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Netflix Lean Towards Wii For Success

Posted by Anthony Dickens

On-demand video service soon to be available on Wii in the US

Netflix is coming to the Wii very soon, according to one the company's senior executives. TheWiire.com reports:

Netflix Vice President of Corporate Communications Steve Swasey anticipates seeing a lot of success (without predicting any numbers) on Nintendo's Wii platform. He notes the system's American install base, saying, "26 million homes in America have a Wii. That's a whole lot of folks."

The key question, as Swasey indicates, is whether Wii owners will want to watch Netflix on Nintendo's home console.

"We think that the desirability of watching movies instantly on the Wii via Netflix is a wonderful opportunity for Wii homes. And so we think it's going to be very well adopted."

If your interested in learning more about Netflix and what it offers head on over and listen to the interview yourself.

Whilst we see the gap in the market, HD will surely be the dominant force for on-demand video in future years. With that in mind, is Netflix merely looking at a stop gap with the Wii?

[via thewiire.com]

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User Comments (23)

Guybrush

#2

Guybrush said:

Since I don't own another console, this is perfect for me. Watching an entire movie on your laptop sucks. I signed up for Netflix in December before this was announced, so I'm pretty psyched.

warioswoods

#3

warioswoods said:

The vast majority of Netflix's streaming movies are still, I believe, merely DVD quality and not truly high-def. They do stream some high-def movies and I believe a decent selection of television shows as well, but for those I can continue to do what I've been doing, which is to connect my laptop to the TV via HDMI. Having another, more convenient option for all the standard-def material will be nice.

ReZon

#4

ReZon said:

Good luck with that Netflix. I hope they do see some success from it, but I wouldn't put money on it.

JakobG

#6

JakobG said:

Nationality C-C-C-Combobreaker!
I really envy UK and US for their exclusive services...
I hope someday comes a worldwide solution.

warioswoods

#7

warioswoods said:

Why the plural verb in the article title? Everywhere else in the article, you correctly use the singular. Netflix Leans Towards Wii Success. A company name is not plural.

DaBargainHunta

#9

DaBargainHunta said:

warioswoods, it's a difference between the American and English styles of grammar. In the U.S., what you say is correct (and, IMO, it's correct overall), but the English system is different.

warioswoods

#10

warioswoods said:

@DaBargainHunta

Perhaps, but it's still oddly inconsistent, for the article itself uses the singular verb every single time. One might object that most of those sentences are referring to the Netflix service, whereas the title refers to an action by the company, but the last sentence is certainly of the latter type and is, again, singular: "With that in mind, is Netflix merely looking at a stop gap with the Wii?"

Not that it matters all that much; I just find the headline to sound a bit ridiculous in its current form, and I like complaining.

Ren

#11

Ren said:

Can't wait for this. If anyone already has netflix why would they not use this? Not sure I would get netflix just for it alone but it is a great service and a nice expansion of the DVD delivery service if you already have a Wii. (I don't mind the non-HD since the DL content is mostly TV shows and old movies anyway, that I watch for story and not FX). When, though? They only say spring, it'd be cool to know when it's going to happen.

suburban_sensei

#12

suburban_sensei said:

I love netflix, and already do my instant streaming through my PS3. However, it is great for those with only Wii's to get in on the action. My girlfriends' parents have been Netflix subscribers for sometime now, and this was music to their ears, since they don't want to spend the extra money on a $100 "netflix ready device".

DaBargainHunta

#13

DaBargainHunta said:

You're preaching to the choir, warioswoods. I agree with the American rule and prefer it, but right or wrong, whether we like it or not, the English (meaning the country of England) style of grammar is different on this point. The entire country does it that way, not just the author of this piece.

TwilightV

#14

TwilightV said:

This won't be like the videos on the Nintendo Channel, will it? Because if it is, there'll be problems with buffering...

The_Fox

#15

The_Fox said:

Considering how few Wii owners actually take their systems online I wonder how well this can do.

nintendoduffin

#16

nintendoduffin said:

If only the service was available in the UK.
As for the grammar point, Netflix as a company are more than one person so it is correct to use it as a plural. Similarly, one would say "Radiohead are an English band" rather than using is. Later is the article, Netflix refers to the service rather than the company so using the singular case is correct there.

jangonov

#17

jangonov said:

@The Fox who knows, maybe since people know that netflix is online streaming, they will connect online for the first time. If they do, it will increase revenue. More people online means more people knowing about wiiware, vc, and DLC (as little as there is. Most of it is for music games). And if they know about it, a few of them will buy it. I see this as a very profitable move for Nintendo. Netflix, might get a few more subscribers, but they certainly will not lose any.

DaBargainHunta

#18

DaBargainHunta said:

I disagree, nintendoduffin. Netflix is ONE company, a single entity - which means it should be singular, not plural. I know you're from the UK and go by a different set of grammatical rules, but it is my opinion that the American way is correct in this case.

nintendoduffin

#19

nintendoduffin said:

I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree, I don't mind people using the singular case to refer to a company but for some reason it really annoys me when people use it for bands i.e. if someone were to say "Radiohead is my favourite band".

warioswoods

#20

warioswoods said:

@nintendoduffin

I already debunked the exact argument you made, way up in my post 10. Even if we distinguish between the service and company (which I knew someone would try to do), and take at face value the whole "British-style" thing, the last sentence of the article uses the singular yet is clearly referring to the company, not the service. So, the use here is inconsistent at best.

Not that it matters that much, but I hate pre-empting an argument and then seeing it used nonetheless, sans rebuttal.

Also, go to Google News and look at articles on Nintendo; you'll find very, very few cases of the plural out there, with nearly unanimous use of the singular (Nintendo plans, Nintendo is offering, Nintendo releases, etc). And Radiohead is indeed one of my favorite bands. ;)

Slapshot

#21

Slapshot said:

This is a really good opportunity for Netfix, as the homes that dont have a expensive Netflix ready device, or HD sytem to instant play through, they can use their Wii. I dropped my Blockbuster Rental service for Netflix the day it hit the PS3 and have been VERY pleased with the service. There are some really great movies and documentaries there to watch and I get 2 BluRays at a time for less than $20 a month. Maybe this will also get some people to maybe take a look at WiiWare while they are at it as well.

ToastyYogurt

#22

ToastyYogurt said:

Can't wait for this. No longer will we have to plug a laptop into the T.V. just to watch Netflix on it!

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