Watch TV, Movies on Wii

For those of you who have been eagerly anticipating the moment when you can finally watch TV shows and movies via your shiny little Wii console, the time has finally arrived…um, if you live in Japan.  Hope I didn’t raise all of your hopes up high, but now that the buzzkill is over and done with, it’s time to get to the facts.

This past weekend, Japan’s Wii no Ma service received a big update.  Formerly, the Wii no Ma Channel was geared towards advertising and demos, but now the video-on-demand service will include television shows, movies, and anime as well.  Users will have to pay in order to download different content, with prices likely varying depending on the material.

This is great news for Wii owners (living in Japan), but there’s more.  Disney, Warner, Pokémon, Japan Professional Football League (soccer, not American football), TV Ashi, and THK have all signed up to deliver content to the service.  With big names like that already taking part in the Wii no Ma service, one can only expect more big names to follow.

It’s a bit of a downer that this service is exclusive to the Japanese market, but there have been talks about launching the channel globally, which would be pretty sweet.  What do you think, dear reader?  Is the Wii no Ma Channel destined for greatness?  Will the big names such as Disney and Warner contribute to the rise of the service?  Should the channel be exported from Japan to other places around the world?

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  1. Ahh…you drew me in with the title and I was all excited. Too bad for the United States and other countries right now. Guess we’ll have to see what the Japanese think about this new capability. It is exciting that some large entertainment companies have signed up to deliver content.

  2. I hope they bring it to the States. I’d love to watch anime on my Wii, even if I have to pay per episode. The anime channel on cable just doesn’t have a good selection.

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