Nintendo has confirmed that the Wii U's Nintendo TVii service will support "all" cable and dish services in North America at launch.
The company's director of strategic partnership, Zach Fountain, told Engadget that no carriers in Canada or the U.S. will be excluded.
Users will be able to enter their cable account information into Nintendo TVii to access all of their channels through the Wii U.
A true second-screen experience
We contacted Nintendo as to whether cable and dish compatibility also extends to the on-demand and DVR services of those providers, but did not receive a reply at press time. We will update the story once Nintendo responds.
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Nintendo TVii will use the Wii U Gamepad to browse live TV, access a TiVo DVR, and browse shows and movies available through Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video.
The second-screen interaction will give users access to cast profiles, IMDB, and Wikipedia pages on the shows and movies they watch, and a touchscreen keyboard to post comments on shows directly to Facebook and Twitter.
Nintendo TVii will only be available to Wii U systems in North America when the new console launches on Nov. 18.