Nintendo rolls out TVii for the Wii U
Michelle Clancy | 20-12-2012
This week Nintendo is to introduce Nintendo TVii, a free, integrated service for the Wii U.
TVii combines a range of TV and video add-ons for a second-screen experience on the Wii U GamePad controller.
The rapid increase in both the quality and availability of video entertainment content – hundreds of satellite and cable channels and a seemingly endless amount of video-on-demand options – has made finding something to watch a complex and occasionally frustrating process. Wii TVii aims to change that.
"After 20 December, you'll never look at your TV the same way again," said Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. "Wii U owners have already experienced the transformative effect that the GamePad has on game play and social interaction. Nintendo TVii shows how the integrated second screen of the GamePad can also transform and enhance the TV viewing experience. Welcome to the new world of TVii."
Nintendo TVii aggregates Wii U owners' cable, satellite and video-on-demand services by pulling all of their available content sources – such as a Comcast cable package or Hulu Plus subscription – into one place. Users look up the show, sporting event or movie and simply press an icon to return results across all sources.
Nintendo TVii also includes a series of social features that enable Wii U owners to share experiences and exciting moments with friends as they are happening on live TV. People can engage with others by commenting and sharing on Miiverse, Facebook and Twitter. Or they can comment, post or tweet using the personal screen of the Wii U GamePad.
Wii U owners can also discover more information about what they're watching by easily accessing information on the GamePad via an Internet connection, including cast details, movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes and sports data such as live stats and scores.
Nintendo TVii launches in the United States and Canada this week. At launch, the service will support cable and satellite providers in both regions, as well as direct integration with Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus subscriptions in the United States. Further integration with Netflix subscriptions and TiVo are expected in early 2013 in the United States. Wii U owners with a Netflix subscription can still access the Netflix application from the Wii U system's main menu.