Here's Reggie's interview with the TVii developers.
The interview is focused almost entirely on content and the experience within the TVii service. Very little about supported devices.
"Of course, if you've recorded that show already—maybe it was last night's episode—it's going to be on your DVR. And so selecting it from the GamePad at that point means that we'll actually digitally communicate with the TiVo unit that you own and we'll start the playback immediately from there. In the future, of course, we hope to add support for other DVRs, but in early 2013, you'll see the integration with TiVo."
I suspect there are deep technical problems here. Is there even a way to tell my cable box DVR "play 'The Daily Show' from two nights ago" via IR? Or does it understand primitive commands like "Show DVR menu" "Up" "Select" "Play". I believe my DVR has some network capabilities, so if the Wii U can talk to it over the network, there's hope. But that assumes my home network is configured a certain way. (I happen to have my home network NATed behind a router connected to my cable modem. Nothing on my network can see or be seen by the cable modem or DVR.)
"Nintendo TVii's remote functionality delivers simplicity by offering control that spans the areas that Brad mentioned earlier: controlling linear TV, controlling your DVR, and being able to launch a video application and arrive at your desired program. So it's this super remote control that spans your cable or satellite box, your DVR, and Wii U applications."
No mention of home theaters, or receivers, or anything like that. All TV, cable/satellite box, or DVR. Doesn't sound like anyone should be selling their Harmony remotes just yet.
- Jasen.Edited by jasenj1 - 12/20/12 at 9:13am