Nintendo announces TVii

Nintendo has announced a new way to enjoy TV through their Wii U system. Those that have the Wii U already know about the ability to keep playing on their tablet when someone wants the television back. Now they are adding a new way to use the system. On December 20, Nintendo will launch TVii, a free service that integrates what you watch and how you watch into the new Wii U controller.

“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 pulls from your current available content sources (ie Comcast or Hulu), all in one place. Allowing users to pick the content they want to watch without worrying about the particular service. Nintendo TVii also allows for social interaction. At launch, the service will support cable and satellite providers, 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. Also each family member can have their own profile.