Nintendo and Netflix, together at last
Nintendo plays catch-up, offers streaming movies and TV shows to Wii via Netflix, just like the other guys.
Posted April 12, 2010
By SHAUN CONLIN, EVERGEEK MEDIA
Anticipated for some time now, Nintendo and Netflix just announced that Netflix members who own Nintendo's Wii home console can now enjoy thousands of movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix via Wii. The two companies announced partnership plans in January and are making Netflix on the Wii console actually available as of today.
Streaming from Netflix via the Wii console is provided at no additional cost to Netflix users who already have a membership - plans start at $8.99 a month with unlimited rentals - a Wii console and a broadband Internet connection. Said members may also have DVD movie rentals mailed to them, as always. Non Neflix members must jump through one hoop and become a member if they want their Wii to do Netflix.
All members have a special Neflix disc mailed to them, which must be inserted into the Wii to enable the service.
Streaming Netflix rentals are already available to PlayStation3, Xbox 360, PC and Mac users, but the newly anointed compatibility with Wii is expected to dramatically increase Netflix's reach. Wii, after all, is the most popular console in the US, estimated at almost 30 million units (60+ million worldwide) while Netflix's US-only membership last tallied in at 12.3 million members at the end of 2009.
"Launching Netflix on the Wii home console marks a significant advance in the evolution of our service," said Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings. "Bringing Netflix to Wii catapults us toward our goal of being ubiquitous on the connected devices most popular with consumers."