The company will soon offer the Watch Instantly video-streaming feature on Apple iPhones and iPod touch devices and the Nintendo Wii gaming console, according to an industry executive familiar with Netflix’s plans.
We’ve seen the Wii pop up as a potential Netflix streaming video destination on a few occasions – specifically via online surveys and possibly via employment opportunities. What we don’t know is the period of gaming platform exclusivity Microsoft currently enjoys with the Xbox 360. But this is the first I’ve heard of an iPhone client. Hacking Netflix doubts it’ll happen. If we take AT&T’s (incapable?) network out of the equation, I could see Apple approving a WiFi-only client. Unlike the hobbled Slingbox software, a free app download coupled with Netflix’s free streaming (for subscribers) won’t hurt so much. In fact, bring it on!
Lastly, as I took the liberty of re-purposing CoolIris’ graphic (above) I suggest you give their site a visit. Mari’s a big fan of the visual media search and playback engine, which is also obviously available as an iPhone app.