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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.

(via NewTeeVee)

38 Responses to “Netflix Begins Shipping Discs for Nintendo Wii”

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    Romosapien [romosapien]

    Not a current Netflix member yet, but if I get a disc you can count on it.

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    Jack [visitor]

    I got a notification that I should get a Wii disk today. I already stream to the XBOX 360, and I expect the picture quality to not be quite as good on my Wii. The Wii is wireless while the XBOX has a wired network connection, too.

    However, the XBOX requires that you have an active Live Gold membership, but the Wii doesn’t require anything other than your Netflix subscription.

    So, I’m looking forward to trying it out.

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      MovieWatcherSupreme [moviewatchersupreme]

      Actually this is a common misconception, modern wireless connections and wired connections are actually within a few milliseconds of each-other. Early wireless connection tech such as wireless-G stemmed this rumor because it was true unless you were within a few feet even with the dual band. The good news is that modern wireless-N systems both single and dual band maintain an under 10ms response compared to wireless as long as you are within 20ft or something like that. But since the Wii is standard def it will be less capable in picture quality than your x-box (I am assuming you meant the 360).

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    Juliana [visitor]

    I am receiving my Wii Netflix disc today. We are already Netflix subscribers, and we stream Netflix content over a Roku, so this just gives us another location in our house to watch Netflix from.

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    knock yourself out, wii is low res, get a damn playstation!

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    RK [visitor]

    The last 24 hours have sure been a game changer for me.

    Blockbuster Express hit strike # 4 with me yesterday with the 4th machine malfunction to bite me in just over a week. They will never make it in this business if they don’t get more robust machines. Two of the closest machines have major mechanical issues after less then 2 months. I know we’ve all had Redbox breakdowns and problem, but at nowhere the rate of my experience with Blockbuster. (But that is the subject of another post)

    I was lucky enough to get my Netflix Wii disk this morning. I have never liked streaming. Not one bit. I never watched movies streamed on my computer. I tried hooking up a PC to the TV as a dedicated streamer, but hated it and never used it. I even get hundreds of free on demand movies with my U-Verse cable and never feel like watching them (kind of like the DVR full of stuff recorded that just don’t seem as interesting as then did when I recorded it).

    Fired up the Wii and tested it out today. I’m very, very happy with it. No, it’s not HD, but it’s pretty damm good. And I’m very picky about picture quality. In fact, at work, I’m known as being one of the most critical about PQ. You can always run the Wii through a external scaler.

    The controls were very responsive and the buffer delays were quite short. Much better than I’ve seen in the past. As long as Netflix keeps up in speed and quality as more users come on board, I think they have a winner here (both on Wii and PS3 platforms).

    Based on what I saw over the last couple of hours, my choice in sources have changed to the following order: #1 Netflix Wii streaming, #2 Redbox, # Netflix (for Blu-Ray), and #4 Blockbuster Express.

    For the first time, I really feel like physical media (DVD) is going to die. Just like about 12 years ago when I said film (35mm) was dead and everyone I knew thought I was nuts.

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      MovieWatcherSupreme [moviewatchersupreme]

      Hate to break it to you but you are still nuts, both 35mm film and DVD’s are still widely used industry standard and aren’t going anywhere yet.

      • Visitor [Join Now]
        RK [visitor]

        I was referring to still photography. If you asked people how may rolls of film they have purchased in the last 5 years and how many digital cameras have they own, the film number will usually be lower. I own five digital camera and the last time I bought a roll of film was in 2001. Take a poll.

        News photographers don’t use film. Nor do sports photographers, fashion, advertisement, portrait studios, wedding. Basically nobody but a tiny percentage of photographers use film any more.

        Besides that, your statement about 35mm film and the entertainment industry is wrong. It’s not widely used, it’s only a fraction of the business that uses film.

        The world did not start in 1990. Many years ago (probably long before you were born) the entertainment industry revolved around film. The entire theatrical film industry was film from start to finish (camera negative, daily work prints, editing, intermediate printing, and distribution was on film. And television up to the 70’s was mostly film up to the point of broadcast when it was converted to video. Probably 75% of the television shows produced in the 60’s and 70’s were film.

        Today there are between 100 and 200 channels broadcasting over 150 hours a week of programming. Except for movies, nothing is film based. Half of it is reality TV. All that is digital. So are all the cooking shows, fishing shows, sports, news, CSI shows. Everything is digitally shot. The Brady Bunch was shot and edited on 35mm film, Ghost Hunters is not.

        As far as theatrical film are concerned, not a lot of it is shot on film anymore. What little that is shot on film is instantly converted to digital (known as film-in). Non-linear editing completely eliminated film cutting decades ago, video equipment replaced the dailies with immediate roll back. Film-out only exits to create distribution prints. In the last 10 years they don’t even make intermediate film prints anymore. Digital printing is the standard.

        Even porn has gone from 100% film to 0% film over the last 30 years.

        If it wasn’t for the theaters, there wouldn’t be any film. I personally will not go into a theater that uses film instead of digital. I can’t remember the last movie I saw in film, but I remember the first 2 movies I saw in digital cinema in 1999 (Toy Story 2 and Phantom Menace) and I’ve never gone back to film since.

        And although I did not state it clearly, I meant that DVD’s as a distribution media will diminish. As a media, it won’t go away. People will still use DVD’s to copy movies, back up files or to store their DIGITAL photos. DVD’s for movies will become like CD’s for music. Not a lot of buying going on. A lot of people don’t buy CD’s anymore and are selling the ones they have after ripping it.

        The point that you missed is that when streaming get good enough, and the availability is there, people will stop messing with disks. For me, the experience of streaming through my Wii is the best streaming experience I’ve had so far and it’s just about good enough. Yes it’s lower quality, but I’ll take it if it replaces my “long wait” queue where it takes me 3 months to get a movie, i’ll take it. If Netflix can get to the point where they can stream new movies instead of catalog movies, then their prophecy about the future might come true.

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    Nomo Blockbuster [visitor]

    I have Netflix AND a Wii. This is a dream come true! Take that, Blockbuster.

  7. Member [Join Now]

    I should have my disk as well today. I’ll install it over the weekend and try it out.

    • Member [Join Now]

      Setup was simple. The user interface for selecting movies is extreemely easy to use. The quality is decent and after it queues up at the beginning, it is smooth. The only negative I see is that the number of streaming features available seems to be about 10% of their entire collection and it won’t be long before we can’t find anything worth while. We have stremed about 5 features and not one of them was really good. The user interface never shows more than 100 per category – I am not sure if that’s all there is or if they are just limiting it to that. Of course you can log in via your computer and add features to your instant queue which may not be selectable from the category browse.

      Bottom line – Netflix really needs to make mnay more features available for streaming if they are really serious about it being their future.

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    Emily [visitor]

    We tried Netflix for a while but prefer Redbox. Redbox allows us to get the movie we want when we want it. If I want to see a movie, I don’t want to wait a week for it to show up. We have a Wii as well and would love to be able to rent games and have access to more selection that the local Blockbuster but we’d rather use a Redbox like system than Netflix. The benefit of Redbox is that we can keep a movie for a day or 5 days and return it in another city if we’re traveling. Netflix is too inconvenient, takes time to wait for it to show up. Once it shows up, the envelope may tear when you open it. Once we send it back, we have to wait for it to arrive at the Netflix processing center and be received before they’ll send us another movie or game. Typical turn around time is at least a week. You pay $9 a mo for unlimited but you’re not able to rent more than one at a time so the max you’re actually getting is 4 per mo. I’d love to see more selection at Redbox but I’m not interested in Netflix.

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      Ginger [visitor]

      Your turnaround is a week? That stinks. That was actually one of my big concerns before I signed up and exactly why it took so long for me to sign up for a trial. But, our turnaround is quick–only 2 days. If I stick it in my mailbox before the mailman shows up on a Monday, I’ll get an email early Tuesday morning, around 7am, confirming they’ve received the movie. Sometime in the afternoon or evening, that same day, I receive an email stating my next movie is on its way, and Wednesday, it’s in my mailbox.

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      charlie [visitor]

      4 discs a month for 1 dvd out? it’s either your turnaround time is slow or you keep the disc long enough. i have 1-dvd unlimited and i get 8 dvds a month (2/wk) except for holidays that messes up my dvd cycle.

      you could get a long wait w/ netflix but i could also happen to you in redbox if dvd you want is out of stock. netflix has a vast choices of movies to rent/stream, redbox can only have as much as the box could carry at a time.

      you can return redbox anywhere available, but you could also do this with netflix, return to any post office, mail drop box or your usps guy neighbor.

      i don’t pick netflix over redbox nor redbox over netflix… for me they complement each other; i use both.

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    Jon [visitor]

    I just got my disc today, put it in and was told to got o which is just the sign-up page for the Wii disc…browsed the site a little and found the activation page. So if anyone runs into that.. not sure if its a misprint on the early discs or what, go to

    I am streaming with the wireless (as most will unless they want to buy the USB adapter) and the quality is as good as my media pc thats wired and runing a DVI to HDMI connection. My TV is a Samsung 42″ Plasma 420p, diggin it so far

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      MovieWatcherSupreme [moviewatchersupreme]

      You have a media pc hooked up to a plasma screen? Be carefull, that is a potentially dangerous combination. With game systems too, keep an eye on it.

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        Jon [visitor]

        if it is dangerous…can you provide a link to an article explaining how and why? not very useful to comment without verification..anyone can pop on and say anything they want…means nothing until its been backed up.

        By the way if its related to burn in issues…any recent articles I have read indicate that most new plasmas are highly unlikely to have any burnin issues. Really depends on the TV for the most part. Some have tools to remove burnin if it occurs (as mine does) as well as automatic preventative measures such as the entire screen shifts by one pixel when it senses no change in image on the screen…among other things.

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          MovieWatcherSupreme [moviewatchersupreme]

          Well Jon,
          I said it was a POTENTIALLY dangerous combination. Also said to keep an eye on it, not that it was going to have a problem anytime soon.
          BTW, Your request which I will gladly honor, here is a link;

          and another, because it is not just burn in that is the problem

          and one more just for kicks and giggles

          Your Welcome:)

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          MovieWatcherSupreme [moviewatchersupreme]

          I would love to post some links but this site tends to block external links placed in the comment sections by simply canceling the post.
          I tried to do a post before this one but is wasn’t allowed through.
          Just Google “Plasma Screen Issues” and click on the first three links. Those are the ones I had in the blocked post.
          Key phrases though: Potentially a dangerous combo,&, Keep an eye on it.

          Your Welcome:)

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            Richard [visitor]

            “Dangerous”? Hyberbole much?

            Plasma issues with burn-in are NOT as common with recent/current gen plasmas. Even the Google search that you recommended returns a page of “Common Misconceptions About Plasma TVs” as the second result. “danger” is NOT even used within the text of the top three search results.

            Please stop with the FUD.

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            MovieWatcherSupreme [moviewatchersupreme]

            Hyperbole* is how we spell it.
            Well it is clear that Google doesn’t return the same results for everyone. Unfortunately I can not place links.
            I believe I addressed the fact that I was clear about being subtle with my statements. Dangerous has many definitions and you clearly have observed the wrong ones. I realize that “good” manufactures have solved the plasma problems.
            BTW; this is not FUD, it is advice and information:)

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        Mark [rb123456789]

        Have tried your google searches and found nothing relevent. Seeing you aren’t willing to give even a one sentence description of the problem (what happens when you hook a media center pc up to a plasma which is “potentially dangerous” lol) I can only conclude you are seeing how many suckers you can reel in to this ridiculousness.

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          MovieWatcherSupreme [moviewatchersupreme]

          I will be as concise as possible.
          1. ALL plasma screens are affected by high altitude’s
          2. OLDER design plasma screens are susceptible to burn in (i.e. media center pc hook-up)
          3. ALL plasma screens generate more heat than any other type of display
          It simply can not get any shorter.

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            RK [visitor]

            1. My living room doesn’t seem to be changing altitude much. My plasma is afraid to fly so it won’t be getting on an airplane and it doesn’t know how to ski, so road trips to Denver are out. And I don’t see how altitude has anything to do with it being “dangerous” to use with a PC or game.

            2. Nobody cares about or even owns an OLDER plasma. I used to work with them in the late 90’s. They cost $5-10 thousand, had lousy pictures, and didn’t even resolve more than 480 lines. Not the same thing as today’s $1000, 720 or 1080 plasma that people actually have in their homes. And there is plenty of things that are on broadcast TV that can potentially burn an improperly adjusted plasma, it has nothing to do with a PC or game.

            3. “All Plasma generate more heat than any other type of display” ??? That is a ridiculous statement. Very large CRT’s generated more heat than many of the current generation of plasmas. DLP and LCD rear projector sets (particularly early ones) generated a lot of heat. Projectors are certainly displays and many small business projectors generate more heat. Large venue projectors (you did say all) produce many times more heat than a plasma. Besides, what does the amount of heat generated by a plasma have to do with it being a “dangerous combination?”

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            MovieWatcherSupreme [moviewatchersupreme]

            Wow really? You know I could sit here and explain to you all the ridiculous offensive sarcasm you have placed in your message and counter point it respectively but frankly I just don’t care. If seriously don’t get it I just feel sorry for you. I have better things to do than argue with idiots.

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    Curt [visitor]

    I am not a Netflix subscriber but a Wii own and would be interested. How do you get sent a Wii disc? What has to be done and how much does it cost? Will the Wii play dvd’s?

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      MB [visitor]

      Once you subscribe to netflix you can use their link on the Watch Instantly tab. Look for the FIND out more link under the Wii in the Devices under Instantly to you TV

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    MB [visitor]

    Got my disk Fri and had it up and running in no time. Decent quality and beats having to run a cat 5 from the wilreless modem to the Blu Ray player or buying the required network bridge to make the bluray wireless. Also fewer issues than when Netflix switched over to the Silverlight viewer to stream to PCs

    To the best of my knowledge anything in you Netflix Instant queue can be viewed via Wii

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    Ria [visitor]

    I would sign up for Netflix immediately if we were to receive a disc. We have a wii and I have been waiting patiently for the ability to watch movies throught the wii.

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    monte [visitor]

    GIVE ME MY WII DISC ALREADY, NETFLIX! IM SICK OF JUST BEING ABLE TO LIVESTREAM ON ONE TV WITH MY TIVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    tankman [visitor]

    Did not get my disc. I guess I am not in the “beta testing”. Oh well, I can wait. I now stream Netflix on my laptop and love it.

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    Lexis [visitor]

    I got my Wii disk on Friday, and couldn’t be happier. I’ve already spent hours watching instant movies during the past rainy weekend, and this will definitely make my membership cost effective. If I have the option of watching a movie on a disc or on my Wii, I’ll pick the Wii. It’s really that easy. I’ve already gone back and added a bunch of old favorites to watch again. I haven’t had any buffering issues. Movies take about 20 seconds to load, and then it’s as though I am watching a DVD. I don’t really care about having the sharpest resolution or super HD picture. I just want to watch a movie and be entertained, and be able to work on my PC at the same time. Now I can.

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    Jenna [visitor]

    I would love to get a Wii disk to stream movies from Netflix. Have the Wii and not a Netflix membership, but would probably get it if I could stream over my Wii. Only concern would be streaming speed, as On Demand from Dish is too slow and takes too long.

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    Jared Kendall [visitor]

    I would definitely use NetFlix for Wii movie rentals…. Not to say I won’t keep usi9ng Redbox….. Love the Dollar Movies and with Prices at the Theatre going outta control…. I will gladly wait for my home viewing through Redbox rentals.

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    Jessie Haynes [visitor]

    This is definitley a motivator for me to re-join Netflix. I was considering purchasing a PS3 but am now somewhat relieved that it will not be required for me to enjoy the netflix movies!!!!!!