The BBC and Nintendo have signed a deal that will allow Wii console owners to access the BBC’s iPlayer playback service. Speaking at the MipTV-Milia conference in Cannes, BBC Group Controller for Future Media and Technology, Erik Huggers, said: “Working with Nintendo marks another exciting milestone for the BBC iPlayer. 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. It will shortly be available on TV.”
Huggers explained that online Wii owners will be notified once the service goes live; the iPlayer will then be made available on the Internet Channel on the Wii main menu. Guess that makes it a WiiPlayer.
David Yarnton, General Manager, Nintendo UK, added: “This alliance with the BBC is yet another way in which Nintendo is looking to broaden the market for its products by offering compelling and relevant content to families. BBC iPlayer on Wii will offer Wii owners another reason to turn their console on everyday and adds to the already established non gaming content on Wii that includes news and weather channels and an internet browser.”
The BBC has also confirmed that the iPlayer will be made available via set-top boxes from Virgin media and BT Vision.