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Nintendo TVii launches today in the US

"You'll never watch TV in the same way again," says Reggie

Nintendo is promising to change how we watch television from today when the company launch Nintendo TVii on Wii U in the US and Canada.

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.

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  1. 5OUNDWAVE Thursday 20th Dec 2012 at 09:43

    lucky american's , i'm not on facebook or twitter so being able to communicate with fellow fan's or get the banter going with rival fan's on miiverse while watching a football match sound's great , the quicker the uk get this the better !

  2. chazrinelli Thursday 20th Dec 2012 at 09:51

    I love how the WiiU is getting all these TV features yet, it cant play Blu-Ray haha!!!

  3. Diddy7Kong Thursday 20th Dec 2012 at 11:03

    nope, not active for me in hawaii

  4. DomWhymark Thursday 20th Dec 2012 at 12:22

    will this work in the uk then i.e. getting sky/virgin/freeveiw all from the wiiU because that will effectively turn the wiiU into a receiver which will be great but will it happen? i use virgin btw

  5. 5OUNDWAVE Thursday 20th Dec 2012 at 12:44

    will this work in the uk then i.e. getting sky/virgin/freeveiw all from the wiiU because that will effectively turn the wiiU into a receiver which will be great but will it happen? i use virgin btw

    it should , it mention's tivo in the article and i think virgin is tivo as well , plus if u can already controll ur virgin box with the gamepad then why not ?

  6. 5OUNDWAVE Thursday 20th Dec 2012 at 12:46

    nope, not active for me in hawaii


    have u ever met dog the bounty hunter !

  7. nintenu Thursday 20th Dec 2012 at 13:11

    I love how the WiiU is getting all these TV features yet, it cant play Blu-Ray haha!!!


    No one really cares for Blu-ray, even PS3 users ...streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon kinda prove that fact.

  8. 5OUNDWAVE Thursday 20th Dec 2012 at 13:16

    I love how the WiiU is getting all these TV features yet, it cant play Blu-Ray haha!!!


    No one really cares for Blu-ray, even PS3 users ...streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon kinda prove that fact.

    well that's a lie , the main reason i kept my ps3 is blu-ray

  9. ledreppe Thursday 20th Dec 2012 at 13:32

    I don't subscribe to any satellite or cable channels, or have a dvr so this is wasted on me.

  10. DomWhymark Thursday 20th Dec 2012 at 13:45

    will this work in the uk then i.e. getting sky/virgin/freeveiw all from the wiiU because that will effectively turn the wiiU into a receiver which will be great but will it happen? i use virgin btw

    it should , it mention's tivo in the article and i think virgin is tivo as well , plus if u can already controll ur virgin box with the gamepad then why not ?

    ahh thats good, only problem is i have virgin but i just have the large package not tivo so i hope i can still get some use out of it :-)

  11. bigterence Thursday 20th Dec 2012 at 14:28

    looking forward to this big time.i got all the gear all over the place,now all my stuff will be on my wiiu.bring it on ninty.

  12. wghtmf Thursday 20th Dec 2012 at 19:10

    Do you get anything from it if you don't have Netflix, LoveFilm etc or do you need one of those?

  13. Mmmyeah Thursday 20th Dec 2012 at 19:51

    nope, not active for me in hawaii

    Look on the bright side, you live in Hawaii!

    As for TVii, I am on Virgin Media, so I hope that will be integrated somehow when it arrives here. Its a clever idea though.

  14. Ganonsmurf Thursday 27th Dec 2012 at 17:57

    Sounds good, just need it over here =]

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