Video Streaming (Finally) Coming to the Wii
Before Wii owners get too excited with the vision of Netflix streaming movies dancing in their heads, so far all that has been announced is that the new service will "offer cartoons and other entertainment programmes created for the new service to differentiate it from other online content delivery operations, which often offer existing programmes." The implication is that the streaming videos available for the Wii will mostly be original content. If this is the case, this will be sure to disappoint many Wii owners who have been hoping for streaming offerings similar to what are now available on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3: Xbox LIVE Gold members who are also subscribers to any of Netflix's unlimited plans can watch any of Netflix's 12,000 or so Watch Now streaming movies and TV shows on their Xbox 360; and PS3 owners can not only rent or purchase movies and TV show downloads from the free PlayStation Network, but they can also use their PS3s as a Blu-ray player.
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Reuters also states that some of the content will be free and include advertising, while other content will be pay-per-view--similar to the PS3. If full-length movies and TV shows are not part of the mix, it will difficult to gauge how well this new feature for the Wii will be received. Even if the content selection includes popular anime titles, it will likely have limited appeal outside of Japan. If Nintendo truly sees this as an opportunity to generate additional revenue as well as an enticement to sell even more Wii consoles in the U.S., it will need to compete with the Xbox 360 and PS3 on a more-even footing, by offering popular movie and TV titles.