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Nintendo to release Wii TV channel

Jan 3rd, 2009 | By | Category: games, snewz

nintendowiiThe Nintendo Wii is already a platform that allows its users to send e-mails, browse the internet, watch youtube videos, and even plays video games. Not satisfied with its multifunction capabilities, Nintendo is launching a new Wii exclusive TV channel that plays through the console, called Wiinoma.

Wiinoma will offer an on-demand style format with shows a broad range of shows from cartoon and educational shows for children to cooking shows for adults.

Currently, the Wii offers smaller channels that give information to weather or news, but this will be a much more ambitious endeavor. Unlike the Playstation 3 and the XBox 360, the Wii doesn’t have a hard drive, so the shows will have to be streamed live, which may result in lag time. If Nintendo follows the traditional broadcasting scheme, there will also likely be advertisements included with the videos.

Nintendo will begin rolling out the new channel in Japan in the coming spring, and it will likely come to the US by the end of 2009, depending on the success of the Japanese testing.

The real question is that if Nintendo is looking to expand the functionality of its flagship product, will it also be releasing a newer version of the Wii with faster processing and a hard drive to accommodate its aspirations.

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