Third-party Wii video-streaming service beta begins

PC-based PlayOn now letting public try out its Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and CBS-compatible service on Nintendo's console.

Though the Xbox 360 remains Netflix's sole official game-console partner, a third-party application has allowed PlayStation 3 owners to access the video-streaming service for months. Now that app, called PlayOn, is available in beta form for the Wii, according to the site of its developer, New York-based MediaMall Technologies. The open beta, which began today, offers Wii owners a 14-day free trial to try out the $39.99 PlayOn program, which requires that the console be on the same network as a PC. Once purchase, the program requires no monthly fee.

How PlayOn gets TV onto your Wii, PS3, or Xbox 360.

Once PlayOn is installed on said PC, it will let Wii owners stream video from a variety of sites, including Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, YouTube, and Amazon Video on Demand. Also accessible is a variety of programming from CBS, whose parent company, CBS Corp., owns GameSpot. Third-party add-ons allow PlayOn users to access content from the Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, the Food Network, the NFL Network, and South Park Studios.

It is unclear when the beta for the Wii version of PlayOn, which is also available for the Xbox 360, will end. However, the final version of the software will likely come before the official Nintendo Wii video-streaming service, currently available only in Japan, arrives in North America.

To see an early beta version of the Wii PlayOn software in action, watch the unofficial video below. (Video credit: dsims.posterous.com.)

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26 comments
ColonelX24
ColonelX24

No thanks I'd rather watch for free on my PC

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

The nintendo streaming thing is a joke, but then again, I would rather watch videos on a PC so it doesn't matter.

InExcelsis
InExcelsis

I dont care what it is if the Wii doesn't get some decent third party games instead of the carnival games and all that other shovel ware the system will fail in the long run because Nintendo can't pump out 6 or 7 great games a year like the PS3 and XBOX 360 can because of their good third party support.

kwyrt
kwyrt

I have this program. Works great on my 360. $40 one time fee is not bad for the ability to watch Hulu and all the other content on my TV. Looks decent on my 32". And that's with a low quality DSL line. Probably look even better with a faster connection.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

didn't a program called "Orb" let you stream saved pc video to Wii, almost like youtube? i think that was the name of it.

tburman
tburman

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hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Sounds good but I still think Ill wait for a licensed version of video streaming on Wii.

wiiplay1
wiiplay1

My TV has cable. I get On Demand. I have internet. I don't need to stream cable on the low quality Wii. It's nice, but good ol' Comcast has me covered.

Mr_Tweedy
Mr_Tweedy

Not bad. Not bad. Let me watch my iTunes content too and I'm sold.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

The honest truth. I'm comfortable with just accessing youtube on the Wii internet channel.

fire2box
fire2box

I think its a great service so far, I just started using it on my Wii and its working out pretty well. There is some lag issues but I am on DSL and my router is across the house. Either way its really worth the ONE time fee of 39.99 since you get Netlifx and Hulu as well as other sources.

kieferfam
kieferfam

Just an FYI - there is no monthly fee. It's a one time charge for the software.

jon46410
jon46410

Just what we need, a great idea for $40 a month, they really don't care if you have a mortage and bills do they. Oh well count me out, wish microsoft could stream off hulu as well.

lamprey263
lamprey263

sounds cool... except that $40/month part

QWERTYCommander
QWERTYCommander

I can go on South Park Studios and Hulu already, and watch Adult Swim on TV. Not gonna get it,

NICKKELANIUS
NICKKELANIUS

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Kougeru
Kougeru

actually it's not good for ppl withj big screen tvs, well its not "bad" but if it's not good resolution video then it will look horrid the bigger the tv is :\. I love watching netflix on my tv compared to Pc...simply because i can lay down...i wish sony would support more than just mp4 tho, cuz i have plenty of files in other formats that would make netlix almost useless to me

thorsen-ink
thorsen-ink

@Evildude683 go to the playon site and register--they'll send you instructions.

Cowboy-Bebop
Cowboy-Bebop

Wow, this is nice. I have the Netflix on my 360, but the addition of all the other stuff you can watch will be great for any system. I wouldn't want to pay $40 for it on my Wii and then Nintendo get greedy and stop that service for a their presumably pay service.

mrgames31
mrgames31

cool it good for people that have big screen tv so you can watch movies on big screen

Evildude683
Evildude683

I heard about this a couple of days ago, so how do I get this to work with my PS3? (if it does)