LOS ANGELES: Nintendo’s TV-watching tool for the new Wii U game console beats my regular remote control hands down. Called TVii, the service transforms how you watch television in three key ways. It turns the touch-screen GamePad controller for the Wii U into a remote control for your TV and set-top box.
It groups your favorite shows and sports teams together, whether it’s on live TV or an Internet video service such as Hulu Plus. And it offers water-cooler moments you can chat about on social media. It takes some getting used to, and I had a lot of re-learning to do after years of using my thumb to channel surf.
But once I did, I found the service an advance from the mass of buttons on most TV remote controls. TVii comes free with the Wii U, although it didn’t become available in the US until mid-December, about a month after the game machine’s debut.