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Nintendo TVii Finally Launches Tomorrow

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Promised as a launch feature, Nintendo’s ambitious TVii service was delayed to some time in December. The promised day is now near, but you might want to temper your expectations before you get disappointed.

Nintendo announced this morning that Nintendo TVii will be launching tomorrow, December 20. The free app is envisioned as a new way to watch TV as it brings the second screen experience to broadcast television and streaming services.

“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.”

Unfortunately, most of the promised features in Nintendo TVii have been delayed yet again. Nintendo states that the service, at launch, will only support cable and satellite providers in the U.S. and Canada. DVR and TiVo support have been delayed until early 2013.

As for streaming services, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video will be integrated into the service at launch. As for the arguably more popular Netflix, users will have to wait until early 2013 as well. For now, they’ll just be able to use the regular app without the added benefit of additional information being display on the GamePad screen.

Even with the disappointing delays, Nintendo TVii still shows incredible promise. The ability to share moments from TV shows or sporting events on Twitter, Facebook and Miiverse from the GamePad without having to pause the action sounds like a nice feature that will get some usage. The app will also pull information from Wikipedia and Rotten Tomatoes for a more involved viewing experience.

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  • http://www.devunmounted.com/ Vex

    With the adoption of smart phones, and to a lesser extent tablets, it seems that Nintendo is trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. The feature perhaps seems like it would make it easier except it would be relatively straight forward to create a standard method of sharing this information with other devices or just having a proprietary Nintendo app for the major smart phone and tablet markets. This would empower commonly owned devices to participate in the activities bestowed to the wielder of the Wii U.

    The concept feels like the natural evolutionary of picture in picture where the party viewing the movie is in fact more interested in the occurrences of the smaller screen. I’m sure to some the realization that you can’t really watch both at the same time or the loss of immersion will lead to trend death. Of course the difference is that now the smaller picture in picture is a tangible object and can be fought over by siblings or all ages during movie time.

    I believe it would have been more cool to share the data via WiFi or Bluetooth to existing devices, to more devices, and therefore more people allowing them to “play” the movie at the same time with others. It would be even more awesome for applications that could sync with the the Wii U and the other devices to deliver situation appropriate material like a trivia game. That could in itself digress in to cheesy drinking games for your iPhone where players select what occurrence, like every time Kenny dies on South Park, when the ship in Titanic is seen, or every time David Bowie’s crotch gets screen play over the movie’s star in the Labyrinth, forces them to drink and your phone buzzes you to drink when it appears on the TV. On a brighter side I hope that Mystery Science Theater would adopt it, even in its current form, where the Wii U pad, your phone, or your tablet could heckle your television from the comfort of your own chair. Whatever comes forth from this will be interesting.

  • eilidh

    it,s a dissapointing announcement that tvi is only available in us, what about all the rest of us gamers i,d of rather that everyone had this at the same time rather than a select few.