Nintendo’s odd naming theme is going on strong with the Wii U’s featured software, not least of which includes “Nintendo TVii.” As the name implies, it allows you to watch cable content on the console.
It’s way behind the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in terms of timing, but Nintendo TVii might be the solution to the Wii’s issues with streaming a decent variety of shows and content.
As noted in Nintendo’s announcement today, the service will host movies, sports, and television selections from most devices within your home, even looping in your Netflix and/or Hulu account, plus your customized DVR selections.
Additionally, Nintendo TVii will also be compatible with all cable and dish carriers in North America.
There wasn’t any information about other regions, but the licensing issues in each country will likely cause accessible content to vary greatly between most countries.
It’s all completely free on Nintendo’s part, provided you already have the memberships for everything else— and for all the money most people spend on streaming content, it’s unlikely TVii would be justifiable otherwise.