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Vizio TV Platform Adds Amazon Video

7 Aug, 2017 By: Stephanie Prange

Vizio Aug. 7 announced the addition of Amazon Video to its SmartCast TV platform.

SmartCast TV users can access content from Amazon Video, along with other apps such as Crackle, Hulu, iHeartRadio, Netflix, Pluto TV, Vudu and XUMO, right on the TV screen with a tap of the remote, according to a Vizio press release. Because the app is accessible directly from the display, Amazon Prime members can access movies and TV episodes without a separate streaming device. The V-button on the 2017 remote provides one-button access to the SmartCast TV user interface, along with shortcut keys to top apps, including Amazon Video.

SmartCast TV is rolling out now to all 2017 Vizio SmartCast P-Series and M-Series Ultra HD Displays, according to the press release. The update will begin rolling out to additional series such as 2017 VIZIO SmartCast E-Series Ultra HD Displays later this summer, the press release stated.

Amazon Video allows consumers to buy or rent thousands of movies. Users can also opt to join Prime Video, which grants unlimited access to thousands of titles including Amazon Original series and movies such as “Transparent,” “The Grand Tour,” Manchester by the Sea and kids program “Tumble Leaf.” The deal also gives consumers access to select 4K Ultra HD titles on compatible displays. New Prime customers interested in trying out Prime Video are eligible for one free 30-day trial. 

"With the recent launch of SmartCast TV, one of the things we're most excited about is providing consumers with added entertainment options," Matt McRae, chief technology officer for Vizio, said in a statement. "Amazon Video brings an array of content options to the screen, all accessible on the traditional remote via the Amazon Video button. We're glad to continue to bring in-demand content and solutions to our customers."  

For a limited time and while supplies last, owners of eligible Vizio models can receive the new Vizio SmartCast remote either at no cost or for a small fee by visiting vizio.com/remote (some conditions apply).

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