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Vizio Rolls Out SmartCast TV to 2017 E-Series Ultra HD Displays

21 Aug, 2017 By: Stephanie Prange

Vizio Aug. 21 announced the rollout (through a Web update) of its SmartCast TV content management system to 2017 Vizio SmartCast E-Series Ultra HD display models, according to a Vizio press release.

SmartCast TV allows viewers to quickly access content from apps from the big screen with the remote or via a mobile app. A home screen greets viewers with content recommendations along with apps such as Amazon Video, Crackle, Hulu, iHeartRadio, Netflix, Pluto TV and Vudu.

To use SmartCast TV some owners who previously purchased eligible displays may need the new Vizio SmartCast remote, which features the V-button, according to Vizio. For a limited time and while supplies last, owners of eligible models can receive the new Vizio SmartCast remote either free or for a nominal fee by visiting vizio.com/remote (some conditions apply).

“Vizio SmartCast TV gives users more than one way to access their favorite TV shows, music and movies,” said Matt McRae, chief technology officer for Vizio. “With apps on the big screen, SmartCast TV is perfect for fans of traditional TV who like to use a dedicated remote control along with digital natives and second screen users who prefer searching and controlling their viewing experience on their mobile devices. Consumers deserve multiple ways to stream the entertainment they love, and SmartCast TV allows for just that.”

SmartCast users can start a show using their remote via SmartCast TV, pause from any room in the house with SmartCast Mobile and even continue playback with their voice using Google Assistant on devices such as Google Home. SmartCast Mobile also lets users search for content across multiple apps at once. All Vizio SmartCast displays feature Chromecast built-in, which allows viewers to browse thousands of Chromecast-enabled apps — including 4K and HDR content from apps like Netflix2 and Vudu — on their mobile devices.

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