According to Nintendo's US President Reggie Fils-Aime, the new service means "you'll never look at your TV in the same way again."
So what is Nintendo TVii? Well, according to Nintendo, with hundreds of satellite and cable channels now available, finding something to watch can be 'a complex and occasionally frustrating process.' Nintendo TVii aims to find a solution to this by enabling those in the US and Canada to pull all of their available content sources - such as a Comcast cable package or Hulu Plus subscription - into one place: The Wii U GamePad.
Once Wii U owners find the show, sporting event or movie they want to watch, they simply press an icon and Nintendo TVii does the rest.
Perhaps the best thing about Nintendo TVii (other than the fact that it is free) is that it includes of social features, meaning you can chat to friends by commenting on the GamePad through Miiverse, Facebook or Twitter as you watch. We can imagine this will work brilliantly during a sports game,
You can also easily access information on the GamePad via an Internet connection, including cast details, movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes and sports data such as live stats and scores.
At launch, the service will support cable and satellite providers in the US and Canada, 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.
Nintendo TVii is coming to selected regions in Europe in 2013.