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For months now, Nintendo has been positioning the Wii U not just as a game-playing machine, but as a living room video hub. It offers support for Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube, all integrated with your TiVo and live TV through a service called Nintendo TVii. Now, just two days before the system is set to launch in North America, Nintendo has revealed that not all of those services will be available when the Wii U hits store shelves.

(UPDATE: A Netflix representative clarified to Engadget that the service would be ready for the Wii U's Sunday launch but won't be integrated into Nintendo TVii until early next year)

In a press release listing the Wii U's features that hit the wires early Friday, Nintendo buried the little nugget that Nintendo TVii will launch sometime in December, with the integrated video-on-demand apps being rolled out "in the coming weeks." While it looks like Nintendo never previously said that these features would be available on launch day, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said during a September news conference that the features would be "included in every Wii U purchase" at no additional cost.

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For months now, Nintendo has been positioning the Wii U not just as a game-playing machine, but as a living room video hub. It offers support for Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and YouTube all integrated with your TiVo and live TV through a service called Nintendo TVii. Now, just two days before the system is set to launch in North America, Nintendo has revealed that not all of those services will be available when the Wii U hits store shelves.

In a press release listing the Wii U's features that hit the wires early Friday, Nintendo buried the little nugget that Nintendo TVii will launch sometime in December, with the integrated video-on-demand apps being rolled out "in the coming weeks." While it looks like Nintendo never previously said that these features would be available on launch day, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said during a September news conference that these features would be "included in every Wii U purchase" at no additional cost.

Frankly, today's announcement just adds to our worries about the Wii U's online features. The prelaunch hardware provided to the press is currently not capable of doing much more than playing games. Functions like the online game store, Miiverse social networking, video chat, a web browser and even the ability to transfer content from an old Wii to a new Wii U won't be available until Nintendo rolls out a downloadable software update. The company has promised this update will be available for Sunday's North American launch, but at T-minus 36 hours, it has yet to be released.

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The new Apple TV has been delayed into October, but Apple has already rolled out its new iTunes TV show rental service with the iTunes 10 update. Disney/ABC and Fox are on board with the new 99¢ TV episode rental service while other broadcast and cable networks have criticized the service, leery of "devaluing" their content with low prices. Yet some of those same networks are willing to offer their content via Netflix instant streaming for fixed fees.

During a Goldman Sachs investor conference in New York this week, a number of media executives expressed concern that Apple's 99¢ price point is too low. "The 99¢ rental is not a good price point," Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said. "It doesn't work for us." Viacom operates several cable networks, such as MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon.

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The new Apple TV has been delayed into October, but Apple has already rolled out its new iTunes TV show rental service with the iTunes 10 update. Disney/ABC and Fox are on board with the new 99¢ TV episode rental service while other broadcast and cable networks have criticized the service, leery of "devaluing" their content with low prices. Yet some of those same networks are willing to offer their content via Netflix instant streaming for fixed fees.

During a Goldman Sachs investor conference in New York this week, a number of media executives expressed concern that Apple's 99¢ price point is too low. "The 99¢ rental is not a good price point," Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said. "It doesn't work for us." Viacom operates several cable networks, such as MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon.

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Netflix has only been available on Nintendo's Wii console for one month now, but according to the gaming company, nearly 1 million Wii users have streamed Netflix through the platform so far.

Nintendo of America's President Reggie Fils-Aime recently appeared on CNBC's 'Closing Bell,' reporting the number of people who have "participated" in the Netflix streaming system to date.

Wii users were originally offered a free disc that would allow households access to watch Netflix titles. Xbox consoles and many Blu-ray players also come with similar capabilities, but the feature was just introduced to Nintendo customers in March. Traditionally, Netflix allows its members to rent films by mail.

As postage rates rise and technology improves, Netflix may be pushing its business toward streaming. Have you ever streamed a movie or TV show on Netflix through your Nintendo Wii? Did it work well or would you prefer to rent movies on disc?

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