YouTube betas new version for the Wii

Lifehacker reports that YouTube has a new version that is designed to work better on TVs.

I immediately went and pointed my Wii Browser to http://youtube.com/tv – WOW!

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The start screen tells me to update my Wii – maybe they ran it on a different version, my Wii is already on the latest release.

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The start page has 4 sections: Most Views, Best Rating, Recommended and New.

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“My Videos” will bring you to your subscriptions, all with easy to use buttins and no scrolling. Very nice.

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Playing a video is also a lot easier. Again, no scrolling.

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The full screen player also pops up controls on demand.

This a a huge step forward. Add YouTube’s trand to HD video, and the Wii is a lot more useful in the living room. Liking it. A lot.

Now bring on the new version of the Opera browser, please!

Wii!’d

I finally gave in and bought a Wii last week. The tipping point was when I tried one in the local mall in the “Wii experience days” (Message to Nintendo: that concept works!). I played Wii Tennis and Bowling and was hooked instantly.

I never thought I’d do that – for starters, my wife isn’t into gaming, hence I thought putting a game console into the living room was doomed from the beginning. Boy was I wrong…

I bought the Wii Sports bundle, plus a second set of controllers. It caught on with my wife and the two kids instantly, and everyone visiting us now has to play. My wife hasn’t quite groked how to play tennis without beating the other player over the head with the controller yet, but that’s the price they have to pay.

In a nutshell, the Wii is a huge success in our house. My only gripe is that I’ll be at 7 controllers soon (two pairs of Wii remotes + nunchuks, a classic controller to play NES games, and two GammeCube controllers to play FIFA 07 (which lacks a Wii version).