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Wii U Can Stream MP4 Videos Directly From Your Computer

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European Nintendo fans are only just getting their hands on the shiny new Wii U console today, but users in the States are starting to find out some cool hidden features - such as the ability to stream MP4 videos straight from your computer.

Entering your computer's IP address into the Wii U browser allows you to beam movies directly to your GamePad and TV. Unfortunately the browser doesn't support AVI or MKV files - just like it supports HTML5, but not Adobe Flash.

This is a pretty nice little feature for the Wii U, and rather unexpected. Will you be trying this out? If so, let us know how you get on in the comment section below.

Thanks nintendomasterr for the heads up!

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User Comments (45)

Scollurio

#1

Scollurio said:

MP4 streaming. Sounds awesome. I have all my movies as MP4.
Hmmm becoming interesting. And: First!

6ch6ris6

#2

6ch6ris6 said:

okay this is actually really cool !!!

can you also watch videos from sd-card or external harddrive plugged into the wiiu?

rjejr

#5

rjejr said:

At about 1 minute into the video he says he's running a media server and he had to type in his PC address. I don't think Nintendo is advertising this b/c the soccer mom's who bought the Wii would have no idea what I said in that first sentence.

Cool though for those who know.

Coldheat

#6

Coldheat said:

Thanks for sharing! NintendoLife - Would you consider making another post/article (or adding to this one) with written directions on how to set this up? YouTube Videos don’t always stick around forever, and some people may not have access to YouTube (I.e. Workplace, Library, etc).

MAB

#7

MAB said:

I have just tried this and it works no problem... So we can take WiiU on the train, play COD on the loo and stream movies straight from PC :) what's next on the awesome tip.

citizenerased

#8

citizenerased said:

Just curious, this doesn't actually use up internet bandwidth, does it? Since it's running from your local network, basically all you need is a wireless router (not even a working internet connection — although maybe the browser will not start up without), isn't that right?

Capt_N

#12

Capt_N said:

@tealovertoma: Sounds like an Adhoc network connection. Or similar to it.

Pretty neat, actually. I'm slightly impressed that Nintendo allowed their system to do this.

Zyph

#13

Zyph said:

It's mostly due to HTML5 support in the browser but still this is a very clever find.

Lunapplebloom

#14

Lunapplebloom said:

Awesome! Though I can just connect my computer to the television through an HDMI cable, but a cool little feature nonetheless.

Dipso

#16

Dipso said:

This confirms what i allways expected, that you will be able to make a webbased mediacenter-server that you can run on your computer to access videos, it will even in theory be possible to have the computer convert to mp4 on the fly.

Dipso

#17

Dipso said:

There are actually severall such programs out there, though i expect none of them have wii u- optimized settings or user-interfaces.

Dipso

#18

Dipso said:

Would be cool if some developer is allowed to create custom software for the wiiU for mediaplayback, though. :D

kdognumba1

#20

kdognumba1 said:

Thats a cool feature but I have no use for it. I have netflix on it already and 3 other consoles and a computer all hooked up to my tv that I can see video files on.

Discostew

#21

Discostew said:

VLC can allow you to do http streaming of any video format, but it will do it in broadcast mode (think of it like watching a single TV channel), and it doesn't just stream but also transcodes, so it will convert on-the-fly (requiring processing power on your computer). I haven't figured out VoD (Video on Demand) with it, and I don't know if it is possible with http streaming, but if someone knows how, perhaps they could set up a media server that uses VLC for deploying the streams, and will only transcode those video files that aren't the right format (which is h264 video + AAC audio).

But honestly, Nintendo should go and make a media app that plays all sorts of formats, and allows such streaming. The Wii U is more than capable of decoding those formats that aren't the right format. They could even go and make it a commercial eShop app to cover the fees associated with it, and I bet people would be willing to pay for it. I know I would. Throw in DVD/BR playback, and you've got a one-in-all media center.

darklink604

#22

darklink604 said:

When I plug in my IP address into the Wii U browser, it says cookies are disabled. Any way to fix this problem?

SMW

#23

SMW said:

Sweet. I already have a media server shared on my local network, so I'm all set! Only thing I miss about DirecTV was sharing images/videos with my PC. Now I've got the Wii U for that. (Atleast the MP4 part.)

9th_Sage

#24

9th_Sage said:

@Discostew There's a media server called Plex that also transcodes...on it's web based front end it DOES support an HTML5 player, but it requires some sort of weird extensions that WiiU doesn't support, unfortunately (far as I can tell the only thing that does are Apple devices, so maybe it's an Apple thing). Maybe they'll find a way around that.

Mariomast3r

#26

Mariomast3r said:

i wonder if it works with streaming sites....which i won't post because of rules and copyrights

Bane

#27

Bane said:

Does anyone know how to do the steps cause I cant figure out how :(
@LordJumpMad : Why are you even in this place if you are just being a jerk to Nintendo!

BlatantlyHeroic

#29

BlatantlyHeroic said:

@Bane That's a bit harsh there. Not everyone here has to be a fanboy. Everyone is also allowed to voice their opinion, and LJM's opinion holds a lot of ground.

Discostew

#31

Discostew said:

@LordJumpMad Well, at least this way, we won't have to deal with Sony and Microsoft crap, eh?

About the actual MP4 playback, I've tried multiple programs that remux from MKV to MP4, and they all play fine, except for one detail, which I don't know if it is a limitation of the Wii U, or a problem with the video. It won't allow skipping to other parts of the video. When I try, it restarts to the beginning. Anyone know how to deal with this?

nintendomasterr

#32

nintendomasterr said:

You're welcome :)

I stumbled on it and thought "hey this would be a great piece of news to tip Nintendolife about" and that is exactly what I did.

Mk_II

#34

Mk_II said:

It gets better... if you have a local webserver somewhere in your LAN you can browse to it by entering the IP number. Now i can browse all the pages and databases on my PC in the attic while sitting on the couch in the living room. Thank you Nintendo, this is like a dream come true!

And all the Gamepad buttons, touchscreen, gyro etc are easily accessible for javascript programmers. Coupled with HTML5 and CSS3 support this will result in some awesome websites.

CerberusAzdin

#35

CerberusAzdin said:

Does it work on Macs? I'm tying it, it connects but all I get is a page with "It works!" on it 0_o'

SCAR392

#36

SCAR392 said:

Just for the record, you can probably read all your media from the SD card or wirelessly from your computer, Nintendo just won't let you using their Wii U OS. Haha. Where's the hackers?! I'm gonna hack my PS3, so I can use the HDMI ports to connect my consoles all in one, especially for the optical out port the Wii U doesn't have! Just kidding...

RADencker

#39

RADencker said:

now just give us a true DNLA app so we can access any DNLA servers on our network. I have 100GB worth of tv shows and movies ready to be streamed, Nintendo!

Mk_II

#40

Mk_II said:

@RADencker just enter the IP number in the browser and see what happens... who knows? it's all new territory for everyone.

I'm happily streaming my MP4 movies to the gamepad and/or TV screen through a simple web-based interface...
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the-daddy

#44

the-daddy said:

cant get this to work any help be great thanks get error code 112-1007.iv followed the guide and just cant get it to work so anyone that can be my hero.

Samurai-Kinopio

#45

Samurai-Kinopio said:

@rjejr

Ugh, yeah - there's a lot of features that devices are able to offer that would confuse the typical "Soccer Mom", but still - you would want to tell your customers about it! I mean, it's bad enough this console is $300 and doesn't play CD, Blu-ray etc.

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