VIZIO SmartCast TV Brings Back Apps

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 firs tin the VIZIO lineup to get them.

VIZIO SmartCast TV’s include decoding for Dolby Vision HDR. One interesting AI (artificial intelligence) oriented feature is that they aggregate popular and trending content from multiple sources all in one place, the 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 Mobile app as well, giving users two ways to control content and all settings on their VIZIO SmartCast displays.

All VIZIO SmartCast displays feature Chromecast built-in, which allows viewers to browse Chromecast-enabled apps – including 4K and HDR content from apps like Netflix and Vudu – on their mobile devices. By simply tapping the Cast button in Chromecast-enabled apps, consumers can stream the shows to the TVs. 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.

Here are all the specs.