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Vizio Brings Facebook, Twitter, Vudu to Connected HDTVs

TVs due out in Fall 2009 will now also come equipped with eBay, Facebook, Radiotime, Revision 3, Rallypoint Sports, Showtime, Twitter and Vudu.


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Vizio, which just recently unveiled its 2009 lineup of HDTVs, is adding a slew of content partners to its line of Internet Apps (VIA) Connected HDTVs.

The XVT series HDTVs, which will ship in Fall 2009, will now come equipped with eBay, Facebook, Radiotime, Revision 3, Rallypoint Sports, Showtime, Twitter and Vudu.

The VIA Connected HDTVs have integrated 802.11n dual-band wireless and wired networking to access these Internet features. The sets will also work with the Yahoo! Widget Engine, Amazon Video On Demand, Blockbuster On Demand, Flickr, Netflix, Pandora and Rhapsody.

Vizio offers these descriptions for the new features:

eBay Get real-time updates, place bids, and monitor your favorite items with the eBay TV Widget. Search, view photos, and compare prices of products with the press of your remote—you won’t miss a buying or selling opportunity with the eBay TV Widget.

Facebook Facebook gives everyone the power to connect and share with their friends. Over 200 Million people use Facebook every month and Facebook Connect brings this audience into your TV, making it even more social.

Radiotime makes it easy for listeners 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.

Revision 3 The home of Internet Television, Revision3 creates content for passionate communities who want to watch shows that entertain, educate and help to expand their life experiences.

Rallypoint Sports Rallypoint delivers fantasy sports, social networking, and e-commerce services to consumers through Internet-connected HDTVs and other devices. Launched in 2009, RallycastSM Fantasy Sports services give consumers unprecedented ability to personalize their HDTV sports viewing experience with real-time fantasy league stats – and stay connected with their friends and competitors - using just their remote control.

Showtime The Showtime TV Widget takes consumers inside Showtime with video extras, trailers, trivia, and select sample episodes of hit series such as Dexter and Weeds.

Twitter Twitter is a communication network valued for its real-time capability in connecting people to breaking news, shared events and everyday conversation. People share short posts via SMS, Web, 3rd party applications, and now through the TV.

Vudu VUDU is a leading digital entertainment service that delivers tens of thousands of movies and more, including:
  • Largest HD collection available anywhere
  • Superior AV quality, including 5.1 surround sound
  • HDX, VUDU's exclusive ultra-high quality HD format
  • Movies available same day as DVD
  • Popular Internet services like Pandora
Vizio's VIA Connected HDTVs also come with a universal remote control with a sliding QWERTY keyboard. Users can type in shows, movies, music, etc. and also use the remote, which has traditional IR capabilities, to control other devices.

Slideshow: Vizio 2009 HDTV Lineup Consists of 31 Models

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4 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by ReAlisT  on  07/02  at  06:54 PM

NEAT. Once they get discreet codes it will be worth using

Posted by 39 Cent Stamp  on  07/05  at  05:32 PM

ReAlist,

They have working discreet codes now. http://www.remotecentral.com/cgi-bin/mboard/rc-discrete/thread.cgi?5478

This is a good sign.. not just vizio but everyone who is integrating the web into their products. These are freebie bells and whistles that some clients may not care about but some may fall in love with.

The only downside is that if the TV fails.. the client loses the bells and whistles and we cant reproduce them without a major upgrade charge.

So hopefully.. things like this become a standard.

ME: http://www.wiremunky.com

Posted by Joe B  on  07/05  at  09:26 PM

Let’s hope the company (companies?) wisely continue to make “standard” sets WITHOUT these intrusive internet leeches that mind too much of one’s business—(just my opinion, I know).
Valuing my privacy, I for one will never buy a TV set that is so equipped.  My Blu-Ray and HD-DVD players have never been connected to the internet and never will. I choose to keep my viewing business, as my internet business, to myself.
Big Brother will NOT be watching at my house.

Posted by alterseekers  on  01/19  at  12:00 PM

This is really a great HDTV from Vizio. I especially love its built-in WiFi feature, so I can get it connected to the internet wirelessly via a wireless router at home. And speaking of wireless routers, if you’re looking for a good one, I recommend you check out the Netgear Wireless Router for Video and Gaming. You can use this device to connect computers, gaming consoles, notebooks, or wireless printers, and also your networked home theater devices. You can also use this to stream video and music from a USB drive to media players and DLNA TV’s, even without using a computer. Now that’s one powerful wireless router for you. For more information about Netgear’s Wireless Router for Video and Gaming, check out this site: http://bit.ly/bByST7. Enjoy!

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