The Wii U’s TVii Service Is Shutting Down Next Month

26 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Nintendo Announces Discontinuation of Nintendo TVii.

Once one of the cooler features promised by the WiiU, but in practice, cumbersome and clunky, the system’s TVii service will be shutting down on August 11th, according to a post on the feature’s Miiverse.

Nintendo TVii service was a bit limited in its rollout as it was released for the United States, Canada and Japan users only and was never released for European users.Nintendo has announced that it will be bringing its Nintendo TVii service to a close on August 11, as well as shutting down its corresponding Nintendo TVii Miiverse community. The service began on the heels of the Wii U launch, positioning the system’s GamePad as a second screen TV guide that let users browse for content across cable, satellite, and on-demand services. In an announcement at both TVii’s official support site and its Miiverse page, Nintendo confirmed that TVii, a TV Guide-style interface meant to help users sort through live and streaming video listings, would no longer function after August 11.

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. 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. Nintendo TVii also incorporated social media functionality, allowing users to share their thoughts over Twitter, Facebook, and Miiverse; and a doodle mode for drawing over the on-screen action. 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.

The announcement follows another Nintendo UK made earlier this year, noting Nintendo TVii would not be coming to Europe as originally planned, citing “the extremely complex nature of localising multiple television services across a diverse range of countries with varied licensing systems”. However, the service never really took off, mainly due to the fact that there wasn’t a real DVR functionality, and thanks to complex TV rights and platforms, it was hard to get a lot of channels on board. As for why the service is shutting down, Nintendo says “every service has a life cycle, and it is time to focus our resources on other projects,” noting Wii U users can continue watching programs via Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and Crunchyroll on their systems. We look forward to your contributions within our many other Miiverse communities.” It is likely that many fans didn’t even utilize the service which could be a reason why Nintendo is deciding to dedicate resources elsewhere. The NX will likely launch as early as summer of next year, according to video game retailers who say they’ve already been tasked to prepare for it by Nintendo.

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