Today Vizio, which is being called America’s largest LCD HDTV company, is announcing a set version of its popular brand that should knock the socks off of the competition. Vizio is including on three of its new HDTVs the following built-in:
Here is a list of what will be included:
The VIZIO 55″ VF552XVT, 47″ SV472XVT and 42″ SV422XVT LCD HDTVs with VIA come with Amazon Video on Demand, Flickr, Netflix, Rhapsody, Twitter, VUDU and Yahoo TV Widgets pre-loaded on the TV, ready to launch onscreen at the touch of a single button on the premium Bluetooth universal remote control. These high performance XVT Series HDTVs also pack the latest in picture quality and audio technologies. The 55″ and 47″ models feature VIZIO’s industry-leading TruLED backlighting with Smart Dimming technology for incredible brilliance, color and contrast. All three models also deliver 240 Hz (SPS) Scenes Per Second Smooth Motion(TM) technology, Full 1080p HD resolution, SRS TruVolume and SRS TruSurround HD, and exceed Energy Star guidelines by up to 45%.
Initial quantities of these VIA-enabled units shipped recently to consumers as part of VIZIO’s exclusive VIA VIP Program (www.viziovip.com). Participants of the program gain early access to the first VIA-enabled HDTVs and also are eligible to receive a free VIZIO Blu-ray player and Sound Bar package (retail value over $500) upon completion of a six-week interactive survey.
“VIZIO is excited to announce our highly anticipated launch of VIA(TM) Connected HDTVs into the market,” stated Laynie Newsome, VIZIO Co-Founder and V.P. Sales & Marketing Communications. “Enthusiasts on our extensive VIP waiting list will be the first to experience the advanced features and participate in the creation and development of new features.”
Plus there is this:
New VIZIO VIA Service and Content Partners
VIZIO also revealed today several new content and service providers joining the ranks developing apps for the VIA platform. Those partners announcing support for VIZIO Internet Apps include blip.tv, CBS(®), CinemaNow(®), CNBC(®), Free Stream Media, iMemories(®), NBC(®) and The Weather Channel(®).
Previously announced content and service providers on the VIA platform include: Accedo Broadband(®), Amazon Video On Demand(®), Blockbuster On Demand(®), eBay, Facebook, Flickr(®), Netflix(®), Radiotime(®), Rallypoint Sports(®), Revision 3(®), Pandora(®), Rhapsody(®), Showtime(®), Twitter(®), and VUDU(®).
blip.tv (www.blip.tv) — Blip.tv is an online television network that hosts the best original shows on the Web; from scripted sitcoms and dramas to shows about fashion, technology, politics and more.
CBS (www.cbs.com) — The CBS Widget offers easy access to CBS schedule information, program metadata, previews and clips, cast photos and bios, and more.
CNBC (www.cnbc.com) — The CNBC widget allows viewers to interact with CNBC’s real-time stock quotes direct from the NYSE and NASDAQ, real-time watchlists to track favorite stocks, and other key analytics.
iMemories® (www.imemories.com) — Now all your old home movies, photos and slides can be watched directly on your VIZIO TV with iMemories. iMemories digitally converts and preserves all your favorite memories online, regardless of the original media format.
Free Stream Media (www.flingo.tv) — Free Stream Media’s FlingoTV service aggregates the best online video from major media companies, cable networks, and web video properties specifically for distribution on Connected TVs and Blu-ray Players.
NBC (www.nbc.com) – View NBC’s show schedule, view full screen photo galleries and catch up on your favorite shows with up-to-date quick text recaps, cast bios, and more.
Roxio CinemaNow (www.cinemanow.com) — The Roxio CinemaNow platform enables consumers to instantly access a broad range of high-quality digital entertainment from their favorite consumer electronic devices.
The Weather Channel (www.weather.com) — Get your weather forecast when you want it with the press of your remote. The Weather Channel Widget delivers current conditions, the 5-day forecast and more for your zip code — and thousands more.
Users of VIA-enabled HDTVs can continually discover and download many more apps from other content and service providers by browsing our gallery of apps that is dynamically updated right on their VIZIO TV or Beyond TV devices. Automatic updates delivered over the HDTV’s Internet connection also ensure these connected devices receive the latest upgrades without requiring user intervention.
What, no 3D! LOL! Technology always amazes me and these new sets from Vizio are the newest cutting edge in HDTV. One question. Vizio most likely is the #1 TV company in America, but is it not the only company left in America that makes TVs?