Numerous rumors are being published on the Internet that streaming Netflix support could find its way to the Nintendo Wii or Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles soon.
Due to the Netflix stock hitting an all-time high, there has been speculation that Netflix support will be available through more Blu-ray players and set-top boxes, along with the possibility of additional console support.
Streaming Netflix has been extremely popular through the Microsoft Xbox 360, with consumers able to watch movies and TV episodes directly through the Xbox 360. The company added around 2.4 million new subscribers in part because of streaming content with the Xbox 360 — and that number could increase even more if the Wii or PS3 get Netflix support.
The Wii has numerous channels and additional features, but the lack of a DVD player has left some owners unsatisfied with the lower-priced game console. The PS3 has a built-in Blu-ray player, and hasn’t added streaming Netflix, but some owners requested the feature to complement the PS3’s Blu-ray features.
I think the Wii, built on its Wi-Fi capabilities, would be better suited for the Wii, and would enjoy streaming content through the console.
Netflix currently has more than 17,000 movies and TV episodes available streaming, but has been criticized that a lot of the content available isn’t highly sought after material. The movie rental business has pleaded for more time, as it will continue to roll out new content, including high-definition movies and episodes, in the next few months.
Which console do you think will receive Netflix support? Which console do you want to see with Netflix more?
Update: Today Sony confirmed that the PS3 will begin supporting Netflix instant viewing starting next month (November). To support the service, PS3 owners will initially have to use a special disc in their PS3. Sony also confirmed that integrated support (without a disc) will be launched in the future.