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Netflix launches Nintendo Wii beta run

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(Read caption) Netflix is expanding to the Nintendo Wii console.

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Beginning this month, all three major video game consoles will stream Netflix video.

That's the word today from Netflix, which announced it had begun shipping instant streaming discs to some Nintendo Wii owners in the US. According to employee Jessie Becker, consumers will need only a broadband connection and a $8.99 subscription to watch Netflix on the Wii consoles.

As Monitor staffer Andrew Heining wrote in January, when Netflix first announced it would work with Nintendo, the Wii partnership promised to bring the company's streaming video capability to the 26 million US Wii owners – more than any other current console. Already, Netflix has partnered with Microsoft, the makers of the popular Xbox 360, and Sony, which manufactures the PS3.

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