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Nintendo TVii announced

TVii is a second screen

Nintendo TVii home screen

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TV browsing interface

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Unanswered questions

Today as part of its Wii U announcement, Nintendo said it would include a new, free service on the console in the U.S. and Canada: Nintendo TVii.

The company said there are three parts to the service: a personalized guide for content, the ability to start the program from the GamePad (it's like a remote) and the ability to engage with friends over live TV.

Read more: Nintendo TVii tries to succeed where Google TV has failed

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Nintendo says TVii is a second-screen experience that uses the GamePad's screen to control and supplement the main TV screen.
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The home page has large icons for favorites, TV, movies, sports, and search.
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TVii can be personalized for each member of the household, and can display favorite shows for each.
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You can use the service to browse Netflix and Hulu streaming content.
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You can also browse TV programming.
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Links to IMDB and Wikipedia provide in-depth information.
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There's a lot we don't know about TVii, and most of those questions will have to wait until we review the system. If you want to know more in the meantime, check out Nintendo TVii tries to succeed where Google TV has failed.
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