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Netflix Wrapping Up Console Domination With Wii Support This Spring

by Jeff Cork on Jan 13, 2010 at 02:31 AM

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It’s now safe to remove the question mark. Nintendo and Netflix have announced that streaming movies and television are coming to the Wii this spring. With that move, Netflix will have added its services to all three consoles. As with the PlayStation 3 version, users will be required to use a special disc to access Netflix. It will be available at no cost, and subscribers can sign up to receive on when they’re available at www.netflix.com/wii. To access Netflix on the Wii, users will also have to be Netflix members, with membership plans starting at $8.99.

“Our research shows that 86 percent of all U.S. Wii consoles are located in the living room,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “The Wii console is the social hub around which friends and family members gather to play games and have fun. Soon both new and longtime Wii owners will enjoy the benefits of Netflix – and a variety of informational and entertainment options – by being Netflix members and connecting their consoles to the Internet.”

In contrast to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, HD content will not be available on the Wii. Much of Netflix’s content is in standard definition, however, so that won’t likely be an issue for at least the near future.