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Old 08-14-2008, 11:43 AM   #1
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Wii gets third-party DVD playback

August 13th, 2008 JohnB

A mysterious gap in the Wii's feature list over the last couple years has been the lack of DVD playback. There's no technical reason it can't do it: it just doesn't. Not a big deal when a host of DVD-reading devices crowd in the nethers of the entertainment center: it's just a bit conspicuous of a corporate decision.

If you happen to have been waiting for DVD playback functionality on the Wii, the omission has now been rectified by plucky hackers.They have come up with a way to read and play DVDs on unhacked systems. Their DVDX installer injects a small hidden channel onto your Wii that will allow you to play DVDs back with MPlayer, a GPL media player.

Neat. In truth, of all the consoles, I'd probably prefer to play DVDs on my Wii: the Wiimote is a far more remote-like controller for movie playback than a clunky 360 controller.

Once it's all installed you'll be able to watch DVDs with the MPlayer application, an open source media player. You can even run video from SD cards, but that is experimental right now.

The download is available now, and judging by online reactions, everyone's pretty chuffed with it, save for a few bugs here and there. This is just a PoC as it stands though, so expect a more polished version sometime in the future.

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Old 08-14-2008, 02:57 PM   #2
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I allready bought a dvd-recorder so I don't need the DVD-playback...
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:18 PM   #3
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I barely watch dvds.. not really important for me, but dvd playback would definitely be benifit for the wii, but hacking would be easier ofcourse, they sell dvd +R -R doesnt really matter, hacking will be much much easier...
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Old 08-15-2008, 07:29 AM   #4
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divx movies play perfectly.... i already tested it...
i will try dvd playback later! =)
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:02 AM   #5
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Usefull feature, do not understand why this was not default.
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:21 AM   #6
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Are ya talkn bout Modding yer Wii?

Or another thing altogether?

Where can we download this application...

Marvman is interested..

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Old 08-15-2008, 12:30 PM   #7
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why do you talk in third person? lol

no, as far as i understand you don't need to mod your wii to use it!
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So.....
ya just download it using the Wii's Opera browser?

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Can ya provide a URL for the download?
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I always thought Nintendo would release something like this via the Shop Channel, for a fee of course. Hackers beat um to it I guess...
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Old 08-16-2008, 04:33 PM   #10
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no, you can't download it with the opera browser....

you can download it here:
http://wiibrew.org
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