Netflix launches disc-free streaming on Wii, PS3

Netflix is continuing its push to become ubiquitous with streaming video, adding the Nintendo Wii console to the list of devices disc-free Wii and PS3that can now support streaming movies and TV episodes directly from the disc-by-mail stalwart's web site.

Netflix last week said it would post a free app for PlayStation 3 users to eliminate the need for a disc to enable streaming movies. But it surprised Wii users with an app of their own.

"Starting today, you'll be able to watch movies and TV shows without inserting an instant streaming disc into your console," Greg Peters, VP of product development wrote in a blog post for Wii and PS3 users. "Once you've downloaded the new application, you can recycle the current streaming discs or keep them as a souvenir."

The new apps allow users to search for content directly from the devices, and Netflix said more content will be available with subtitles and alternate audio tracks.

PS3 users do have an edge over Wii users, though; they'll be able to watch some movies in 1080p HD with Dolby 5.1 channel surround sound. Netflix launched its move to gaming platforms with the Xbox 360, which has had the ability to stream Netflix content since 2008.

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