Wii U’s TVii app will launch in the US during December

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 16 November 2012 15:00 GMT

Wii U lands at retail in the US on Sunday, and not only will 29 packaged games be available during the launch period along with a handful of digital titles, users will also be able to Video on Demand services through its TVii application later in the year.

According to Nintendo, in the coming weeks Wii U owners will be able to use Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, and Hulu Plus when TVii launches in December.

Users can also watcj YouTube videos and channels through a YouTube application, sign in to their account, and engage with other Wii U users through TV shows, movies and sports.

“Nintendo TVii makes watching TV simple and fun by bringing together a program guide, remote control and social interaction into one, seamless second-screen experience on the GamePad,” said the firm.

“It comes with Wii U at no additional charge and requires no additional equipment. 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. Nintendo TVii is customizable for every member of the family.”

Nintendo has said it is considering the service for Europe and Japan, and to get an idea of how it works, the app is demonstrated in this video.

The GamePad can also be used as a universal TV remote, which was detailed through here last week.

Wii U launches in Europe on November 30.

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