Nintendo's Wii U TVii Service Delayed to December

Video-on-demand services like Hulu Plus and Netflix also miss launch

If Nintendo's TVii service and video-on-demand options have been one of the selling points for you when it comes to picking up a Wii U, you might want to wait a bit. A press release from Nintendo detailing the new console's launch also mentions a delayed December date for the TVii app, as well as the addition of VOD services in "the coming weeks." 

 

Chances are most people will be picking up Wii U specifically for games, but TVii promises to "transform how people find, watch and engage with TV shows, movies and sports." Here's Nintendo's full word on the service:

 

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.

 

The TVii trailer from September:

 

 

The video-on-demand apps to arrive in the coming weeks include Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Amazon VOD. Anyone plan on taking advantage of Nintendo's video options when they're available? 

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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