TVii functionality won't be coming to the Wii U until December 2012, Nintendo confirms in a morning press release. The same goes for video on demand services like Netflix and Hulu, which the media alert notes will be supported by the new console "in the coming weeks."
The actual console arrives in stores this weekend, on November 18, 2012, in two models: the Basic package with 8GB of internal storage ($299.99) and the Deluxe package, which includes a 32GB hard drive, a copy of Nintendo Land, and a handful of other packed in extras ($349.99).
TVii had been previously pegged by many as a launch day feature. While the Wii U GamePad will still function as a TV and cable box remote once you program it, the more elaborate guide features offered by TVii in the U.S. and Canada will be out of commission until the December update.
It's a similar situation for VOD services like Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, and Netflix. They're "weeks" away and they'll be accessible via TVii, which suggests that both features should be launching pretty close to one another. Given the sizable lineup of launch titles, new Wii U owners shouldn't have a hard time keeping themselves occupied while they wait for these last few marquee features to arrive.