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VIZIO SmartCast E-Series TVs bring HDR, 4K, Chromecast, and XXL sizes

VIZIO SmartCast E-Series TVs bring HDR, 4K, Chromecast, and XXL sizes

Vizio has taken the wraps off its new 2017 line of SmartCast E-Series televisions. This product line contains several models in sizes ranging from 32-inches to a massive 80-inches, and also packs in some notable features like Ultra HD 4K resolution, a built-in Chromecast, and HDR, depending on model. The new lineup has a little bit of something for everyone, including for every budget, with prices ranging from $209.99 to $3,399.99 USD.

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Vizio settles huge TV privacy case after spying on viewers [Updated]

Vizio settles huge TV privacy case after spying on viewers [Updated]

Vizio will pay $2.2m in penalties to settle a huge privacy lawsuit, that alleged its smart TVs tracked millions of viewers and then sold that personal data without permission. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in a joint-complaint filed with the New Jersey Attorney General, Vizio automatically tracked what owners of its connected TV sets were watching, despite not warning viewers that the monitoring was taking place. That information was then sold to advertisers and others for a profit.

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VIZIO brings Google Home integration to SmartCast devices

VIZIO brings Google Home integration to SmartCast devices

VIZIO has announced that its range of SmartCast devices will now play nice with Google Home. Using this new functionality, you can control your TVs, soundbars, and speakers with your voice, with a variety of different commands centered around "OK Google" available. As some of you already know, SmartCast devices are built on Google's own Chromecast technology, which basically makes Google Home support a no-brainer.

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VIZIO Crave 360, Crave Pro speakers get some Spotify love

VIZIO Crave 360, Crave Pro speakers get some Spotify love

VIZIO is a brand better known for its TVs, both traditional and smart, but of late it has been making huge strides to leave a mark in the connect speaker market segment. Last September, it unveiled its Crave 360 and Crave Pro Cast-enabled multi-room speakers, encroaching on Sonos’ territory. Now VIZIO, which is being acquired by Chinese tech giant LeEco, is stepping up its challenge by striking a partnership with Spotify. Starting today, actually starting last Christmas, owners of Crave 360 and Crave Pro speakers will be able to cast their Spotify tunes to the speakers just as easily as any Chromecast-enabled device.

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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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