The ability to control your TV and cable box with the Wii U GamePad is nice and all, but Nintendo is looking to integrate things more seamlessly with the introduction of its TVii service. Following a brief delay, Nintendo announced plans today to launch the service in the United States and Canada on December 20.
TVii puts Wii U owners' current cable, satellite, on-demand services, and so on together in one place, which, according to Nintendo's press release, "empowers Wii U owners to focus on what they want to watch and not how they want to watch." TVii also integrates social features like Miiverse, Facebook, and Twitter for those who fancy letting everyone know what they're digging at the moment.
At launch, TV will support cable and satellite providers in both the United States and Canada, as well as direct integration with Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus subscriptions in the United States. As we move into the new year, further integration—like with Netflix subscriptions and TiVo—will be joining the service.
You can also currently access Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant via their own individual apps.