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January 4, 2007 at 3:11 PM

Wii beats Apple’s iTV to the punch?

Apple fans are drooling over the iTV device the company is developing to stream movies and music from a computer to home entertainment systems. Details about the device were expected at next week’s Macworld show but the latest buzz is that the device may be delayed.

In the meantime, there’s a way to stream content from a PC using Nintendo’s Wii console, according to Orb Networks, an Emeryville, Calif., company that produces software for streaming digital media around the home.

Orb pointed to a YouTube video explaining the procedure — basically you download Orb onto a PC, then use the Wii browser to navigate to Orb’s Web site and log on there.

It looks like a cool application for the Wii, but it’s not the final solution for streaming media, judging from all the clicks needed to find and play a song or video. Here’s the video:

Comments | Topics: Apple, Gadgets & products, Nintendo

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