The Netflix Channel was released on October 18, 2010 and provided Wii owners with a way to stream Netflix videos without requiring the use of the Wii's disc drive, as was initially required for the Netflix service on the system.
On November 22, 2010, basically one month after the Netflix Channel was released for the Wii, Netflix announced a price change to their plans. Netflix introduced a "No DVDs" streaming only plan for $7.99, but raised the "1 DVD out at a time" with unlimited video streaming plan from $8.99 to $9.99.
Then, on July 12, 2011 Netflix announced another price increase and plan change; Netflix was separating the streaming video service from the DVDs by mail service, and charging two different prices for each plan. Netflix members can now get the video streaming only service for $7.99 a month, and the "1 DVD out at a time" plan for $7.99 a month.
So with all that information aside, how many hours have Wii owners reported watching documentaries, movies, and television shows on the Netflix Channel? Let's take a look!
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The Wii's Netflix Channel now has about 1,149,552 Wii owners that have reported hours of watching videos through the Nintendo Channel, with 371 days possibly reported.
According to the reported data, Wii Netflix users are watching the Netflix Channel about 3 Hours 32 Minutes per day/session that is reported.
Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's President, said that more than 3 million Wii systems were using the Netflix service before the Netflix Channel was added last year. Based on Reggie's own numbers from last year, and the current number of Wii owners reporting Netflix Channel data; only about 30% of Netflix Wii users are using the Nintendo Channel to their hours, assuming all the original disc based Netflix users downloaded the Netflix Channel.
As for the money side of things, if all Wii owners that have reported data are still active Netflix members, Netflix is making about $9,184,920 per month from Wii owners.
The Wii's Netflix Channel in our house is used nearly daily by Mrs. Coffee. She uses is to watch cartoons with our oldest son, and she enjoys watching some television series for herself as well.
I have written about how our son enjoys SpongeBob Squarepants occasionally and shows like Phineas and Ferb, but his all-time favorite as of right now are the Thomas the Train series available on Netflix.
While we of course were not happy about the Netflix price plan increases, we have stuck with the service for now; though we are debating on canceling just the DVD portion of our service.
I forgot to capture our reported Netflix Channel data, so I will do that in a bit and put the picture below. Don't be shocked when you see how much we have used it in the last year,
|Our reported Netflix Channel data...
Are any of you still using the Wii's Netflix Channel regularly? Also, did the recent Netflix price plan increases and changes cause you to change/cancel part of the service?
Also, are there any television series you would recommend to other Netflix owners that are available on the streaming service? I would probably recommend the Prison Break season, if you like a suspenseful and real-life setting, with some nice conspiracy elements thrown into the show.
The Netflix Channel is available on all home consoles, so if you don't own a PlayStation 3, Wii, or Xbox 360, you can see links below for them: