Irvine, CA-based HDTV maker VIZIO today announced new content partners who have agreed to participate in the firm’s VIA (VIZIO Internet Apps) program. Among those new partners are eBay, Facebook, Radiotime, Revision 3, Rallypoint Sports, Twitter, and Vudu. These new content providers join previously announced VIA content providers including Accedo Broadband, Amazon Video on Demand, Blockbuster on Demand, Flickr, Netflix, Pandora and Rhapsody. VIZIO’s VIA program arguably represents the broadest and most diverse range of Internet content being offered by any television manufacturer in today’s HDTV marketplace.
How is VIA content accessed? VIZIO’s higher end XVT series HDTVs are VIA-compatible and incorporate built-in wireless (802.11n dual-band) and wired networking features that, according to VIZIO press release, allow users to “access Internet-based content (that is) streamed directly to VIZIO HDTVs.” According to a VIZIO press release, the XVT sets also come with a special Bluetooth universal remote control with sliding QWERTY keyboard, plus a setup guide that walks users “through a quick step-by-step set up procedure that runs as soon as the TV is turned on for the first time.”
According to VIZIO, the QWERTY keyboard-equipped remote “allows users to easily type keywords for their favorite movies, TV shows, music, chat, or simply enter logins and passwords for there favorite services.” And, because the remote is Bluetooth-enabled, users enjoy the added “convenience of being able to type without having to point the remote at the TV.” The XVT-series universal remote also features conventional infrared capabilities and is therefore capable of controlling “existing CE devices connected to the television, such as DVD and Blu-ray players, VCRs, audio devices, cable and satellite set-top boxes, DVRs, and other AV equipment.”
The VIZIO press release quotes Matthew McRae, VP of Products at VIZIO, as saying “the VIA platform integrates seamlessly with the existing TV experience and makes web-based content as easily discoverable as flipping the channel.”
For more information, visit: www.vizio.com.