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TiVo and Nintendo's Wii U

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by innocentfreak, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

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    Apparently the new Wii U is going to have some built in support for TiVo.

    The press conference is going on live now, but I wonder if this means we will be able to use it as an extender.

    http://live.theverge.com/nintendo-wii-u-live-blog/

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    http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-57512103-235/nintendo-turns-on-tvii-for-wii-u/
     
  2. Aero 1

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    http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/13/nintendo-unveils-nintendo-tvii-for-wii-u

    interesting. engadget has pics of some kind of tivo integration.
     
  3. innocentfreak

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    Is it the DVR built in or does it work like an extender? It looks more like it might just support streaming from a Premiere rather than including it.

    From one of the comments on engadget it sounds like an extender model where the Wii U schedules the recording.
     
  4. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

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    This is certainly different from how Tivo normally does things. Shouldn't Tivo have made an announcement about this like three years ago?
     
  5. sbiller

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    I think this is a Stream endpoint. Very cool!
     
  6. trip1eX

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    Use your WiiU tablet controller to find stuff to watch on your DVR. Set recordings from your DVR.

    Wonder if it is streaming to Wii U. If so awesome. I do know the WiiU controller has IR so it can turn on the tv. So maybe it will just switch tv inputs and act as a remote for the Tivo directly.

    A bit strange though is that Nintendo's TVii initiative does what Tivo said they wanted to do. Be a one-stop shop content aggregator. You search through Amazon, Netflix and Tivo.

    Nintendo has some interesting additions though. Profiles for instance. The stuff you want to watch is stored under your Mii.

    So if your kid wants cartoons he sees cartoons under his Mii. IF you like to watch Madmen you'll see Madmen.

    And the second screen lets you mess around without affecting what is on the TV. SEe other scores. Look up actors etc. Type in stuff. ...

    Definitely overlap with Tivo and iPads and iPHones here, but interesting.

    If it turns out to be an extender for Tivo I think that is a big breakthrough for Tivo and Nintendo although have to remind myself that Tivo's install base is fairly small.
     
  7. morac

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    This picture makes it look like it will stream from the Premiere. My guess is that the Wii U can somehow stream from the Premiere and then send the video to it's controller.
     
  8. sbiller

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    I'm willing to bet money that it requires a TiVo Stream.
     
  9. innocentfreak

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    It probably will, but then if it supports Mpeg2 it wouldn't need it. Though even with a Stream it would allow you to have an extender albeit an expensive one if you don't use the Wii U for anything else.

    Hopefully if we ever see the SDK things like this will open up to other platforms.
     
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    Has anyone actually seen them streaming video from the Tivo to this? My bet is the video will just pop up on the TV. Similar to using your iPad as a remote.
     
  12. morac

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    I don't see why it would. The Wii U can already stream video to it's controller, so it must have it's own transcoding capabilities (be it to H.264 or whatever the controller supports). The only thing the Wii U would need to be able to do is decode MPEG-2 video, which even the Wii could do.

    The only thing special about TiVo streaming video is the encryption. If Nintendo licenses the decryption algorithm from TiVo, then Nintendo can in effect build in TiVo mini functionality into the Wii U.

    The Wii U specs indicate it is certainly powerful enough to do all this.
     
  13. trip1eX

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    Say it ain't so.
     
  14. trip1eX

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    Plus who wants to stream video to the controller as much as wants to use the WiiU as an extender? My kid already watches his cartoons on his iPad.

    But knowing Nintendo and Tivo and marketing I now expect the worst. Won't act as an extender. Will require Tivo STream to stream to controller. And some other catches as well. It can only get better from there.
     
  15. innocentfreak

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    One point of the controller is so you can play the Wii U games on the controller while someone watches something else on the TV guessing not via the Wii U.

    From the various blogs, it sounds like you can either watch on the TV or on the controller. When watching on the TV you will be able to use the Wii U controller to act like the TiVo iPad app.
     
  16. innocentfreak

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    http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/13/wii-u-memory-tivo-dvr/

    Doesn't sound like a Stream will be required.
     
  17. aaronwt

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    WoW!! This is the first I've heard of this. I wonder if there will be similar features with other devices soon?
     
  18. jrtroo

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    Boy, I'm certainly in the target market for this. I was thinking of getting a 4 tuner premiere and the mini once available (selling my HD and 2TB premiere), happy to skip moving to the U anytime soon.

    But, wow, this could be great. Can't wait to see how this plays out.
     

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