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January 13, 2010

Nintendo joins the movie-streaming party

Posted: 06:50 PM ET
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The Nintendo Wii becomes the latest gaming console to begin streaming films from Netflix.

Nintendo announced Wednesday that starting this spring, users will be able to stream movies from Netflix and watch them on their Wii. To start, Wii owners will need an instant-streaming disc for their console, which can be reserved now at The disc and the service are offered at no additional cost to Netflix subscribers.

Nintendo joins Sony and Microsoft in offering the service for their gaming consoles. Netflix said it has 11.1 million U.S. subscribers and is looking for more ways to let its customers watch movies and TV shows.

Cammie Dunaway, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Nintendo, said the partnership is a natural because of how Wii owners use their consoles.

“Eighty-six percent of the Wiis are in the living room,” Dunaway said. “The Wii is the only console where friends and family gather to play games and have fun.”

Dunaway said Nintendo sold more than 3 million Wiis in December and have over 26 million registered users. She said a significant number of Wii users were also Netflix subscribers, but didn’t want to say specifically how many.

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Darrell W. Morehouse   January 14th, 2010 7:09 am ET

ne technologies new markets Nintendo and Netflix more entertainment below wholesale get ith the program,

Drew   January 14th, 2010 4:29 pm ET

Those movies should look great in 480p....

Chris B.   January 14th, 2010 5:06 pm ET

Interesting... I was wondering when Nintendo would get into the Movie-on-console business. However, I can't help thinking they'll screw it up like they already did with Online Gaming (anyone here who has played Smash Bros. Brawl online knows what I'm talking about).

It's all good   January 15th, 2010 1:29 am ET

It's another feature for free, why all thenegative comments. It's free people. Dont use it if you don't like it. Life is good.

Gabrius   January 15th, 2010 11:26 am ET

....yet I can't watch any of the DVD's I own or rent on my Wii....

Matt   January 15th, 2010 12:33 pm ET

I agree with Drew, assuming he is being sarcastic. Before I got my PS3 I connected a PC to mt TV to watch Netflix movies which is awesome. Then I got my PS3 and watching Netflix on PS3 sucks. Even with 16 mbps and hdmi connection the resolution is poor and keeps freezing up. Why won't the Wii people at least make a component to hdmi cable for the 1080i upconversion?

Jon   January 15th, 2010 1:41 pm ET

A few Wii channels have access to video and the quality is not all that bad. Streaming video means you gotta have a healthy wifi connection. My issue is, if you need a disc to do it, and my Wii makes the awful grinding noise anytime a disc is in there, I doubt I could sit through a movie with that noise, though I would hope the disc would stop spinning once the movie is playing.

Jim   January 15th, 2010 5:54 pm ET

All DVDs are 480p.

jon   January 15th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

you can stream films though the wii anyway without the disc big woop

Greg Grider   January 17th, 2010 8:16 am ET

WOW!!! The Wii just keeps getting better. You all will not need a computer on the TV come this spring!

E-Reader   January 17th, 2010 11:54 am ET

where friends and family gather to play games and have fun – !!! What's Next?

geck   January 17th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

Netflix on my xbox360 has replaced my cable service. With nearly 500 movies/tv shows in my instant que, 1080 output, and a great internet connection, I do not miss my cable (or the bill) in the slightest. The xbox is an all around amazing media/gaming center

My only concern would be the lack of HD with the wii. Though I imagine for non HD users this will be no big deal.

All of my other media needs/wants are covered by my laptop which has a bluray player and HDMI output. Since buying this laptop, my ps3 hasnt been turned on.

Dylan B.   January 18th, 2010 8:20 pm ET

Nah, look way better in 1080p

girlwithquestion   January 19th, 2010 1:17 pm ET

is the wii a router too?? like, wont we need to get a seperate router to get wifi?? and what the netflix converter box thing? is that a router too or will we need to get a seperate router for that in order to "stream" movies to the box? sorry i am not a techy but yall sound like you could help..


Chris Raynor   January 19th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Nice I can stream movies but cannot play DVD"s.......that makes sense.

bigbastard   January 19th, 2010 11:12 pm ET

Wii is not for downloading movies people. It's going to be another iceage before you get your movie.

Mitchell   January 20th, 2010 10:45 am ET

A router is a entirely separate component, before having one of these you should first have a high speed internet connection. Which is then connected to the router. Since the Wii is wireless you can use a wireless router and connect the two. All 'streaming' does is bring the video from one place(server) to another(yourWii) and plays it. This is all definitely worth it if you have a Netflix subscription. If you have a High Definition TV, I would recommend this and its also wireless-

Ryan   January 20th, 2010 10:50 am ET

I used netflix for one week on ps3 the varitey of streaming content sucks as does the quality. The wii is great but not a movie machine and your better off renting from the ps storefor ps3. out.

Frank Mondana   January 20th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

Here's the funny part. While some numbers put the amount of hi-def watching at some 70%. Of that #, 45% have the hardware required to actually see all that hi-def.

DVD's are "low-res" anyhow. So stop the elitist crap.

My 8 year old really doesn't care if Playhouse Disney and Spongebob is coming through at 1080.

BTW, I do have the hardware to watch and listen to everything maxed out so I'm not being cranky about not having the hardware.

I'll bet most of you tech junkies paid for "Monster" cables too. Only a resident of Krypton can make out that high frequency signals travel on the outside of a conductor.

Ravel Anderson   January 21st, 2010 9:32 am ET

I thought that Sony would be the only one with this application. But as the other consoles will have that advantage. I found much better, because there are people who prefer some islands than others. and it ends up giving advantage to all

Carmela   January 26th, 2010 2:02 pm ET

Geck–My netflix on my xbox has replaced my cable bill too. Isn't it awesome? Now if only Microsoft can get rid of red would be the perfect console. Well not perfect..but you get the idea. Cheers!

Vignesh   February 3rd, 2010 11:29 am ET

Well here is a problem Nintendo: The Xbox 360 has High Definition movie streaming and so you can watch HD movies while the wii has 480p max.

Mike   February 7th, 2010 1:18 am ET

This is pretty good, now we can have streaming Netflix in another room. As for the 360, if M$ would get rid of the Live Gold requirement to use Netflix on the 360 more people may use it. I refuse to pay an extra $50 a year just to watch Netflix on the 360. Enough of the 360 – Glad the Wii is getting this capability. Some have said you could already do it but this will make it even easier for the average user.

Thanks Netflix and Nintendo!

Bailey Singh   May 9th, 2010 2:46 pm ET

Spongebob is really funny and hilarious. somebody says that spongebob is gay, is that even true?*,.

Harvey Morris   July 3rd, 2010 3:54 pm ET

Spongebo and Patrick are really great characters. love them.`.,

Mohammad Murphy   August 1st, 2010 2:43 pm ET

spongebob is really funny but she sort of overacts sometimes.,::

Caden Alexander   October 6th, 2010 5:42 am ET

sometimes spongebob is stingy and annoying-;:

Microwave Cart    October 13th, 2010 5:09 pm ET

spongebob is crazy funny, who does not love spongebob anyway hehe`.~

Carpet Extractor    October 20th, 2010 6:27 pm ET

i love the way spongebob laughs, he is really very cheesy:~:

Buck Teeth Treatment :   October 25th, 2010 6:00 am ET

Spongebog is always very cheesy and funny, i like this cartoon character~*;

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