Netflix's instant video streaming service will soon be available on the Wii.
Nintendo and Netflix will announce on Wednesday that the movie rental company's streaming video service is heading to the Wii this spring. Over 17,000 television shows and films will be available for instant viewing on the Wii once the service becomes available.
To access instant streaming a free Netflix software disc will need to be inserted into the Wii console. Because the Wii lacks the processing power for streaming HD video, Wii owners will only have access to standard-definition video content using the upcoming service. The online video service will be available to Netflix subscribers who pay at least $9 dollars a month.
Netflix's chief executive Reed Hastings stated that the rental company's, "growth in the last two years has been propelled in large part by our investments in streaming content and in the streaming platform." Furthermore, he believes that, "when the Wii application ships, it's going to really open up a large additional opportunity."
In addition, Hastings mentioned that bringing Netflix to the Wii was not a simple task because of the system's unique architecture. Bringing instant streaming to the Wii took, "a long time of experimentation and refinement."
Reggie Fils-Aime, President and CEO of Nintendo of America commented that the partnership with Netflix, "is a continuation of an effort to bring more and more entertainment to consumers who interact with the Wii."