Nintendo TVii Coming in December

Nintendo TVii Coming in December

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The Wii U's Video on Demand service won't be available when the system launches.

We're in the final countdown until Nintendo kicks off the next console generation. There are two days to go until the Wii U arrives in stores in North America, bringing with it a slew of new games and accessories. One thing that won't be available on November 18, however, is Nintendo TVii, a service that allows users to browse all of their television content while interacting with friends through social networks and the Miiverse. Though it won't be present at launch, Wii U owners won't have long to wait: Nintendo TVii is coming in December.

"In December... Nintendo TVii comes with Wii U at no additional charge and requires no additional equipment," Nintendo said in a press release. "It works with existing cable and satellite channels. Viewers can engage with others in a variety of ways, such as commenting on moments as they happen on live TV, and then sharing those thoughts via Miiverse, Facebook, and Twitter. Users can also discover more about what they're watching, as information from a variety of sources is automatically linked to the program they are watching, including sports data."

The Wii U's Video on Demand service, which lets subscribers of Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and Neflix stream content to their televisions through the console, will also become available "in the coming weeks." These services can also be accessed through Nintendo TVii, making the GamePad a universal remote for streaming and television services.

Nintendo TVii sounds like it could be one of the Wii U's most interesting and distinctive features, so it's a shame that it won't be available right away when the console launches. With 29 launch games, which the publisher is calling the "largest launch lineup in Nintendo history," there will be no shortage of things for new Wii U owners to do while waiting for Nintendo TVii and Video on Demand to become available.

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The only thing you can't do with the Wii-U is store games on it :P

It looks like a good feature of the Wii U, If I can watch the shows from my tablet too then it's an even bigger bonus to me personally.

DVS BSTrD:
The only thing you can't do with the Wii-U is store games on it.

Seriously? Is the need to be 'that guy' really that prominent that it has to be your first post? Go and read the entire thread on the issue as to why what you said is incredibly dumb.

A Smooth Criminal:
It looks like a good feature of the Wii U, If I can watch the shows from my tablet too then it's an even bigger bonus to me personally.

DVS BSTrD:
The only thing you can't do with the Wii-U is store games on it.

Seriously? Is the need to be 'that guy' really that prominent that it has to be your first post? Go and read the entire thread on the issue as to why what you said is incredibly dumb.

I keep forgetting sarcasm doesn't translate well over the internet.

At least We wont be charged the subscribe fee the Japanese are getting charged if i remember correctly. I wonder how many are pissed over that.

I like to pronounce it Tee VEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

OT: Well, that's a really useful feature and all. It really it. But what's the point of watching TV and being able to interact with your friends if it's not instantly. From what I heard, chatting with people on the WiiU is not as fast and effective as the 360 or even the PS3, what with the trying to filter every single message coming in and out (Correct me if they've fixed this).

But seriously, if they could fix that, my interest for the WiiU would rise a little. There were a couple of sites that would allow you to watch something at the same time as your friends but it's not the same as sitting down and watching TV in your living room.

Not a huge deal. Microsoft didn't launch Xbox Live until the Xbox was a couple of years into its lifespan. Consoles don't launch with every possible service running from day one. That's just the way these things go.

 

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