You may want to read our first PlayOn review before this one.
So I'm going to preface this entry by saying there are two possible reasons I got such poor performance. Either the wi-fi connection or the fact that Wii PlayOn is still in beta may account for my issues. That said, Wii based PlayOn sucks.
So let's start off with the interface. Simply open up the Opera web browser on the Wii and go to http://playon.tv to see a list of PlayOn servers on your network. Unfortunately, it seems that the same server showed up multiple times. Not a good start.
So I loaded up Hulu (I did like the interface here) and pulled up "Married... With Children." After a few seconds of buffering the TV show started. I picked a SD show, as PlayOn says that the Wii handles HD poorly.
Let me just say based on the performance of the SD picture, I'd hate to see HD. The video stuttered through the show. The forward/back controls I was used to were basically non-existent. Pausing caused the stream to break. The Wii has no digital sound, and the analog wasn't any better than analog broadcast TV.
Wii based PlayOn earns Full Frontal Gaming's first Epic FAIL.
- Video Quality - Bad (Jerky, Stuttered)
- Audio Quality - Marginal (Analog Stereo)
- Controls - Non-existent
- Selection - Wonderful (Almost enough for me to give up cable)
- Streaming Issues - Yes (Streams break, SW Updates)