The Wii gaming console from Nintendo is a great way to watch online TV and movies. Given the popularity of online TV devices like the Apple TV, Roku, and Boxee TV, it's not as common to watch internet TV on gaming consoles as it once was. But, If you're an active gamer, or already have a Nintendo Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, it makes sense to use one of these consoles as your go-to internet TV devices. Keep reading to get the low-down on what TV and movie options are available for the Nintendo Wii and Wii U.
Watching Video with the Nintendo Wii:
The original Nintendo Wii was released in 2006 as a virtual gaming console that features a group-oriented interface so that many users can compete in different competitions. The console also features the ability to stream Internet TV to your television so that you can watch movies and shows from the comfort of the couch. To stream video, the Wii requires a wi-fi or ethernet connection, and the standard RCA or S-video television hook-up. Because this console was released in 2006, it doesn't support HD streaming, and has a limited choice of Wii "channels" to choose from, the most notable being Netflix. This console also features an internet 'channel' that allows you to search the web using an on-screen keyboard and wireless controllers.
Watching Video with the Nintendo Wii U:
In November 2012, Nintendo released the updated version of the Wii, called the Wii U. The new and improved version of this popular gaming console includes enough features to prompt Wii fans to make the upgrade. This updated console features a screen-based controller pad, HD video capabilities, a solid state storage drive, and an updated selection of games that can be played from an SD card.
Watching video on the Wii U involves the most up-do-date audio and video technology. The Wii U streams video in full HD (1080p), and also streams media in 1080i, 720p, 480p, and standard 4:3. If you have a television that plays stereoscopic 3-D, the Nintendo Wii is also compatible with media of this type. This means no matter the aspect ratio or quality of the video you want to watch, the Wii U supports playback. In addition to this video versatility the Wii U features an HDMI output with six-channel audio, and the standard RCA analog stereo.
Online Video Access:
The Wii U comes lets you access Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube so that you can watch streaming online video on your television. In addition, you can watch streaming content on the Wii U Gamepad Controllers for a smaller screen experience. The new console also features Nintendo TVii, which is an integrated video search service. TVii brings together all of the above mentioned video services so that users can search for a movie or show in one convenient location, and then choose the service they'd like to use to watch it. This service competes with other video search and discovery apps that are compatible with the iPad and Apple TV.
The Nintendo Wii U is a family-oriented gaming console, and features a fun user interface for players of all ages. In addition, it's new controllers and streaming video access are a tough competitor for the iPad and Apple TV entertainment configuration - especially for game-loving households.