So I was kicking ass in Wii boxing when I thought to myself, “Last night’s episode of the Office was so damn funny. I wish I could watch it again….”
Is this the future of TV?
At first I thought I’d try to track it down on my laptop. Then it occurred to me: true the Wii really isn’t well suited for high-frequency browsing (no keyboard), but since I’ve already got it hooked up to my big screen TV, why not give her a whirl with online video?
When I first set up my Wii I wanted it souped up so I downloaded the Wii Opera browser before even playing any games. After one try, I really didn’t think I’d use it anymore since it just wasn’t convenient to type in URLs.
But the Wii browser does have a favorites section. So, you really only have to type in frequent URLs once. In the case of video, just find a good source of online video, favorite-it, and keep coming back (and hope they don’t get shut down!)
My video source of choice is PeekVid. They seem to carry the most comprehensive and up to date TV shows.
Like I said, I wanted to watch last night’s Office again. So I selected it.
And off we go. An interview at Staples.
The birth of a practical joke.
So what did I think
Here’s the skinny. Video quality wasn’t great, but it was manageable. However, it couldn’t scale to the full size of my TV without getting pretty grainy. Sound was much louder than my laptop…since it was playing over my surround system system (though certainly not using 5 channels of sound!).
While this wasn’t TV perfection, I certainly hope it is a vision of how TV will happen in the future! And it all happened on a Wii.