Nintendo’s Shutting Down Wii U TVii Next Month

25 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Nintendo TVii Shuts Down After 3 Years Of Service.

After nearly three years of letting Wii U owners in North America and Japan awkwardly interact with cable and streaming video services via their game pads, Nintendo TVii is officially going off the air on August 11.Tech companies love to announce major rounds of layoffs and service disruptions in the breezy hours at the end of a workweek, and Nintendo joined that proud tradition on Friday by nixing the weirdest service attached to its beleaguered Wii U console: Nintendo TVii. One of the big selling points of the Wii U when it launched in late 2012, it provides access to cable and satellite TV channels, as well as video on demand services like Netflix and Hulu. However, ever since June 2014 we have been noticing that Nintendo was losing interest in it because that was the last time they updated Nintendo TVii. “After nearly 3 years of finding, watching and engaging with Nintendo TVii, we will be ending the service on August 11, 2015 at 3:00pm PT”, Nintendo said in its announcement.

Revealed in 2012, the service launched stateside in December 2013, but was delayed more than once in Europe before Nintendo scrapped plans to bring it to the region. In particular, TVii received a considerable, stealth downgrade in 2014 that removed its most interesting feature: the ability to search for a TV show across a number of sources, from a cable box to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. With that feature stripped, TVii existed mostly to offer basic cable-box TV listings and provide a strange, TVii-only forum for sports fans to vote and comment on live matches. According to the FAQs posted on Nintendo’s support website, the company wants to give its other projects more attention, and that the life cycle for the service has come to an end. It was awkward and fumbling and a year later the Xbox One came along with its HDMI pass-through and voice-controlled TV watching and made Nintendo TVii look silly.

That button will continue to work after TVii is removed via a console update, Nintendo said, but it will only function as a basic IR blaster for TVs’ volume and channel controls.

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