Netflix today said it had started sending out instant streaming discs to some of its subscribers who use Nintendo's Wii gaming console, formally saying on its blog that it was in the "final phase of getting ready for the launch of streaming to Wii." The video company said it'll use the feedback from those lucky enough to be getting the discs early to debug before launching.
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In January, Netflix put an end to months of speculation about when the Wii console would get the video on demand service that already had been implemented in Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PS3.
Netflix of late has made a stronger push to online delivery of movies, acknowledging that it was aware the DVD-by-mail business that it relied on was in decline.
"Our growth in the last two years has been propelled in large part by our investments in streaming content and in the streaming platform," Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said. "When the Wii application ships, it's going to really open up a large additional opportunity."
- see the Netflix blog
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