I’m a big fan of Netflix. A lot of people are. The thing that I like the most about it is probably the fact that they’ve been trying to figure out more and more ways to get movies and TV shows to you. The first innovation they came up with after the whole mail thing was to have movies stream right on your computer. You don’t have instant access to their entire catalog, but they add plenty of movies all the time. A year or two ago, they debuted the ability to stream through the XBox 360, and not long afterwards, they added the service to the Playstation 3. That’s all well and good, but the Wii was still left out. I realized that this was probably tough to do, seeing the technical capabilities of the Wii. Sure, it’s capable of going online, but software restrictions make it hard to install a capable front-end program. Also, the Wii doesn’t use the standard DVD format for its discs. So how could they do it?
Hey, who cares how they did it? I got my disc in the mail and after a quick setup, I was able to pick movies from my queue that were available to stream. You can also browse all sorts of categories for other stuff to see. It’s not the most impressive stuff (lots of Sci-Fi Channel Original Movies™) but plenty of Criterion flicks, so it’s like when you burn the outside of your pizza rolls but the center is still frozen. It all evens out.
So far, though, the best thing about it in my eyes is that I can watch a lot of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on it. I’m feeling a viewing of Future War coming on…
Altogether, though, I’m pretty happy with the latest development from Netflix. I am impressed with the quality of the streaming video (looks great on the HD TV, newer movies are close to DVD quality) and the fact that I can watch all I want at no additional cost is pretty sweet. If you’ve got a Wii, it’s kind of stupid not to pick this up.