Technology editor at the BBC Darren Waters has stated that following
to bring iPlayer content to the console, the Wii is the only system to offer the kind of multimedia functionality Sony and Microsoft have been talking up for years.
How ironic that it is the Nintendo Wii, and not the Playstation 3 nor Xbox 360, that becomes the first of the current generation of consoles to have a truly dynamic range of online video content,” said Water on his blog.
The BBC's announcement of a deal with Nintendo to put the iPlayer's streaming service on the console makes something of a mockery claims by Sony and Microsoft that their consoles are the true multimedia machines.”
He also revealed that Sony and Microsoft were involved in talks over a similar agreement – but the deals fell through as both platform holders' made too many demands, according to head of Future Media and Technology Erik Huggers, who added:
"If you want to get on the PlayStation or Xbox, they want control of the look, the feel and the experience; they want it done within their shop, and their shop only."