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VIZIO Internet Apps -- VIA Plus | The Next Generation with Google TV

Updated on January 2, 2012

VIZIO Internet Apps™ -- VIA Plus | The Next Generation VIZIO with Google TV

In January 2011, VIZIO revealed its next generation of feature-rich HDTVs with built-in Internet application functionality. It is part of what VIZIO calls its new "Connected Consumer Electronics Ecosytem," that will allow "unified on-demand content and application consumption across multiple consumer electronic devices including VIZIO HDTVs, Blu-ray players, SmartPhones and Tablets."

VIZIO 2011 Prototypes -- VIZIO Internet Apps VIA Plus, VIZIO SmartPhone, VIZIO Tablet | image credit: VIZIO
VIZIO 2011 Prototypes -- VIZIO Internet Apps VIA Plus, VIZIO SmartPhone, VIZIO Tablet | image credit: VIZIO

VIZIO Internet Apps™ -- VIA Plus | The Next Generation VIZIO with Google TV

This is VIZIO's next step in its emergence as a first-class producer of high-quality state-of-the-art internet-connected HDTVs. It is also includes the next generation of VIZIO Internet Apps called VIA Plus -- incorporating "the Google TV platform, and (will) feature an intuitive user interface that allows users to access their favorite apps as well as search and browse the web . . ."

Last May VIZIO noted the entry of Google TV into web-enabled television. VIZIO is "constantly evaluating new opportunities to further enhance the value of our products, including those brought to us by Intel and Google." said Laynie Newsome, VIZIO co-founder and CSO.

VIZIO also revealed plans to produce a VIZIO SmartPhone and a VIZIO Tablet -- both with VIA Plus -- that will allow you to use the VIA Plus interface on all your internet-connected devices. You can begin your VIA experience on one device and seamlessly transition to another without interruption.

Prices and release dates for the SmartPhone, Tablet and VIA Plus HDTVs have not yet been announced, so the "proof of the pudding is in the eating" and market reaction is yet to been seen. If VIZIO's recent past experience is any indication, we can expect the new generation VIZIO will be exciting and top-quality.

Google TV

Google TV aims to bring TV, apps, and the entire web together on one platform. You can search across every channel, every app and the entire web. A number of favorite apps are included on Google TV, and presumably will added to VIZIO's lineup of apps. According to Google, apps from Android will work on Google TV beginning sometime early in 2011.

Early glimpses of how VIZIO will integrate the Google TV platform into VIA Plus were presented in January at the Consumer Electronics Show.

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VIZIO VIA Plus -- The next generation HDTV

Here's what we can expect from VIZIO's next generation of Class XVT HDTVs based in what we know so far:--

  • VIZIO XVT3D476SP (47") and XVT3D556SP (55") will be part of the new VIZIO VIA Plus ecosystem.
  • They will feature VIA Plus Internet Apps with Google TV and will have full web-browsing capability.
  • The remote will be a new premium Bluetooth QWERTY with a touchpad allowing easy viewer interaction with both web and TV. The slide-out touchpad works like a touchpad on a laptop pc.
  • They will feature dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi.
  • Theater 3D is included based with passive polarizing eye-glass technology that is easier on your eyes than active shutter technology.
  • Both will be part of VIZIO's new connected consumer ecosystem -- If you have a VIZIO SmartPhone or Touchpad, you can pick right up where you left off on your HDTV, You can use your SmartPone as an alternate remote.
  • Blazing refresh rate of 480 Hz.
  • Full array LED backlighting with local dimming.
  • When displayed, the VIA Plus app icons are shown on the left vertical portion of the screen, while the selected app is streaming on the right. The top portion of the app display show your favorites categories, the bottom portion shows your choices. You can move your favorite apps into categories for easy navigation.

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VIZIO VIA Plus with Google TV

What content will you be able to access with VIZIO VIA Plus with Google TV?

VIZIO has worked for several years nurturing partnerships with numerous online service and content providers to build a lineup of Internet Apps for many audiences including its recently announced app for OnLive, which offers premium games on demand. OnLive is the pioneer of instant-play cloud gaming.

Google TV brings another set of apps, including popular Google properties like YouTube, Earth, and Chrome -- Google's web browser. So we can expect a rich lineup of apps from VIZIO VIA Plus with Google TV.

Some of the app category icons seen on prototype VIZIO VIA Plus HDTVs, SmartPhones and Tablet include favorites, e-mail, calendar, music, messaging, browser, settings, camera, clock, gallery, maps, sports, youtube, contacts and games.

And because it will driven by Android, developers will be producing new apps over time. Major web sites are now being tweaked for television viewing.

When VIZIO releases its products later this year we'll get to experience how it all works together.

What do you think about VIZIO's next generation?

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      mrwaffletacos 6 years ago

      same as Shawn

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      Shawn 6 years ago

      Please tell me the original Vizio Internet Apps Tv's are upgradable to VIA Plus!