I told you guys all about my experience with Nintendo TVii at a press event a while back, but now the service is getting ready to launch, and those of you with Wii U's will be able to start using it tomorrow, December 20. (Of course, I'm sure a lengthy system update will be required...)
"After Dec. 20, you'll never look at your TV the same way again," said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. "Wii U owners have already experienced the transformative effect that the GamePad has on game play and social interaction. Nintendo TVii shows how the integrated second screen of the GamePad can also transform and enhance the TV viewing experience. Welcome to the new world of TVii."
Yeah, well, we'll see. All I got to experience was a demo, so it's hard to say exactly how this is going to play out. I'm sure it will be a work in progress, as Nintendo adjusts the social media aspects and whatnot to streamline the experience. I have to say I'm slightly concerned about that part seeing how slightly unintuitive the Wii U apps have been so far. The idea of using the Nintendo TVii app to basically find the video content you're in the mood for is solid, but we'll see how well it actually works in practice.
When Nintendo TVii launches tomorrow in the United States and Canada, it will only support cable and satellite providers in both regions as well as Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus in the US. They'll be integrating Netflix and TiVo in early 2013, they're estimating.
Thing is, there's no charge for Nintendo TVii. All it will cost you is the time it takes to download the app. Using it is just part of the Wii U experience. So why not give it a try? I know I will be... and obviously I'll put together my impressions for you after I've had a go!