Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Netflix Heading To Nintendo Wii? Netflix CEO Said Chances of Netflix Streaming Heading To Wii "Good"

Netflix has easily become the most popular video rental service in the
United States, through both its DVD rental mailing service and it's
online streaming service. While they also stream to extenders like the
Roku, one of the bigger extender portions of Netflix's streaming share
is the current-gen video game consoles, like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Last October, we reported that Netflix coming to the Wii was
'confirmed'. While we haven't heard anything about it since then, the
Netflix CEO, during an interview at the D: All Things Digital event at
CES told interviewer Peter Kafka that the chances of getting on the Wii
were excellent .
Video rentals are nothing new to the Wii. In November, we reported on
the launch of the Wii's Room channel in Japan where users could rent
TV episodes and movies. That service is provided by Nintendo in Japan,
where Netflix has no presence. Unlike Netflix' all-you-can-eat plans
where they allow unlimited viewing for a monthly fee, the Wii's Room
charges small prices (from $0.30 to $5.65) for each rental.
One roadblock to the Netflix streaming possibility is the fact that the
Wii doesn't support HD playback. Netflix supports HD streaming to media
extenders (Roku, Xbox 360, PS3, etc.). The Nintendo Wii is no technical
powerhouse and cannot support 1080p. Some in the blogosphere have raised
the question as to if consumers on the Wii would bother with non-HD video.
One solution could be the rumored Wii 2 or Wii HD – a new
console rumored from Nintendo for months now that would support 1080p
video output. Such a device could support HD streaming from Netflix. For
now, Wii users will have to enjoy their Wiis, sans Netflix streaming.
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