fair collection of titles.  But an ongoing subscription does not seem useful if their collection does not include new releases on film or current tv shows.

But enough about that.  I want to watch Netflix via my 4.2u softmodded Nintendo Wii.  There used to be a Netflix disc which one would insert, load, and log in to Netflix.  The first thing I tried was downloading the disc image and loading on the wii.  Loads fine, but an error message pops up saying the disc application is unsupported and the newer version must be downloaded from the wii Shopping Channel.

Enter problem two: my softmodded wii won't load the Shopping Channel because it's out of date.  I'm prompted to perform a wii system update to get the new Shopping Channel.  Bad idea.  Doing so would render my softmod (and all applications, games, etc.) useless.  The solution to this problem is to manually update only the Shopping Channel.  Below are two methods, though only method 2 worked for me:

*Note: These methods assume your wii is softmodded a la homebrew channel.  If not, see this guide.*

Method 1 - Internet Update (Easier)

This method uses the Multi Mod Manager to perform a network update of the shopping channel.  Your wii must be connected to the internet for this to work.  I tried this method first as it seems easier, but in the end it didn't work for me (not sure why).  A quick internet search shows hundreds of other happy customers.

Open Multi Mod Manager from the Homebrew Channel.  If you don't have it, download from link below and copy the MMM folder inside your /apps directory on SD card or USB stick:

In MMM, select "Load another IOS" and choose 249.  Now go to "Manage Wii Channels" and ensure the Shopping Channel and your wii's region are selected properly.  Install, and return to MMM main menu.

From "IOS Manager" install IOS56, and say no to all patches.  Then, load IOS56-64--v5662 from the Nintendo Servers.  After everything has installed, exit MMM and restart wii.

Method 2 - Manual Offline Update

For this method you will need a WAD manager such as WAD-Manager_v1.7.

First, download these files and place them in the /wad directory on your SD card or USB stick:

Load your WAD manager from the homebrew channel and use IOS249 for a new install.  Say no to NAND emulation and select the source for your /wad directory.  Install IOS56-64-v5662 and then Shopping Channel-NUS-v20.  [EDIT: Shopping Channel is now v21.  See here for instructions]

After either of these methods, exit the installer, reboot the wii and look for the new Shopping Channel icon in place of your old one.  Load, search for Netflix and download!


Anonymous said...

This was really helpful, thanks very much!

Anonymous said...

thanks so much this worked great, I did the manual update.

Anonymous said...

Thanks bro, worked like a charm.

Anonymous said...

didnot work

Anonymous said...

sorry it works perfect, it was my fault

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Method 2 worked, thanks a lot

Anonymous said...

The second method worked for me too!!!! Yaaaay, you are a saint!

Anonymous said...

Just got done doing the second method. Worked perfectly! Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

U rock! 2nd method worked for me.

Anonymous said...

Online was easy

Anonymous said...

Outstanding! Thanks very much for this - method one worked for me.

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Anonymous said...

After putting this off for years, I finally added Netflix to my modded Wii thanks to your blog post. I tried both methods, #2 didn't work for me but #1 did. I had to go extra slow so not to mess things up, but after a couple hours my Wii is now the perfect multi media player!! Living the dream. Thank you for the help!

Joe said...

[EDIT: Shopping Channel is now v21. See here for instructions]

The "See here"-link just opens the same page. Kan you please write the fix in this original post?

Anonymous said...

Great stuff OP - I can confirm Method #1 still works as of 24/10/2014. Follow it to the letter. My daughters wii now has Netflix thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

method 1 worked after I chose IOS-236

? said...

Still works method 1

Alucai Vivorvel said...

As Joe said last year, the "See here" link for v21 of the Shopping Channel is broken and just links back to this page.

Anonymous said...

Choosing IOS-236 worked for me Perfectly. Try it b4 getting frustrated Thanks

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