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Wii to get BBC iPlayer

Early version available today.

The BBC has said its iPlayer video service will shortly be available on Wii.

This lets you download and stream BBC programmes that you may have missed, like News 24 with Peter Sissons and his voice.

An early version of the iPlayer will be available today, with more polished iterations to be offered as and when they are ready. You can get it from the Internet Channel on Wii for a small one-off fee, although the BBC has said it is looking at ways to make it free in the future.

"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," added David Yarnton, bossman of Nintendo UK.

"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 browser."

More than 17.2 million of you used the iPlayer to download or stream content, apparently, and more than 42 million programmes have been watched since the iPlayer launched last Christmas.

Last month the BBC also rolled the service out on Apple's iPhone and the iPod Touch.

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