Netflix goes disc-free on the Wii

Starting today, Netflix customers in the US and Canada can instantly stream content through their Wii consoles without the need to fire up a disc first.

Netflix says members who have a plan starting at $8.99 a month (or $7.99 in Canada), a Wii and an Internet connection can now instantly watch movies and TV shows by downloading the application from the Wii Shop Channel.

The new channel is available at no extra cost.

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime in a statement says more than 3 million Wii systems have already connected to Netflix to date.

The Netflix service has been available on the Wii console in the United States since April 12 and in Canada since September 22.