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BBC IPLAYER on NintendoWii - Is brilliant!

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  • Message 1. Posted by retrodad79 (U14222077) on Wednesday, 18th November 2009 permalink

    I read recently that this service switched on today, so this morning I turned on my Wii and downloaded the channel from the Wii shop channel. It is totally free and all you need is a home with a router or a Nintendo WI-FI usb connector.
    My first impressions was that it looked just like the online version, but you can now use your Wii remote to navigate the menu's. I selected last night James May's programme (big toys) and it loaded up in seconds, was full screen and the most surprising aspect was the picture quality. It is very clear and the colours look great too. I am using a 37" LCD TV (in my room) and Ive got the Wii component cable that outputs at 420p. It didn't lag or skip once and my kids were chuffed to see the CBeebies channel.
    To sum up, this service is free and is brilliant. I will use it daily and can now sneak upstairs to catch up on TV. Thank you the BBC and thank you Nintendo.

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  • Message 2. Posted by cymru78 (U14222097) on Wednesday, 18th November 2009 permalink

    I'm am glad that the iplayer is working great on your wii, but it seems that at the moment many people are having the following error codes yet no one can find any information on the codes.
    375006 and 375003

    Myself and others have also received an error telling us "insufficient bandwidth to play this episode without glitches"
    which is untrue!

    I don't know if the downloading of the iplayer is being hammered at the moment but surely those at the BBC were prepared for a mass download and usage, especially for the first day.

    So, for the first few minutes I watched of James May it seemed great - but now nothing is loading up for me, TV or radio

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  • Message 3. Posted by kirk eastment (U14222092) on Wednesday, 18th November 2009 permalink

    I've also tried it and i cannot get anything but error code 375003 & 375006.

    It happens whenever i try to watch any Doctor Who programme other than Water Of Mars.

    I did manage to get a minute or so of Evolution of the Daleks, until i was told there was insufficient bandwidth to play this episode without glitches.

    But how can there be insufficient bandwidth to play that episode, when there is more than enough for me to play WoM.

    Anyone else getting errors on older programmes, whereas newer programmes actually seem to load properly

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  • Message 4. Posted by cymru78 (U14222097) on Wednesday, 18th November 2009 permalink

    I have just tried a programme from BBC4 yesterday and it loaded straight away.
    But anything I want to watch (ie; James May) isn't working on the wii

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  • Message 5. Posted by cymru78 (U14222097) on Wednesday, 18th November 2009 permalink

    I've just reloaded the player and James May is now playing. I won't have time to watch it all as got to pick daughter up from nursery soon, but I will (try) to watch half hour of it and will report back here asap

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  • Message 6. Posted by cymru78 (U14222097) on Wednesday, 18th November 2009 permalink

    Right then.
    Been watching James May for little over 30 mins and here is my experience:
    Buffered once for about 5 seconds
    Picture is good and watchable. A little washed at times but this is probably set to improve over time.
    Once or twice the sound seemed to lower but only for a 2-3 seconds. Unfortunately, when this happened I couldn't hear anything even through my surround sound.

    Overall, I am very happy with the iplayer on the wii now that it seems to work properly without error messages!
    I can honestly see me using it on the wii more than a computer but the big question is, how will it compare to the one on freesat for those of us who have freesat?

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  • Message 7. Posted by Paul Bangs (U14224337) on Thursday, 19th November 2009 permalink

    I installed iplayer on the wii last night too, what an amazing piece of software. The pictures are so clear. Brill well done Aunty! Are there any plans to make it available on the Lynksys DMA2100 media extenders as I have 2 of them and would be really usefull on them.

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  • Message 8. Posted by whqttt (U14224404) on Thursday, 19th November 2009 permalink

    Having experimented with the iplayer via the wii web browser when my sky box decided to stop working, I didn't have much hope for the channel.

    The previous effort via the wii was okay. Ish, but fell into the tolerable rather than the almost-as-good-as-watching-it-live category.

    Last night I watched Top Gear using the iplayer channel. It didn't stutter, it was full screen, and wasn't obviously a streaming show.

    I can only offer praise, congratulations and thanks to the team behind iplayer and the new wii channel implementation. Flawless.

    Thank you.

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  • Message 9. Posted by Tony Goff (U14225943) on Friday, 20th November 2009 permalink

    I agree, congratulations to everyone that was involved in developing the iplayer application for the Wii it's brill

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  • Message 10. Posted by PompeyMich (U5379923) on Friday, 20th November 2009 permalink

    Installed it last night - was very impressed, exceeded my expectations. Works better than my (admittedly antiquated) PC. Still occasional pauses and buffering, but that is more to do with my less than perfect broadband connection.

    Unfortunately, wife isn't impressed - 'So does this mean I have to suffer watching even more rubbish comedy shows now' was the response to starting to watch HIGNFY!

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