Streaming Movies to the Wii

Well, it’s Japan-only for now, but the Wii is finally starting to compete with the PS3 and Xbox 360 in the only category in which it’s in third place: Media center functionality. CinemaNow, apparently, is the guinea pig of choice.

Sonic (makers of Roxio) are bringing CinemaNow to the Wii. CinemaNow, in case you’ve forgotten, offers streaming movies (a catalog of about 14,000), short films, and concerts for rent or purchase. They haven’t gotten much of a foothold here in the States despite being around since 1999, even after being bought by Blockbuster a few years back. They’ve got a decent catalog, especially for new releases, and have partnered with all kinds of software, so the Wii should be no problem for them.

It might be more of a toe in the water than a real balls-out jump, but we’re glad Nintendo is open to expanding the Wii’s media capabilities. Remember, it’s Japan-only for now, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see this kind of integration appear Stateside. Press release to follow.

via Gizmodo – Roxio CinemaNow Brings Streaming Movies to the Wii (in Japan) – Cinemanow wii.

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