Nintendo Discontined Wii U’s TVii Service from August
Wii U users, already a nervous lot because of the rumours swirling around regarding Nintendo’s plans to shelve the console finally, got another disappointment when the manufacturer made the announcement that the second-screen TVii service would be shutting down in August and it would take its Miiverse community along with it. Then again, they’re probably used to getting bad news from the company and aren’t losing any sleep over this development.
TVii was introduced to give Wii U users an additional interactive experience and the ability to search for and view shows on a number of platforms such as Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and Netflix. TVii Miiverse was fairly popular with users of this service because it connected Wii U and Nintendo DS users located in different parts of the world.
Nintendo made this announcement through TVii’s main support site as well as on the TVii Miiverse page on Friday. TVii will finally be shut down on 11 August, leaving Wii U users to find another way to sort through the large number of video listings available. Strangely enough, Nintendo said that the service, all of three years old, has reached the end of its lifecycle!
The news of the closure was predictably greeted with unhappiness in various Nintendo forums, although it has to be admitted that this reaction wasn’t shared by all users. As a matter of fact, the complete lack of concern showed by quite a few users indicated that all wasn’t well with the service to begin with.
TVii was launched with great fanfare in Japan and North America around three years ago and it was designed to be a single interface for getting satellite TV, cable TV as well as web video for which the Wii U game pad could be used as a universal remote. Nintendo obviously intended it to compete against the cable TV boxes already available in the market.
It certainly managed to create a lot of expectations but the company was never wholeheartedly committed into making it a success, particularly on account of the many legal issues connected with contracting media services in different parts of the world.
Wii U users were initially glad to receive recommendations regarding viewing content, but the initial lack of integration with Netflix and TiVo meant that its utility was limited. In any case, and very strangely, TVii was not offered in Europe. Another common complaint was that the service was just too hard to operate and not really worth getting into. As a matter of fact, most Wii U users completely forgot about the existence of the TVii, especially after the company downgraded its capabilities in 2014 and removed the ability to look for a particular television show across many different sources.
It goes without saying that Nintendo users have no reason to get all worked up at the demise of the TVii. They can still watch their favourite television shows and movies on the Wii U console using one of the many Video on Demand applications available.