BBC iPlayer Launching For Wii

When is a games console not a games console?

The BBC’s iPlayer continues to get better and better. Don’t take my word for it though; take the words of all the PC and iPhone users currently indulging in the service. Need more convincing still? How about the announcement that the Nintendo Wii is to be the next platform to see an iPlayer client tailored for it? In a word, fantastic!

The player is currently only available in a test version, with further revisions expected later in the year before a full version is released. Supposedly the first download will be up for grabs any time now, with a message being sent to all Wii owners in the UK to inform them as such.

Importantly only UK-resident license-fee payers are allowed to use the service, so you’ll be entering your post code (or if you’re dishonest that of someone who does pay) to use the service. Anyone having imported a console from another country will probably have to miss out on this too – that’s the price of getting a Wii in the face of UK stock shortages.

Given the undeniably greater popularity of the Wii compared to its rivals (in some ways at least) the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, it makes sense that Nintendo’s console would be the first to see such a service. No information is yet available as to the potential availability of a PS3 or Xbox 360 equivalent, but it seems likely that the BBC would at least be considering it.

So what are you waiting for? Get refreshing that Internet Channel ready to start watching your favourite programmes on your favourite console on-demand.

BBC news story.

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