Nintendo enables streaming Wii

Subscription video service Netflix is bringing streaming video to the Nintendo Wii.

Until now Netflix has offered a dual mode service whereby subscribers can either receive physical disks in the post or can watch movies and TV online using a PC.

The company is now adding Nintendo's family-friendly games console to its delivery methods but Wii fans will have to wait for an installer disk to arrive beofre the service will work.

Netflix marketeer Jessie Becker said, "We are in the final phase of getting ready for the launch of streaming to Wii. Today, we shipped out instant streaming discs for the Wii to some of our Netflix members. Their feedback will ensure that we deliver a great experience to everyone when we launch. Instantly watching movies and TV episodes from Netflix via Wii will be available soon at no additional cost – all you need is a Netflix unlimited plan starting at $8.99 a month, a Wii console and a broadband Internet connection."

The Wii's standard definition video outputs are quite frankly, not up to much so it will be interesting to see if this takes off.

Netflix, which is a US only operation at the moment, has been widely tipped to make another move into the UK later this year after a recent by-mail-only experiment failed dismally.