Netflix Streaming Now A Disc-Free Option On Nintendo's Wii

Netflix Streaming Now A Disc-Free Option On Nintendo's Wii

It seems that the disc requirement for streaming Netflix on a game console is now history. Earlier in the year, eager PS3 and Wii owners were checking their mailboxes each and every day in hopes of seeing a new red disc in there. That disc, when inserted into their console, would enable them to stream Netflix "Watch Instantly" content. It was great, but the disc requirement was certainly a thorn in the side of users who didn't wish to swap out game discs for a Netflix disc.



Recently, the disc requirement for the PS3 was yanked, and the latest software update enables PS3 owners to stream Watch Instantly material with no disc at all. Now, that same functionality has found its way to the Wii. Netflix subscribers in the U.S. and Canada can today download the "Netflix" channel in the Wii Shop Channel. The download will cost users nothing, and the new Netflix channel will show up right away as you boot your Wii so it's easy to launch. Score one for ease of use!


 Netflix Now Available as a Download from the Wii Shop Channel

Watching Movies and TV Shows Streamed Instantly from Netflix is Now Just a Click Away

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Beginning today, Netflix members in the United States and Canada can stream content through their Wii™ consoles with Netflix installed on their Wii Menu. The Netflix disc that was used for instant streaming on the Wii console will no longer be required. Netflix members who have a plan starting at $8.99 a month ($7.99 in Canada), a Wii console and a broadband Internet connection can now instantly watch movies and TV shows streamed directly to their TVs by simply downloading Netflix from the Wii Shop Channel. This new channel is available at no extra cost. The new disc-free option installs Netflix on the Wii Menu, making it convenient for Wii owners to quickly access streaming movies and TV shows.

    “The availability of Netflix right on the Wii Menu adds significantly to the ease and convenience that attracts our members to the Netflix streaming experience and is an important step in our efforts to continuously improve the service.”

“At this time of year, consumers have a near-insatiable demand for family entertainment,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “And this simplified Netflix access will help bring families together more quickly, more easily and in more ways than ever before. More than 3 million Wii systems have already connected to Netflix, demonstrating how easy the service is to set up and use.”

“Wii is a consummate home entertainment platform and has quickly become one of the best and most popular ways to enjoy movies streamed from Netflix,” said Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix. “The availability of Netflix right on the Wii Menu adds significantly to the ease and convenience that attracts our members to the Netflix streaming experience and is an important step in our efforts to continuously improve the service.”

Wii offers consumers the most fun right out of the box. Precision motion controls, online access and great games are all included at no extra charge. For a suggested retail price of just $199.99 ($209.99 in Canada), Wii owners get:

    * The Wii console, Wii Sports™, Wii Sports Resort™, a Wii Remote™ controller, a Wii MotionPlus™ accessory and a Nunchuk™ controller
    * Access* to hundreds of downloadable games in the Wii Shop Channel, including original games like World of Goo and classic games from the NES™, Super NES™ and Nintendo 64™ eras
    * Access* to a variety of entertainment and informational channels, including the Nintendo® Channel, which provides information about current and upcoming Wii and Nintendo DS™ games
    * Access* to streaming Netflix movies and TV shows

The Netflix service has been available on the Wii console in the United States since April 12, 2010, and in Canada since Sept. 22, 2010. For more information about how to stream Netflix through a Wii console, visit http://www.netflix.com/wii or http://www.netflix.ca/wii.

Remember that Wii and Netflix feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://wii.com and http://www.netflix.com. 
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Score one for two years of the exclusivity agreement NetFlix signed with Microsoft, preventing other consoles from incorporating this feature until now. That's two years where MS, by virtue of being the richest starting company, got to sell a lot of Gold memberships.

It was great for Microsoft, gave NetFlix Microsoft's capital to use while riding Blockbuster into bankruptcy, and gave us consumers more choice and better competition. Right?

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3vi1 you almost act as if they care about us.

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Everyone but you, Bob. Haha. :D

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