Jan 10 AT 2:58 PM Dustin Earley 22 Comments

Vizio shows a strong commitment to Google at CES with Medfield tablet and Google TV hardware

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Vizio has yet to really capture the momentum of Google and Android like some lesser known manufacturers, but they aren’t giving up yet. The company has a strong showing at CES this year, debuting a 10-inch Android tablet, some Google TV powered television sets and two Google TV set-top boxes.

Not a whole lot is known on Vizio’s 10-inch VTAB 3010, but it does look nice. From what we can gather, based on the renders provided by Vizio and some rumored information obtained by PCWorld, the tablet will feature a set of cameras, run on at least Honeycomb (although it could launch with Ice Cream Sandwich) and come with an Intel Medfield chip. Advertised with the slogan “Beauty + Brawn,” if the VTAB 3010 really is running on Medfield technology, that couldn’t be more true.

Vizio also announced two 65-inch Google TV sets that feature Vizio’s custom Honeycomb-based UI, VIA Plus. Both TVs look promising and should be relatively inexpensive once they launch at a later date.

If you’re looking for a Google TV set-top box, Vizio has you covered there as well. Going head to head with Sony’s latest offerings, Vizio detailed two different Google TV boxes. One that features a Blu-ray player, and a more affordable model without. Pricing and availability for Vizio’s Google TV boxes are expected to be announced soon.

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VIZIO Takes Home Entertainment Beyond TV With New Blu-ray Players, a Stream Player, Audio Products and Accessories for 2012
-Introductions include an advanced VIZIO Internet Apps Plus® (V.I.A. Plus) enabled 3D Blu-ray player, one that incorporates the latest Google TV experience and DLNA; a V.I.A. Plus powered Stream Player that incorporates the latest Google TV experience and DLNA, and a Skype camera for use with VIZIO Internet-connected TVs
-New audio products include an HDMI-equipped slim-profile 2.1 sound bar and a five-speaker, high-performance iPod®, iPhone® and iPad® compatible audio dock
Irvine, CA and (CES) Las Vegas, NV -January 10, 2012 – VIZIO, America’s #1 HDTV Company*, today announced its entry into several new product categories and the expansion of key product lines. The new additions to VIZIO’s Beyond TV line will provide consumers with better performance and optimized entertainment experiences never seen before.
Key new products include the VBR370 3D Blu-ray player, the VAP430 VIZIO Internet Apps Plus (V.I.A. Plus) powered Stream Player, the VHT215 2.1 Sound Bar with wireless subwoofer, the VSD210 High Definition Audio Dock compatible with the iPod, iPhone and iPad, and the XCV100 VIZIO Internet Apps TV Video Camera compatible with Skype.

VIZIO’s Beyond TV line has shown strong growth in the last three years. The company now holds the #1 market position in sound bars, with four of its SKUs taking the top four slots in recent rankings from a major consumer review publication. Its recent entries in the tablet, Blu-ray player and cable categories have been well received by consumers and dealers alike.
“In the last two years, VIZIO has proven we can extend our high value/high-performance philosophy to categories beyond TV,” says John Schindler, VIZIO VP of Product Management. “Our latest Beyond TV products are not only competitive, they exceed the performance of similar products on the market, and they offer consumers easy access to more entertainment options than ever before.”

3D Blu-ray Players That Deliver Far More Than Just Blu-ray

The VIZIO VBR430 is one of the most advanced 3D Blu-ray players on the market for many reasons. It offers the incomparable entertainment power of the latest Google TV experience through V.I.A. Plus. The player can run thousands of Android apps and includes a full-featured Chrome web browser with flash capability. It also gives consumers the power to search for the content they want to watch, just as they’d search for a video through a web browser. A touchpad universal remote with QWERTY keyboard makes it easy to control the V.I.A. Plus interface and other functions.

The VBR430 is also the first 3D Blu-ray player to feature V.I.A. Plus with DLNA. DLNA, or Digital Living Network Alliance, allows the player to access personal photos, music and videos stored on DLNA-enabled computers, mobile devices, and network drives connected to your home network — and display them on the TV. Built-in Wi-Fi makes network connection easy, and Bluetooth capability provides yet another conduit for streaming media from cell phones and computers.

The VBR430 and VBR370 and will be available in 2012, with specific ship dates and prices TBA. For more information, please visit www.vizio.com/ces/bluray/overview.

The Most Advanced Streaming Player on the Market Today

With VIZIO’s VAP430 Stream Player, any TV becomes the world’s most advanced Smart TV. This stream player incorporates the latest Google TV experience with a rich V.I.A. Plus user interface, so you have access to thousands of Android apps and any web page through its Flash capable Chrome web browser. Consumers can access countless video and audio streaming services, such as Netflix®, YouTube®, Hulu Plusâ„¢, Amazon Instant Videoâ„¢, HBO GO, Wall Street Journal®, Pandora®, iHeartRadio®, Slacker Radio®plus many more including the just announced M-GOâ„¢ video-on-demand services. (Some services may require subscription fees.) And its seamless multi-tasking capability makes it easy to jump from one experience to another.
With the VAP430′s included touchpad universal remote with QWERTY keyboard, consumers can easily navigate through apps, surf the web, and search their streaming services and the web for any content they want. This innovative upgrade also includes HDMI-pass-through, which lets users connect cable or satellite set-top boxes through the VAP430′s built-in HDMI ports, for a smooth V.I.A Plus experience that overlays live TV so no one misses a minute of their favorite programs while multi-tasking.

Thanks to DLNA, the VAP430 can access personal photos, music and videos stored on DLNA-enabled computers, mobile devices, and hard drives connected to your home network, then display the images on the TV and play the audio through the TV or any connected sound system.. Built-in WiFi makes connecting to the network a breeze. Bluetooth capability and USB input provide even more ways to enjoy content from cell phones, computers, and USB drives.
The VAP430 Stream Player will be available in 2012, with specific ship date and pricing TBA. For more information please visit www.vizio.com/streamplayer.

A Super-Slim 2.1 Sound Bar With Wireless Subwoofer for True Home Theater Sound and Advanced Features

VIZIO created the new VHT215 sound bar to complement the latest slim-profile TVs. At less than 2 inches thick, the VHT215 looks great mounted on a wall under a flat-panel TV, or placed below the TV on a stand or table. With two HDMI inputs plus an HDMI output with ARC (Audio Return Channel), the VHT215 requires just a single cable to connect to a TV set. Dolby Digital decoding allows compatibility with all digital TV sets. Optical digital, coaxial digital and analog inputs connect the VHT215 to multiple entertainment components.
Thanks to meticulous engineering and careful tuning, the VHT215 delivers superior sound quality. Rugged drivers in the sound bar allow a lower subwoofer crossover point (108 Hz), so voices sound full and natural. Most competing sound bars have a crossover point around 200 Hz, which makes voices sound thin. The VHT215′s wireless subwoofer delivers the impact and dimension to create a great movie or music experience. SRS® TruSurroundâ„¢ and TruVolumeâ„¢ produce immersive sound while assuring the volume never gets too high or too low.

The VHT215 is available now.
An Affordable, iPad-Compatible High Definition Audio Dock That Outperforms Docks Three Times its Price

VIZIO’s VSD210 high-definition 2.1 audio dock produces big, room-filling sound from iPhone, iPad, and most iPod models. The audio performance of the VSD210 exceeds products at multiples of its price, with separate midrange drivers and tweeters for each channel, a 4-inch subwoofer, and sound carefully tailored through the use of digital signal processing. A 3.5mm analog input connects to computers and non-Apple mobile devices, and a remote control is included.
The performance of the VSD210 compares with any sound dock at any price. It was tuned specifically to beat some of the best-known docks on the market, and it does so easily-yet at only about one-third the price of some leading models. Its modern, elegant design suits any room in a home or business.
The VSD210 is available now.
Make Free Skype-to-Skype Video Calls Through VIZIO Internet Apps (V.I.A.)-Equipped VIZIO TVs

VIZIO’s new XCV100 Video Camera lets owners of VIZIO TVs with VIZIO Internet Apps (V.I.A.) capability and any Skype certified devices-phones, tablets, TVs-to make Skype-to-Skype video or voice calls and instant message anywhere in the world for FREE-and all from the comfort of the couch. The XCV100 mounts atop the V.I.A. enabled TV and incorporates a high-definition** video camera and four separate microphones with a range of 16 feet. The XCV100 tilts down as far as 10 degrees, to assure that the picture is perfectly framed and every member of the family can get in on the call.
Installation is simple: Just plug the XCV100 into the V.I.A. enabled TV’s USB port and launch Skype. Learn more at www.vizio.com/tvchat.

The XCV100 is available now.

* Source: IHS iSuppli Corporation Research Q4 2011 Market Tracker Report of Q4 2010 – Q3 2011.

**Not all HDTV models support High Definition viewing. Please visit www.vizio.com for more information

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VIZIO Announces New Lineup of 3D Smart HDTVs Featuring VIZIO’s
Award-Winning Theater 3Dâ„¢ Technology and VIZIO Internet Apps®

- VIZIO introduces a new lineup of HDTVs with Theater 3Dâ„¢ and VIZIO Internet Apps®
across a range of screen sizes for E Series, M Series, and state of the art XVT series

- Winner of Popular Science Magazine’s Coveted “2011 Best of What’s New” Award,
VIZIO Theater 3Dâ„¢ technology is becoming the new standard for 3D viewing in the

- Theater 3Dâ„¢ delivers crystal-clear, flicker-free 3D that’s noticeably brighter than
conventional active shutter LCD TVs, with significantly less crosstalk, a wider horizontal
viewing angle, and smoother fast motion scenes

-Theater 3Dâ„¢ eyewear produces less eyestrain and headaches than active shutter
glasses, and is battery-free, lightweight and comfortable, with up to four sets of glasses
included with each set

- VIZIO Internet Apps® deliver seamless access to a wide variety of popular online
content, including streaming 3D and HDTV movies

Irvine, CA and (CES) Las Vegas, Nevada — January 10, 2012 – VIZIO, America’s #1 HDTV
Company*, announces its comprehensive new lineup of HDTVs featuring Theater 3Dâ„¢
technology and VIZIO Internet Apps®. Ranging in screen size from 32 to 71 inches across
VIZIO’s E-, M-, and XVT- Series, these smart TVs with superior 3D capability offer the
ideal combination of performance, picture quality and entertainment on demand for
every family.

The new E-Series lineup includes the 32-inch E3D320VX, the 42-inch E3D420VX and
the 47-inch E3D470VX. M-Series models include the 47-inch M3D470KD, the 55-inch
M3D550KD and the 65-inch M3D650SV. And for those seeking premium performance
and features, the R-Series offers the 42-inch R3D420VS, 47-inch R3D470VS, 55-inch
R3D550VS and 65-inch R3D650VS.

In addition, VIZIO is introducing XVT Series CinemaWideâ„¢ HDTVs with a 21:9 aspect
ratio. These models include the 50-inch XVT3D500CM, the 58-inch XVT3D580CM and
the 71-inch XVT3D710CM. VIZIO will demonstrate the new lineup at their private
showcase at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show,
January 10 — 13, 2012.

“With expanded entertainment options from TV apps and 3D movies, sports and games,
consumers expect more from their TV than just great picture quality,” stated John
Schindler, VIZIO VP of Product Management. “That’s why we’ve worked tirelessly with
our suppliers and partners to create a full lineup for 2012 that gives our customers the
best in class smart TV experience with VIZIO Internet Apps®, along with our award-
winning Theater 3Dâ„¢ technology at an unmatched value for every household.”

Recent recognition for VIZIO Theater 3Dâ„¢ includes the prestigious “Best of What’s
New” award from Popular Science Magazine as well as from entertainment industry
leaders that are driving 3D content creation. Director James Cameron, speaking to
the National Association of Broadcasters, recently projected the next big “threshold”
in home 3D adaption will be marked when passive 3D sets become the dominant 3D
product, in place of active 3D TVs.

Cameron said: “Instead of having a few-hundred-dollars-a-pair of active glasses, making
sure they’re all charged up and are they working and are they switched on, there’ll be
a bowl of disposable – we like to say recyclable – cheap plastic glasses that work very
well in decoding the image to the left and to the right eyes. If you’re having a Super
Bowl party, you’ll have a bowl on the coffee table, and if the kids sit on a pair of glasses
there’s no major scold, just a minor scold. And that’s going to accelerate adoption of 3D
into the home.”

The award-winning, revolutionary new technology of VIZIO Theater 3Dâ„¢ delivers
crystal-clear, flicker-free 3D that’s up to two times brighter than current active shutter
LCD TVs, with significantly less crosstalk, a wider horizontal viewing angle, and much less
blurring with fast motion. Theater 3Dâ„¢ eyewear produces less eyestrain and headaches
than active glasses, and is battery-free, lightweight and comfortable. Up to four pairs
of Theater 3Dâ„¢ glasses are included with each TV set, and they are also available in a
rapidly growing range of styles and colors from brand name designers. They even work
in most 3D movie theaters.

“While active 3D had an initial advantage of being the first 3D technology to come
to market in the United States, passive 3D, such as VIZIO’s Theater 3Dâ„¢, is definitely
gaining traction,” said Lisa Hatamiya, research associate at IHS. “Consumers are
becoming more knowledgeable about the benefits of passive 3D viewing technology.
IHS research reveals a strong consumer preference for passive 3D over active 3-D in the
U.S. television market. In a market driven by pricing, the lower premiums of passive 3D
TVs not only will bring more value to the consumer, but also will make the technology
better positioned for mass adoption.”

VIZIO’s Theater 3Dâ„¢ utilizes circular polarization to produce superior performance and
a better viewing experience. And because the technology is built right into the display,
3D audiences can use battery-free, lighter and more stylish glasses in place of the bulky,
uncomfortable powered active shutter glasses required for conventional 3DTVs. VIZIO’s
technology team was one of the first to develop products using this approach, which

helped drive VIZIO to become a market leader and major influence in the adaptation of
3D technology for the home.

“3D TV shipments in North America totaled about 300k units in the 3rd quarter of
2011, and about 30% of those were based on passive glasses technology, also known
as Theater 3Dâ„¢ ,” noted Paul Gagnon, Director of North America TV Research for
DisplaySearch.” The Theater 3Dâ„¢ segment should see further share growth in late 2011
and 2012.”

Each model being introduced also features VIZIO Internet Apps® (V.I.A.), delivering
unprecedented choice and control of web-based content directly to the TV without the
need for a PC or set-top box.**

The V.I.A. experience makes top online content and services available at the touch of
a button, including: Hulu Plusâ„¢, Facebook®, Flickr®, Netflix®, Rhapsody®, Pandora®,
Twitterâ„¢, VUDU®, and Yahoo!® TV Widgets.

Also the Yahoo! Connected TV store makes its debut today on V.I.A. enabled HDTVs.
Yahoo! Connected TV Store provides consumers easy access to more than 180 free
and paid TV apps from leading brands including Amazon®, CBS, Showtime®, Pandora®,
USA Today, Wall Street Journal®, AT&T, iHeart Radio®, Fandago®, and QVC®. TV apps
provide engaging content designed to complement TV viewing and include news,
entertainment, finance, sports, games, social networking, music, photo sharing,
shopping, and more. For more information on the Yahoo! Connected TV Store, visit
http://connectedtv.yahoo.com> http://connectedtv.yahoo.com

Navigating VIZIO Internet Apps® is simple and comfortably accessible from anywhere in
the room thanks to the premium Bluetooth universal remote control with its integrated
QWERTY keypad (select models). Built-in 802.11n WiFi and one of the industry’s easiest
setup experiences make it quick to connect to the Internet over a wireless connection.

High performance audio technology from SRS Labs further enhances the viewing
experience. SRS StudioSoundâ„¢ HD is the ultimate all-in-one audio suite designed
specifically for flat panel TVs. StudioSoundâ„¢ HD delivers an immersive, virtual, high
definition surround sound through the built-in TV speakers. The suite also delivers
remarkably crisp and clear dialog, rich bass, an elevated soundstage and consistent,
spike-free volume levels.

Source: Engadget

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • w9jds

    Sony has also been showing strong commitment with Google as well.

    • Jon Garrett

      the more the merrier. a strong alliance to stand up against Microsoft and Apple.


    I love Vizio.. I bought 2 of there Lcd’s 6 year ago.. they now it in my son and daughters room and re going hella strong.. There company has since grown into one of the larger LCd companies in the US. I am very interested in what they bring going forward. Quality and value is what i look forward too

    • Dustin Earley

      Have you seen the computers they announced yesterday? They look absolutely stunning.

      • bruce080

        Yeah, how the hell are they able to launch Google TV in both TV sets and set top boxes, tablets, notebooks, and desktops all at the same time? That’s quite ambitious of them…

      • BiGMERF

        yes i did.. they are beautiful.. I just hope the success does not get to there head and they remain competitive on price and remain value conscious . I cant Def see myself picking up one of there google set top boxes for my garage, which i am changing into a man cave

    • LukeT32

      AND these are the first Google TV’s announced without 3D!!!!! Which I am all about. I have no desire to pay extra for a 3D TV that I will never use the 3D portion.

  • spazby

    Samsung rules tvs in my opinion….

    • josegb2011

      i disagree sir sony has that department..samsung is a close 2nd..

  • Johnathan Prochaska

    I bought a VIZIO 47″ 3D SmartTV for $750 in September. It is one of the best purchases I have ever made. It works beautifully and the resolution is amazing. I stream Pandora, watch Netflix, rent movies from Amazon and much more. Just from my TV! The remote has a Netflix, Vudu, and Amazon button as well as a full keyboard on the backside of the remote. Their products are the perfect combination of quality and price. I can’t wait to see what VIZIO tablets and laptops come to the table with.

  • bobomb

    I really dig Vizio. They used to be kind of an off-brand, but they’ve been really making a good showing for a while now. I love that with new tech all bets are off when it comes to innovation and who’s going to come out on top.

    Who ever heard of Rovio before smartphones? And yet major gaming companies are lagging far behind. Same goes with phones, tablets, smart TVs, etc. Major manufacturers are no more likely to come out on top vs newer companies. In fact I’d guess they’re probably less likely to come out on top in the long run. Big companies can get stuck in their ways and be less likely to innovate. Anyway, exciting stuff.

  • http://theandroidappshow.com Lane Montgomery

    It is nice to see Vizio adopting Android. I think they realized the resources they were wasting on their own OS could be redirected at “improving” Android/GTV with much better results. My feeling is many more manufacturers are coming to the same conclusion.

  • Dr.Carpy

    This is getting interesting! Vizio has made decent televisions before. Now the design aesthetic is simple, streamlined and sexy. The 2012 branding is classic and clean. Now once these specs drop, I can plan my upgrade strategy!

  • Kaote

    All of my TVs and blue-ray players are Vizio. These set tops will be nice additions.

  • lokidokie

    An affordable 65″ Google TV sounds promising!!

  • Baller

    So, I’m guessing with the switch to ARM the first gen GTV devices are pretty much dead as far as updates go. I have a hard time seeing Sony updating their blu-ray or TV when they don’t update their phones, especially if the processor architecture is changing… Thoughts?

    • okfourme

      Hard to say anything about what will happen to the first generation GTV hardware but after the outcry Sony Ericsson suffered on account of slow OS upgrades to the original Xperia X10 they’ve been very good with updates, and also quite accommodating to the developer community. Here’s hoping that continues after the Sony acquisition is finalised.

  • Arturo Castro

    could this me the year of google tv? Im still waiting for it to mature a bit more

  • Jorge Moreno

    vizio rules!

  • Futureboy

    I like their hardware, but hated their overlay on their 8″ tablet. Put a nice vanilla Android OS on there and they’ll do well.

  • donger

    looking good, vizio has step up.

  • earl

    i have a vizio tv with 3d and via. they just upgraded my set with skype. i will get the google set top box too when it is availible.