It looks like Nintendo wants to join the online video content party. I've never been a huge fan of video via gaming systems even with the success of the XBox 360 and PlayStation3 video streaming available today. Throwing the Wii into the mix seems kind of silly to me when the video output is so minimal, but I guess if they focus on cartoons, television and SD quality movies and keep it cheap enough it might be a draw for the multitudes of Wii owners.
Nintendo plans on launching the video service sometime next year and will only air “cartoons and other entertainment content” exclusive to the Nintendo service. No pricing was announced, but the press release states there will be some commercial-supported free service as well as a premium service available.
Although a set pricing model has not been announced, the original news report claims some offerings will be premium while others free but ad supported.