IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO, Inc. today began the rollout of SmartCast 3.5, the newest upgrade to its smart TVs, bringing improved speed and responsiveness to the VIZIO SmartCastTM platform. Thanks to VIZIO's ability to provide software updates over-the-air and across product lines, millions of VIZIO SmartCast TV owners with models dating back to 20161 will benefit from the latest update.
The SmartCast 3.5 update includes quicker startup and load times, faster input switching, and improved remote-control responsiveness while using SmartCast. Users can more seamlessly scroll through the SmartCast platform, making it easier than ever to find their favorite content. They can also quickly jump into and out of their favorite apps including Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and YouTube. Switching inputs from Apple AirPlay or VIZIO WatchFree™ and returning to SmartCast home is now also significantly faster. SmartCast 3.5 brings users an improved content discovery experience, just in time for the holidays.
"We know consumers want to upgrade their entertainment experiences this holiday season," said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. "These SmartCast performance updates, paired with award-winning picture quality, rich smart home integrations, and competitive holiday pricing, make VIZIO SmartCast TVs the best all-in-one value purchase this holiday season."
A range of VIZIO SmartCast TVs are discounted for Black Friday and Cyber Monday at retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Sam's Club, Target, and Walmart. In addition to great holiday deals, VIZIO is making Pandora, the music streaming app used by tens of millions of consumers, available on the SmartCast platform. As part of the launch, VIZIO SmartCast TV owners will also be eligible to receive a 90-day free trial of Pandora Premium by going to VIZIO.com/Pandora. Users can also pair a VIZIO sound bar with their SmartCast TV to bring an enhanced sound experience to any holiday gathering.
VIZIO continues to deliver the ultimate customer value this season with the latest smart home features and integrations built-in to the SmartCast platform. Not only are VIZIO SmartCast TVs compatible with voice assistants such as Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa-enabled devices, they also come enabled with Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast built-in. Users can stream thousands of their favorite movies, TV shows, music, and photos directly to their TVs. In addition to these rich integrations, VIZIO provides users with even more value through their free-to-use streaming service, WatchFree. With WatchFree, consumers have access to more than 150 channels, powered by Pluto TV, featuring news, sports, movies, TV shows, music and more.
With holiday discounts, the latest tech and smart home functionality built-in, and an award-winning consumer experience, VIZIO Smart TVs have never been a better value.
About VIZIO VIZIO's mission is to deliver the ultimate entertainment experience to our community of connected consumers. Through our connected entertainment platform, VIZIO is transforming the way consumers discover and experience content. Since our founding in California in 2002, VIZIO has built an industry-leading brand of products, including televisions, sound bars and other devices. VIZIO is a leading HDTV company, the #1 Sound Bar Brand2 in America and America's Fastest Growing Sound Bar Brand with Dolby Atmos3. VIZIO product leadership is highlighted by a number of industry reviews and awards. The 2019 P-Series Quantum X received a Best of CES 2019 award from both CNET4 and Digital Trends5 and has earned Editors' Choice awards from Digital Trends6, and USAToday's Reviewed.com7. IGN8 called the 2019 P-Series Quantum "Stunning", giving it a 9.3/10 rating while HighDefDigest9 awarded it an Editors' Choice. The 2019 M-Series Quantum TVs have earned Editors' Choice awards from USAToday's Reviewed.com10, HighDefDigest11 and Tom's Guide12. VIZIO's top of the line Home Theater Sound System with Dolby Atmos, the SB46514-F6 has been named "The Best Sound Bar" by Wirecutter13, "Best Sound Bar for 2019" by Digital Trends14 and awarded an Editors' Choice by HighDefDigest15. The SB36514-G6 sound bar system received an Editors' Choice from Digital Trends16, while CNET17 described the SB36512-F6 Sound System as "Excellent", awarding it 4 out of 5 stars and an Editors' Choice Award. The SB3621n-G8 sound bar is a Digital Trends Recommended Product for 201918 and Wirecutter19 named VIZIO's SB3651 surround sound bar their "Best Budget Pick".
1 The SmartCast 3.5 update is available only to eligible SmartCast TVs enabled with SmartCast Home™, VIZIO's on-screen smart TV experience. 2 Source: The NPD Group, Inc., U.S. Weekly Retail Tracking Service, Sound Bars, Based on Units, Dec. 24, 2017 – Apr. 20, 2019 Combined 3 Source: The NPD Group, Inc., U.S. Weekly Retail Tracking Service, Sound Bars, Dolby Atmos, Jan. 6, 2019 – Sep. 28, 2019 vs Dec. 31, 2017 – Sep. 22, 2018 Combined. 4 Visit Cnet.com for the Best of CES 2019 (published January 10, 2019) 5 Visit DigitalTrends.com for the Best of CES 2019 (published January 10, 2019) 6 Visit DigitalTrends.com for the full VIZIO P-Series Quantum X review (published August 30, 2019) 7 Visit Reviewed.com for the full VIZIO P-Series Quantum X review (published June 3, 2019) 8 Visit IGN.com for the full VIZIO P-Series Quantum review (published May 22, 2019) 9 Visit HighDefDigest.com for the full VIZIO P-Series Quantum review (published May 21, 2019) 10 Visit Reviewed.com for the Best of CES (published January 11, 2019) 11 Visit Highdefdigest.com for Best Gear of CES 2019 (published May 21, 2019) 12 Visit Tomsguide.com for the VIZIO M-Series Quantum review (published June 25, 2019) 13 Visit Wirecutter.com for The Best Sound Bar article (published September 9, 2018) 14 Visit digitaltrends.com for the Best Sound bars for 2019 (published September 9, 2019) 15 Visit HighDefDigest.com for the VIZIO SB46514-F6 review (published April 26, 2019) 16 Visit DigitalTrends.com for the VIZIO SB36514-G6 (published September 12, 2019) 17 Visit Cnet.com for the VIZIO SB36512-F6 review (published June 12, 2019) 18 Visit DigitalTrends.com for the VIZIO SB3621n-G6 (published July 17, 2019) 19 Visit Wirecutter.com for the Best Sound bar article (published September 9, 2018)