Nintendo Adding Netflix Video Streaming to the Wii

Posted on January 17, 2010

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Nintendo and Netflix announced an agreement that will allow Netflix members to use the Wii to steam movies and TV episodes directly to their TVs. Netflix is scheduled to go live on the Wii console this spring in the United States. It will be available at no additional cost to Netflix members who already have a Netflix plan starting at $8.99 a month. A broadband Internet connection is also required.

To enable their systems to stream content from Netflix, Wii owners will need a Netflix instant-streaming disc for the Wii console. The free disc looks and operates the same as a disc-based Wii game. Netflix members and Wii console owners can now reserve a free instant-streaming disc by going to Once available in the spring, the discs will be delivered for free by first-class mail.

When the instant-streaming disc is inserted into a member's Wii system, an array of movie and TV choices will be displayed on their TV screen. These titles will be organized into categories based on members' personal preferences and will include popular genres, new arrivals and members' individual instant queues. Using the Wii Remote, members will be able to choose a movie or TV episode to watch from their instant queues or pick one directly from any of the lists. They will also have the ability to read synopses and rate movies, and will have the option of fast-forwarding and rewinding their selection.

The Christian Science Monitor notes that the Wii is now one of a growing number of devices offering Netflix support.
The Wii joins the PS3, Xbox 360, LG and Samsung Blu-ray players, TiVo, a set-top box from Roku, and even some TVs in offering access to Netflix's streaming catalog. Like the PS3, the Wii will require users to send away for a special disc to pop in when they want to watch streaming content.
There are also a growing number of devices that will transmit videos and movies streamed on the Internet to your HDTV.