As expected, the Nintendo Wii will shortly become the third current-generation video game console to pipe Netflix videos to millions of potential US homes. The service, which requires a special no-cost disc to access Netflix's videos, will allow Wii owners with basic Netflix subscriptions ($9 a month) or higher to instantly watch thousands of movies and TV episodes at whim. What's more, unlike Microsoft Xbox LIVE subscribers who pay $50 a year for the same privilege, access through Nintendo's console won't cost a thing--it's free to anyone with a Wii and a broadband link.
Sound like a deal? It should be, given Nintendo's massive 26 million install base in the US (roughly a third more than Microsoft's Xbox 360). And it would be, save for one niggling quandary:
The Wii can't do high-def.