VIZIO SmartCast TV Brings Back Apps

August 3, 2017

After eliminating apps from their TV’s years ago, VIZIO announced today the rollout of VIZIO SmartCast TV to select models. SmartCast TV is basically their branding for their line of SmartTV’s that have a custom home screen and apps such as Amazon VIdeo, Crackle, Hulu, iHeartRadio, Netflix, Pluto TV, Vudu and XUMO. VIZIO SmartCast P-Series and M-Series Ultra HD Displays are the […]

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Old VIZIO Is Back With New VIZIO SmartCast P-Series (With Apps)

April 26, 2017

VIZIO realized that it made a HUGE, gigantic mistake by removing apps from its TVs after being purchased by LeEco last year. So, the company did the right thing by adding them back into its new VIZIO SmartCast P-Series Ultra HD HDR XLED Pro Display collection. Powered by a full-array local dimming LED-based backlight system and XHDR Pro with Dolby Vision with HDR10 content […]

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VIZIO to Pay $2.2 Million to FTC and State of New Jersey for Secretly Collected Viewing Histories on 11 Million Smart TVs

February 9, 2017

VIZIO has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General that it installed software on its TVs to collect viewing data on 11 million consumer TVs without consumers’ knowledge or consent.The stipulated federal court order requires VIZIO to prominently disclose and obtain affirmative express consent for its data collection and sharing practices, […]

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LeEco, Parent Company of VIZIO Halts Stock Trading After Major Cash Crunch

December 9, 2016

You may recall that we were the first AV publication to report the purchase of VIZIO by a Chinese company called LeEco. LeEco is a giant (multi-billion dollar) private holding company started by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, the founder of (aka LeTV). Well known in China, LeEco holdings include a cell phone company, a […]

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VIZIO Sold to Chinese-Based LeEco

July 26, 2016

A Chinese company called LeEco (sort of a Netflix of China), just agreed to buy VIZIO for a little over $2 Billion. This is HUGE news as VIZIO is currently the second largest TV manufacturer in the world, behind Samsung, and they are one of the only profitable TV manufacturers in the world. The combined […]

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Vizio Intros 120” 4K TV (Yes, 120”) That’s an LED-lit LCD

October 19, 2015

Vizio just put itself on everyone’s map today with the debut of a 120” TV — yes, it is really 120”. It’s an LED-backlit LCD monitor that’s 4K resolution. It was probably the biggest “wow” at the show. Everyone was talking about it and everyone went to see it. It’s only being sold by the […]

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AV Phenom’s Test Lab- Sound Bar vs. Sound Stand

April 12, 2015

  For those of you who don’t know me well, my career in AV actually started out on the residential side of the business.  I worked for an integrator in Arizona that did structured wiring, central vacuum, security, and audiovisual systems for home builders like DR Horton, Shea Homes, and Toll Brothers and some custom […]

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OLED and Plasma Commitments at CES for LGE, Samsung Focuses on UHD and Curved

January 7, 2014

By Paul Gagnon DisplaySearch Along with my colleagues, I attended the LGE US press conference this morning to kick off our coverage of CES 2014. LGE has held the opening press conference at CES on Press Day for a number of years now, and the press corps was in full attendance. Other key unveilings were […]

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Vizio Debuts Three New Sound Bars

August 7, 2013

Vizio’s newest sound bars include a new 29″ 2.0 Home Theater Sound Bar (S2920w), a 38″ 2.0 Home Theater Sound Bar with what it’s calling “integrated deep bass” (S3820w) and a 38″ 2.1 Home Theater Sound Bar with a wireless subwoofer (S3831w). They all share the same design as VIZIO’s borderless M-Series Razor LED TVs. […]

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Vizio Updates Smart TV Platform

August 5, 2013

VIZIO today announced the availability of its all-new connected platform — VIZIO Internet Apps Plus. The new smart TV experience debuted on VIZIO’s all-new M-Series Razor LED smart TV collection that includes sizes from 32″ to 80″. The new platform features a full-screen app browsing and discovery mode with the ability to control apps with […]

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VIZIO Continues to Lead as the #1 Selling LCD HDTV Brand and #1 in Sound Bar Sales for Q1

May 29, 2013

Irvine, CA – May 29, 2013 – VIZIO Inc., America’s #1 Selling LCD HDTV Brand, announced today Q1 2013 results, showing continued industry leadership as the #1 seller of LCD HDTVs with built-in Wi-Fi, selling over 3.2 million Smart HDTVs since 2010. With an HDTV portfolio that now includes Smart TVs with built-in Wi-Fi in […]

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October 2, 2012

VIZIO announced today a new 60” (part of their high-end E class) Razor LED Smart TV (model #: E601i) priced at $999.99 and available now. The newly designed E Series 60” Razor is native 1080p, LED-edge lit, includes Wi-Fi connection for apps like Netflix and Hulu and includes both HDMI inputs as well as component video for HDTV […]

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VIZIO Ships 2.35:1 3D HDTV

June 28, 2012

VIZIO just started shipping its new XVT Series Cinemawide LED (edge-lit) LCD TV, the first 21:9 consumer 58″ TV available. The 21:9 Cinemawide screen is wider than the standard 16:9 screen found on most HDTVs, allowing it to fit the 2.35:1 aspect ratio used for many Hollywood films. Consumers watching movies will no longer have to see black bars at the top and […]

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VIZIO Adds GoogleTV

June 26, 2012

VIZIO announced today the launch of something called Co-Star – a streaming video player that uses the latest version of Google TV. With VIZIO’s Co-Star, users get instant access to thousands of apps, full-screen web browsing capabilities-via Google Chrome with Adobe Flash Player and HTML 5 support-and the best in streaming entertainment. Unique to the stream player market, […]

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Vizio Licenses to ON/RCA

June 7, 2012

VIZIO announced that ON Corporation, which sells digital televisions in the United States under the RCA brand, has become a licensee under VIZIO’s QAM patent portfolio. VIZIO, a manufacturer in the American LCD HDTV market, owns a substantial worldwide patent portfolio directed to digital television technology. The parties have not disclosed financial terms of the agreement […]

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Westinghouse Suit Settled with VIZIO, Announces Patent Deal

March 28, 2012

Westinghouse has settled its patent dispute with VIZIO with Westinghouse Digital, LLC becoming a licensee under VIZIO’s QAM patent portfolio by virtue of a cross-license between the two companies. VIZIO owns a substantial worldwide patent portfolio directed to digital television technology. The parties have not disclosed financial terms of the agreement, under which Westinghouse has […]

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Can VIZIO Cross Over from TVs to PCs?

January 18, 2012

News that VIZIO plans to enter the PC market caught quite a few CES attendees off-guard, and it was a common topic of conversation at the show this week. The company announced plans to market all-in-one (AIO) and notebook PCs. There seem to be good reasons for VIZIO to enter the PC market from a […]

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Vizio Intros 51″, 58″ and 71″ LCDs in 21:9 Aspect Ratio

January 10, 2012

Today at CES, VIZIO will launch a new line of what the company is calling CinemaWide HDTVs with Theater 3D and VIZIO Internet Apps in an ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio. Obviously aimed at people who use HDTVs primarily for watching movies (big-budget Hollywood blockbusters and the majority of new productions are filmed in the much […]

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VIZIO Settles With LG

January 27, 2011

VIZIO announced last week that it has signed a settlement agreement together with cross license agreements ending a patent dispute with LG Electronics, Inc. that began in 2008. The settlement encompasses actions that LGE and VIZIO filed in the U.S., including in the International Trade Commission resulting in various orders and determinations. The terms of […]

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VIZIO Adds 65″ 3D LCD TV, 21:9 HDTV and Tablet PC

January 5, 2011

VIZIO just launched a 65” 3D edge-lit LED LCD HDTV (with Internet Apps) — you’ve probably seen it advertised already on TV. VIZIO’s 3D solution, however, is unique as it uses a battery-free 3D glasses technology (yes, “active shutter” technology). Called the XVT3D650SV, it started shipping in December at Costco Wholesale, Sam’s Club stores and […]

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VIZIO Reaches Out to the CI Channel

February 11, 2010

The home AV market is filled with success stories of companies who started small and affected revolutionary change in a short amount of time. VIZIO sits at the top of my list for modern-day AV brands that still think (and act!) like innovators after hitting it big. In five short years, they went from a […]

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VIZIO Attempts to Take Leadership Role in Large-Format LED-lit LCD TVs

January 29, 2010

With their launch at CES of both a 58” and a 72”, Vizio is going after the largest of large direct-view displays.  Using LED-backlit, LCD displays, both TVs are specified to offer localized dimming (what they are calling SmartDimming), have five HDMI inputs, are Wi-Fi enabled for wireless networking, and are native 1080p – with […]

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VIZIO Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Funai

June 2, 2009

Seeking both monetary damages and an injunction, VIZIO has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against Funai Electric Company, Ltd., a Japanese distributor of digital televisions and related components and its wholly-owned subsidiary Funai Corporation, Inc. In the suit, VIZIO, a U.S. company based […]

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VIZIO Still #1 – Gee, thanks Walmart!

May 17, 2009

Price does matter.  VIZIO, according to iSupply, is the #1 shipper of LCD HDTVs in North America at 21.6 percent, with a 69 percent increase Year-over-year (YOY). VIZIO’s successful YOY sales includes 258 percent percent Full HD 1080p growth and also experienced quarter-over-quarter growth with 46 percent increase in Full HD 120Hz sets and 19 […]

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