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Vizio WatchFree+ free streaming adds new channels, curated content

Vizio WatchFree+ free streaming adds new channels, curated content

There is no shortage of video streaming services to choose from these days, most of which have two things in common. They require a monthly subscription, and they have a "plus" appended to their names. TV maker Vizio, however, is following only one of those trends. It has recently announced that it is upgrading its WatchFree free streaming video service into "WatchFree+" without asking for anything in return. Except at least for your data that it uses to personalize the recommendations it makes to viewers.

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2022 VIZIO smart TVs boast with pro-gaming chops, voice remote

2022 VIZIO smart TVs boast with pro-gaming chops, voice remote

It's still 2021 but VIZIO is getting a head start by announcing its 2022 TV Collection that will be available this year. Confusing TV market conventions aside, VIZIO is stepping up its game this year almost literally by designing its collection to cater to one of the most lucrative markets in recent months. The gaming market has experienced a surge in the past few months, especially with the launch of new consoles and the 2022 VIZIO TV lineup is ready to meet the demands and expectations of discerning gamers.

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Vizio M-Series 5.1 Soundbar review: Good sound at a solid price

Vizio M-Series 5.1 Soundbar review: Good sound at a solid price

I don’t think it’s controversial to say that watching movies at home can be something of a nightmare when it comes to audio. Back when I was using only my TV speakers, it always seemed like the audio balance was very off - scenes that were primarily dialogue would be whisper quiet while action scenes would be blaringly loud. So, I set out to fix that issue by getting myself a soundbar, which did help quite a bit but didn’t solve it entirely. The quest to fix this issue permanently seems to lie with multi-speaker/surround sound setups, so I was hopeful that Vizio’s new M-Series 5.1 Home Theater Soundbar would do the trick.

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Vizio SmartCast TVs finally get Apple TV app support

Vizio SmartCast TVs finally get Apple TV app support

Vizio SmartCast, the smart TV model from Vizio, finally offers direct support for Apple TV, the company has announced. This support eliminates the need to use a third-party streaming device to access Apple's relatively new Apple TV+ streaming service, which has already arrived on a number of other non-Apple devices. The announcement is joined by a special Apple TV+ promotion for SmartCast model owners.

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Vizio SmartCast TVs get early access to 30 free streaming channels

Vizio SmartCast TVs get early access to 30 free streaming channels

Home entertainment company Vizio has launched 30 free streaming channels on its SmartCast TVs, the company has announced, giving quarantined customers some additional entertainment. The new content is available as of April 7; it spans a variety of genres, including news, comedy, entertainment, sports, music, and lifestyle.

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Disney+ heads to Vizio SmartCast today

Disney+ heads to Vizio SmartCast today

For Vizio TV owners, it just got a lot easier to watch Disney+. Today, Vizio announced that it has added Disney+ to its SmartCast platform, which means that those who have a SmartCast TV can watch Disney+ directly through the app. Previously, users were able to stream Disney+ to Vizio TVs through either Apple AirPlay 2 or Chromecast, which come built-in on some sets.

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TIDAL streaming service arrives on Vizio SmartCast TVs

TIDAL streaming service arrives on Vizio SmartCast TVs

Music and video streaming service TIDAL has announced the addition of a new partner: Vizio. The company best known for its home entertainment products is now offering the TIDAL app for its SmartCast TVs, enabling users to access their TIDAL playlists and more directly from their television. Vizio joins a large and growing number of other companies and platforms that support the TIDAL service.

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VIZIO 2020 SmartCast TVs include first OLED, new IQ and game engines

VIZIO 2020 SmartCast TVs include first OLED, new IQ and game engines

While big names like Samsung and LG are pushing 8K TVs to the market, VIZIO is focusing on TVs that will better appeal to the masses for their price value. That's not to say these SmartCast TVs are on the cheap side of features. In fact, all of VIZIO's new 2020 sets boast 4K HDR and new silicon to drive both image and gaming experiences higher. And for the first time in its history, VIZIO is launching its first OLED TV that adds deep blacks and infinite contrast on top of all that.

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Netflix ‘will no longer be available on this device’ this week

Netflix ‘will no longer be available on this device’ this week

Today we're taking a peek at a list of devices that won't run Netflix by the end of the year 2019. Earlier literature from Netflix suggested that many of these devices would no longer run Netflix as of December 2, 2019. Some of these devices seem to have a big of lag in the cutting of this proverbial cord - but rest assured, they won't work without some hacking by the end of this month.

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Vizio smart TVs will get casting support for Disney+ in December

Vizio smart TVs will get casting support for Disney+ in December

Vizio is rolling out software updates for its SmartCast HDTVs that'll make it possible for Disney Plus subscribers to access the new streaming service. Rather than making the Disney Plus app available on its smart TVs, Vizio is using something like a workaround solution involving casting (for now). Select models have already received new Apple AirPlay support and Chromecast built-in will arrive next month.

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Netflix ending support for some devices blamed on DRM

Netflix ending support for some devices blamed on DRM

It has been a while since the class of technologies known as DRM or Digital Rights Management has been the focus on contention but the news surrounding Netflix's sudden withdrawal from some devices could put it back in the spotlight. It's only semi-official, considering Netflix has not yet issued a formal explanation, but it seems that affected devices are unable to keep up with such DRM systems, practically locking them out of the streaming service for good.

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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit begin rolling out to Vizio SmartCast 3.0 TVs

AirPlay 2 and HomeKit begin rolling out to Vizio SmartCast 3.0 TVs

Vizio revealed today it's beginning to roll out Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to its lineup of SmartCast 3.0 TVs. This, of course, means that you'll be able to cast videos and photos (among other things) from your Apple device to your TV or control your TV using the Home app and Siri voice commands.

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