Cite your source. The GC (and therefore Wii) are able to play many video formats from linux which are stored on DVDs. There is only ONE reason the Wii wouldn't be able to play standard DVD movies and thats multi layer support. If you were to re-encode a DVD to a single layer DVD I can see no reason the Wii couldn't play it.Originally Posted by Revan
That said I don't think single layer capable hardware exists. The optics in the Wii are essentially off the shelf parts. The only reason the Wii wouldn't support double layer discs is firmware on the drive or the software on the Wii.
If the firmware on the drive is not flashable and doesnt already support double layer discs then yes it would be impossible for the current Wii to play standard movies and Nintendo really fuked up by intentionally crippling the Wii!