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PlayOn Wii U support goes live today



- 45 new channels of video content
- includes HBO Go, videos from your Windows PC and more
- available with a one-time lifetime license cost of $39.99
- uses GamePad touchscreen controls
- watch videos on TV or GamePad
- watch Hulu for free on your television (the free version) without a Hulu+ subscription
- Wii U support page has gone live today
- need a Windows PC or a Mac running some form of Windows virtualization to get things going

Thanks to Juan for the heads up!

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13 Dec 2012 16:08

A few years ago I had PlayOn and it is great, but now I don't feel the benefit because all of those services that are important to me on that list can be watched on my TV already in some form.
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13 Dec 2012 16:20

As someone who doesn't have cable, I'd be down for this. I just don't know that it's available in Canada or not...
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13 Dec 2012 16:31

Does anyone know if this is a good deal? Does it show full episodes of tv shows, or is it just a bunch of random clips and stuff I can see on the internet for free? I'm getting ready to get rid of cable. I have Netflix and Hulu, I'm just looking for another service to supplement those.
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13 Dec 2012 17:18

Fox News?

C'mon, why I would want the idiots of Fox News on my Nintendo?

They are anti-games... Why would you want an anti-gaming channel on a video game?
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13 Dec 2012 17:18

No native mac version? How about Nintendo just uses free, existing code libraries to add support for all popular formats (playing from HD) to the Wii U OS? Rather than just having pay services and Windows-only streaming apps, they should natively allow us to play our own avi, divx, mpg, mp4, wmv, flv, etc. videos. That would be an amazing feature, and one that would only require a programmer to integrate free libraries and to add the required notices about who wrote the code to some "Credits" page.
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13 Dec 2012 17:18

No native mac version? What if we can't afford to buy a fast new mac (or a PC) and to buy a $99 virtualization program (which would probably suck anyway?)

I wish Nintendo would take advantage of the free, existing code libraries that are out there to add support for all popular video and audio formats (for playing your own files from a connected HD or USB memory device) to the Wii U OS. Rather than just supporting lots of paid services, Nintendo TVii (which requires a cable TV subscription and/or an expensive Tivo device and Tivo subscription at the moment), and a paid Windows-only streaming app, why not natively allow us to play our own avi, divx, mpg, mp4, wmv, flv, etc. videos from a simple Wii U file browser or media app? That would be an amazing feature, and one that would only require a programmer to take advantage of existing free libraries.

It would also be cool if Nintendo TVii had support for simply passing through existing over-the-air TV broadcasts rather than only supporting cable TV. I get over the air HD that is great and can't afford an extra $50 a month just for basic cable TV, on top of my monthly Internet bill. I'm sure many others in in the same boat. If doing that would require a hardware TV tuner (and isn't possible with the Wii U as it is, via software) maybe they could release a low-cost TV Tuner accessory to expand the capabilities of Nintendo TVii.
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13 Dec 2012 18:15

If you click the link, then scroll down to where it say Wii U support page there's a link for a free 1 year license of this.

You know what? Here it is: http://free.playon.tv/wiiu

I'm giving a try. See how good it is.
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13 Dec 2012 23:08

FYI, YOU CAN get it for free 1 year!

www.playon.tv/devices/wiiu
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14 Dec 2012 00:31

andrelol3 wrote:Fox News?

C'mon, why I would want the idiots of Fox News on my Nintendo?

They are anti-games... Why would you want an anti-gaming channel on a video game?

I guess overly conservatives want to watch it, lol. And by conservative, I mean the classical definition, as in people who support governments where a few people have power, such as oligarchies, monarchies, dictatorships, etc. :lol:
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14 Dec 2012 02:06

Great. Where the eff is my TVii?
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14 Dec 2012 03:37

Oh darn. It doesn't support subtitles on MKV files that aren't hardcoded into the video. It would be a hassle to extract or get the subtitles. So I guess streaming from my computer will do...
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14 Dec 2012 03:37

GoNintendo users understand politics.
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14 Dec 2012 03:49

Why the hell do I need a Windows machine to do this?
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14 Dec 2012 04:39

@sdsichero Because it converts flash and silverlight to html5 and makes videos on your pc viewable through the PC.

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