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Amazon Instant Video App Hits The Wii Today In North America

Posted by Orla Madden

Nice and simple

Amazon has announced today that its video streaming service, Instant Video, has launched today for Wii consoles across the US. The app can be found in the Wii Shop Channel, and subscribers of the service will gain access to over 145,000 movies, TV shows and documentaries. Prime customers are able to watch over 30,000 of these videos at no extra cost.

Similar to popular service Netflix, Amazon's offering provides simple navigation with Recently Watched, Watchlist and Genre Recommendations. The Parental Controls feature allows you to manage age appropriate content, as well as searching specific kids categories by age.

Duncan Orrell-Jones, Senior Vice President of Network Business at Nintendo of America, said:

Since it arrived in November of 2006, Wii has been a cultural phenomenon. With more than 40 million units purchased in the U.S. alone, the addition of Amazon Instant Video means more choice across a significant portion of the American entertainment landscape.

The application launched for the Wii U in November, so it's good to see Amazon bring it to its predecessor. Will you download this app for the Wii? Let us know in the comment section below.


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User Comments (21)



kurtasbestos said:

Awesome! Now I can... not watch the videos I bought on Amazon Instant on my Wii because I moved to a country that Amazon doesn't want me to watch them in. If it weren't for that little problem, I'd be downloading this as soon as possible.



DrKarl said:

Maybe now is the time to transfer my Wii VC & Wiiware to the Wii U...

This would free up my Wii to be a dedicated Netflix, You Tube & Amazon Prime box for my bedroom. Very tough call still though.



bezerker99 said:

Yay, more playing catchup for the Wii. This service, just like YouTube, has already been on the PS3.



Magi said:

@Gamesake I dunno about all that. I've seen (and own) some pretty great games on my PS3 and I purchased it brand new for $199 from Best Buy. I also purchased the Move controllers and the Sharpshooter with Killzone 3 and Resistance 3 for next-to-nothing as well. I might have $325 tied up in the whole "bundle". I can't really address your DRM issue as I'm not entirely sure what you're issue is there.



RevolverLink said:

I'd watch Amazon Instant more, but it seems like every time I look at their selection, there's a ton of overlap with Netflix Instant.



LittleIrves said:

Orla, why is your article about Amazon Instant when the topic is Sony's PS3 exclusives? Wait I'm confused.

(For my money, the PSN store seems like the best part of Sony's console; I'm bummed I've missed out on Journey, Everyday Shooter, Pixeljunk, and more...)



DrKarl said:

@dustin_g No. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can watch quite a bit for no additional cost. For everything else, you can pay by the episode/series/movie to watch.



Tasuki said:

Wont be downloading this myself for one thing I dont have this service and another thing my Wii is not hooked up to a TV now.



Gamesake said:

@Magi Not many console gamers are conscious about DRM. I'm talking about things like SecuROM, PSN, and Sony's latest endeavor. It's seems like anything that keeps you from playing your games--Sony has a hand in it. And $199 certainly wasn't PS3's starting price. A console should be affordable right from the start, not years later. Overpricing consoles is something Sony is still doing with the PS Vita (it costs more than you paid for your discounted PS3 and that's before you add a proprietary memory card into the mix). Maybe in a few more years when they cut the price it will start selling. That is, if anyone wants one at all.



Windy said:

@Gamesake I have a PSP that collects dust. Sometimes I use it as a doorstop........(not Really) just being funny LOL I'm not kidding about the big dust bunnies though.

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