How to Watch Internet TV With the Nintendo Wii and Wii U

Stream videos on the Wii and Wii U

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The Nintendo Wii was one of the first video game consoles to support streaming video from services like Netflix and Hulu. Although the Wii online store is now closed, it's still possible to stream movies on your Wii and Wii U with the right apps and equipment.

This article applies to the Wii and Wii U, but the newer Nintendo Switch also supports additional streaming video services.

How to Watch Streaming Video on the Nintendo Wii

Similar to how online TV devices like Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast work, the Wii and Wii U have apps (also called "channels") that users can download to stream TV shows and movies from the internet. Some streaming services require a subscription, and you may need to set up an account using a computer before you can watch videos on your console. Others, like the YouTube channel, are free to use. There's also an internet channel that allows you to search the web using an on-screen keyboard and the wireless controller.

Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to download apps from the Wii store, but you can still use services like YouTube and Netflix if you have already downloaded the apps. To stream videos, the Wii requires a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection as well as the standard RCA or S-video television hook-up. Because this console was released in 2006, it doesn't support HD streaming.

How to Watch Online Movies and TV on the Wii U

Visit the Wii U shop to download apps for Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video, YouTube, and others. You will also need a stable Wi-Fi connection and an HD television hook-up to watch streaming videos. The Wii U doesn't have as many apps available as newer game consoles or the Roku, but if it's all you have, watching Netflix on your TV via the Wii U beats watching movies on a laptop.

Streaming Video on the Wii U

The Wii U is capable of streaming video in full HD (1080p) and also streams media in 1080i, 720p, 480p, and standard 4:3. The Nintendo Wii U is even compatible with stereoscopic 3-D televisions.

In addition to this video versatility, the Wii U features an HDMI output with six-channel audio and the standard RCA analog stereo. This means that no matter the aspect ratio or quality of the video you want to watch, the Wii U supports playback.

When you stream video on the Wii U, the video also plays on the GamePad, so you can watch movies on the small screen while someone else watches TV.