Streaming media to your Wii


One of the great things about consoles that have recently been released is media streaming. Recently I have been using the Serviio DLNA media server to stream videos to the XBox 360, unfortunately during a lightning storm a few weeks back my 360 console sacrificed itself to protect my $15 plug strip. While I applaud that kind of dedication, the kids now have to use the living room TV to watch movies. Needless to say, the situation is not optimal.

Which brings us to the Wii. The Wii console is great, but when it comes to streaming video it is way behind the XBox 360. However, with the Homebrew Channel and WiiMC that is a very easy problem to remedy. Granted, the downside here is you have to soft mod your Wii and that might not be your particular brand of cognac. Soft modding is not hard, but it is well beyond the scope of this post but there are many guides out there on installing HBC on your Wii.

Once the application is installed add your SMB  (Windows share) with your shared media into the configuration. It is not quite as tidy as being able to hook to Serviio as a DLNA receiver, but it works and it works well.

As an aside, if you have the Homebrew Channel installed I highly recommend the Homebrew Browser. It is a heck of a lot easier than moving files over to your SD card every time you want to add an application. Just select the app you want and install from within HBC. It works a treat!

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About Robert Zehnder

Web application developer specializing in ColdFusion/Railo and Open Source development.

Posted on December 11, 2011, in Wii and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I’ve been using the Wii as a HTPC for 3 years now. But with the quality (and bitrate/filesize) of files going up, the number of video’s I can enjoy from the console go down.

    • I have found one or two files that will crash the player, but not many. I have seen some nice wireless DLNA receivers out there so hopefully this will be a temporary fix. Gotta wait til after Christmas to get my own toys. 🙂

  2. Yeah very disappointing, such a powerful device and no dlna client available. Im going to use my old smart phone now as media player, galaxy s2 works great.

    • I do the same with my rooted Kindle Fire which is nice when moving around the house. Still, I tend to have issues when viewing HD content sometimes when using the Wii 😦

  3. The wii supports only 480p so it sucks

  4. Probably it’s easy, but the quality of the streaming is a bit on the low side. And… It’s crashing.

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