Wii news channel serves the living room

Today, starting up my Wii, I noticed a system update available and voilá: the Wii News Channel has arrived! Mixing news and entertainment is an age-old, and often critiqued trend, but now Wii succeeds in displaying news attached to a virtual globe (which is a step towards contextually aware news systems in home environments), and makes “news as a slide-show” function something that I might actually sometimes keep on the background, to be informed by a nice selection of global, regional and science/tech/entertainment related pickings. But the information sources in this system might be a bit narrow, still? More here: PlayWii – Nintendo News

Author: frans

Professor of Information Studies and Interactive Media, esp. Digital Culture and Game Studies in the University of Tampere, Finland.

5 thoughts on “Wii news channel serves the living room”

  1. I contacted FON about this issue and they explained that they are trying to connect Linksys and Nintendo authentication. However, there is no solution avaulable today.

    FON’s new router La Fonera has option to use two SSIDs – one for FON and other for private network where there is no need for web authentication. This one should works with Wii.

    As an early adopter of FON in my country they offered me free La Fonera and it is on the way to my home 🙂

    http://trustit.blogspot.com/2007/02/fon-linksys-router-is-looking-for-new.html

  2. Dejan, thanks for sharing this. I need to look more closely into this two-SSID solution — at some point later though, when I have more time.

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