Thu, Sep 13, 2012 | 18:10 BST
Nintendo TVii announced, included in Wii U purchase for free
Nintendo TVii was announced during Nintendo’s Wii U preview event in New York.
The application allows Wii U owners in the United States and Canada to find, watch and engage with their favorite video entertainment using the GamePad controller.
Nintendo TVii lets viewers “seamlessly explore” available video content from a variety of sources – including live TV, TiVo, and video-on-demand services, using one interface.
It’s something Nintendo has been “kicking around for a long time,” said NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime during the event. The firm was waiting for the right technology to introduce Nintendo TVii, and with Wii U, “the technology has come,” said Reggie.
“Soon, what you watch, and how you watch, will come together on Wii U,” said the demonstration.
Using the touch screen on the GamePad controller, Nintendo TVii users will be able to browse programming from sources they subscribe to, including cable and satellite channels, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube and even their recorded TiVo shows.
TiVO will require an existing TiVO box, as will the DVR functionality.
Users can scroll through various Miis which have their own favorite shows and movies allowing you to “find, watch, and engage.”
The tablet gives you a “second screen” experience and allow everyone in the house to personalize their TVii experience. Users can see shows friends have favored as well, even on Facebook.
When scrolling through the various shows, you can just click on the picture icon to choose it. There’s also an icon on the tablet screen which will allow you to record the show.
You can watch one thing on the TV screen, and watch a movie trailer on the tablet screen, and find built-in reviews, and access to Wikipedia and IMDB, for example.
A built-in remote dial will appear on the screen, which adds your favorite TV shows to outer layer.
Users can also tweet via the Pad while watching the show, and insert emoticons.
All YouTube and web-based video will be viewable as well.
Nintendo TVii will roll out in the US and Canada, and come with Wii U for no additional charge or monthly fee.