The game console is no longer just for games. Nintendo is finally starting to realize this, and created TVii to show that it's not behind the curve in delivering unique entertainment options to consumers. It was originally slated to launch with the console this Sunday, but Nintendo has silently delayed it at the last minute.
In a general press release for the Wii U's launch, Nintendo slipped in this little bit about TVii:
Nintendo TVii: In December, Nintendo will activate this unique application that will transform how people find, watch and engage with TV shows, movies and sports. Nintendo TVii makes watching TV simple and fun by bringing together a program guide, remote control and social interaction into one, seamless second-screen experience on the GamePad. Nintendo TVii comes with Wii U at no additional charge and requires no additional equipment. It works with existing cable and satellite channels. Viewers can engage with others in a variety of ways, such as commenting on moments as they happen on live TV, and then sharing those thoughts via Miiverse, Facebook and Twitter. Users can also discover more about what they're watching, as information from a variety of sources is automatically linked to the program they are watching, including sports data. Nintendo TVii is customizable for every member of the family.
It's all the same information as before, but it now says that the service will be launching in December. The company doesn't specify exactly when TVii will be launching in December, but we're at least looking at a few weeks without being able to live Tweet our thoughts during TV shows.
Since TVii ties into other services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, it should be noted that those services have been delayed as well. All of the above will be included in a system update planned for December. DLC for games like Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Darksiders II will also have to wait for the system update in December.[h/t: Joystiq]