Vizio Bows Streaming Device, Enhanced Blu-ray Disc Players10 Jan, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Vizio unveiled a new streaming device, as well as upgraded its line of Blu-ray Disc players, HDTVs and related apps.
The wireless VAP 430 streaming player incorporates Google TV technology, allowing for access to Android apps, in addition to Chrome Internet browsing and Flash-based video. The DLNA-compatible player allows for sharing of videos, photos and related media with other devices. It also features requisite apps for Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video HBO GO, Pandora and others, in addition to a universal remote with QWERTY keyboard.
The updated wireless 3D Blu-ray Disc player (VBR430) features Google TV software, related apps, Chrome Internet browsing functionality and a universal remote with QWERTY keyboard.
Unlike other Blu-ray players, the VBR430 for the first time allows users with Digital Living Network Access, or DLNA, compatibility to link the device with content (photos, music, videos) from cellphones, tablets and PCs.
Concurrently, Vizio launched a series of 3DTVs featuring widescreen 21:9 screen formats. The wider format allows film buffs to watch movies in their native aspect ratio with a full screen picture and the highest available resolution at 2560x1080p. The company also bowed a 71-inch HDTV.
Separately, Vizio unveiled a wireless subwoofer with 2.1 sound mounts on a wall under a flat-panel HDTV for enhanced audio. The company also bowed a series of updated apps, including one that allows users to make Skype calls through the TV.
“The way users consume content has changed drastically over recent years,” said Matthew McRae, chief technology officer with Irvine, Calif.-based Vizio. “Technology has enabled nearly every device with a screen to connect to some form of delivery platform, each with its own mechanism for searching, browsing and viewing content.”