Netflix is a rental company based in California. Online, people can order DVDs and BluRay movies and stream thousands of films over the internet. In January of 2010, Nintendo announced that they were partnering with Netflix so that Wii owners could stream movies on their console to watch on their television by ordering a disc from Netflix. In October of 2010, it was announced that Wii owners could get the Netflix Channel for free using the Wii Shop Channel without using discs. In order to watch movies, users must have a paid subscription to Netflix. The channel was released in the United States and Canada on October 18, 2010, and service was expanded to include the United Kingdom and Ireland on January 9, 2012.
On July 14, 2011, Netflix became available on the eShop for Nintendo 3DS, allowing users to watch movies on the handheld. However, the movies were never made available in 3D.
Netflix became available for use on the Wii U on November 18, 2012.
In November 2018, Netflix announced that it would no longer be supported on the Wii effective January 30, 2019, which is the closure date of the Wii Shop Channel. A new version of the Netflix app is in development for the Nintendo Switch.