Nintendo Wii to start streaming Netflix this spring

Summary:Netflix is continuing to take over every aspect of your home entertainment set-up: Nintendo Wii will soon be able to stream the online rental service as well.

Netflix is continuing to take over every aspect of your home entertainment set-up: Nintendo Wii will soon be able to stream the online rental service as well.

The Wii is the third gaming console to get power of instantly streaming TV shows and movies from the Netflix catalog, right behind the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360.

As of right now, we only know that the service will launch this spring, but no exact date has been given. As for costs, Wii owners who already have a Netflix subscription are set and don't need to worry about extra fees (yet).

To connect to Netflix from the Wii, all owners will have to do is get a special "instant-streaming" disc from Netflix, which will also be mailed out in the next few months. Then using the Wii controller, they can connect to their Netflix account and queue.

Sounds simple, and if I had a Wii, I'd definitely be up for this. Considering Netflix has gained its way into the top three gaming consoles, some settop boxes, and Blu-ray players, one can only wonder where Netflix will pop up next. iPods? Smartphones? Handheld gaming systems? We'll have to wait and see.

Topics: Mobility

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