Netflix Ships Wii Instant Streaming Discs

Posted Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 10:00 AM PDT by Mike Attebery

In just a few days, Wii owners will finally get the benefit of Netflix instant streaming.

It’s official. Netflix is now able to be used on all three current gaming systems. Whether you’ve got an Xbox 360, PS3, or Wii, you can jump on and watch your favorite movies and TV shows online with no download needed.

The Wii, like the PS3, requires the use of a disc in order to stream Netflix content. Unlike the PS3 though, the Wii has a number of disadvantages for those looking for the best viewing experience.

For starters, the Wii isn’t HD capable, and so isn’t capable of Netflix HD streaming. With the HD streaming experience coming to PCs before the end of the year, the Wii will be among the few options that doesn’t support HD.

The other downside to the Wii is that it doesn’t offer support for 5.1 channel surround. Netflix currently only streams in stereo, so the trio of systems is on a level playing field for the moment. When the 5.1 update comes later this year though, the PS3 and Xbox 360 will be able to take advantage of it while the Wii will not.

Source: 1UP

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