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Streaming Media on Wii?

Has anyone been successful in using their Wii to stream video from a computer (PC, Mac or Linux)? TVersity, PlayOn, GeexBox from Homebrew Channel, etc.? Am I wasting my time trying to do this, or is there an easy way and I just haven't found it yet? Thanks!

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BAGAGT1

I've sucessfully used both TVersity and PlayOn. The issue for me is that my Wii is connected to my 42" plasma, and the video just doesn't look good on such a big screen. If you have your Wii connected to a smaller television (Non-HD), perhaps the video will look better.
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Latapi

I recommend Weezo, try it, you'll like it!


weezo.net
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coologuy1957

I went to that website and they never even mention the Wii!! How do you use it with the Wii and what files do you play on there? - movies, music?
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coologuy1957

The best way to view content using a wii is to sell it and use that money to buy a PS3 or Popcorn Hour... You would use both way more anyway.... Wii is great for games only.......
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siguy

i tried orb, and i have no buffering, runs perfect, only negetive is the small bar at the bottom of the screen, you can also run orb on the iphone/touch as well, they have an app
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watoom

Install the homebrew channel and setup mplayer ce to be a media center.

Note this is the best possible solution for a wii media center as it streams the video as is and does not convert the files to flash.

You do not need to watch using the wii web browser like other current wii media center solutions.

1. Install The Homebrew Channel and mplayer ce 0.75
2. Once the Homebrew channel has been installed start it from the wii menu.
3. Share your video/audio directory on your windoze machine. If using Windows 7 you must disable 128-Bit encryption and turn OFF password protection and add "Guest read/write" permissions.
4. Edit the smb.conf in /APPS/mplayer ce to point to your shared directory eg.

#Samba share1 (smb1:/)
ip1=192.168.0.3
share1=Media
user1=0
pass1=0

*Note if your shared directory has spaces eg "My Media" you need to have the share in smb.conf in quotes eg.

#Samba share1 (smb1:/)
ip1=192.168.0.3
share1="My Media"
user1=0
pass1=0

The zeros (0) denote no username or password.

Make sure the following options are included in smb.conf

keepalive=0
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aliveboy

I did this, now I am in MPlayer CE on my wii, where do I go to access the folder?
Thanks for your help!
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skigil

Perhaps the second Wii will have more processing power, thus allowing a more robust media experience (circa XBox Live).
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TheAssailant666

Netflix is apparently going to add streaming fuctionality to the Wii soon. They had a survey asking if people would get a Netflix for Wii disc for $10 and then they had another asking the same but this time if the disc was free. Only time will tell but I'm certain soon we'll be able to stream video directly to the Wii.
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dAttrache

Wii Transfer has a free trial version, I found it really easy to set up but the framerate was a little low on my wi-fi.
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ecolindsay

Anyone Try Wii Transfer for Mac?

www.riverfold.com­/software­/wiitransfer/

I have been thinking about getting it, but want to hear other peoples' experience with it. It's only $19. I'll probably get it soon. If I do I'll let people know how it works.
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mosephjaxwell

Actually, if it's configured correctly, orb will stream directly to your device, over your home network. I've been using it for quite a while now. Granted, video quality is still poor, but audio quality is pretty decent.
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schizmo

It's a stretch, but I think I will try running Linux on the Wii, and then install VLC. Then if that works, I'll get a remote desktop control program to control my source PC from the Wii. After that I will be happily streaming movies without ever having to leave the couch.

...though to make things easier, somebody could just port VLC........
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jdplala

How do you think you would you do remote desktop? SSH with X forwarding or something else like Hamachi? I don't know how powerful the Wii's processor is to handle something like that, and I would be concerned about how slow it would be...
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jlarex

I got tvesity to work about a year ago, but it wasn't worth it. The videos were extremely compressed, laggy, and the browser would run out of memory. I used it for about a day and then gave up. I don't know if the situation has improved since then, but i doubt it since the Wii browser has never been updated.

These are the guides i used (they may be outdated now). It was pretty easy to set up, but the performance was just horrible.

dangross.wordpress.com­/2008­/08­/04­/setting­-up­-tvers...

tversity.com­/support­/quickstart­-wii/
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schizmo

True, but to stream the content you have to go through the orb server which really degrades the quality and speed. Buffering is not fun, and I'm not a fan of the Wii's browser as it is. Anybody know of anything else?
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scoot8100

try www.orb.com it is compatible with the wii with screenshots as well
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