The BBC’s iPlayer video service will soon be available via the Nintendo Wii, reports the BBC.
The iPlayer, a video download and streaming service, will soon be a channel on the hugely popular game console, although the BBC is still at loggerheads with internet service providers over who should pay for extra connection costs.
The iPlayer on the Wii is currently being tested and the BBC expects to release more test versions in late 2008. An early version of the service is available from 9 April. It is only available in the UK to licence-fee payers.
The partnership with Nintendo marks the first time the iPlayer will appear in mainstream living rooms. It has only been available over computers, previously. A version of the service for Virgin Media cable set-top boxes is also imminent, however.
In March 2008, more than 17.2 million requests to download or stream BBC programmes were made via the iPlayer, up 25% on the previous month. More than 42 million programmes have been accessed via the iPlayer since its Christmas 2007 launch.
The Nintendo Wii has rapidly become the world’s most popular console largely thanks to its innovative motion-sensitive controller. In the UK it has become the fastest-selling console every shifting more than one million units in just 38 weeks after going on sale.
By adopting the Adobe’s Flash Player software, the BBC makes its free catch-up TV service – BBC iPlayer – available as a streaming service across Macintosh, Linux and Windows and allows the BBC to provide a single consistent user experience for the majority of streamed video and audio content on bbc.co.uk.
The BBC iPlayer on-demand streaming service will complement the download service currently available. It’s part of the BBC’s strategy to reinvent bbc.co.uk to ensure that all its rich-media content is accessible to the widest audience possible.
In other news, today Adobe announced version 1.0 of their new Adobe Media Player for content owners looking to make Flash video content playable offline. Major broadcasters and publishers have worked with Adobe to provide a broad range of content.
Adobe Media Player takes the Flash video platform offline and allows viewers to consume downloadable Flash based content. The new player also has the ability to search within the player for free content and provides new options for monetization and branding.
Content owners now have the ability to take downloadable Flash content and include offline advertising, customize the look of the player and collect measurement data of offline content consumption.
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