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BBC iPlayer on Nintendo Wii
« on: November 18, 2009, 10:52:47 am »
There is a new version of iPlayer that has been released today for the Nintendo Wii

It was possible to use iPlayer using the web browser originally released for the Wii but this recently ceased to work after a browser update.

The new iPlayer is a Wii Channel, ie is displayed when the Wii starts up along with all your other channels.

Just go to the Wii shop channel and download it free of charge.

Obviously you need your Wii to be connected to the internet but as they all come with WiFi built in it should be possible for most people.

As your Wii is connected to your TV anyway, it's a really convenient way to use iPlayer.

Unfortunately it's not possible as yet to use the other 'catch-up' services eg 4oD - they use different technology (Silverlight rather than Flash in the case of 4oD) but possibly these will become available in the future.
 

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Re: BBC iPlayer on Nintendo Wii
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2009, 12:01:52 pm »
What is the picture quality like?
 

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Re: BBC iPlayer on Nintendo Wii
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2009, 12:43:08 pm »
Only had a quick play this morning but seemed a definite improvement on before where iPlayer was played within a browser.

It's never going to be true broadcast quality but perfect for watching something you forget to record.
 

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Re: BBC iPlayer on Nintendo Wii
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2009, 03:39:48 pm »
We have resisted a Wii so far, but the iPlayer channel sounds interesting. I use it on my computer, but it keeps re-buffering, so takes ages to watch, and of course the screen is smaller than the TV.

 

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Re: BBC iPlayer on Nintendo Wii
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2009, 05:04:38 pm »
If iPlayer keeps pausing and re-buffering it is likely that your internet connection isn't really up to the job. Therefore regardless of what platform you use you will probably have problems. Might be worth doing a speed test to check.

My internet connection was one of the original 512k speeds, this didn't really work very well with frequent pauses. Once upgraded to an 'up-to-8Mb' connection (in reality a little over 1Mb) it works well most of the time.

The neat thing about using a Wii is that if you do have one it will already be connected to a TV anyway so need for any extra hardware or wires as the Wii has WiFi
 

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Re: BBC iPlayer on Nintendo Wii
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2009, 04:37:58 pm »
Just tried this and it works very nicely. Took a couple of minutes to setup the first time, but after that the quality is surprisingly good. Not HD but not far short of VHS.
 

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