TVii, the app that was introduced with much fanfare at Nintendo of America's Wii U launch reveal earlier in the year, will go live on the system from 20th December. It meets Nintendo's promise that the service would arrive stateside during the course of December, though a couple of supported features will have to wait until 2013.
As demonstrated earlier in the year the app will allow you to integrate your various TV services into one convenient place, providing a platform to find and access content that aims to be intuitive and easy to use. At launch in North America it'll support cable and satellite products in both regions, while subscribers to Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus will be able to integrate those services. The previously advertised inclusion of both Netflix and TiVo is currently delayed until "early 2013", though the former can be accessed through its own Wii U app.
Perhaps of most interest are the social and online information aspects to the service. Not only will TVii allow you to jump onto Miiverse to post comments, but also Facebook and Twitter via integrated links. Information on what's being watched will be collated from online sources, including movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, as one example. While online services such as this exist in some forms, Nintendo's hoping the the ease of access through Wii U and its GamePad will encourage plenty to try it out, especially as it's free. Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime had this to say in the official press release.
After Dec. 20, you’ll never look at your TV the same way again. 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 is also on the way to Europe — it was available at launch on 8th December in Japan — though no release date or concrete details are yet available on this side of the Atlantic. You can check out Nintendo's TVii trailer from earlier in the year, below, to get an idea of what you can expect; are you looking forward to taking this app for a spin?