Nintendo TVii is a service that allows users to find and watch television shows using their Wii U console, created as a collaboration between Nintendo and i.TV and launching with a system update in December 2012, after the release of the console in November. Users connect to their cable providers or online streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, or Amazon Instant Video and search for shows that they want to watch that are available to watch on either the television screen or the Wii U GamePad.
Despite the icon being featured on the Wii U Menu and Home Menu, the service was never launched in Europe. On February 14, 2015, Nintendo of Europe announced that they were ceasing their effort to bring the Nintendo TVii service to Europe due to complications involving the differing languages and licensing rights of each country, and the icon was finally removed in a system update on June 9, 2015.
On August 11, 2015, the Nintendo TVii service was officially discontinued in North America, and was removed from all Wii U consoles via a system update. The Miiverse community was also closed on the same day. In Japan, it has been announced that the service will be officially discontinued on November 8, 2017, the same day as the closure of Miiverse and Wii U Chat.
Users are able to select various channels, programs, movies, and sports teams as favorites depending on their local provider and cable package, which are determined by the user's ZIP code. From the main menu, users can then search for programs, look through TV shows, movies, or sports programs, look through their favorites to see when they are airing, or look at their TV guide. While watching a program, users can also use the GamePad to view information on the shows they are watching, taken from online sites such as Rotten Tomatoes, Wikipedia, and IMDb.
While watching users can also comment on their viewing experience and the show, and make posts to Miiverse and other social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. While watching sports users can also earn points by predicting plays during a game to reach the top of the leaderboards. They can also find other users' posts using the "tvtag" feature.
At any point users can go to the settings by tapping the Mii icon in the top right corner to adjust their favorites, their TV provider, and select which social networks they post to.
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