Netflix Hitting the Wii Within 12 Months, According to Pachter
I know most don’t like to hear about Michael Pachter and his ramblings, but the latest seems like it makes a lot of sense. Following the news of Sony’s (now slim) black box, receiving Netflix’s “Play Now” streaming service, and according to a recent write up on Afterdawn, it seems that the Nintendo’s Wii will be getting in on the action as well. Just not right away. Read below to see what I’m talking about, as it also provides insight to this whole “streaming disc” business as well.
Video game industry analyst Michael Pachter has called Netflix’s recent move to bring their streaming service to the Sony PlayStation 3 as an “intermediate step” mainly designed to allow the service without breaking an exclusivity deal the company has with rival Microsoft’s Xbox 360.
For the time being, users will have to insert a disc into their PS3s to have the streaming features as it will not be part of the actual firmware until 2010.
Pachter believes the disc is a necessity to avoid breaking the deal with Microsoft.
“We believe that the exclusive arrangement limits Netflix’s ability to appear on the ‘dashboard’ for the PS3 or the Wii but because both devices have open architecture Internet browsers built-in, the solution proposed for the PS3 would likely not violate the terms of Microsoft’s exclusivity,” says Pachter.“We anticipate that a similar arrangement will be announced for the Wii in the next 12 months.”
Well there you have it folks, heard from the horse’s Pachter’s mouth. I know most of us saw this coming a mile away (especially with the surveys that we saw circulating earlier this year) it was just a matter of when. Now we know…and knowing is half the battle. (I’ve always wanted to write that)