We’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.
Nintendo Wii U’s TVii Launches Thursday, Lacks Some Features
Author: Shelly Palmer
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).