The Wii U is about to learn a new trick as Nintendo announces the impending launch of TVii in both the U.S. and Canada on December 20th. Now you’ll be able to interact with your television in whole new ways as the Wii U GamePad transforms into a virtual remote, information source and social hub for all of your favorite programming.
Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime made the announcement official this morning, saying that TVii in both the U.S. and Canada is just a day away. Perfect timing for showing the system off to family and friends over the holiday, no?
“After Dec. 20, you’ll never look at your TV the same way again,” Fils-Aime said, presumably staring at a Television screen tilted 45 degrees to the left to really drive his point home. “Wii U owners have already experienced the transformative effect that the GamePad has on gameplay and social interaction. Nintendo TVii shows how the integrated second screen of the GamePad can also transform and enhance the TV viewing experience.”
For starters, TVii will begin by lumping all of your pre-existing media sources into one location, including your current cable, satellite and video-on-demand services like Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus. Full integration of Netflix and TiVo is also expected in early 2013 in the States.
Now that you can find all of your favorite programming under one roof, the Wii U GamePad can be used as a virtual remote. Even better, you can also use that second screen to head online and look up info on what you’re watching, share your thoughts through Miiverse, or hop onto Facebook and Twitter to let people know what you think about that last touchdown or what Sally said to Steve in that hit teen drama you’re so into these days.
If you live in the U.S. or Canada, look for TVii on your Nintendo Wii U starting tomorrow.