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Nintendo TVii is exactly what it says it is and more. It is the ability to watch your favourite TV shows through your current set-top box, straight out of the box, on either your TV screen or on the Wii U GamePad’s integrated second screen. You can even use it to watch movies and TV shows through subscription services such as Netflix.

Nintendo TVii

Nintendo TVii

At the New York City Wii U Event, Nintendo’s Director of Network Business, Zach Fountain, spoke more about this amazing (and free) service. One thing is for sure and that is that Nintendo are clearly behind their sentiment at E3, they want the Wii U GamePad to be the first device you head to in your living room.

With Nintendo TVii, Nintendo have showed that their priorities have changed. Their standpoint when Wii was released was that they wanted to make a games console, and so that is what they did. However, now with Wii U on the way, Nintendo have now fully embraced the multimedia age in a move that would almost seem too brave until the specifics are known. To the uninitiated, Nintendo TVii sounds like it will probably have the same operation as say Apple TV, however Apple TV alienates those who prefer to watch TV live through the traditional channels.

Nintendo TVii does not have such boundaries, this (as I said earlier) free service operates with your set-top box after just a few questions on screen about your carrier, then it is a simple case of using your GamePad as a remote control. Zach Fountain said this, “Imagine, if you’re a content creator, you want the greatest possible exposure and distribution. Some platforms have walls built around them; what Nintendo TVii is doing is joining all of those together.”

So, clearly what Nintendo is saying is that they want to make it easier for those who wish to continue watching through traditional TV channels and that such a thing is possible through Wii U. He continued by saying, “The ways that everyone’s watching, now, they’re changing. There are more video services than ever, and more time-shifted viewing on DVR… but traditional TV still dominates 98 percent of video viewing. By building an experience, a Nintendo TV that works with what you already have, we have already covered a huge occasion that is missing from other platforms”

All of this has been possible by the teaming of Nintendo with i.Tv, a company specialising in creating integrated television experiences with second screens. However, this isn’t just a piece of ported software, “The TVii service has been built for the ground up for Nintendo. Everything you see with the Nintendo TVii will be exclusive to the platform with the important exception: The social component around these live moments that are delivered.” This, of course means, that Nintendo TVii will definitely have the social integration features spoken of before. You will be able to share moments from your favourite shows with friends, comment on scenes, and even better you will have your own viewing profile with recommendations tied to your preferences.

He concluded by saying, “I think immediately at launch we have some wonderful points of difference. The second screen is so critical; it’s integrated, you don’t have to provide your own separate screen, download an app or sync your devices. It’s built to work out of the box. There are a lot of interesting services out there, but you have to go buy hardware, or it’s an incremental purchase, or you might have ongoing subscription fees. A lot of the ideas around interaction with live TV will debut when this service launches.”

This is some interesting news to hear. Nintendo TVii, after all, does have the potential to be huge if done correctly. Also, with the recent confirmation as well that the service will recognise your NFL Sunday Ticket too, there are bound to be other big hitters in the TV world that will soon join in. I think personally that it’s a great idea, and one that I am disappointed that I have to wait for (especially the social features).

What do you guys think? Are you interested in the Nintendo TVii service?

 

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