Saturday, March 14, 2009

Streaming Movies and TV may be coming to the Wii



I love it when the titles of posts rhyme. Unfortunately, it happens with great infrequency. Anyway, back to the topic of today's post. A recent interview by Variety of the president of digital media for Lionsgate covers the subject of the Wii as a distribution channel for his company. The best part for Wii owners is that he feels it will happen this year. Here is the quote:

"The thing that is clearly a force in digital are the game devices. I think when we see the Wii come into the market with the ability to stream movies, which I think is maybe going to happen as soon as this year, I think that’s going to be a big marketplace for digital distribution."

Needless to say this would put the Wii in competition with the XBox 360's video marketplace.

With all the digital devices being connected to TV's now, it's pretty easy to see that content companies are looking at them as a way to get their media in front of consumers and are embracing lots of different ways to do that. The are currently 12.6 million Wii units currently in the United States (which is about 4 million more than Xbox 360).

The real downside will be the Wii is not high def and doesn't have hard drive space, but I'm willing to bet that those problems have already been overcome if Lionsgate is looking at 2009 as the launch date.

Got a Wii? Stay tuned!

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