Peacock to land on Vizio and LG TVs at launch

Following yesterday’s deal to bring Peacock to Google devices, NBCUniversal has announced that the streamer will be available on Vizio SmartCast and LG Smart TVs at launch on July 15. The streamer will launch with a free tier which offers more than 7,500 hours of content, an ad-supported premium tier with 15,000 hours of content […]

Vizio signs AVOD deal with Endemol Shine

US-based TV manufacturer Vizio has struck a deal that will see Endemol Shine Group-curated online channels becoming available via its ad-supported on-demand service. More than 600 episodes will become available on Vizio’s ad-supported SmartCast streaming service across the US, including renovation series Restoration Man and the American version of Deal Or No Deal. Shows will  […]

Sharp files lawsuit against Vizio

Sharp has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against TV maker Vizio and two of its partners. The Foxconn-owned business is seeking an injunction to ban one of Vizio’s TV products in the US. Sharp owns over 10,000 display patents in China, Japan and the US. Sharp said that Vizio’s 70-inch TV uses LCD panels that […]

Disney+ app launches on Vizio smart TVs

TV maker Vizio has signed a deal with Disney to bring the Disney+ SVOD to its SmartCast smart TV platform. While users had previously been able to access cast the streamer to their TV sets via Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast, this update will allow viewers to launch the app and search for Disney+ content […]

Apple TV to launch on Sony, Vizio smart TVs

Apple has confirmed that its Apple TV app will launch on Sony and Vizio smart TVs ‘later this year’. The announcement comes several days after the news that the app would also be made available to 2020, 2019 and 2018 LG smart TVs. It brings the total number of smart TV manufacturers offering Apple TV-built […]

Vizio launches ad business

Smart TV vendor Vizio has announced the creation of a new advertising business unit. The business, Vizio Ads, will allow brands, agencies and advertisers to purchase ad inventory across VIZIO’s SmartCast platform. This includes placements within the launch and discovery environment, partner OTT apps and throughout the platform’s WatchFree service.  Vizio currently has a 17% […]

Vizio improves Alexa functionality

Budget TV maker Vizio has announced additional support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant across its SmartCast TV range.  Previous Alexa capabilities available allowed viewers to perform basic functions such as powering their TVs on or off, changing inputs and playing or pausing video via a nearby Amazon Echo device. The new update allows more content-focused […]

North American smart TV shipments up 10.9% in Q1

North American smart TV shipments grew 10.9% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2017 to 7.72 million units, according to Kagan, a media research group within S&P Global Market Intelligence. The research claims that the figure compares to 6.96 million North American smart TV shipments in Q1 2016, but has “settled down” compared to the […]

LeEco’s US$2bn takeover of Vizio called off

LeEco’s planned US$2 billion takeover of US TV maker Vizio has been called off, with the company citing “regulatory headwinds” to completing the deal. In place of the takeover, China-based LeEco will still co-operate with Vizio, with the company to give access to its content ecosystem on Vizio TVs, as well as possibly bringing Vizio […]

Vizio pays US$2.2m to settle TV data collection complaint

TV maker Vizio has agreed to pay US$2.2 million to settle an FTC lawsuit challenging its collection of TV viewing data without consumers’ knowledge or consent. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General charged Vizio with installing software on its TVs to covertly collect viewing data on […]