Vizio has launched Vizio SmartCast, its smart entertainment ecosystem which will span displays, sound bars, and standalone speakers. Vizio SmartCast debuts on the Vizio P-Series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display collection, possibly the first Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range product line to fully integrate Google Cast technology. The displays are controlled by the Vizio SmartCast app that comes preinstalled on the included 6” 1080p Android Tablet Remote. P-Series marries its intuitive smart features with unmatched picture quality technologies that were first brought to market on the Vizio Reference Series. Available now, the collection starts at $1000 for the 50” class size.
The Vizio SmartCast app turns every mobile device screen into a remote control. Instead of jumping between apps, Vizio SmartCast allows users to search and browse content first by genre across multiple apps at once, then select the app or source to play the content. The app also simplifies on-screen navigation; Vizio SmartCast users gain access to all menus and playback controls through the app.
“The Vizio SmartCast app, pre-installed on the P-Series Tablet Remote, finally brings home entertainment into the mobile era with advanced navigation, search and control of content sources,” said Matt McRae, chief technology officer, Vizio. “We’re excited to debut the P-Series collection, which not only sets a new benchmark with picture quality technologies like High Dynamic Range and Ultra Color Spectrum, but is also the world’s first display to fully integrate the Google Cast protocol.”
“We’re excited to see Vizio cascade Dolby Vision into their P-Series collection, delivering a premium imaging experience to a broader range of consumers,” said Giles Baker, SVP, Broadcast Business Group, Dolby Laboratories. “Viewers are now just a few taps away from the vibrant color and stunning contrast that Dolby Vision brings to Hollywood content.”
Each Vizio SmartCast P-Series Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display includes a 6” Android Tablet Remote with a convenient wireless charging dock, putting consumers in control of their entertainment. The tablet remote comes pre-installed with the Vizio SmartCast app and features Full HD 1080p resolution, Android Lollipop OS, a V8 octa-core processor, integrated stereo speakers and 16GB of storage, making it a great standalone tablet as well. Consumers can enjoy games and other apps, available for download from the Google Play store, on the device.
With Google Cast built in to every Vizio SmartCast device, consumers can access thousands of mobile apps. By tapping the Cast button, consumers can watch content transition from their mobile screen to any Vizio SmartCast or Cast-enabled device on their home WiFi network. And with casting over WiFi, users can still multi-task on the P-Series included tablet remote or their own mobile device without interrupting what is casting on the display.