Bringing months of rumors to a screeching halt, it has now been officially announced that Netflix’s video streaming service will be added to the Nintendo Wii this spring. The compatibility with Nintendo’s console will make Netflix’s service available on all three major gaming consoles, and could significantly boost Netflix membership.
Netflix members will be able to use the service on their Wii consoles by means of a disc mailed to them by Netflix, similar to the arrangement with Playstation 3 owners. The Xbox 360 does not require a disc in order to access the streaming service.
Along with Netflix, Hollywood studios are no doubt salivating at the prospect of 26 million owners of the best-selling console of this generation having the option to rent films digitally. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings had the following to say about the move:
“Our goal is to offer Netflix members as many ways as possible to watch movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix right to their TVs and to give non-members more and compelling reasons to consider the service. . . Joining forces with Nintendo, which has been so immensely popular with consumers since its introduction, is a very meaningful step in that direction.”
Wii-owning Insiders, give us your opinion on this latest expansion of Netflix’s streaming service. Will you be taking advantage of your console’s new capability? Will those who don’t own Wiis or other consoles be tempted into purchasing one by this new development?