I have recently received information that since 1st September 2009 Internet Channel for Wii no longer costs 500 points. It is now as free as normal PC version of Opera, and those who spent 500 Wii points for Internet Channel for their Wiis in the past, will get them back.
Then an idea arose. Probably a Wii with damaged CDROM drive would cost much less than a new machine in full working condition, right? This means that now you can buy such a Wii with damaged drive, download Internet Channel into it (for free, not for 500 points like in the past), and voila - you now have a small, cheap and low-power-
consumption internet enabled set-top box!
And yes, you can do it without having to illegelly hack anything. You can even portablize it using the well-known console portablizing technoques.
I am wondering whether any hobbyist has implemented this.