BBC and Nintendo collaborate to offer BBC iPlayer on Wii
Erik Huggers, the BBC's Group Controller for
Future Media and Technology, today unveiled a collaboration with
Nintendo UK to offer BBC iPlayer via the Nintendo Wii.
In a keynote speech at the annual MIPTV-Milia conference in Cannes,
Huggers revealed that as of today Nintendo Wii users can stream
their favourite BBC programmes direct to their TVs via the console.
Huggers said: "Working with Nintendo marks another exciting
milestone for BBC iPlayer.
"It underlines our commitment to
reaching new audiences by making BBC iPlayer available on as many
platforms as possible.
"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."
David Yarnton, General Manager, Nintendo UK, added: "This exciting
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
Once the iPlayer service for Wii is live, a message will be sent to
all Wii consoles in the UK currently connected to the internet to
notify them of the availability of the iPlayer service.
Wii owners will then be able to access BBC iPlayer via the Internet
Channel on the Wii main menu. New users may be required to
download the Wii Internet Channel.
Once installed, users simply
click through to bbc.co.uk/iplayer and search for the
programme they want to watch.
Notes to Editors
1. BBC iPlayer: new features
As part of the ongoing BBC iPlayer homepage enhancements, there is
now a section titled "BBC iPlayer Latest". This section at
the bottom of the homepage will detail all the ways in which users
can access BBC iPlayer.
2. BBC iPlayer/Nintendo Wii
BBC iPlayer is only available to UK Licence Fee payers, and the
partnership with Nintendo to offer the BBC iPlayer via the Nintendo
Wii is a UK-only initiative. This is currently in beta phase and
further iterations are anticipated later this year.
3. BBC iPlayer: Latest Performance
The BBC has today announced latest performance figures for BBC
iPlayer for the first three months of the year: over 42
million programmes have been accessed, since the Christmas
4. About BBC
The BBC exists to enrich people's lives with great programmes and
services that inform, educate and entertain. It provides a wide
range of distinctive programmes and services for everyone, free of
commercial interests and political bias. They include television,
radio, national, local, children's, educational, language and other
services for key interest groups. The BBC is financed by a TV
licence paid by households. It does not have to serve the interests
of advertisers, or produce a return for shareholders.
5. About Nintendo
The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive
entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures
and markets hardware and software for its Wii™, Nintendo DS™, Game
Boy® Advance and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. Since 1983, Nintendo
has sold more than 2.5 billion video games and more than 430
million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons
like Mario™, Donkey Kong®, Metroid®, Zelda™ and Pokémon®. As a
wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim,
Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for
Nintendo's operations in Europe.