VIZIO SmartCast Launched
On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, VIZIO, Inc. announced the launch of VIZIO SmartCast. Debuting on its P-Series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display collection, SmartCast is VIZIO's next generation smart entertainment ecosystem. Available on the P-Series displays now, it will also be available on sound bars and standalone speaker systems later in the year.
The P-Series displays and the SmartCast system are controlled by the VIZIO SmartCast app that comes preinstalled on the 6” 1080p Android™ tablet remote that is included with the displays. Additionally, you can download the app to the iOS or Android phone or tablet of your choice. All menus and playback controls are available through the app. Because the Android tablet does not have the ability to communicate using IR, it is necessary to use Wi-Fi for communications between the tablet and the TV. Users will, therefore, need to have a working Wi-Fi® network available.
The VIZIO SmartCast Secret Sauce
It's all about Google Cast. There are no high-end processors in the TV displays. Additionally, the TV displays do not contain Smart TV software. In addition to displaying streams from a cable or satellite receiver, a Blu-ray player, a set-top box or a Home Theater PC, the displays have just enough power to decode and play 4K HDR video content streamed over Google Cast.
The benefits of making Google Cast the “Smart” component of a Smart TV is that updates happen more quickly and there's a larger pool of content sources – Any phone or tablet app that's compatible with Google Cast is now part of the VIZIO SmartCast system. If you upgrade your phone or tablet to play better games or if you add apps to your device and they're compatible with Google Cast, they'll work on your VIZIO SmartCast TV.
Pricing and Availability
VIZIO SmartCast is available now and included without additional cost on VIZIO P-Series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Displays. The iOS and Android VIZIO SmartCast apps are free and available now. VIZIO SmartCast will be available on VIZIO soundbars and standalone speaker systems later this year. Please visit http://www.vizio.com/smartcast for more information.
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