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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 Hiawa23 on 1/13/2010 9:37:15 AM , Rating: 1
Don't expect too much. The Wii only outputs 480p.

If you own a Wii & it doesn't output HD resolutions why would you need a HDTV, as to me Wii games look better on a SD TV? I own all 3 of the consoles, & a nice HDTV but bought the Wii for my daughter. I have to figure that most Wii owners, which are probably younger gamers don't care about Hd resolutions anyway. I have been a Netflix subscriber since day 1 & this is nothing but great news. Someone said he didn't think the Wii could handle this, but honestly what does the console need to handle other than needing to be able to stream? My only recent issue with Netflix is they are going to be delaying 20-30 days new releases hoping that this might suppress piracy. Most of my stuff I get on Blu ray, but great news for Wii owners. I have over 100 movies in my instant watch folder, & it's cool just turning on your console & watching a show or movie.


RE: Awesome
By Shadrack2 on 1/13/2010 9:57:26 AM , Rating: 2
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If you own a Wii & it doesn't output HD resolutions why would you need a HDTV


Hmmm, I wonder if there could be some other use for a TV than playing video games? Don't know, but if someone could come up with something they could probably make hundreds of dollars.


RE: Awesome
By fictisiousname on 1/13/2010 1:21:28 PM , Rating: 2
Its rather trivial to use a receiver (RX-V765, for example) to up-convert the 480 signal. Matter of fact, I do that with my old DVD player. Alternately, one can stream movies to a HTPC which has a better GPU. Those that DON'T have HTPC, upconverting receiver or BR might find this "new Wii feature" interesting. Sure would be a cheap way to upgrade a bedroom TV, for example.


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