Nintendo Wii owners who have been anxiously waiting by their mailboxes since January are about to have their patience rewarded. Netflix announced on its corporate blog today that it has begun shipping the discs required to use Netflix’s Watch Instantly streaming service on the Wii.
In a “beta testing” type of move, the first batch of discs will be sent to an unspecified number of Netflix members whose feedback will be assessed before the service officially launches on the Wii. The company recently sent out 100,000 similar discs for its launch of Watch Instantly on the PlayStation 3 console.
Netflix’s Watch Instantly service has been growing quickly, with nearly half of Netflix’s members using the service during the last quarter of 2009. It will be interesting to see what kind of numbers the service can put up on the Nintendo console, especially since the Wii’s hardware precludes the viewing of HD video.
Wii-owning Insiders, let your voices be heard: are you going to be streaming Netflix’s service on your console? Does this option entice you to join Netflix if you aren’t already a member? Let us know in the comments.