The BBC announced yesterday on their Internet blog that the BBC iPlayer will soon be available on the Nintendo Wii. We're big Wii fans here and this is yet another reason to buy one :-) Thinkbroadband make some very interesting observations about image quality and screen size.
"The Nintendo Wii is different compared to iPhone, Mac, and PC for viewing content as it is very likely to be connected to a big screen TV in the lounge, so it will be interesting to see what the public reaction is to the quality of the video when viewed on a 26", 32" or even 40" screen sizes. The quality may well be preferable to that of a VHS recording of the show and without the need to remember to program the video recorder or PVR people will be able to see stuff that they would have otherwise missed. Remember it is of course possible to connect your Mac or PC to many modern TV's as most modern video cards support a DVI output which with the correct cable can be connected to a HDMI socket. The older standard was a S-Video output but this generally gives a much lower quality image than DVI."
We'll keep a close eye on our network performance graphs and will let you know if the availability of the iPlayer on Wii means iPlayer usage increases even faster.