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Nintendo Shutting Down Video Services Like Netflix On Wii

by Imran Khan on Nov 09, 2018 at 02:15 PM

There was a time where having a movie library streaming from the cloud was new and odd. Netflix was still active as a subscription service that mailed DVDs to people and was transitioning to a streaming service on various devices, including the Xbox 360 and, surprisingly popularly, the Wii. There was a time where the Wii was by far the most common Netflix streaming device, but eventually newer and more high-resolution devices supplanted it, as did the prevalence of smart TVs. Now, for apps like Netflix, the sun is finally setting on what once felt like weird internet magic.

Netflix has been sending out emails to subscribers who have been using the Wii version of the app semi-recently. The email made its way to Reddit, where users have been posting their use-cases for still having Netflix on Wii twelve years after the console originally launched. The email states that Nintendo is shuttering all video services, which likely includes channels like BBC, Hulu, and YouTube, as well.

The services are set to end on January 31, which is the same date Nintendo shut down the ability to add points to the Wii Shop earlier this year. If you still want a Nintendo system to watch Netflix on, the 3DS and the Wii U both still have active Netflix apps. The Switch does not have Netflix, but launched Hulu last year and YouTube yesterday on the hybrid console.