Just two days before the Wii U hits stores, Nintendo announced Friday that the TVii app will be released in December.
The company also said that other video services like Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus will be available “in the coming weeks.”
Originally announced in September, TVii (pronounced “TV”)looks to turn the Wii U into more than just a console. It will integrate with existing services such as Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, TiVo and live television, using the GamePad as a remote control and discovery device, taking advantage of its touch screen.
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3 have largely led the way in recent years by integrating entertainment options into the console, but Nintendo this morning touted the advantage of the tablet as a secondary screen. Individuals in each family will be able to have their own personalized experiences based on their viewing history. Features include the ability to interact with other users on social media, and scroll back to learn about key moments in a particular show. Sports viewing also includes the ability to see scores and related information on the GamePad.
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