Nintendo will be rolling out the TVii service - a television service which transforms the tablet-like controller for its new Wii U game console into a remote that changes the channel on your TV and puts programs from the Internet just a few finger taps away - this Thursday in the U.S and Canada. This means that the debut of the service is postponed from previous plans to have the service available when the game console went on sale in North America (18th November). The TVii service has already been launched in Japan, on 8th December.
According to Nintendo, it will incorporate TVii with TiVo by the end of March so it will be possible to program a TiVo digital video recorder through the game console as well.
On top of that, the company has also added social networking features to its service. A team of curators will watch the top 100 shows on live TV and post details and a screenshot of important events, for example, "a great shot in a basketball game or an unexpected twist in 'Mad Men'", said Zach Fountain, director of network business for Nintendo of America.
Also, users can comment on these moments and have their posts show up on Nintendo's Miivese network, or on Facebook, or Twitter. They can choose to express emotions with a sad or happy-looking Mii avatar.