BBC iPlayer launches on dedicated Wii channel

LONDON - The BBC and Nintendo UK have teamed up to launch a new version of the BBC iPlayer on the Wii gaming console.

IPlayer: to be available on dedicated Wii channel
IPlayer: to be available on dedicated Wii channel

First made available through the console in April 2008, BBC iPlayer will now be available as a dedicated Wii channel to provide Wii users with the BBC's TV and radio on-demand catch-up service.The Wii Channel is expected to be available from 18 November.

Since BBC iPlayer launched on the Nintendo Wii, there have been 900,000 requests for TV and radio programmes.

The new version of BBC iPlayer for Wii has been designed to deliver a better experience, with a new full-screen user interface.

Erik Huggers, director, BBC future media and technology, said: "It's important that we offer audiences more ways to access the huge range of BBC content available, and this improved version of BBC iPlayer underlines our commitment to reaching new audiences by making BBC iPlayer available on as many platforms as possible."

To use the new BBC iPlayer on Nintendo's Wii, users should download the BBC iPlayer Wii Channel from the menu screen of Wii Shop Channel.

Once downloaded, users need to click on the BBC iPlayer icon to launch the new full -screen service, then select and play the BBC TV or radio programme they want to watch.

Nintendo's Wii users will incur no charge for downloading the BBC iPlayer Wii channel.


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