Nintendo Wii U’s TVii Launches Thursday, Lacks Some Features

Wii U Controller -- TVii ModeWe’ve been waiting for the Wii U’s cable box/television-controlling TVii features to make it since the system launched late last month. As of Wednesday, it’ll finally be here. But without a few key components. The big omission is DVR capabilities through TiVo. That’s the only way to use the Wii U as a DVR, so it’s still not all the way there as a multimedia center. The other missing piece is Netflix, though that’s slightly less of a concern since the Wii U’s had Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus since last month. What is arriving, though, is the cable box functionality as a whole. The default TV remote feature is nice and effective for controlling your television’s inputs, or volume, but the wheel-like control panel for TVii makes actually picking the channels much easier, along with other functions. There’s also some social network stuff built in.

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Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).