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    so im right that the nintendo wii has a dvd drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flunk You2
    so im right that the nintendo wii has a dvd drive?
    It reads the data off the wii discs in a different way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vagrant
    It reads the data off the wii discs in a different way.
    so am i right that all they have to do is update software and we would be able to watch dvds?

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    [edit - beaten to the punch] So it's not an issue of just releasing a firmware update that will allow the laser to configure to both DVD and Wiidiscs is it?

    Oh well... most people have DVD players anyway. Besides, if Nintendo does release a Wii with DVD playback later in `07, they'll probably come out with a new universal Wiimote for you to buy in order to use it like Sony and Microsoft did.
    Oh no... Wii suck again!

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    yes i believe that a driver would make it read DVD movies. 10 bucks on wiishop anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLrocket
    yes i believe that a driver would make it read DVD movies. 10 bucks on wiishop anyone?
    Considering it was confirmed that nintendo will be selling a higher priced wii with dvd movie support sometime in the future.

    meaning there is no chance in hell they will just have an update that will magically allow you to watch dvd movies on it.

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    It would be a nice addition, but the Wii really doesn't need a DVD player due to it's currents abilities. Anyway, I already have 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vagrant
    Considering it was confirmed that nintendo will be selling a higher priced wii with dvd movie support sometime in the future.

    meaning there is no chance in hell they will just have an update that will magically allow you to watch dvd movies on it.
    Not necessarily true. Support for DVD movie playback requires paying a licensing fee to the DVD consortium for each console capable of DVD playback. So part of the reason for the higher priced Wii w/DVD movie support is related to the per-unit fees that Nintendo will need to pay. And Nintendo is simply passing that cost along.

    It is in the technical realm of possibility to offer a firmware update to provide DVD movie playback support via the shopping channel. Nintendo would be able to recoup the cost of the licensing via Wii Points.

    The issue may be one of security. The DVD Consortium may not be comfortable with the security of Nintendo's online shopping channel. (they may fear that the firmware could be downloaded, ripped, and pirated) But as the shopping channel proves itself, that view will change.

    If an internal hardware modification is required for DVD movie playback, then that changes the story entirely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sracer
    Not necessarily true. Support for DVD movie playback requires paying a licensing fee to the DVD consortium for each console capable of DVD playback. So part of the reason for the higher priced Wii w/DVD movie support is related to the per-unit fees that Nintendo will need to pay. And Nintendo is simply passing that cost along.

    It is in the technical realm of possibility to offer a firmware update to provide DVD movie playback support via the shopping channel. Nintendo would be able to recoup the cost of the licensing via Wii Points.

    The issue may be one of security. The DVD Consortium may not be comfortable with the security of Nintendo's online shopping channel. (they may fear that the firmware could be downloaded, ripped, and pirated) But as the shopping channel proves itself, that view will change.

    If an internal hardware modification is required for DVD movie playback, then that changes the story entirely.
    How do they plan to sell a DVD wii for more if you can just buy a normal wii and update it ;/

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    Quote Originally Posted by vagrant
    How do they plan to sell a DVD wii for more if you can just buy a normal wii and update it ;/
    I don't know how Nintendo will market it, but I imagine that they will allow inventory of the non-DVD Wii to dwindle down sometime in mid-07, and release a WiiDVD (or some other name to differentiate it) at a higher pricepoint. I suspect that whatever they did with the DS/DS-Lite and GBA/GBSP, they'll do with the Wii.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see a WiiVD selling for $275. $25 more than the current MSRP for the non-DVD Wii. At the same time, they make the DVD Player available for $25/2500 pts. (perhaps less) on the shopping channel.

    The net result is that it'll cost us $x more to get DVD playback... either by charging $x on the shopping channel (for existing Wii owners) or by an $x increase on the new WiiVD console.

    That is of course if it is available outside of Japan. Initial rumors were Japan-only, then an updated rumor of worldwide, then a correction to Japan-only.

    Something makes me think that it is a hardware issue that needs to be addressed to allow DVD-movie playback. (I'd bet that the MPEG-2 decoder chip is not present) Otherwise, Nintendo could simply keep making the Wii as it now is and offer playback for everybody via a for-pay download.
    Last edited by sracer; 12-12-2006 at 03:52 PM.

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