Anyone who still thinks Amazon.com's Instant Video and Hulu Plus have substantially eroded Netflix's content distribution advantage got a rude awakening this weekend. The streaming sensation was first get its service ready for Nintendo's new Wii U console.

Surprised? I can't blame you. Last week, Nintendo said its TVii service -- designed to control not only live TV but also TiVo boxes for digital video recording -- wouldn't be available on the console. Streaming services were to be similarly delayed. Netflix chose not to comply, and for good reason.

Amazon, Hulu, and YouTube have little to lose by waiting because they're backed by diversified entities. Not so with Netflix, which, according to AllThingsD, accounts for more than twice as much streaming traffic as YouTube, 19 times as much as Amazon's Instant Video, and 30 times as much as Hulu. Being present on many devices with an easy-to-navigate app feeds that advantage, which is why its early arrival on the Wii U matters.


At the very least, it means Netflix will have weeks to get the new console's users tuned into its own channel before competitors arrive. Expect them to do exactly that, repeating a pattern we've seen often enough to make Netflix the most chosen name in streaming in spite of alternatives.

Yet even with this win it's important to understand that the Netflix story is still evolving, and key questions about its future remain. The biggest: whether the company's international aspirations create the sort of opportunity CEO Hastings wants us to believe it does.

Here at the Fool, we address this issue and much more in a brand-new premium report on Netflix. Inside, you'll learn about the key opportunities and risks facing the company, as well as reasons to buy or sell the stock. We're also offering a full year of updates as key news hits, so make sure to click here and claim a copy today.

The article Reed Hastings Is a Wii Star originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Tim Beyers is a member of the Motley Fool Rule Breakers stock-picking team and the Motley Fool Supernova Odyssey I mission. He owned shares of, and had a long-term call options position in, Netflix at the time of publication. Check out Tim's web homeportfolio holdings and Foolish writings, or connect with him on Google+, Tumblr, or Twitter, where he goes by @milehighfool. You can also get his insights delivered directly to your RSS reader.

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