A recent customer survey from online DVD vendors Netflix suggests that the company may be expanding their service to Nintendo Wii owners in the future.
The subscription-based service, available to Xbox 360 owners since late November, would "offer its members the ability to watch movies & TV episodes instantly on their TV via their Nintendo Wii, choosing from a library of over 12,000 choices". In addition to a standard monthly subscription, such a system would hypothetically require the one-time purchase of a "Netflix Instant Streaming Disc" that would need to be placed in the Wii whenever users wanted to access the service.
Netflix has been a huge hit with Xbox owners and with a larger install base and a faster rate of sales the Wii seems to be the next logical direction in which to take the service. That being said, the Wii is dwarfed by the 360, PS3 and even some set top boxes in terms of hardware and output resolution, so it's hard to say whether hardcore movie buffs would shell out for such a feature. The need for a dedicated disc is understandable given the Wii's meagre specs but nonetheless disappointing - is it really too much to ask for a Netflix Channel?
We'll have more coverage here at Nintendo Life as the situation develops, so stay tuned!