Nintendo has officially launched Nintendo TVii, a free, integrated service for the Wii U console that combines what you watch and how you watch into one seamless, second-screen experience on the revolutionary new Wii U GamePad controller.
Once you download Nintendo TVii for the Wii U, you should be able to connect three usually separate aspects of the television watching: cable television, video-on-demand services like Netflix or Hulu Plus, and the second-screen experience (surfing the Internet while you watch). It allows users to access all of this content through the system, without changing inputs or finding their television remotes, and it also lets users search simultaneously across live television, on-demand content and their all-you-can-eat streaming services. At launch, the service will support cable and satellite providers in both regions, as well as direct integration with Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus subscriptions in the United States. Further integration with Netflix subscriptions and TiVo are expected in early 2013 in the United States.
“After Dec. 20, you’ll never look at your TV the same way again,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “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.”