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LoveFilm launches on Wii today, Wii U coming soon

Stream films for as little as £4.99 a month

Lovefilm launches on Wii today while the Wii U version of the popular movie and TV streaming service will be coming soon.

While fans eagerly wait for Lovefilm on Wii U, they should know that they could stream films now on their old Wii console from £4.99 a month.

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The Lovefilm Instant application is available now from the Wii Shop and if you're already a member of Lovefilm you can download it for free. From there, you can watch, search, browse, rate and review titles from the Lovefilm Instant catalogue - all as part of your existing membership package.

If you're not a member of Lovefilm, you need to sign up on the Lovefilm website (you can use your Amazon account to do this).

Films coming to Lovefim Instant on Wii this December include Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, Inception and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1.

But it's not just about movies. You can also stream popular TV shows, with every season of season of Downton Abbey available to watch.

Of course, Netflix is already available on Wii and Wii U but Lovefilm Instant will offer another option for gamers who want to stream films from their console.

For example, Lovefilm Instant has exclusive first pay window content deals with Entertainment One and Studio Canal which means they get new releases first from both studios, including new instalments to the Twilight Saga and Tinker Tailor Solider Spy.

The first pay window is the first time a movie can be shown on a consumer platform (television, computer, tablet, mobile) to subscribers of a given service and it normally opens around 6 months after theatrical release.

Lovefilm Instant also has exclusive second pay window content deals with Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and Sony Pictures, plus streaming deals with other studios including Disney, Miramax and many more. The second pay window is when these films come to streaming services such as Lovefilm and Netflix.

Nintendo's Shelly Pearce is excited about Lovefilm Instant coming to Wii and Wii U: "We are thrilled to be partnering with Lovefilm to offer Wii owners and soon Wii U owners on-demand film and TV content to enjoy. Lovefilm has a proven track record of success and innovation in film distribution and is a very welcome addition."

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