BBC iPlayer streaming to Wii

Ever wanted to watch Doctor Who on your Wii? Fancied a dose of comedy in between Wii Sports and Mario? Well, now you can! Provided you live in the UK and you’ve paid the license-fee *sigh*.

The BBC News website today announced that a version of its iPlayer will debut on the Wii console.

The BBC iPlayer allows users to stream, download and catch up with BBC programmes using the Internet. Wii owners will be able to access iPlayer via the Internet Channel with the service available from April 9th. However, ‘more polished’ versions will be released as BBC experts test the service.

In a speech at the MipTV-Milia conference in Cannes, Erik Huggers, the BBC’s group controller for Future Media and Technology said: “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.”

This step is a clear indication of the ever decreasing gap between TV, Internet and games consoles. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have also shown the intention to utilise on-demand content. Gamers can already purchase and download movies using the Xbox LIVE service while Gran Turismo 5, for the PlayStation 3, will have its own channel with a range of programmes.