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VIZIO HDTV VIA with Internet Apps, News and Review

Updated on January 1, 2018
The VIZIO VF552XVT -- image credit: amazon.com
The VIZIO VF552XVT -- image credit: amazon.com

Warning my Friends! These Products are No Longer Available New

That right! Since this article was written some years ago, VIZIO has refreshed its HDTV lineup each year. These products may be available only asrefurbished or pre-owned products. In addition, their relative scarcity has apparently bid up their prices.

The reason I still publish this Hub is that these products are excellent. I have a older VIZIO HDTV with VIA apps that still work good as new. VIZIO has pioneered in delivering a quality product at affordable prices when new. If you can get your hands on one of these models for a bargain, go for it.


VIZIO Class XVT Series Internet Apps HDTV

VIZIO HDTV keeps getting better and better.

In just over four years since its inception, VIZIO has become the dominant producer of high quality, affordable big screen TVs. Take a look at the now-older VIZIO Class XVT 2 Series Internet Apps HDTVs -- and the even newer model Series XVT 3SV HDTVs.

High Definition TV plus Internet Steaming Online Content

The VIZIO XVT series introduced a whole new world of online content with VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA™). You can connect your VIZIO HDTV to the Internet and enjoy movies on demand, Netflix,, Facebook, search the Internet and much more without having to purchase a separate device.

The VIZIO XVT Series Came in 42-inch, 47-inch and 55-inch Models . . .

NEWS -- When the brand new VIZIO XVT 3SV models with Internet Apps was introduced, it offered all the popular features of the then-current SVT 2 models with Internet Apps, but with added appearance and technology improvements. Both model series are available from Amazon.

Reviews -- At the time of this writing highly favorable reviews of the new VIZIO XVT553SV 55-Inch model were coming in at 95+% 5-star Amazon ratings.

. . . all models include --

  • blazing refresh rate (240 times a second).
  • full 1080p High Definition razor-sharp resolution with over 2 million pixels.
  • 802.11n dual-band wireless networking. Use this wireless feature or the Ethernet cable port to connect to Internet and VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA™).
  • VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA™) with easy connection to the Internet and streaming movies, TV shows, music, the latest news, sports, and weather. VIA comes with Amazon Video on Demand, Flickr, Netflix, Rhapsody, Twitter, VUDU and Yahoo TV Widgets pre-loaded on the TV, ready to launch on-screen at the touch of a button on the remote. Discover and download more apps from other content and service providers by browsing the gallery of apps that is dynamically updated right on your VIZIO HDTV.

The customized Bluetooth VURIO remote with slide out QWERTY keypad -- image credit: amazon.com
The customized Bluetooth VURIO remote with slide out QWERTY keypad -- image credit: amazon.com
  • Bluetooth remote with slide out QWERTY keypad -- control your TV and type onscreen from any spot in the room -- all without having to point the remote at the TV. This universal remote also uses infrared to control all of the A/V devices connected to the HDTV -- such as DVD and Blu-ray players, VCRs, audio devices, cable and satellite set-top boxes, and DVRs,
  • two built-in 15-watt speakers.
  • SRS Audio TruVolume technology  that evens out volume inconsistencies between programming and SRS TruSurrround that delivers immersive virtual high definition surround sound from the two speakers.
  • eco-friendly design – 50 percent less energy consumption than Energy Star 3.0, and LED backlights that use no mercury.
  • 4 HDMI connections and more.

VIZIO 42-Inch XVT HDTVs

The 42-inch VIZIO Class XVT Series with Internet Apps HDTV was the lowest priced in the XVT lineup.

VIZIO 47-Inch XVT HDTVs

The 47-inch VIZIO \XVTs were the mid-priced products in the lineup.

They are bigger than the 42-inch and includes all features listed above – plus . . .

. . . They include the TruLED direct type, backlit LCD display, and Smart Dimming -- instant dimming that depends on the content you are watching. This helps stop light leakage. The XVT 472 offers a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio for rich, dark scenes; and the XVT 3SV has an amazing 10:000,000:1 contrast ratio.

VIZIO 55-Inch XVT HDTVs

The largest VIZIO HDTV in this lineup includedd the XVT 3SV and the XVT 552, both with VIA Internet Apps.

They offer TruLED and Smart Dimming.

The 55-inch models had a total of 5 HDMI connections – one more than the four HDMI connection included in the 42-inch and the 47-inch models.

Dynamic contrast ratios are 2,000,000:1 for the XVT 552 and 10:000,000:1 for the SVT 3SV

Access Your Amazon Video Library From Your TV -- image credit: amazon.com
Access Your Amazon Video Library From Your TV -- image credit: amazon.com

Amazon Video on Demand on VIZIO

Register your VIZIO HDTV with Amazon Video On Demand and you can instantly watch thousands of movies and TV shows (in both standard definition and in HD) from Amazon.com.

With Amazon Video On Demand, you can browse, purchase, and watch your favorite movies and TV shows on your VIZIO instantly – no downloading or waiting required.

Browse over 45,000 movies and TV shows to rent or purchase. Your Amazon video library can be accessed right from your VIZIO HDTV.

Learn More About HDTV and Home Theater

HDTV For Dummies, by Danny Briere and Pat Hurley (2007) 360 pages. Good educational reference for beginners. Defines acronyms, talks about digital connections.

Practical Home Theater: A Guide to Video and Audio Systems (2010 Edition) (2009) by Mark Fleischman – updated annually 384 pages. The standard reference work for home theater buffs. Future annual editions will continue to track changes in home theater technology.

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      STEVEN McCALEB 

      7 years ago

      I WANT TO BE ABLE TO USE SKYPE ON THE VISIO TV, WHEN WILL THIS APP BE AVAILABILIE, WHEN WILL THEIR BE A CAMERA FOR SKYPE?

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