They might be going a little overboard with all the lowercase letters, but Nintendo is serious about changing how we watch television – and with the Wii U’s new interface, they may just succeed.
By navigating through this snazzy new custom interface on the Wii U’s Gamepad screen, users can see all the TV shows they have available to them from a number of services – cable, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon instant video, and even their TiVo-powered DVR boxes.
When you select a show to watch (in this picture, it’s an episode of ABC’s Modern Family), the TVii interface will then display all the different sources from which you can draw that episode. Here, this user has the ability to watch this show from Hulu Plus, rent or buy it from Amazon, watch it on TV on ABC, or view it on their TiVo.
The TVii service will be included free with every Wii U console, though the services that require a subscription (Netflix, Hulu Plus) will need to be paid for separately. The program will start in the United States and Canada; regrettably, there are no concrete plans to bring the service to other countries, but Nintendo did say they are exploring the option.