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Netflix Plans Streaming To Wii Consoles Via Disc

Netflix plans to offer movie and TV show streaming services to subscribers via Wii videogame consoles this spring, in a new deal that could bring digital video distribution to millions more of the nation’s living rooms.

The Wii streaming service will require use of a “streaming disc,” much like Netflix’s offering to subscribers who stream videos via Sony’s PlayStation 3 systems.

While the deal was long anticipated, given Netflix’s presence on PS3s as well as Microsoft Xbox 360 consoles, it nevertheless represents a big get for the video renter.

The agreement also could hold major development ramifications for the nascent streaming video market. “Our research shows that 86% of all U.S. Wii consoles are located in the living room,” says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime in a news release.