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iPlayer on Wii is "ironic", says BBC

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.

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