If you're a Netflix member, you already know you can watch a large array of new and old movies instantly on your computer without getting that little red envelope with the DVD in the mail. You can also stream the movies on your PS3, Xbox 360, LG and Samsung Blue-ray players, a set-top box from Roku, Tivo, and even some newer TVs. But this spring, Netflix will be adding the Wii to the mix.
Like the PS3, Wii-owning Netflix members can send away for a special disc that will alow you to stream content. By 2010, you should be able to watch movies instantly via your Wii's broadband connection.
Given that the PS3 and Xbox 360 already work in this capacity, it doesn't seem like that big of a deal. As a matter of fact, the Wii only displays video at standard definition unlike its competitors that can display video in HD. This has some people complaining, but seeing as how the Wii's main purpose isn't to stream video, people will probably be happy with the convenience vs. having exceptional definition.
"The fact of the matter is the vast majority of the instant streaming content that Netflix has available is non-HD and the fact is that... many consumers who have an HD television still aren't watching HD content through that television," said Nintendo of America's CEO, Reggis Fils-Aime.
The partnership was announced last week on the official blog of Netflix. The good news for the movie rental company is that 26 million United States households have a Wii - more than any other console - and they new use for the console may make for quite a few new Netflix members or influence current members to upgrade their memberships. The Wii is also considered the non-gamer's game console, meaning Wii-owners would be more likely use it to watch movies.