I don’t have a Wii U in my possession. I have, however, used the gaming console, albeit to a limited extent. So it’s a bit difficult for me to truly comment on the controllers true effectiveness in terms of actual gameplay. Nevertheless, I’d like to think Nintendo’s TVii feature, which works thanks to a built-in infrared sensor in the Wii U’s second screen controller, is the best way to administer and manage a TV fanatic’s life. And starting on December 20th the TVii feature will finally roll out.
Unfortunately, Netflix and Tivo control wont’ arrive until sometime in early 2013. But until then, you’ll be able to browse content for a wide array of content found on satellite, cable, and even streaming services, such as Hulu Plus and Amazon VOD. According to Nintendo, the setup process is as easy as defining your service – no additional equipment (beyond the Wii U) needed – where upon you’ll be presented with a what is hopefully a crisp and clean interface that negates the TV remote. And for those that like to seed the Net with their lack of physical activity, there are a myriad of social services built-in, such as Twitter. For families, different profiles can be assigned to each member of the household, which includes parental controls, which is all part of the setup process.