VIZIO Internet Apps – News and Review

VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA) connects your HDTV to a variety of online entertainment and news sources -- image credit: amazon.com
VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA) connects your HDTV to a variety of online entertainment and news sources -- image credit: amazon.com

VIZIO Internet Apps

VIZIO offers VIZIO Internet Appsthe marriage of high definition television and Internet online content.

VIZIO Class XVT 2 HDTVs with Internet Apps were first introduced a couple of years ago. Now the newer Series XVT 3SV HDTV with VIA™ is here, now! And VIA Plus™ is coming soon.

What VIZIO has done is amazing. The company developed a feature-rich, state-of-the-art HDTV with built-in Internet application functionality.

At the same time, it has nurtured partnerships with numerous online service and content providers – including movies on demand, Facebook, CNBC, NBC, radio, video and many more. Scroll to the end of this hub to see the range of content choices offered by VIZIO.

VIZIO Internet Apps will be dynamically updated to include new service and content providers as the company continues to add content partners.

YouTube is now one the VIA Apps available on VIZIOs with Internet Apps. It is a good example of VIZIO's updating their VIA App lineup from time to time with apps their viewers will enjoy.

VIZIO Internet Apps Reviews have been favorable. For example, CNET says of VIZIO apps: "Response times were quick, the Apps interface is well-designed and surprisingly easy to use, and integration and content selection surpasses that of any other Internet-enabled TV, regardless of manufacturer."

The VIZIO XVT series comes in 42-inch, 47-inch and 55-inch models

NEWS -- The VIZIO 3SV models with Internet Apps contain all the popular features of the earlier models with Internet Apps with added appearance and technology improvements. The new models are now available from Amazon.

Reviews -- Highly favorable reviews of the new VIZIO XVT553SV 55-Inch model are coming in at over two-thirds 5-star Amazon ratings.

In addition to VIZIO Internet Apps, each model comes with . . .

. . . a blazing speed refresh rate (240 Hz), 1080p razor sharp High Definition, Bluetooth remote with a keypad, 802.11n dual band wireless networking, two built-in 15-watt speakers, advanced sound technology, and multiple HDMI ports.

The 47-inch and 55-inch models come with advanced backlighting and Smart Dimming technologies.

All models are eco-friendly – they use 50 percent less energy than Energy Star 3.0 and LED backlights that use no mercury.

How VIZIO Internet Apps Work

Press the VIA button on your remote. An Apps Dock will appear along the bottom of the screen. It will offer you a rich selection of different Apps that let you watch movies, TV shows, listen to music, or get weather and news information -- all on demand.

While some of these services are free, others come with subscription fees or other charges that vary by content provider.

VIZIO and its third party providers reserve the right to charge you for any support it provides, but will make a schedule of those charges available to you prior to your incurring any costs. Before you purchase a VIZIO with Internet Apps, you should read over the VIZIO Internet Applications (VIA™) Policy.

Some of the VIZIO Internet Apps may come pre-loaded on your HDTV XVT. For example, your HDTV with Internet Apps purchased from Amazon will come pre-loaded with Amazon Video on Demand, Flickr, Netflix, Rhapsody, Twitter, VUDU and Yahoo TV Widgets, ready to launch onscreen by touching a button on the remote.

In addition to pre-loaded apps, there are many other apps to choose from. Press the VIA™ button, select the Widget Gallery, and rotate through the additional apps. Select one you would like added to your VIA Dock and it will be downloaded and appear on your personal dock. Other family members can create their own set of favorite apps that will appear on their docks.

Here is my working list of VIZIO's Internet App third party content providers (source: vizio.com) either online or scheduled. VIZIO will dynamically update their app selections in VIA™ any time, so this list is always subject to change.

VIZIO Internet App Directory

Amazon Instant Video® (formerly Amazon Video On Demand) -- choose from more than 90,000 commercial-free movies and television shows, including hit new releases and the latest episodes available in HD – with instant playback. Subscribers to Amazon Prime get free streaming service to 5000 movies and videos.

BigStar® --the social discovery and demand platform, gives access to thousands of unique movies and entertainment. Watch Indies (independent films), foreign films, festival award winners and more.

Blip.tv® -- an online television network that hosts the best original shows on the Web -- from scripted sitcoms and dramas to shows about fashion, technology, and politics.

CBS® --access to CBS schedule and program information, previews and clips, cast photos and cast bios.

CinemaNow® -- enables instant access via Roxeo CinemaNow® to a massive selection of premium video entertainment for rental or purchase, including new releases often on the same day the DVD is available in stores

CNBC® -- allows you to interact with CNBC's real-time stock quotes direct from the NYSE and NASDAQ, real-time watchlists to track your favorite stocks, and other key analytics.

CrazeTV® -- Craze TV Movies allows a quality selection of full-length movies for free, plus music documentaries and more,

eBay® – get real-time updates, place bids, and monitor your favorite items.

Facebook® -- connect and share with your friends. Over 200 million people use Facebook every month. Facebook Connect brings this audience into your VIA™-ready VIZIO making it even more social.

Fandango® -- all about movies -- fan ratings, reviews, trailers, new and upcoming movies, 10 ten box office favorites, movie blog and guide, find theaters. find movies.

Flickr® -- share photos with family and friends. Browse the latest photos posted by the worldwide Flickr community, or watch a slideshow -- all on your VIA™-ready VIZIO.

Free Stream Media® -- Free Stream Media’s FlingoTV service offers the best online video from major media companies, cable networks, and web video properties.

Hulu Plus® -- watch popular media from more than 100 leading content providers across hundreds of shows and thousands of episodes, on demand from the Internet right to your VIZIO HDTV for $7.99 a month. Includes all current season episodes of 45 popular TV shows; full series runs for over 90 shows; with content from ABC, FOX, NBC and others -- in HD (720p).

iHeartRadio® -- free all-in-one service tghat lets you find 1,500+ live radio stations or create commercial-free custom stations featuring the artist you select and similar music.

iMemories® --your old home movies, photos and slides can be watched directly on your VIA™-ready VIZIO with iMemories. iMemories digitally converts and preserves your favorite memories online, regardless of the original media format.

MediaBox™-- media player which gives instant access to your high definition video, digital music, digital photos and DVD files no matter where they are stored.

M-GO® -- a free service that offers the freshest and broadest content by locating your favorite movies, TV shows and other digital media anywhere. Comes pre-loaded on on VIZIO's 2012 smart TVs.

NBA Game Time® -- access highlights of every game, real-time access to game summaries, complete player statistics and more on your VIA™-ready VIZIO.

NBC® --view NBC's show schedule, full screen photo galleries and catch up on your favorite shows with up-to-date quick text recaps, and bios of cast members.

NAMCO BANDAI Games America® --provides top-notch interactive gaming.

NHL® -- Official National Hockey League web site -- includes news, rosters, statistics, schedules, teams, features, live game radio broadcasts and video clips.

NHL GameCenter Live® access to over 800 classic games plus condensed replays, stats, standing, news and more.

My-Cast® -- displays animated Nexrad radar, hourly to 7-day forecasts, StormWatch, clouds, and more. My-Cast by Garmin is intuitive, interactive and easy to use -- especially for severe weather events.

Netflix® -- watch unlimited TV episodes and movies streamed to your VIA™-ready VIZIO and receive unlimited DVDs delivered quickly to your home – no late fees, no due dates.

OnLive® --provides premium games on demand. OnLive is the pioneer of instant-play cloud gaming.

Pandora® -- Internet radio -- free and personalized. Enter the name of your favorite song, artist, or composer and enjoy radio stations created just for you. Rate songs as they play, because Pandora caters to your tastes and adapts stations to your feedback on the spot.

QVC® – Online shopping -- QVC live for beauty, jewelry, electronics, fashion, handbags, kitchen, home, food, sports, wellness, crafts, leisure, toys and much more.

Radiotime® – find local, national, or global radio programming airing on more than 60,000 AM/FM and Internet radio stations in 140 countries broadcasting in 55 languages.

Rallypoint Sports® -- delivers fantasy sports, social networking, and e-commerce services.

Revision 3® -- creates content for passionate communities who want to watch shows that entertain, educate and help to expand their life experiences.

Rhapsody® -- browse Rhapsody’s catalog of more than seven million songs. Listen on demand to new releases, top albums, artists and songs, celebrity playlists, and artist channels.

Roxio CinemaNow® -- instantly access a broad range of high-quality digital entertainment from your favorite consumer electronic devices.

Showtime® -- takes viewers inside Showtime with video extras, trailers, trivia, and select sample episodes of hit series such as "Dexter and Weeds."

Skype® --The Skype App in VIZIO Internet Apps HDTVs will work with the VIZIO Video Camera VCP100 that attaches to any VIZIO Internet Apps HDTV through a USB connection. When used together, viewers can enjoy HD-quality (720p) video chat at up to 30 frames per second.

The Weather Channel® -- get your weather forecast when you want it. Delivers current conditions, the 5-day forecast and more for your zip code and thousands more.

TuneIn Radio® -- Listen to online radio, find streaming music radio by genre and streaming talk radio. Top guide to every type of radio -- conservative, progressive, public, sports -- local and global,

Twitter® -- share and discover what's happening right now, anywhere in the world -- and your program is never interrupted.

vimeo® -- watch your videos in high quality along with videos from thousands of other talented creators.

VUDU® -- leading digital entertainment service that delivers tens of thousands of movies and more, including the largest HD collection available anywhere, superior AV quality, including 5.1 surround sound, HDX -- VUDU’s exclusive ultra-high quality HD format. VUDU offers the largest streaming collection of HD movies, and 1080p available on-demand the same day as DVD. And VUDU offers 3D movies for 3D-enabled HDTVs.

Yahoo!® -- get the latest news,sports, lifestyle and entertainment information and videos from Yahoo! News, Sports, Weather, Finance and Video.

Yahoo! Fantasy Football® -- get real-time fantasy team and league info while watching the NFL games. Check out entire Yahoo! Fantasy Football League info while watching the game. View your team roster (starters and bench players) and real-time scoring, your league and match-ups to see how you are doing against the rest of the league, and detailed in-game and post-game player stats.

YouTube® -- You can view YouTube's new releases, free or fee movies and videos, in HD or Standard Definition and feature moves. YouTube now offers full length features running an hour or more. Set up your own YouTube account and watch your own subscriptions and playlists. Learn more about YouTube on VIZIO including how to set it up.

3D Movies on VIZIO

VUDU® -- 3D content from VUDU became available in January 2011. With 3D streaming for 3D-enabled HDTVs and Blu-ray players, VUDU adds to its already rich cinematic experience providing HD, HDX, 1080p and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Surround Sound.

Cinamascope on VIZIO

VIZIO on Demand -- (coming soon) The new VIZIO on Demand app will enable users to watch movies in Cinamascope aspect ratio for an ultimate move experience on VIZIO's new Cinema HDTV displays. The new VIZIO Cinema HDTV displays 4k by 2k content that can be viewed on Ultra HD TVs that can display up to 4 times the resolution of 1080p. VIZIO on Demand will offer a deep catalog of movie favorites, all available to stream direct to VIZIO Internet Apps-enabled TVs.

TV Stations as VIZIO Apps

There are now over fifty TV station sites available to download as VIZIO Internet Apps. Most metropolitan areas in the U.S. are represented.

More News

An article in Technology Review reported that Yahoo's users' most popular apps so far are video-on-demand and Facebook.

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What is your favorite Internet App? 73 comments

Zack 6 years ago

youtube is my favorite internet app.


George 5 years ago

Need YouTube and Web Picasa apps.


Brooke 5 years ago

How do you get the Youtube app??


steve 5 years ago

I would like to see an app for DishNetwork that works with my slingbox added as an option


mischelle 5 years ago

want youtube


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John Dove 5 years ago Author

Hi Zack, George, Brooke and Mischelle --

Thank you for you YouTube suggestion. YouTube has become a popular site for millions of people. I really understand why you would like to see it on a VIZIO Internet App.

YouTube has grown like gangbusters. Started in a garage in 2005, it was purchased by Google in 2006 so YouTube is now a Google property. All content providers, Google included, want to closely guard how their content is distributed. Google TV is also a Google property, and walla! YouTube comes with Google TV.

The next generation of VIZIO apps, called VIZIO Internet Apps Plus -- includes the Google TV engine as a result of a new agreement between VIZIO and Google. YouTube will be included in the new lineup of VIZIO Internet Apps Plus. These new models will be released later this year.


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John Dove 5 years ago Author

Hi George --

Picasa is another Google property. It probably will be included with the new VIZIO Internet Apps Plus coming later this year with the Google TV engine.


dexterchn 5 years ago

Hi John,

Will it be possible for current VIZIO TVs to be upgraded from VIA to VIA+?


bakester 5 years ago

Same question as dexterchn


GeraldoZ 5 years ago

Will the 26" razor be upgradeable to work with a wireless keyboard?


John Deol 5 years ago

Is Skype app for Vizio already out there? I couldn't find it on my new Vizio TV. As per the above article, Vizio even offers a web cam VCP100 but according to vizio.com, it a cleaning rag...LOL.


JD 5 years ago

Is there a reason why most of the internet enabled devices (like latest HDTVs including Vizio TV, Bluray players) don't come with a "Browser App/Widget"? I have one of the latest Vizio HDTVs, but, was surprised not to see a browser widget. On doing more research, it looks like most of these internet enabled TVs & blu-ray players just don't provide a Browser widget/app - it seems like the only exceptions are: Sony PS3 & some Samsung blu-ray players.


JD 5 years ago

Just seems a bit odd & strange that these "internet enabled devices" don't come with a browser widget/app that would have allowed us to access a wide-variety of web/internet content out there... It seems like a pretty nasty restriction to limit us to access online/web content only via custom app(s).


Glenn 5 years ago

Come on Vizio! Why provide all these Toledo, Ohio news apps and half-baked custom apps, when there is still no YouTube app, no browser app, no functioning USB multimedia app (it crashes), etc...


Robert Pallante 5 years ago

With today's wide world of Technology, you should include websites like TWIT.TV. The TWIT Network is lead by Leo Laporte "The Tech Guy", along with many of his fellow specialists in the many fields of today's High-Tech Products. Most of them have interesting (audio/video) 'Podcasts', that can be downloaded & listened/watched at any time.


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John Dove 5 years ago Author

Hi desterchn, bakerster, and GeraloZ --

It would be great if VIZIO's upcoming VIA + platform would be available to legacy VIZIO Internet App HDTVs. VIZIO won't say at this point whether it will or it won't. I just don't know yet. One thing I do know is that there would be a ton of HAPPY VIZIO owners if they do extend VIA+.


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John Dove 5 years ago Author

Hi JD and Glenn --

When VIZIO releases VIZIO Internet Apps Plus with Google TV, there will be a browser. Since the Chrome browser is a Google property, you can be sure that it will be the one. In fact, the Chrome browser logo could be seen on the screen during preliminary demonstrations of VIA+ in January.


Maddy 5 years ago

They need to put a YouTube app on this tv.


funky23 5 years ago from Deutschland

thanks your article is awesome


eben 5 years ago

Need a vimeo AP to watch your own videos


Gabriel 5 years ago

Hi John,

Is there any news on creating a software update that will allow music and videos to be viewed and played through the USB port of the VIZIO TV's??? I currently have a M550NV with a bunch of USB ports, but all I can do is look at pictures with a built-in slideshow feature (which is very nice, btw). Please let me know about the possibility of adding a Video Player that will allow my AVI files to be played off my external hard drive through the USB port.

Also, please let me know if there is any news on making the legacy VIZIO's compatible with the new VIA+, because I'd love to have Youtube Access sometime in the near future. Thanks a bunch


Unknown 5 years ago

Why not team up with apple and see if there will be a way to sync your iPhone into a vizio tv and put the apps on the iPhone to the vizio?(but I do understand that the games might not work.but the radio Disney app, the book apps, and for the people with web cams, some editing picture apps!)


Vizio 3D 5 years ago

Vizios are great for the price... Any words for their 3D TVs?


tswetts 5 years ago

After reading comments on the lack of an internet browser app I've decided not to buy a Vizio TV. I'll wait until I have full internet access from the TV or I'll buy a laptop and connect it to a less expensive flat screen. Seems like the providers are setting us up for a future of goughing like the cable companies are doing now.


Patrick ONeill 5 years ago

Currently I use my PS3 to watch videos and stream music from my PC drive (using DLNA - in my case Windows Media Server).

That is the one thing that seems to be missing from the VISIO Tvs that other internet enabled TVs have.

I don't understand why it isn't supported, but I'm afraid tht as A result I'll have to go with Samsung or someone like that.


Bird 5 years ago

VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA) let me connect to the Internet easily. I really like it.


George 5 years ago

I just bought a vizio and only have 50 widgets available.. Not even hul plus is on there... Any suggestions... If can't figure out will have to bring back ... Please help....


Johngbens 5 years ago

I have a 47 " Vizio, Internet apps are great but only to a point, Whenever on twitter or Facebook , and as i read a comment it says to click on something to see a video, the video never plays ? is this okay or is something wrote with my tv ??


malcolm 5 years ago

need google and you tube ...


tim 5 years ago

I have a 42" Vizio tv will the Internet apps plus be avable for my tv if so when it be a out to download or new firmware coming out what's the lattest on that apps plus and will it be free?


larzbr 5 years ago

7 months ago .... YouTube is coming .... 3 months ago ... will have youtube by end of Summer .... now summer is gone and still no youtube app.... should I take the TV back?


gary 5 years ago

just bought a razr and no google or youtube??? Was under the impression it was available.


nerd 5 years ago

i use mine as a second monitor, but also use the apps separately, but if you want more internet access just set it up as monitor #2.


Tom the geek 5 years ago

Rich content is an overstatement. The potential is there, but frankly, the content for VIA is IMO quite limited. give me the freedom of the web. how about a true browser? I know Vizio can ad support it if they make it popular enough.


mad max 5 years ago

Really wanna YouTube app on vizio internet app...para cuando estara disponible...


Alex631 5 years ago

Vizio Tvs are really Great TVs, but I think VIA is not at same level, since it don't have a Youtube app. People want YouTube App SOON! ASAP.


cliff 5 years ago

I am disappointed there is no YouTube or internet browser. Seems there. Would be easy to add.


jack 5 years ago

I wanna you tube


Dave 5 years ago

Hey! YooooooooooooouTuuuuuuuuuuuube please!!!!!


terrell in south carolina 4 years ago

just turned on tv-vizio 42 xvt and it has YouTube now! and it works really good too. it must have automatically uploaded last night. I hope Google TV comes on it with a browser soon. Skype was uploaded last night also.


brian 4 years ago

Is there anything like ESPN3.com so that I could watch more foreign league sports?


MMS in Illinois 4 years ago

How do we receive updates? Just purchased 55" Vizio E550VA LCD TV - 1080P(FULLHD). No Skype or Youtube apps. How do we get them?????


Raja 4 years ago

I love to get Youtube. Please tell me how can I get that update for youtube?


ByteKnight 4 years ago

YouTube is HERE! YouTube on APPS for Vizio! Update just came out - now you must have your TV connected to the Internet for it to update (Wired or Wireless) and AUTO-HD.

Looking for DLNA App and don't have a name - I would like help getting a name of the APP when it comes out.


ralf in sa tx 4 years ago

my old vbr bluray needs a utube app update .ILLTRADE YOU THIS BLOCK BUSTR APP.


earl 4 years ago

i would like to see google on my e3d420vx. i already have skype and youtube.


erick 4 years ago

When will you get you tube and a browser? Why can you not use usb port for cameras we already have??


gattu 4 years ago

can any one let me know in detail.. how to get youtube on my Vizio 3d tv.. like Byteknight says youTube is here.. but i am not getting...


joneel 4 years ago

How about an ESPN3 app? This would be great connecting with the sports that I want to watch when I want to watch them.


Chad 4 years ago

Will Current VIA Tv's be upgraded to VIA+ I really really hope so. I would be so happy.


TxPappy 4 years ago

Not even close to Roku, but if you got "HBO Go" I would be happy!


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Interesting information on apps for the new equipment and app interfaces that I and most likely many are unaware that they exist on or for new flat screens they purchased for watching cable or satellite. This was well written and a boost for me to get out the manual on my new LG television to see just what it can do or what apps there are for it, thanks,

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keyta's mom 4 years ago

Is the MLB app available?? If not WHEN?????


Greg 4 years ago

I just bought a vizio internet tv and I can't get the facebook app to work. It soemtimes let me log in but it will not show and status or let me do anything. I have uninstalled and reinstalled it multiple time without success. I even completely reset the tv and started over without any luck. Does anyone have any suggetsions on what to do? thanks,


Tmac 4 years ago

How do you know when there's a new apps for the vizio tv? Or do u have to check it daily?


Tmac 4 years ago

I returned my vizio tv yesterday not what I expected on a smart tv


james braselton 4 years ago

hi there have a sony 3d tv i have netflix hulu plus sony music unlimted and sony video unlinted i do notice that half of other apps that were there earlyer like at christmax time have dissapered like the weather and stock wigets apps soo i can not download or use them any more soo is there like a reset mode thanks


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John Dove 4 years ago Author

Hi everybody -- Lots of questions here of a detailed technical nature. Anyone have answers? I know mainly VIZIO.


Kurtis 4 years ago

When can I get my GMail on my VISIO TV?? The "VIZIO Internet Apps" are a total letdown,... garbage!


Mac 4 years ago

still no youtube app for me too. disappointing...


Keith 4 years ago

What aobut the NFL Network App? For those of us who have crappy Cable providers who don't carry NFL Network...


bobmu 4 years ago

When will a vizio smart tv mlb.tv app be available?


LarryHN 4 years ago

Apple air play. Is there any way to use it with Vizio WiFi support? I would love to watch mr iPhoto sideshows and listen to mt iTunes music on my new (and wonderful) Vizio WiFi TV


james 3 years ago

Really limited selection. Obviously partnered with Yahoo and Fox News. Poor choices.... but great if you are a fan of bad e-mail services and biased news. Why not give your customers what they actually want like a Gmail app, and Google browser?


Matt 3 years ago

When will MLB.TV APP BE AVAILABLE!?!?! You have NBA and not MLB?!?!? Nobody even watches NBA!


vaughanw 3 years ago

Vizio seems to ignore questions about MLB.TV app. Questions asked, but never answered. Just watch....... Visio...will you be offering MLB.TV app or not?


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Robert E Williams 3 years ago

Still nothing on the MLB.TV APP?


James 3 years ago

Insightful story, but really nothing new. With AFM going on this week, lots of interesting articles on the state of the industry, indie production and sales. And while "Independent" can have a very wide definition as far as budget, producer and director - good revenue in foreign markets is essential to a distribution strategy. And that is based on recognizable stars they can sell to their audiences. Not that it can't be done without stars, but most deals made are commensurate with who's on the screen. And of course, good story, production value, etc.

For us, as animators, we went with filmbay and are very happy with them. Our animated feature "Bulgarian Prophet" is now available as web stream VOD: http://filmbay.com/ and they also enabled access to our film in all Asian markets. They did the subtitling into other Asian languages free, at no cost, and went out of their way to support and market it worldwide. Our film is even available on airlines now, including KAL, JAL and Singapore Airlines! I wish you would run a full story on them here, since they awesome, to say the least, and yes, we are getting solid royalties, which we are investing into our next feature project. Thanks and have a great weekend. We love Indie films, Yavor and Ilse Batchev:-)


Marc 2 years ago

Dumped DirectTV. Want a few grapes and persuaded into buying basket full of rotten fruit.

Are NFL and MLB coming?


Johne856 2 years ago

There are some interesting closing dates on this article however egebegeeffeg


EBGwd 2 years ago

Need Picasa apps.


Margaret 20 months ago

Hi,

Is there a gmail app, or not? If not, is there a yahoo mail app?

Thanks


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Robert E Williams 20 months ago

Over 3 years (since 1st mention) and STILL nothing on an MLB.TV app??

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