Wii gets Netflix native app

Streaming video giant adds app to Virtual Marketplace; Wii subscriber base at 3 million.

Wii owners can toss their Netflix-streaming discs out the window today, as the streaming video giant has launched a dedicated app for the Nintendo Wii.

There's no need for that red disc on the right anymore.

Nintendo sent word today that a dedicated Netflix app is now available to download from the Virtual Marketplace. The Netflix channel is free to download, though content can be streamed only if the user is a paying Netflix subscriber. Previously, Netflix subscribers watching content on their televisions needed a disc (pictured) to do so.

Additionally, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said the Wii Netflix subscriber base currently sits at 3 million.

Today also marks the arrival of the dedicated Netflix app for the PlayStation 3. Announced last Friday, the app brings 1080i support, 5.1 channel surround sound, a search functionality, and subtitle support to Sony’s console.

The Xbox 360 has had a native Netflix app since the streaming service came to the system two years ago. However, Netflix for the Xbox 360 is primed for an upgrade when the Xbox Live fall dashboard update hits in the near future. Its enhanced features will include search and editable Netflix queues.

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Units420
Units420

Marky360, I gave into Netflix and its an $9.99 charge I don't regret. I've seen so many movies I would have normally never plunked down $5-$20 for and have been introduced to some great TV shows (alot of good British stuff on Netflix). I don't even care for the physical DVD's. I just have those sent to my mom-in-law to be when she needs to watch something. Streaming Netflix has changed my life....

manzy57
manzy57

So, Marky360, if I pay $9.99 per month, to get probably on average 8 DVDs per month via mail, and I can stream 8 movies per night for the entire month, assuming that I do nothing but watch movies 16 hours a day. 30 days or so per month, times streaming 16 movies per day, plus 10 movies via mail per month. 16 X 30 = 480 plus 10 in the mail gives me 490 movies per month at $9.99 per month, which equals your comment is irrelevent.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I downloaded the app last night (also for PS3). The menus load a LOT faster and the experience is streamlined. Plus there's now a SEARCH feature, which was missing from the Xbox 360 up until recently and has been in the PS3 (at least for me) since early this year (like January). I appreciate the refinements that they've made. I've rearranged my channels so that Netflix is always on the first menu screen. Now I don't have to worry about scratching or losing the disc. I've already had to replace the disc once.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Great news for the Wii, not that switching a disc was that much of a hassle. Redbox vs Netflix...... why not use both? If you watch 10 rentals a month, you might as well. Personally, it sucks when there are 6 Redbox's in two minutes of each other, and each one is filled with an idiot on the phone trying to figure out what people too lazy to leave the house want to watch, only to have to watch them get the last copy of the movie you were waiting for.

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

Yay! Just the other week, I was day dreaming about this. Looks like I can predict the future! @w@ Good news people! The CEO of Activison will be forced to Retired for embarassing the company by the end of this year! (oh if only that was true...)

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

getting it right now. good Job gamespot, finally something useful.

198d
198d

@wiiplay1 i understand that, what i was saying is that i would have expected ps3 to have done this a while ago since xbox has had this option from the start

Marky360
Marky360

@monson21502 actually Redbox is more convenient because with Redbox all I gotta do is when I wanna watch a movie just go get it pay a dollar and done if I wanna movie from netflix u gotta wait for the dvd to arrive in the mail which is a pain streaming movies online is good but u still gotta pay 8 dollars a month where as with Redbox it's just a buck if u really want the movie for more then a day u mind as well buy it because 8 bucks month is just a bill u really don't need

Flint247
Flint247

It's good that it's disc-free on the Wii now. :)

wiiplay1
wiiplay1

@eal-zubieri It's just a mistype. Don't get so worked up over an i that should be a p.

wiiplay1
wiiplay1

@198d They did this for the PS3 as well today.

198d
198d

it about time...honestly thought ps3 would have this done before wii, guess not

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

@Monson21502, Actually I think its 5 DVDs you can have at your house at a time, well this is cool, if I used the Wii for netflix, I have a PS3 and 360, so I have no reason to.... oh wait I guesse I could hook it up in my bedroom to my old school 32 inch TV.

Moloch121
Moloch121

Now the Wii isn't really missing out on much considering most of the movies on Netflix aren't HD yet...still PC version ftw

VenomREC
VenomREC

@ eal-zubieri you should not state stuff you know nothing about 1080i does exist & so does 1080p 1080i i believe the i stands for interlaced & p stands for progressive scan. there's no diffrence when it comes to the human eye. Now you look like an idiot for saying somthing Wrong!!!

monson21502
monson21502

@Marky360, netflix is way better then redbox. specialy if you have a 360,ps3 and wii. for 9 something a month you can have one dvd at your house for as long as you want. plus you can watch unlimeted streamed movies on any tv in your house as long as you have 1 of the above systems. redbox charges a dollar a day and if you have it more then 10 days it auto charges you 25 per movie. no way is that more convenient :P

coasterguy65
coasterguy65

glad to see the Wii and PS3 are both getting native Netflix. I know using the disc was a minor inconvenience, but it was still an inconvenience. I used the PS3 app earlier, and it works well. Guess I need to get the Wii set up. It will give me a chance to use it for something.

Marky360
Marky360

yea I just downloaded this app this morning on the PS3 don't know if I'll ever use it though seeing as how I don't use Netflix Redbox just seems more convenient and cheaper but it's nice to have anyway

monson21502
monson21502

@demonic_85, its not, the ps3 is getting it with 5.1 surround sound

monson21502
monson21502

great news :D all netflix discs must die!!!:)

guyguyguy1234
guyguyguy1234

Good! I was kinda getting sick of switching out the discs and such. Just a new convenience I guess :)

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

Nice if I ever get netflix :P really, 3 million is a lot :|

demonic_85
demonic_85

I dont see the point in have 1080i support when the Wii only supports 480p.

MAJORMOIST
MAJORMOIST

So happy. I was getting tired of going through bad PS3 Netflix disc.

evilweav
evilweav

@eal-zubieri it's 1080i haha

elozl
elozl

About time! now i want netflix for my country xP ( day dreaming)

namdar
namdar

Ya except Netflix has a crap selection of movies in Canada :(

eal-zubieri
eal-zubieri

"the app brings 1080i support, 5.1 channel surround sound, a search functionality, and subtitle support to Sony’s console" the "1080i" part is wrong, its 1080p idiots.

shafe-man
shafe-man

And I didn't think the Wii could handle all that. Silly me! But seriously, $3 Million? Wow.... no wonder Netflix is this popular.