Nintendo Wii Gets Amazon Prime Video App15 Jan, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
In a retro move of sorts, Amazon said it has made available an app for its Instant Video transactional video-on-demand and Prime Instant Video subscription VOD services to the Nintendo Wii — nearly six years after video game platform’s launch.
The Amazon Instant Video app is already available on Nintendo’s Wii U platform, which launched last November. The app is available for free from the Wii Shop Channel, or here.
The app offers transactional VOD access to more than 145,000 titles (including new releases on street date) from the Instant Video library and more than 33,000 Prime Instant Video titles. Amazon Prime requires an annual $79 subscription, which includes free two-day shipping most Amazon purchases. TV shows can be purchased per episode, or at a discount with a season pass.
Other app features include lists of recently watched shows, a movie watch list, genre recommendations and a link to manage your favorite repurposed TV shows.
A parental control and “kid zone” feature allow parents to manage access to age-appropriate content and also easily navigate specific categories to find family friendly programming by age
“Whispersync” lets users switch from one device to another. For example, a user can start streaming a movie on Kindle Fire, then pick up where they left off on a Wii console.
“We’re focused on providing our customers with many choices to make their entertainment experience enjoyable and as easy as possible — whether it’s offering a wide selection of hit movies and popular TV shows, or a variety of ways to instantly stream all the content available in the Amazon Instant Video library,” said Anthony Bay, VP of worldwide digital video with Amazon. “Today, bringing the Amazon Instant Video app to the Wii console means we’re giving our customers even more ways to easily and instantly watch the videos they want right at home.”