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Watch Movies on Your TV With Nintendo Wii and Tversity

Today’s gaming consoles are not just for gaming, they are incorporating other aspects to bring you the ultimate experience in home entertainment. Nintendo Wii can bridge the gap between your Home Entertainment System and your Computer. Allowing you to watch movies downloaded to your computer on your Television set.

There are three basic requirements necessary to stream movies from your PC to your Nintendo Wii.

- Your Nintendo Wii must be connected to your Home Network via Wi-Fi
- The Nintendo Wii Internet Channel must be installed on the console. It can be purchased from the Shop Channel for about 500 Nintendo points. (About $2.50)
- Tversity must be installed on your computer. You can download a free copy from tversity.com. (A Pro Version is also available but that will cost you)

Tversity is your main program you will need. It is an excellent media server tool built to stream video to various devices. In our case the Nintendo Wii. What makes Tversity so unique and great is that it converts all types of video formats so you can watch them with your Wii.

Installing and downloading Tversity on your computer is a very straight forward and easy process. Simply follow the instruction given to you during installation and install the video codecs when prompted. Once completed you click on Settings Menu. Here you will find the Transcoder section.

The only settings you will want to change here are:

- Set the Maximum Video and Image Resolution section according with your Television’s resolution. For example, a 1080i/1080p HDTVs you will set both fields to 1920 X 1080. For SDTV or Standard resolution you will set both fields to 640X480.

- Set Optimization you to Quality

- Set the Connection Speed and Quality according to how your router performs. A fast connection you will be able to use Wired (100Mbps)

- Set Compression to minimum

- Check the box for Decoding Speed

The next section to go to will be the General section. Here you need to make sure Tversity Media Server is running. So you will need to click on Start Sharing or ReStart Sharing. Please take note of the Home Network Section. The default port used is 41952.

Before going any further you will need to know your IP address.

For finding IP Address for Vista/Windows 7:

1. Click on Start

2. Type in CMD

3. A window will appear

4. Type In IP Config

The “IPv6 Address” is the IP Address. It will usually start with 192.x.x.x.

The next step is to go to the Internet Channel on your Nintendo Wii to start the Internet Browser. This is where you will gain access to Tversity.
- Click Start on the Internet Channel.
- On the next screen, click Web Address.
- Then type in the following URL: “http://your IP Address:41952/flashlib”. For example if you IP address is 192.168.1.15, your URL will be “http://192.168.1.15:41952/flashlib” (Without the Quotes)

That is all. You are now browsing with Tversity and can access the Tversity Library. If you need more support on how to use Tversity go to tversity.com/support/quickstart/. This web page will answer any questions about installation. Or visit tversity.com/support/quickstart-content/ for support on adding media to your Tversity Library. If you follow this simple guide you will be well on your way to watching movies on your TV from your Nintendo Wii.

Action Movies Are On The Menu This Weekend

I have been a subscriber of the streaming service of Netflix for quite some time now. During this time I have enjoyed the wide selection of movies though sometimes cursing at Netflix for buying C rated action movies. You know these Steven Segal movies where the director fast forward the fight scenes to make it look like Steven Segal is fast as lightning. It is almost embarrassing to watch. Why can he not just age gracefully? I am well aware that action movies generally is made up things that rarely happens in real life but that does not mean I want to see bad special effects or poor CGI. However this week has been great as Netflix has bought many well known and good action movies with great actors. Yes they might be 10-15 years old but they are still good. So for this weekend action is on the menu with titles such as We Were Soldiers, Mission Impossible 1 and 3, Payback and Shooter.

We Were Soldiers is a moving starring many talented actors like Mel Gibson, Greg Kinnear and Sam Elliott. This is just to name a few. It is a rather violent and bloody movie but you are guaranteed to sit on the edge of your seat during the entire movie, or at least from when the battle begins. Despite being a war movie you are also being told a underlining story of how the wife’s and families are coping with the loss of their husband/dad. A well directed movie that I will enjoy watching despite having seen it before.

Mission Impossible 1 and 3 really does not need an introduction. The popular franchise has been well received by the film critics. One more than the others but all are fun to watch. Netflix bought them just shortly after Mission Impossible 4 was playing in the cinemas. One of the best action movies of the year. The interest of number 4 in the series will no doubt rub of on Mission Impossible 1 and 3 which is probably why Netflix bought them in the first place. Use the popularity to increase revenue. You cannot blame them for doing so. It is only natural and besides that I am sure we Netflix customers are happy with the opportunity to re-watch the old Tom Cruise flicks.

Payback is another Mel Gibson movie and because he is starring in it it is almost safe to say that that alone is enough to make it good. Mel Gibson rarely stars in boring movies and I enjoy his acting tremendously which is probably more difficult these days as the bad stories hit the news paper. I just remind myself that I watch his films for entertainment and nothing else. Payback is not your ordinary action movie as it not only about fight scenes but also double crossing with some humor thrown into the mix.

The last action movie recently added to Netflix is Shooter starring Danny Glover and Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg plays a sniper who has to clear his name with the help of a FBI Agent. An exciting movie with some twists that keeps you interested all the way through till the end. That is a rather rare thing to find in action movies these days.

Life is Tough – Getting Movies Should Be Easy

Although the aroma of fresh popped popcorn and a darkened theater with a towering wide screen lures us to new released films, most of us still view far more movies at home than at the theater. With the introduction of online movie rental and movie downloads nearly ten years ago, the selections offered by the local video store are not the only options viewers have for their home entertainment.

Aside from the improved affordability, movie fans enjoy watching movies at home because of convenience. With busy lives that keeps us at work and on the road, time spent relaxing at home is at a premium and any service that allows us to enjoy that time without additional complexity or effort is highly prized. With this in mind, which of these movie services provides the most value for the home viewer?

Traditional video stores can be convenient for some last minute movie picks; or at least convenient if a person lives within a few blocks of the store. If someone suddenly decides at 5:30 pm. that there is time to squeeze in a showing of the most recent Harry Potter flick with the kids, then it is certainly easy to get to and from the store and be ready to view within a half an hour. This assumes of course that the store will have a copy of the DVD available in house at the time it is being sought.

If Harry isn’t at the local video store, then browsing through the remaining films and examining the DVD cases may provide a hint as to what the family might enjoy. After the movie, the viewer will then have at least a couple of days to shuttle back to the store and return the movie before incurring any late fees.

Movie downloads are one of the newer options. Certainly, downloading a movie can allow viewers to decide at the last minute to view Harry Potter, or some other movie, as well. Just a quick 5 minute visit to the download site on line to select and initiate the download allows viewers to remain at home throughout the process. Most films require approximately an hour to download depending upon connection speed. The good news however is that many movie downloads are capable of allowing viewers to begin watching the movie only a matter of minutes into the download process.

There is no worry about returning rented movies that are downloaded or any late fees. Upon download, viewers have a specified period of time in which to watch the movie before it expires. Movielink for example allows movies to be stored for up to 30 days. Perhaps the one drawback for many movie downloads is that they often must be viewed on a PC rather than a television unless viewers have a connection between their PC and TV. The future however, may provide greater flexibility as legal movie download services may be better positioned to allow burning movies to DVD as some of the digital rights management issues are being addressed with movie studios.

Online movie rental services can certainly ease the process of selecting and obtaining movies. Users can go online and select from over 75,000 titles, nearly five times the number of titles offered in a local video store. Here users can create a list of movies in advance that will automatically arrive at their door. Movies requested generally arrive within 1 to 2 business days after they are requested. Users merely stick the DVDs in an envelope for the mailman to pick up when they are ready to return them; and only when they are ready to return them. There are no due dates and no late fees either. The most evident drawback to this system is for those viewers who don’t decide they have the time to view a movie until earlier that same day. Mail delivery does not allow such last minute decisions.

Online movie rental services are evolving however to better accommodate those last minute choices. Netflix, the largest online movie rental service, announced in early 2007 their service can now provide a “Watch Now” feature which allows customers to stream movies directly to their PC rather than waiting for the DVD in the mail. Although not all movie titles are available for streaming at this time, it does provide a potential solution for the occasional last minute movie craving.

One of the final conveniences of online movie rental is that the sheer number of movies offered makes it more likely that a movie of choice will be available. In situations where viewers aren’t sure what they want to see, the Netflix service is even able to provide recommendations based on the comments and ratings of other viewers and the actual viewing pattern of the user. The accuracy of the Netflix recommendations has been applauded within the industry and certainly offers a better option than merely reviewing the information provided by production studios on the sleeves of a DVD.

Each movie service offers different convenience advantages for home movie viewers. Determining whether movie downloads, online movie rental, or use of the local video store is best, may be dependent upon the preferred viewing patterns of a user and their access to a computer or the proximity of a local video store.