Yesterday’s announcement that Sony will begin offering PlayStation 3 users the chance to stream Netflix content starting next month was obviously welcomed news to owners of Sony’s big black box. Xbox 360 owners could care less, since they’ve been enjoying Netflix for almost a year. All the while Nintendo Wii owners are left asking, “Hey, Lama. Where’s our Netflix deal?” That is of course assuming Wii owners are greatly interested in Netflix streaming (and 1980s golf comedies).
If you are a Netflix subscriber, and you don’t see yourself investing in a PS3, an Xbox 360, or any other device capable of letting you watch streaming Netflix movies on your TV, then listen up. As GamesIndustry.biz reports, the Punxsutawney Phil of gaming, Michael Pachter, predicts a Netflix streaming deal “will be announced for the Wii in the next 12 months."
Considering that Sony was able to find a way around Microsoft’s exclusivity deal with Netflix (disc vs. dashboard integration), it’s not unreasonable to think that sometime in the next year, Nintendo will decide to formulate a deal of its own. Although, I’d be surprised if Nintendo jumped on the Netflix-streaming train before it has an HD-capable console. Granted, the majority of movies and shows available on Netflix aren’t in HD, but that gap will only continue to shrink, and as it does, so too will the justifiability of offering a streaming service like Netflix on a console. Does this mean that I think Nintendo will be releasing its long-rumored Wii-HD next year? Maybe…or maybe not? Cryptic predictions (cryptictions?) FTW!
How many Wii owners out there think they won’t have some kind of access to Netflix streaming by next year? And do you think the Wii is a capable enough console for it?