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Nintendo TVii Tries To Succeed Where Google TV Has Failed

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  1. CatfishRivers

    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

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    Nintendo TVii tries to succeed where Google TV has failed | TV and Home Theater - CNET Reviews (click for full article)

    Summary: The Wii U's TVii platform is an ambitious bid to offer control of your living room, with more in common with Google TV than the competing Xbox 360 or PS3.

    by Matthew Moskovciak September 13, 2012 1:57 PM PDT


    "As expected, Nintendo finally announced pricing and a release date for the upcoming Wii U, but the biggest surprise of the company's press conference was the announcement of TVii -- Nintendo's pitch to be the centerpiece of your home entertainment experience.


    It's no shock that Nintendo is integrating streaming-video services like Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, and YouTube into the Wii U, but TVii is a far more ambitious platform, capable of cross-platform search through both streaming-video services and live TV listings, providing complementary second-screen information on the GamePad screen, and controlling your DVR and other home theater components like a universal remote. That's a step further than even the Xbox 360's impressive TV efforts.


    In fact, the proper comparison for TVii isn't any of the streaming portals on the PS3 or Xbox 360 -- it's Google TV with products like the Vizio Co-Star and Sony NSZ-GS7. And while that may seem like an ominous analogy given Google TV's struggles, at first glance Nintendo's TVii seems like a much more accessible take on the same concept."


     
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    Well it still remains to be seen if the search function will have deep integration with cable/satellite DVRs. It does mention that it has Tivo integration.

    From the Article:

    "Still, there's plenty of reason for skepticism over how well Nintendo will be able to integrate with cable and satellite DVRs. While Nintendo touted TVii's TiVo integration, other TV providers weren't mentioned, although Nintendo says it will work with all major cable and satellite providers, plus over-the-air broadcasts. But the devil is in the details; Google TV technically works with all cable and satellite providers, but only offers deep integration with Dish Network. If Nintendo is similarly limited to TiVo, it won't work as seamlessly as you'd like with other DVRs."

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    IMO if the Wii U was priced at $199 (instead of $299 & up) - along with full DVR integrations - then it would seriously challenge GTV.


     
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    Here's the company behind Nintendo TVii (spoilers: it's not Nintendo) -- Engadget (click for full article)

    By Ben Gilbert posted Sep 14th 2012 3:25PM

    "Brad Pelo is suddenly in charge of a major Nintendo initiative for the Japanese company's next big console, the Wii U, despite not being an employee at Nintendo. Instead, Pelo is CEO of i.TV -- a "social television and second screen technology company" that's worked with everyone from Entertainment Weekly to Engadget parent company AOL -- and he's the man responsible for Nintendo TVii.


    At least he's the man responsible for the company providing the software behind Nintendo TVii (the guy behind the guy, if you will). And his company brings more to the bargaining table than just software -- existing relationships with cable providers and TiVO in the US bolster what i.TV offers Nintendo in a major way. "For Nintendo TVii, there is a mutual benefit in existing relationships we have. Like TiVO for example -- we were the first to bring TiVO to the mobile platform. There's also the benefit of tests that we have done over the years with the cable companies, based on components of our platform," Pelo told Engadget."
     
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    Wow, I was impressed with the demo. I don't see how that device could be possible at $200 and if it is only $300, it is quite an opening statement for the next generation of game consoles, assuming of course the game console will be good. It should offer great added value for the gamer, not really direct competition for Google TV since the market for just an internet streaming box is not going to buy a Wii game console but for the overlapping market that wants both, it sure looks good. Will it include Vudu and Hulu Plus and will the actual product be any good? We should know soon enough. It does appear that so far at least, Nintendo has only reached agreement with TiVo for the full DVR integration and it won't be easy to get any cable companies on board for that but Dish and DirecTV might be attainable, especially the DirecTV DVR with TiVo.

    Now Sony needs to knock the world on its ear with a PS4/Google TV with Vudu and Hulu Plus all-in-one console next year.
     
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    What if we saw Google TV integrated into the next PS3....

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