In its ongoing Wii U event, Nintendo COO Reggie Fils-Aime has announced the TVii service for the gaming console. TVii is basically a digital multimedia television service or an in-built a Roku or Boxee for the Wii U gaming console. Users will be able to watch television channels, browse through and watch internet TV, record shows and other stuff that a regular cable box does.
TVii comes loaded with popular apps such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and TiVo. Also, using the TiVo DVRs, users will be able to record TV shows. TVii also offers support for social media integration via Twitter and Facebook.
As you might have already guessed, the whole TVii experience is centered around Wii U’s unique GamePad. The GamePad’s second screen offers a versatility and practicality, letting the user do things that is not possible on regular cable boxes. The gamepad screen is used as the remote to browse through channels, type search fields and more. The dual screen feature enhances the TV watching experience in a way not seen before. While watching a TV show, users will be simultaneously able to gather information about the particular show, whether it is through IMDB or Wikipedia and at the same time this information can also be shared with friends and family through its social media integration.
This feature was demonstrated by Nintendo during the event by the way of a sports show on the TV. It showed that statistics about the on going game can be collected on the GamePad or even instant relay can be searched and watched on the GamePad screen, while the game is still on on the big screen.
Nintendo has announced that the TVii will be offered with every Wii U gaming console without any extra cost. The Japanese company also announced that the service will be initially available only in the U.S. and Canada from the time Wii U will become available, that is on November 18th. The company is also exploring the possibilities of bringing the feature to other parts of America.
Source: The Verge