After originally delaying its launch, Nintendo has finally come out and stated that its TVii service for the Wii U will arrive tomorrow as a free application.
However, at launch, the service will miss some key features, notably lack of Netflix or TiVo subscriptions. In addition, users will not be able to access content stored on DVRs they might own. These features are set to join TVii sometime in 2013. While talking to the Los Angeles Times, a Nintendo of America representative stated that in order for there to be DVR support, Nintendo must have deals in place with cable and satellite TV providers.
If you recall, TVii is Nintendo’s version of connecting TV and streaming services into one unified location. Any extra content, such as movie reviews and IMDB entries, for example, are served on the GamePad. There is also social media integration, so if you have friends watching a certain show or movie on Twitter or Facebook, you can, uh, pay attention to that?
TVii will support cable and satellite providers in the United States and Canada at launch, and though the service will lack Netflix and TiVo integration, it will directly integrate Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus subscriptions in the U.S. Fear not, people! Users can still access Netflix content on its own separate app. TVii is completely free and users will not need to buy any extra hardware.