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Netflix plans to unleash streaming video for the Nintendo Wii

First there was Wii Fit, now there's the ultimate Wii couch potato app: Netflix. Starting this spring, Netflix subscribers will be able to stream movies directly to their TVs using Nintendo's popular console. This should help the Wii catch up with the Playstation 3, which has a built-in Blu-ray player and the Xbox 360, which has Microsoft's Zune movie store. It's also a good move for Netflix, which is seeing more and more of its total business come from streaming.

To use Netflix on the Wii, you'll need a broadband connection and a free disc from Netflix. Unfortunately, the Wii's hardware isn't powerful enough to stream Netflix' selection of HD videos.

As people struggle to save money, a Netflix account is one of the first things to go, but users are increasingly cutting back their plans and streaming movies instead of quitting Netflix altogether. Streaming also saves Netflix money. According to the New York Times, it's 60 cents to mail a disc, and only 5 cents to stream a movie.

Tags: movies, netflix, nintendo, streaming, TV, wii