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This is just common sense, really. Component cables are also the only way to get progressive scan video out of the Wii into your HDTV.


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"That cable uses composite, also known as RCA..." This guy is a tech writer?


"With component, the signal is divided into three primary colors." Knowledge fail. Just because the plug ends are colored red, green, and blue doesn't mean component sends RGB. While component *can* be RGB (with 5 cables or VGA), the Wii (and most everything else) actually sends YPrPb, or luma (brightness) and sync, blue - luma, and red - luma.

Silly tech writers. Despite this being good advice, it's hard to take them seriously when they make such basic mistakes that could be solved with a simple wikipedia search.


You'll be able to have 480p with component vs 480i without too.


I bought a component cable right when i bought the wii. The standard cable was tossed still in the bag.

Scott Breitbach

Common sense, yes ...for the self-selected group that is tech-savvy enough to actually be reading this blog, but I would hazard a guess that most people haven't a clue that it is even an option. So good on the crappy tech writer for at least spreading the word, even if all of the info wasn't technically correct.

And it probably goes without saying, but I noticed a definite improvement using component video cables, not just with the Netflix streaming, but with the games themselves.


Most stories linked on Hacking Netflix are pretty interesting. This one, however, is just silly. Next will we have an article mentioning that HD streaming content on Netflix looks better than non-HD and asking us if we've noticed the difference?


I use a cable that is component on one end, and is compatible with multiple consoles on the other. The picture from my Wii, and my old non-HDMI XBox360 is very nice.

As I am a very casual gamer, and watch Netflix primarily on my Roku, I don't find it inconvenient to switch the cable between my two consoles and use them on the same input.


Lamest story ever.

Steve I

My Wii is hooked up to an old 36" tube TV with the composite cable......only way to do it. I don't notice any difference in quality because I don't use it. My grandkids do though, but they're all like 4 and 5 years old.......


Huh? Isn't that just common sense? It's true of nearly anything Vs RCA/Composite cables really. They're one of the lower rungs on the ladder as far as video quality goes. They aren't quite as good as Component isn't as good as HDMI, but it's pretty good. The Wii doesn't support HDMI anyway, so that's the best you can get for the Wii.


Like someone said earlier, it's "common sense" if you pay attention to those things, but many people don't because they don't really care (yeah, I know that's hard for you to accept). And as for as the "three primary colors" thing, they are just trying to explain it in a simple way, it doesn't necessarily mean that the author didn't know.

Jirah Cox

The bigger takeaway here is that those of us that are tech savvy need to be on lookout for our friends/family that aren't. No need to be highly technical. Just say, "See this single yellow cable? It's worth the $1.90 to upgrade."

Parag Shah

The Wii unfortunately comes with a propietary cable with a RCA plug on the other end and makes no mention that a component version of the proprietary cable is sold separately.

So for those that don't know that a component version is available out there, this is definitely helpful...


A better tip: don't bother with the "official" Nintendo-branded component cable for the ridiculous $35 they're asking. The "universal" component cable that can be used with a Wii, 360, or PS3 that Kam mentioned above is just as good and goes for about $15 most places.

Rex Lizardo

Check out monoprice.com... you can get that "universal" cable for only $7.02.



I *really* appreciate this post...as I have no idea what these cables are...

For others who, like me, who appreciate this information, the link to the original article provides a link on Amazon of exactly what you need to buy.

Not every blog post will appeal to every reader. If you don't like it just skip it...sheesh!


@Rex Lizardo

+1 for Monoprice.com that site is amazing!


+1 on monoprice.com - you really shouldn't be buying any cables from anywhere else (well, at least not without checking there first).

Isaac Church

It's really annoying that Nintendo doesn't include these cables with the system. Using the standard Composite cable looks like garbage for everything, and doesn't work with widescreen either.


I always imagined that people who read the NYT were smart enough to know that a better cable will give you a better picture.

Do they have an automotive section where they advise you to purchase a BMW instead of a Yugo?


@bill - imagine you lived soemwhere where everyone rode horses and you never saw any car ads. Now someone drives in to town in a Yugo - how would you know a BMW even exists? Some people just have no interest in different kinds of cables or video connections.


The day I received the Wii/NetFlix Streaming disc in the mail was also the day I went out to purchased a Wii Component Cable. I think I remember also changing the Wii System settings to push the video signal as Progressive Scan as well so when I query the HDTV for the Input Source signal information it reports processing 480p.

I didn't both trying to see what the NetFlix streaming video looked like over composited (Yellow,Red,White) but I'm not surprised to hear that it looks like $#@t.


For the tech neophytes - I bought my component cable at Monoprice, and it was well worth it.


Good for you guys, but I'm pretty tech-savvy and I didn't know you could get component cables with a Wii jack on one end. I thought you were stuck with the composite cables they gave you, so this was actually helpful.


I waited a day before setting up my PS3 and Wii so I was sure to have the HDMI and component cables on hand. Seriously, this is a no brainer.

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