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This is what Netflix looks like running on an NES

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Video streaming service Netflix is available on just about every modern device, from phones to PCs to video game consoles and handhelds. And now it runs (in a very limited capacity) on the original Nintendo Entertainment System.

Netflix engineers Guy Cirino, Alex Wolfe and Carenina Motion hacked together a semi-working version of the service for the NES during the company's winter hack day. They managed to get a handful of frames from the intro to House of Cards up and playing on a "unmodified" NES, with "some assembly required," Cirino tweeted.

There's also a very limited browsing interface. However, since the feed is showing a handful of unreleased Netflix originals, like Adam Sandler's in-production Ridiculous Six and Yuen Woo-ping's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2, it's pretty clear the NES hack is not running on live servers.

You can watch the hack in motion — called darNES and not NESflix for some reason — in the video above.

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