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Wii U’s streaming service TVii launches Stateside tomorrow

Wednesday, 19th December 2012 14:39 GMT By Dave Cook

TVii is a free app for Nintendo’s Wii U format that brings together an interactive TV guide IMDB, Wikipedia, Hulu and other services all under one banner. Nintendo has confirmed that it will launch in the US tomorrow, but will be missing some of its promised features.

For reasons currently unknown, Netflix and TiVo will not be incorporated into the TVii update when it rolls out tomorrow, and the ability to watch and manage content stored on your digital video recorder device of choice is nowhere to be seen.

Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement, “After Dec. 20, you’ll never look at your TV the same way again. 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.”

Here’s a trailer of TVii in action, showing off features that allow viewers to seek information about shows while they watch, keep track of sport scores or just share their viewing trends with friends:

Thanks Polygon.

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5 Comments

  1. theevilaires

    Woot Woot can’t wait I’m loving the new controller for the Wii U. I would not be surprised if the other guys copied Nintendo some how for their next gen consoles.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. OlderGamer

    Tea +1

    Me too.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Mike W

    Can’t until tomorrow . :)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. theevilaires

    #2 Yup Nintendo once again changed the game with the Wii U pad I got to give them a lot of respect on that. Its not a gimmick and SONY and Microsoft will take certain aspects from it next gen I bet $100. Who knows maybe the Vita is already SONY’s equivalent for the PS4.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    If Sony could pack in Vita with every PS4(no optional skus). I would be excited about that. And all would be good on that front. But unless MS or Sony make a second screen included with every unit sold, it won’t matter. It can’t be optional, that just splits the demographic and makes devs choose. I think it would be smart to do so, esp if it allows Sony to broaden the reach of PSN+.

    #5 2 years ago

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