Enhanced Smart TV User Experience Enables Consumers to Control TV Shows, Music and Movies from their Big Screens or Mobile Devices
IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO, Inc. announced today the roll out of VIZIO SmartCast TV to 2017 VIZIO SmartCast™ E-Series Ultra HD Display models in the Canadian market. SmartCast TV is the latest way for viewers to quickly access the content they love from popular apps right from the big screen with just a tap of the remote. An intuitive home screen greets viewers with content recommendations along with top apps such as Amazon Prime Video, Crackle, Netflix and Pluto TV1. Now rolling out to 2017 VIZIO E-Series Ultra HD displays through an internet update, VIZIO SmartCast TV gives users another way to control the content they love.
VIZIO SmartCast TV users can browse new shows, music and movies – including titles in 4K Ultra HD and HDR, where available – and then launch content directly from their displays with the touch of a button on the new 2017 remote. The "Discover" section offers other exciting benefits of SmartCast TV. By aggregating popular and trending content from multiple sources all in one place, this section allows users to browse selections without toggling in and out of multiple apps and also makes it easy for consumers to discover hot, new offerings. Once they choose their content, consumers can not only control the selection through SmartCast TV, but with the VIZIO SmartCast MobileTM app as well, giving users two ways to control content and all settings on their VIZIO SmartCast displays.
To use SmartCast TV, some owners who previously purchased eligible 2017 or 2016 VIZIO SmartCast Ultra HD displays may need the new VIZIO SmartCast remote, which features the V-button to provide one-button access to the VIZIO SmartCast TV user interface, along with shortcut keys to top apps. For a limited time and while supplies last, owners of eligible models can receive the new VIZIO SmartCast remote either free or for a nominal fee by calling VIZIO Support at 855-833-3221 (some conditions apply).
"VIZIO SmartCast TV gives users more than one way to access their favorite TV shows, music and movies," said Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. "With apps on the big screen, SmartCast TV is perfect for fans of traditional TV who like to use a dedicated remote control, along with digital natives and second screen users who prefer searching and controlling their viewing experience on their mobile devices. Consumers deserve multiple ways to stream the entertainment they love, and SmartCast TV allows for just that."
While SmartCast TV brings apps to the big screen, the free VIZIO SmartCast Mobile app for iOS and AndroidTM transforms mobile devices into the ultimate touchscreen remote. The latest version of the app features a new navigational menu that allows users to easily browse SmartCast TV from their mobile device. Select SmartCast TV apps, such as Netflix, can be launched on-screen using SmartCast TV or via SmartCast Mobile utilizing a mobile device. SmartCast users can start a show using their remote via SmartCast TV, pause from any room in the house with SmartCast Mobile and even continue playback with their voice using Google Assistant on devices like Google Home. VIZIO SmartCast Mobile also lets users search for content across multiple apps at once, for even faster discovery and playback.
All VIZIO SmartCast displays feature Chromecast built-in, which allows viewers to browse thousands of Chromecast-enabled apps – including 4K and HDR content from apps like Netflix2 – on their mobile devices. By simply tapping the Cast button in Chromecast-enabled apps, consumers can stream their favorite shows and movies right to the big screen. The Quick Start Mode allows VIZIO users to turn their displays on automatically by launching a Chromecast-enabled app and tapping the Cast button. The display will then power on and start streaming the selected entertainment.
For more information on VIZIO SmartCast TV visit VIZIO.ca/SmartCast.
1 The third party applications and content described herein may only be available in certain countries and languages, may require additional fees or subscription charges, and may be subject to future updates, modifications, interruption and/or discontinuation of service without notice, and VIZIO has no control over such content. 4K Ultra HD or HDR availability varies by application and may be subject to subscription fees, internet service, and device capabilities.
2 4K HDR availability subject to your Netflix subscription plan, Internet service, device capabilities, and content availability. www.netflix.com/TermsOfUse
VIZIO's mission is to deliver the ultimate entertainment experience through our community of connected consumers, advertisers, and media content providers. Through our connected entertainment platform, VIZIO is transforming the way consumers discover and experience media content. Since our founding in California in 2002, VIZIO has built an industry-leading brand and sold over 75 million products, including televisions, sound bars and other devices. VIZIO is a leading HDTV brand in America1 and is the #1 sound bar brand in America2. VIZIO product leadership is highlighted by a number of industry reviews and awards, making the 2016 collection the most awarded in company history. The VIZIO SmartCast P-Series, M-Series and E-Series Home Theater Displays all received Reviewed.com Editor's Choice awards3 and are all listed as CNET's "Best TVs of 20164." The VIZIO M-Series SmartCast Home Theater Display was awarded Editor's Choice from CNET with an 8.8 rating5 and the VIZIO SmartCast 65" E-Series Home Theater Display (E65u-D3) was awarded Reviewed.com's "Best TV of the Year" award for 20166. Also, the VIZIO D-Series earned a 2016 Editor's Choice award from PC Magazine7. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit www.VIZIO.com.
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1 The NPD Group, Inc. / Weekly Retail Tracking Service, based on TV units sold in the U.S. from Jan. 5, 2014 – April 8, 2017
2 The NPD Group, Inc. / Weekly Retail Tracking Service, based on sound bar units sold in the U.S. from Jan 2014 – July 2017
3 Visit reviewed.com for full reviews for the VIZIO SmartCast P-Series (published: 10/28/2016), VIZIO SmartCast M-Series (published: 10/5/2016) and VIZIO SmartCast E-Series (published: 9/13/2016)
4 Visit CNET.com for full article (published: 12/16/2016)
5 Visit CNET.com for the full review, published 9/16/2016
6 Visit reviewed.com for the full E65u-D3 review, published 11/14/16
7 Visit pcmag.com for the full VIZIO D-Series review, published 3/24/16
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