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Watch TV shows and films on Wii with Netflix

18th January 2012 Print

Didn’t catch the last series of The Only Way is Essex, fancy watching great movies such as The Expendables or The Aviator or seeing full seasons of Breaking Bad, Top Gear or Torchwood? Wii owners in the UK and Ireland can now stream their favourite films and TV programmes onto their TV via their Wii, after Netflix announced its service expansion into the UK. Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), is available now for a low monthly subscription of £5.99. 

With more than 20 million streaming members in 47 countries and territories, Netflix has revolutionised entertainment by providing seamless and unlimited access to tens of thousands of hours of Hollywood and international feature films, full seasons of new and classic TV series, global documentaries, independent cinema and an incredible range of kids programming in a specially designed area of the service called “Just for Kids.” Thanks to a recent partnership announcement, fans can also watch the BBC Worldwide back catalogue via Netflix on their Wii. 

To access Netflix on your Wii, simply visit the Wii Shop Channel. Then select the "Wii Channels" from the main menu and choose "Netflix Instant Streaming for Wii." If you then select "Free 0 Wii Points", you will begin the download. Once Netflix Instant Streaming for Wii has finished downloading, it will appear on the Wii Menu and you can view Netflix content on your TV.
Dawn Paine, Marketing Director and Assistant General Manager at Nintendo UK, said: “Netflix has been a partner of Nintendo of America for many years now and we are delighted to be able to extend the service to our fans from UK and Ireland. I for one look forward to be able to view my favourite TV shows and films via my Wii.”

“We’re thrilled that Netflix is now available on Wii in the UK and Ireland coinciding with our launch,” said Bill Holmes, vice president of business development at Netflix. “The Wii console has been among the most popular devices used by Netflix members to enjoy unlimited TV shows and movies streaming over the Internet from Netflix on their TVs. We expect Wii will be one of the most used devices to enjoy Netflix in the UK and Ireland and are delighted to offer this additional value to Wii users.”