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VIZIO SmartCast Crave speakers venture into Sonos territory

VIZIO SmartCast Crave speakers venture into Sonos territory

When talking with tech-savvy people about multi-room speakers, the brand that will probably pop up the most will be Sonos. Players in that market are still few, but the numbers are rising with the prevalence of IoT devices and platforms. Aiming to establish itself as early as now, VIZIO is announcing two new audio members of its SmartCast family, the Crave Pro and the Crave 360, both offering not just wireless audio streaming but also the ability to play the music all throughout the house. On other VIZIO Crave speakers, of course.

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VIZIO SmartCast app enhanced, Google Play Movies & TV coming

VIZIO SmartCast app enhanced, Google Play Movies & TV coming

Even with Android TV, Google’s formal presence on TV sets and boxes remains rather week. That, however, doesn’t always matter considering how its Google Cast technology exists in every Android TV and beyond, providing a bridge to Google’s services and content. Case in point is VIZIO’s Cast-ready SmartCast products, which, thanks to an updated SmartCast app, will soon be able to stream videos from Google’s own selection of movies and TV shows from Google Play Movies & TV, in addition to other services like Netflix, VUDU, and Hulu.

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Vizio update brings HDR10 support to SmartCast P-series and M-series displays

Vizio update brings HDR10 support to SmartCast P-series and M-series displays

Vizio has announced a new update that is ready for users of certain Ultra HD HDR home theater monitors. The update brings support for the new HDR10 format to the Vizio SmartCast P-Series and M-Series Ultra HD HDR home theater displays. Both of those monitor series launched with Dolby Vision content support and adding HDR10 support expands the compatibility of the devices for more content.

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VIZIO acquired by LeEco for $2 billion

VIZIO acquired by LeEco for $2 billion

VIZIO is being acquired by LeEco, the companies have announced, a deal that costs $2 billion and will involve VIZIO, for the most part, operating as a LeEco subsidiary. Both VIZIO's hardware and software businesses are being acquired; while they’ll operate as a subsidiary, the company’s data business will be spun out into a separate private company, says LeEco. Both companies are benefiting from the acquisition, with VIZIO giving LeEco its massive user base in North America and LeEco, for its part, being poised to expand VIZIO across the globe.

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Vizio SmartCast sound bars bring Google Cast technology

Vizio SmartCast sound bars bring Google Cast technology

Vizio has announced a new sound bar series that includes Google Cast technology. The new products are called, most appropriately, Vizio SmartCast sound bars, and they range from 38-inches in length to 45-inches. A total of nine sound bars have been announced, with the lowest price coming in at $180 USD, and the highest at $500 USD. Even better, the full lineup is available for purchase now.

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Vizio 2016 M-Series TVs bring Android Tablet Remote with SmartCast

Vizio 2016 M-Series TVs bring Android Tablet Remote with SmartCast

Vizio has taken the wraps off its new VIZIO SmartCast M-Series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display collection. In it, the maker offers TVs ranging from 50 to 80-inches in size, and they work with the Vizio Tablet Remote, a 6-inch Android tablet that runs the SmartCast app and works to control the television set. The new M-series of televisions, meanwhile, support both High Dynamic Range (HDR) video and Dolby Vision, making them compatible with the new content Netflix is rolling out.

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Google teams with VIZIO SmartCast P-Series TVs to Cast

Google teams with VIZIO SmartCast P-Series TVs to Cast

This week the folks at VIZIO have announced that they've teamed up with Google to bring Google Cast capabilities to their newest line of TV sets. This is the first time that Google Cast has been integrated directly in to a monitor, and is the first time that any company has released a TV set with its own Android tablet in the box. Each of these VIZIO SmartCast televisions will come with its own tablet capable of running all the Android apps you've got on your phone right now, as well as the VIZIO SmartCast app to control the TV.

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Google, Vizio to give non-smart TVs Chromecast powers

Google, Vizio to give non-smart TVs Chromecast powers

Despite the growing number of app-empowered smart TVs in the latest generation of living room entertainment electronics, not everyone might be keen on giving their TV that much brain power. There are, of course, ways to bridge the gap between the plain and the smart but those, including the wallet-friendly Chromecast, require additional purchases. It seems that Google wants to change the living room arrangement again and this time it's working with TV maker Vizio to produce regular, but perhaps 4K, TVs that only have one difference: they practically have Chromecast built in.

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Vizio Smart TVs may be watching you while you watch it

Vizio Smart TVs may be watching you while you watch it

Earlier this year, Samsung was accused of eavesdropping on owners of its Smart TVs, or at the very least transmitting data to hits servers in an unsafe manner. Although the issue has since then died down, we might actually have something far worse but thankfully probably less widespread. Vizio, a brand associated most with digital displays, has recently launched its new line of smart TVs. And with those come a smart feature that gathers data about your viewing habits, which Vizio can then sell to the highest bidder.

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Vizio 65 and 120-inch Reference series TVs now available

Vizio 65 and 120-inch Reference series TVs now available

Vizio has announced that its high-end Reference series TVs are now available to purchase. The Reference series TVs are the first complete HDR solution with Dolby Vision playback technology integrated. The Reference series includes the 65-inch RS65-B2 and the 120-inch RS120-B3.

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Vizio takes 4K TV down to $600, aiming for middle-class USA

Vizio takes 4K TV down to $600, aiming for middle-class USA

The last time we spoke about "affordable" 4K TVs, Vizio was the brand we were speaking about. That was back in September of 2014, and the word "affordable" was tossed around rather willy-nilly. At $999, a television isn't exactly the sort of equipment the average middle-class citizen is going to be picking up more than once every few years. Fast forward to April 2015 and Vizio's newest stab at the market is a 4K TV with a price just 60% of that which they presented a half a year ago.

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Vizio’s new E-Series LED TVs launch with 70-inch model

Vizio’s new E-Series LED TVs launch with 70-inch model

Vizio has launched its latest E-Series budget-centric televisions, and included among them is a giant 70-inch model, bringing consumers a large option for a (relatively speaking) small price tag. There are a total of 11 new televisions, all of them being LED varieties that will soon be available through the most common retailers, as well as Vizio's own website. As you'd expect from the entry-level E-Series, the starting price of the new models is low -- $179 USD -- though the maker promises the models don't compromise on quality.

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