Vizio is your selling TV brand in the US following Samsung, and Amazon Video is the most popular TV and movie streaming agency following Netflix. However, it took until today for Amazon to be available on Vizio’s best TVs. The TV manufacturer has rolled out a software update for its 2017 SmartCast TVs that enables direct access to something pretty much any TV and streaming apparatus has had for years: Amazon’s massive collection of Prime and compensated content. You do not have to connect a Roku or Fire TV to your Vizio to see Manchester by the Sea or The Man in the High Castle.
VIZIO has announced the addition of Amazon Video to its lineup of supported SmartCast TV programs. The service joins apps like Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and Crackle. With the recent launch of SmartCast TV, one of the things we’re most excited about is providing consumers with entertainment alternatives, said Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. Amazon Video brings an array of content choices to the display, all accessible on the distant via the Amazon Video button. We are happy to continue to bring solutions and in-demand content.
Amazon Video allows users to buy or rent titles out of a growing collection of movies and TV shows. Similarly, Amazon Prime readers can sign into their accounts through the app to get Prime Video content such as Transparent, The Grand Tour, and Manchester by the Sea. Amazon Video is available through the SmartCast TV platform on VIZIO 2017 P-Series and M-Series displays. Also, the SmartCast TV upgrade is set to arrive on other models, including the E-Series, later this summer.
Along with Amazon comes with an interface for apps accessibility a staple of clever TVs but lacking until now on these Vizios. I tested an early version of the interface in my 2017 E-series review, and it mostly worked as advertised, and similar to clever TVs:
Selecting the SmartCast input induces the new app home screen to look, with icons for a handful of major programs along the base (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Crackle, iHeart Radio, Xumo, Vudu, Pluto, and USB) as well as tiles for TV shows and movies along the top. Amazon and the others worked just as I anticipated, complete with 4K and HDR streaming where accessible. Response times weren’t the fastest and displays took a bit longer than I’d like to load, but in my book, it is far better than nothing. In no way is it better than Roku, however.
As a Vizio TV proprietor, I find the option more convenient than using services. But, Vizio has to have concluded that their sets were less aggressive (despite the attractive pricing) than rivals’ because of these missing integrations. It is always nice to see producers including, rather than taking away, attributes at precisely the same price point. While I won’t be using this, it is likely that you will find at least a couple Vizio users on the market excited by this development.