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Service will require a disc on the Wii

Netflix is blowing up with new subscribers flocking to the service rather than heading out to the video rental store. Many movie junkies are also now using rental kiosks like those available from Redbox and Blockbuster – movie rental practices for the masses are changing.

One of the coolest things that Netflix has done is to team up with other companies to create an ecosystem of devices from game consoles to Blu-ray players and HDTVs that are capable of streaming on-demand films and TV shows from Netflix. Netflix has seen its profits soar by 48% despite the poor global economy.

In August of 2009, Netflix and Microsoft announced that the Xbox 360 would be the exclusive "native" streaming partner for Netflix on-demand content. Gamers who owned platforms other than the Xbox 360 were probably a bit bummed that their consoles would get no Netflix love. Luckily, Netflix had a trick up its sleeve that allowed it to skirt that exclusivity with Netflix for the PS3.

In October 2009, Netflix and Sony announced that access to Netflix content would be coming to the PS3 game console this spring. Rather than a baked in streaming service like the Xbox 360 offers, the PS3 would get Netflix content using a Blu-ray disc and BD-Live technology. The Blu-ray disc does have to be in the PS3 for the service to work.

Today, Netflix and Nintendo have announced that the Wii is now going to be the third and final major console to get access to the on-demand streaming content library. Netflix again skirts the exclusive deal with Microsoft by offering a disc that has to be in the Wii at all times for the content to be accessible.

Users will need at least a $9 monthly subscription to Netflix to access the streaming catalog. The PS3 and Wii will be cheaper ways to access streaming Netflix content than the Xbox 360. Xbox users are required to have an Xbox Live gold membership to access Netflix content.

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RE: Awesome
By Spivonious on 1/13/2010 9:33:31 AM , Rating: 2
So I'll have to put up with the loud disc vibrations in the Wii to stream from Netflix? No thanks, I'll stick with my HTPC.

RE: Awesome
By drmo on 1/13/2010 9:55:00 AM , Rating: 2
So I'll have to put up with the loud disc vibrations in the Wii to stream from Netflix? No thanks, I'll stick with my HTPC.

It will probably just have to read the disc once to verify and load a file or two. I doubt it will continuously have to read the disc.

RE: Awesome
By GreenEnvt on 1/13/2010 9:59:12 AM , Rating: 2
I'd assume it will just spin up when you launch it, not the whole time the movie is going since the movie is coming in over wifi. At worst, the disk should only be needed if you are navigating menus or changing settings.

RE: Awesome
By Spivonious on 1/13/2010 10:18:01 AM , Rating: 2
A more ideal solution would be to enable copying the disc to an SD card. I filled up the internal memory on the Wii very quickly once Beatles Rockband came out. Added an 8GB SD card and now I have almost 60000 empty "blocks".

RE: Awesome
By Alexstarfire on 1/13/2010 1:51:39 PM , Rating: 2
Loud? Only game I've actually noticed the disc spinning is when Super Smash Brothers Brawl is loading..... and that's it.

RE: Awesome
By Spivonious on 1/13/2010 2:37:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah mine used to be quiet. But about a 1.5 years after I got it, discs started getting louder. Now I have to turn up the volume to cover up the noise. Apparently it's a design flaw. I'd get it fixed but my Wii is out of warranty.

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