BBC iPlayer Progress
Saturday, 23rd April 2011
When BBC iPlayer first came to the Wii, it finally made the iPlayer convenient. It allowed us to catch up with programmes on our TV rather than on a computer, although at some point the picture quality was more reminiscent of Tetris than of telly with odd square blocks appearing in the picture due to problems pumping all that data down the phone lines.
Despite this, I am perpetually surprised that the iPlayer hasn't made an appearance on other consoles and, indeed, via Internet-enabled set-top boxes (this is on its way though!)
So how are things progressing? Well, whilst catching up with some programmes today, it was clear that the quality was improving. This might be in part down to the super-awesome broadband speeds I now have. I would say that iPlayer on the Wii is now as good as terrestrial television in the late eighties or early nineties.
I'm sure that before long, they will be pumping high definition shows down the internet to our set-top "project canvas" boxes, but for now... it is handy if you forgot to press record on your normal digital box.