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Nintendo TVii tunes in December 20

By Brendan Sinclair

Nintendo TVii tunes in December 20

Wed 19 Dec 2012 2:53pm GMT / 9:53am EST / 6:53am PST

Wii U video aggregation feature goes live in US and Canada tomorrow; TiVo and Netflix integration pushed to 2013

One of Nintendo's key selling points for the Wii U is ready to go live, as the company today announced its TVii service will launch in the US and Canada tomorrow. However, some aspects of the service won't go live until early next year.

TVii is a video content aggregation feature, allowing users to access services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video-on-Demand from their Wii U, with additional second-screen features enabled by the system's GamePad controller. Nintendo has also partnered with cable and satellite TV providers to allow their subscribers to view channels and programs through the console. The service will also feature a social layer, so users can post about what they're watching on Facebook, Twitter, or the Wii U's own Miiverse.

Initially, the TVii feature will only feature cable and satellite provider integration, with US users also getting to access their Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus accounts. Early next year, Nintendo expects to integrate Netflix and TiVo functionality into TVii for its US-based customers, although Netflix is already accessible through a dedicated Wii U application. TVii is a free feature of the Wii U, but customers will still need to be paying subscribers to any cable or video services they want to use.

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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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I'm very excited for this. I watch a lot of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, as well as a decent amount of live TV. This will totally replace my cable box and immediately end my use of other consoles for those respective services.

Posted:3 years ago

Apart from it not going to work here in Australia I'm very worried about performance. Can the servers handle the load? And how will switching from cable to internet impact quality latency and more. Guess we'll find out soon...

Posted:3 years ago

>"Giving Wii U as a gift? Pro-tip: Perform system updates before wrapping so it's good to go as soon as it's opened!"

Just been reported as a Tweet coming from Nintendo America - as many people will have already wrapped their presents this is a bit of an issue - but would suggest that unlike what the Nintendo fanboys were saying, there is a serious issue with 'bricking' of machines played before the update/repair.

Just wish we could get an honest report on the situation... or will we have to wait till after the Christmas holidays, (so the journos can avoid Nintendo PR wrath and protect their advertising investment!)?

Posted:3 years ago


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