Netflix For Wii Completes Console Video Streaming Hat Trick : All Tech Considered Discs are being sent out this week to enable Netflix streaming on the Nintendo Wii.
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Netflix For Wii Completes Console Video Streaming Hat Trick

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Netflix is introducing its service for the Nintendo Wii.

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According to Netflix's blog, discs are shipping this week that will enable Nintendo Wii owners to stream movies, TV shows and other content from the video service.

It'll require a broadband Internet connection (the Wii has Wi-Fi built in) and a Netflix account. It's the last of the three major current-gen consoles to receive the service. Microsoft's Xbox 360 has Netflix capabilities baked into its software and last year, Sony's PlayStation 3 added the service with its own disc to enable Netflix. As with the PS3 version of Netflix, subscribers will receive the disc to keep free of charge.

Unlike the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions, though, it won't be able to stream HD content from Netflix. The Wii itself doesn't display anything higher-res than 480p, so you won't be able to see, say, episodes of 30 Rock in their HD glory. Nevertheless, there are many more Nintendo Wii systems in homes than there are Xbox 360s or PlayStation 3s, and much of Netflix's streaming library isn't available in HD anyway.

So, now we have Netflix in Blu-ray players, on game consoles and even built into some new HDTVs. Can streaming to iPhones and other smartphones be too far behind?