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BBC makes deal with Nintendo to bring its iPlayer to TV screens via Wii

Antony Savvas

The BBC has announced a collaboration with Nintendo UK to offer the BBC iPlayer programme on-demand service via the Nintendo Wii games console.

As a result, Nintendo Wii users can stream their favourite BBC programmes direct to their TVs via the console.

Erik Huggers, the BBC's group controller for future media and technology, said, "Working with Nintendo marks another exciting milestone for BBC iPlayer.

"It underlines our commitment to reaching new audiences by making BBC iPlayer available on as many platforms as possible. The BBC's catch-up TV service can now be accessed on an increasing number of different platforms - from the web and portable devices to gaming consoles, and now it will be available on TV."

Once the iPlayer service for Wii is live, a message will be sent to all Wii consoles in the UK currently connected to the internet to notify them of the availability of the iPlayer service.

Existing Wii owners will then be able to access BBC iPlayer via the Internet Channel on the Wii main menu. New users may be required to download the Wii Internet Channel.

Once installed, users simply click through to bbc.co.uk/iplayer and search for the programme they want to watch.





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