iPlayer on Wii is “ironic”, says BBC

Thursday, 10th April 2008 07:21 GMT By Patrick Garratt

The BBC has explained its decision to put iPlayer on Wii instead of PS3 or 360, calling the move “ironic” and saying the announcement makes a “mockery” of Microsoft and Sony’s multimedia aspirations.

“How ironic that it is the Nintendo Wii, and not the Playstation 3 nor Xbox 360, that becomes the first of the current generation of consoles to have a truly dynamic range of online video content,” said BBC journo Darren Waters on his blog.

“The BBC’s announcement of a deal with Nintendo to put the iPlayer’s streaming service on the console makes something of a mockery claims by Sony and Microsoft that their consoles are the true multimedia machines.”

The BBC announced yesterday that its iPlayer software – and the BBC programming that goes with it – is now available in early form on Wii.

There’s plenty more through the link.



  1. morriss

    Is that the only reason they did it?

    #1 7 years ago
  2. Tonka

    So that’s what the i stands for.
    Looks at iMac/iPod/iPhone
    ;_; ;_; ;_;

    #2 7 years ago
  3. Tonka

    Sounds like MS and Sony dind’t want it.
    Ah, cool. Flash update on the way for the Wii.
    “Xbox Live, its [MS] walled garden online service.”

    IMO it’s MS fear of Flash that makes it a no go. Since the iPlayer is web based the PS3 will be able to access it once they update the Flashplayer.

    #3 7 years ago
  4. jetsetwilly

    The blog entry says “According to the Beeb’s Erik Huggers it’s because Sony and Microsoft wanted to “control” the iPlayer.” – which is unsurprising if true.

    #4 7 years ago
  5. patlike

    Not surprising at all, tbh.

    #5 7 years ago
  6. Tonka

    Fuck. I just had a look and it won’t let me access it from outside of UK. But you guys don’t have bands broad enough to use it either.

    Talk about irony…

    #6 7 years ago
  7. kasai

    the BBC have nothing on there channel anyway so I doubt anyone is going to be missing anything. Unless you love Eastenders

    #7 7 years ago
  8. that_happy_cat

    I don’t think it’s ironic. Nintendo’s mass market audience is full of people wanting to watch BBC’s summer lineup. THe synergy between god awful programme making AND a never ending puke-duction line of unplayable mini-games is undeniable.

    Also… can people please stop putting “i” in front of other words? It’s starting to rally get on my nerves.

    #8 7 years ago
  9. Random_H

    Keep your 480p Video.

    And your irony.


    #9 7 years ago
  10. Tonka

    You tell them Alex. You tell them good.

    #10 7 years ago
  11. patlike

    @Alex: :D

    #11 7 years ago
  12. DizkoSkatinSuperstar

    A shining example of post-Hutton BBC editorial impartiality there.

    #12 7 years ago
  13. patlike

    Heh. He’s really not mincing his words, is he? :)

    #13 7 years ago
  14. bloke

    Blimey – I’m really looking forward to using this. In the absence of being arsed to remember to record stuff, the iPlayer works perfectly OK. And now it’s on my bedroom telly :-)

    What’s not to like?

    /never take anyone called Darren seriously BTW.

    #14 7 years ago
  15. morriss

    Yeah because supporting iPlayer = True Multimedia Machine.

    #15 7 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    Hey BBC… we pay for you so I’d reconsider saying stupid stuff like that. I’ll have a couple of thousand people demanding you port it to the gamecube before you know it. =)

    #16 7 years ago
  17. Whizzo

    Considering how much the BBC repeat everything iPlayer is almost redundant on every platform.

    #17 7 years ago
  18. grandmaster

    I think it’s more likely that Sony and MS don’t want to be involved because they can’t be seen to offer free media content when they want to sell/rent their own.

    #18 7 years ago
  19. elredeyegrande

    You can get the iPlayer working through the Media Extender on the 360. It’s a less than ideal solution, but hey it works.

    #19 7 years ago

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