Nintendo Adds Netflix Support To TVii On Wii U

Mar 27, 2013 06:23 PM EDT | By Trevor Ruben

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Nintendo updated its TVii service on the Wii U Wednesday with two significant improvements. First on the list is Netflix compatability, which means once you've found a program you want to watch, whether it's a TV show or a movie, TVii will let you know if it's available on Netflix and jump you straight to the program if you so choose. Obviously, only Netflix subscribers will truly be able to take advantage of the new addition, which joins Amazon Instant Streaming, Hulu Plus and most coordinated cable schedules out there under the TVii umbrella.

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Nintendo of America tweeted the announcement early on with the words, "Netflix has arrived on Nintendo TVii! What will you watch first?" and users can log on now and utilize the new feature.

And then there's the new dedicated TV Tag option on the TVii main menu, which shows users current and upcomming TV programs which utlilize the "Tag" feature integrated into TVii. Users can comment directly into their Wii U with their Miiverse personalities as a show airs in conjunction with screen shots posted periodically over the course of live events or programming. Users can also see a list of recently completed TV tag shows to see what everyone was talking about as it originally aired.

Today's update comes alongside Nintendo's promise of a faster menu system for the Wii U in an April system update, displaying a video of the improved speeds.

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