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Well I thought out of curiosity to email channel 4 concerning their 4oD service. To me this is the 2nd most viewed online television catch-up service next to the BBC iPlayer followed by Demand5 (FIVE tv). Seeing as many UK citizens use the BBC service on the Wii and it caused a mass panic when the service outed due to the browser upgrade, I wonder how many of you would be interested in using the 4oD service on the Wii.
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On the 18-9-09 I made this short video on the current abilities of the Wii browser and the iPlayer. Since then I haven’t checked out whether the issues have been fixed. But saying as my laptop at the time was Bamjaxed, I uploaded this using my dad’s computer, but unfortunately couldn’t access my blog through it…
…weird I know but passwords evade me 😛
Well I guess this should be the promt for me to go and check the player out now…
…maybe tomorrow 😀
The BBC have now updated their FAQ’s with the following;
Why am I unable to view BBC iPlayer on my Nintendo Wii?
The latest Nintendo Wii software upgrade has caused BBC iPlayer to stop working. Users that have not upgraded can continue to use the BBC iPlayer website.
We are currently investigating and hope to resolve the issues with the BBC iPlayer website. Later this year we will be launching all-new BBC iPlayer designed specifically for the Wii.
When further information is available, we’ll update this FAQ. You can either return to this page later to check for an update, or you can request an update by clicking the ‘FAQ Updates’ option below if you currently use RSS (Really Simple Syndication – a way of getting the latest content from a website as soon as it is published, without you having to visit the site repeatedly to check for updates). If you’ve never used RSS before, please visit the Feed Factory to find out how to do so.
Hopefully this means that they will temporarily fix the service to allow the player to work with the new browser, but the “all new” browser is very interesting!
Embedded players for the iPlayer within the BBC main website work with the Wii Browser
Well the beeb dont seem to be terribly interested in resolving the outstanding issue with the BBC iPlayer and the upgraded Opera players flash capabilities. It wasn’t that long ago the iPlayer team were making comments about working with Nintendo and Opera and lobbying them to upgrade this so they can provide a better stream for its consumers!
Below is the press release from Nintendo of Europe, Link
1 September, 2009 – From today, anyone can now access the Wii Internet Channel for free*, allowing many more households to get online via Wii.
By connecting your Wii to the Internet, you’ll open your living room up to a world of possibilities! The Wii-specialised web browser enables people to connect wirelessly to the Internet then surf, shop or even watch online catch-up TV services via their console.
The fast-booting Internet browser will create a new relationship between the family, the TV, and the Internet. This Channel uses the full Internet browser from Opera Software, which also supports Adobe Flash.
Surfing the web with the Wii Remote is simple for the whole family. It lets you zoom in on areas of interest with ease and browse your favourite websites at leisure.