Posts tagged #TVii

Nintendo launches TVii for Wii U in North America on Dec 20

According to multiple sources Nintendo is releasing an update to the system software of its Wii U console on December 20th that will add the promised TVii functionality.

Beyond the simple TV remote capabilities that the Wii U came with, TVii will offer integration of cable, sattelite and video on demand in one place. It will also integrate the social aspect as demonstrated during the Wii U launch event in September, letting you share your reactions to TV shows on Miiverse, facebook and twitter. Unfortunately Netflix isn't yet integrated into the mix, but it will be at some point in 2013.

Let's hope the update download doesn't take too long, although I suspect their servers might be busy with demand tomorrow. I will be testing it out and letting you know how it works with my particular over the air (OTA) antenna setup.

Here's the press release from Nintendo:

Nintendo Makes TV Smart and Social – Nintendo TVii Launches Dec. 20

New Wii U Service Gives Every Member of the Family His or Her Own Personalized, Easy-to-Use Second-Screen Viewing Experience


REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The company that changed how we play is about to change how we watch. On Dec. 20, Nintendo will introduce Nintendo TVii, a free, integrated service for the recently launched 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.

The rapid increase in both the quality and availability of video entertainment content – hundreds of satellite and cable channels, a seemingly endless amount of video-on-demand options – has made finding something to watch a complex and occasionally frustrating process. The solution to this problem is coming from perhaps an unexpected place: a video game console.

"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."

Nintendo TVii maximizes Wii U owners' current cable, satellite and video-on-demand services by pulling all of their available content sources – such as a Comcast cable package or Hulu Plus subscription – into one place. This empowers Wii U owners to focus on what they want to watch and not how they want to watch. And once users find the show, sporting event or movie they want, they press an icon and Nintendo TVii does the rest.

In addition to greatly simplifying finding and watching video content, Nintendo TVii also includes a series of social features that enable Wii U owners to share experiences and exciting moments with friends as they are happening on live TV. People can engage with others by commenting and sharing on Miiverse, Facebook and Twitter. Or they can comment, post or tweet about an incredible touchdown, a remarkable performance or a shocking plot twist, all using the personal screen of the Wii U GamePad.

Nintendo TVii requires no additional equipment and can be enjoyed with very little setup, demonstrating what's possible when the second screen is truly integrated with the TV. Wii U owners can also discover more information about what they're watching by easily accessing 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.

Nintendo TVii launches in the United States and Canada on Dec. 20. 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. Wii U owners with a Netflix subscription can still access the Netflix application from the Wii U system's main menu and enjoy their favorite content accordingly.

All elements of the Nintendo TVii service are included in the purchase price of the Wii U system. Users will define which services they currently subscribe to – including the channel lineup in their cable package and video-on-demand service subscriptions – as part of the setup process.

Nintendo TVii observes the Wii U system parental controls, and additional options specific to the Nintendo TVii features can be chosen in the Nintendo TVii settings. Every member of the family can create a different viewing profile. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4 billion video games and more than 637 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company's website at http://www.nintendo.com.

Posted on December 19, 2012 and filed under News.

Less than 24 hours till Wii U... the anticipation

Hmm.

This article was going to be all about how awesome it was that the Wii U was coming out tomorrow, and how I couldn't wait, and how excited I was as I waited for the delivery truck to ship it to our house.

But scrap all that. I'm going to talk about anticipation, but not for the Wii U launch.

You see, launches come and go. But the console remains. And it's that console, formed at launch but an evolving updating growing thing that I'm looking forward to.

Launches can be rocky things. Things can go wrong, features can be delayed, or software may need patching. Case in point, the Wii U will not ship out of the box with online features enabled, but will require a patch out of the box in order to add that functionality. And in the case of the TVii feature, it's not going to be available at launch, but instead will be rolled out sometime in December.

Cue the uproar.

"You promised, Nintendo! You said! Why Nintendo, whyyyyyy?"

Which would you rather: ship a product with something that doesn't work quite right, and have people complain, OR delay a feature to fix it before release, and have people complain? If you're a company that cares about its product, you delay. I'd rather have customers waiting for a feature that is fully baked, than give them something that isn't ready and sully their user experience with something that you knew wasn't ready for launch.

If Nintendo can deliver on its promised features in a reasonable amount of time, I don't think that people are going to remember that it didn't come with TVii on launch day. Just like people won't remember that you used to have to put in a disc to get on to Netflix (remember that?) when it first came out for the Wii.

So it is that I am anticipating the console that is to be, rather than the one that is. Sure, when I get the Wii U in my hands I'll be excited and happy. I'll play games on it, I'll be sad that there's no TVii feature yet, but then I'll have one more thing to look forward to.

Enjoy the launch, everybody. Stay safe.

Posted on November 17, 2012 and filed under Countdown.

8 days out from Wii U... TVii

So I'm counting down the days till my Wii U gets here, and what better way to make the wait go faster than by talking about the things I'm most looking forward to, right?

Today it's TVii, Nintendo's new media centre idea that was totally under the radar until they announced it in New York back in September. It was an Apple-esque achievement, keeping TVii a secret.

What is the promise of TVii? Well for starters is the idea that your Gamepad will be a glorified remote control, allowing you to change channels, volume, etc. on your TV, no matter the brand. That is at its most basic level, however. The really interesting part is the integration of online services and, if you have it, a TiVo box into the mix.

Nintendo TVii hopes to offer the user a level of abstraction from stations and networks, and instead lets you focus solely on "what do I want to watch?". Type that in, and TVii will bring up that show or movie, and let you know where it's available for you to watch or rent, whether it is Netflix, Hulu, amazon, or recorded on your TiVo, or showing live on TV. Netflix is huge for me, and even though I have a HTPC I think I will use the Wii U instead if it has a nice interface and search built in.

There is a social component to it as well, which is supposed to allow you to recommend shows to your friends, comment on a scrolling timeline of the show as it's happening, and get sports updates in real time.

It's all very ambitious, and the big question is whether it will all work. Personally, I can't wait to find out!

Posted on November 9, 2012 and filed under Countdown.