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BBC iPlayer available on Wii

BBC iPlayer available on Wii

BBC iPlayer available on Wii

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.

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Grafter
It's going to be a bandwidth eater if it's only streaming though (and without a hard drive I don't see how it could be much else) since we won't be able to schedule downloads overnight. Now if they turned the Wii into a DLNA receiver capable of streaming iPlayer content from a PC - THAT would be incredible.
Newbie
I suddenly would like to invest in a Wii ;-)
Moderator
Just imagine when we have streaming video forumsWink
Grafter
It's arrived! "If you have a Nintendo Wii, it’s already connected to your TV, and now you can play BBC iPlayer programmes directly on your Wii." Any experience yet? How's the quality?
Plusnet Alumni (retired)
The Wii version has been made to work on the PS3 - http://www.ps3iplayer.com
Plusnet Alumni (retired)
The version for the Wii will use an extra 135MB for an hour viewing compared to the PC version
Dabbler
The hacker that managed to port the BBC’s iPlayer onto the PS3 console has been unofficially offered a job by the BBC’s Head of Digital Media Technology, Future Media & Technology. http://uk.gizmodo.com/2008/04/15/bbc_offers_job_to_ps3_iplayer.html