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BBC To Roll Out A Special iPlayer Channel For Wii

After developing the iPlayer for the Playstation network in September, BBC has now collaborated with Nintendo to launch a new and improved version of the catch-up service for the Nintendo Wii gaming console.

The console which has multiple non-gaming features including a news channel, weather forecast and an internet browser, also had an early version of the iPlayer but users reported it to be “clumsy”, therefore BBC decided to develop a new version. The new iPlayer channel will be available for Wii users to download from November 18.

Expressing his satisfaction at the development, GM of Nintendo UK, David Yarnton mentioned that Nintendo was looking to increase the market for its products by providing stimulating content to its users so that they have one more reason to turn on the Wii everyday.

Gaming consoles are increasingly used by many users to view television content and figures have revealed that nearly 6% of iPlayer viewers use PlayStation consoles to tune into the service.

With the new channel going live on November 18th, BBC is hoping to alter the viewing habits of the 1 million Wii users in the UK by providing better video quality and access to a huge archive of BBC programmes.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.