Nintendo Wii is the top console for Netflix streaming

first_imgThe Nintendo Wii might not pack the same kind of hardware muscle as the Xbox 360 or the Playstation 3, but it’s still a fun, capable gaming system. It’s also a decent platform for streaming video content from Netflix — something I do on my own Wii on a regular basis. According to Nielsen, other Wii users are getting in on the action, too.The company’s latest findings show that 25% of Netflix users stream video to their Wii, nearly twice the number who report doing the same on an Xbox 360 or PS3. That’s a bit surprising when you consider that the Wii isn’t capable of pushing high-def video: it’s limited to 480p resolution via a component video cable. Clearly the comparatively low quality of the video is mitigated by Netflix’s price and features — at least for now.Following the recent pricing changes Netflix announced, users are up in arms and busily looking for an alternative service. On a good note, there are plenty out there to choose from. On a not-so-good note, most of these services don’t work on the Wii. If you count yourself among Nielsen’s Netflix-Nintendo tandem users, it’s not the end of the world. The streaming-only plan is still only $7.99 per month, and that Wii of yours can’t play DVDs anyways.It’s also interesting to note that 3% of users reported watching Hulu on the Wii. Why is that a big deal? Hulu doesn’t offer first-party support for the console, so that figure indicates that Wii users are also utilizing third-party services like PlayOn — that let them watch services like Hulu on unsupported hardware.More at Nielsenlast_img read more

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