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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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    http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/13/nintendo-tvii-carriers/

    Sounds like either you enter your TiVo login or your MAK or some combination.
     
  2. Grakthis

    Grakthis New Member

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    This just looks to me like the Tablet App for the WiiU. I don't see any reason to think it streams from the TiVo. Those sports screens could just be ESPN, like on the XBox.

    If it streamed from the TiVo, wouldn't they be screaming about that everywhere? Unless it requires the streaming box etc.
     
  3. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    That's really freaking cool! I don't really have plans to get a WiiU, but that's still pretty freaking impressive.

    Dan
     
  4. billypritchard

    billypritchard Embiggener

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    Depending on how the TiVo integration works, this very well could be a holiday purchase in my household.
     
  5. morac

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    It looks like Nintendo partnered with a bunch of different providers, including TiVo. So in essence it can stream from the TiVo and also access shows directly from the provider. So you can use the Wii U to watch "live TV" or schedule recordings on your TiVo and then watch them later.

    Also remember, the Wii U isn't it's gamepad. The gamepad is simply a second screen. The Wii U can output video to a TV, the controller or both.

    Because it was only announced at Nintendo's press conference a few hours ago. I expect we'll hear more about it in the next 24 hours.

    Here's Nintendo's video on it: http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu/features/

    Here's a few news reports:

    http://www.joystiq.com/2012/09/13/nintendo-wii-u-expandable-memory-tivo-integration-explained/
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2409681,00.asp
     
  6. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

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    I don't really see the usefulness for me. I don't want to watch TV on a wiipad. And I have a remote to change the channel..... or my iPhone.
     
  7. innocentfreak

    innocentfreak Active Member

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    Also per a tweet from DaveZatz, all info is coming from Nintendo. TiVo's PR isn't involved and he has no contact at Nintendo so we will probably have a decent wait for any info.
     
  8. anthonymoody

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    Well depending on how well this works, and what is and isn't required, it could be "the coolest thing ever!" HOWEVER, Nintendo's infuriating refusal to make the optical drive blu ray compatible (even thoug it will use 25GB media discs) means that it won't (ever) be the one box to rule them all.

    Guess I have to wait for the PS4.
     
  9. bradleys

    bradleys It'll be fine....

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    I do not see anything that makes me think this streams anything to the controller. I suspect it works very similar to an apple TV - the controller is nothing more than a second screen remote. Nothing streams to the controller - just pushes to the TV.

    Nothing to see here...
     
  10. morac

    morac Cat God

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    The Wii U has the ability to mirror what's on the TV on the controller, display it's output on the controller instead of the TV or display anything it wants on the controller. That's the whole gimmick of the Wii U system, so I don't see why the supported video wouldn't also be able to display on the controller.
     
  11. bradleys

    bradleys It'll be fine....

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    Interesting... So the question is: can the Wii U act as a TiVo extender - similar to the TiVo Mini?
     
  12. morac

    morac Cat God

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    Dunno. Nintendo hasn't given a lot of details about it. It may allow streaming or it may be a glorified remote control (like the old ipad app).

    CNet seems to think it will be like Google TV.
     
  13. trip1eX

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    OH yeah playing games on the controller is a big selling point. I think it is a trojan horse selling point even. I thought watching video on the game controller less so since the Ipad does that well and I'd rather watch tv on the big screen.

    But sure if it lets another simultaneous user watch a show on your Tivo (even if on the controller) then that is good too.

    Just that I guess I thought the Wii U would be a on a different tv than the Tivo because using it as an extender is a selling point. And so why beam video to the controller if you have that tv open. I assume you don't have another extender. I suppose you could have another console on that tv.
     
  14. trip1eX

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    Actually I see a problem here. IF the Wii U is an extender on a 2nd tv in your house, can you watch Tivo on that 2nd tv through your Tivo while your son plays a game on the controller? And how will you control your Tivo streaming experience? Will you use a wiimote then? Your Wiipad is being used by your son.

    Just saying it is a problem because one feature sort of cancels out the other in this case. I thought a sweet feature was continuing the game on our controller. But that may cancel out the extender part.
     
  15. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I would say no. That would equivalent to playing one game on the WiiU through the TV and another on the Wiipad at the same time. That's not what the hardware is designed to do. The playback on the Wiipad is meant to free up the TV for other uses, not free up the WiiU completely.

    Dan
     
  16. nrc

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    I wonder if this is the first third party use of the new SDK that TiVo has been teasing.
     
  17. mattack

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    This *is* the announcement. It will be available in 3 years.

    (ba dum psh!)
     
  18. moyekj

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    Netflix and YouTube likely already used the Flash SDK since TiVo likes to keep saying they don't "own" those crappy implementations.
     
  19. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

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    At $300+, I predict the Wii U will be dead in the water after the holidays without a price cut. Right now it costs more than the other consoles with very little to offer to make it worth the while.
     
  20. davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

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    I got a little info from Nintendo, but not the level of detail we'd all like...
     

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