VIZIO has revealed its CinemaWide HDTVs with Theater 3D and VIZIO Internet Apps (V.I.A.).
The CinemaWide HDTV features a 21:9 aspect ratio.
With an ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio, CinemaWide HDTVs allow cinema enthusiasts to enjoy films as they were created for the movie theater, in the CinemaScope 2.35:1 aspect ratio without the black bars as seen on conventional HDTVs.
In addition, CinemaWide HDTVs feature V.I.A. functionality with the ability to allow users to view apps side-by-side with full-size and full HD resolution 16:9 programming.
Three CinemaWide sets are being introduced - the 50-inch XVT3D500CM, the 58-inch XVT3D580CM and the 71-inch XVT3D710CM. Each of these products will be on display at VIZIO's private showcase at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show, January 10 - 13, 2012.
"One of our most exciting introductions this year is our new CinemaWide HDTVs, which are a dream come true for movie lovers seeking that truly immersive theater experience which is only possible on a 21:9 aspect ratio display," said John Schindler, VIZIO VP of product management. "Our perception is that consumers will immediately embrace the CinemaWide concept as soon as they experience it for themselves, not only because it enhances their enjoyment of films and games, but because it also enables them to simultaneously enjoy VIZIO Internet Apps without compromise to 16:9 content."
Big-budget Hollywood blockbusters and the majority of new productions are filmed in the much wider 2.35:1 or 2.39:1 aspect ratios, while today's HDTVs have a standard aspect ratio of 16:9.
With CinemaWide HDTVs, users can enjoy interactive TV through an enhanced smart TV experience using the V.I.A. platform. CinemaWide HDTV ensures a seamless V.I.A. experience when watching TV by displaying apps side-by-side next to a 16:9 full HD image, allowing users to simultaneously browse and use V.I.A. on the left side of the screen without missing anything from their 16:9 programming on the right.
At the touch of a button, the V.I.A. ecosystem provides an ever-expanding range of apps, over 75,000 movies and TV shows and more, from the best online services and content providers, including: Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Facebook, Flickr, Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, VUDU, Yahoo! TV Widgets and Fandango.
Also the Yahoo! Connected TV store makes its debut on V.I.A. enabled HDTVs. Yahoo! Connected TV Store provides consumers easy access to more than 180 free and paid TV apps from leading brands including Amazon, CBS, Showtime, Pandora, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, AT&T, iHeart-Radio, Fandago, and QVC. TV apps provide content designed to complement TV viewing and include news, entertainment, finance, sports, games, social networking, music, photo sharing, shopping, and more. For more information on the Yahoo! Connected TV Store, visit connectedtv.yahoo.com.
Navigating the V.I.A. platform is simple and comfortably accessible from anywhere in the room, thanks to the premium Bluetooth universal remote control with its integrated QWERTY keypad. Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi and one of the industry's easiest setup experiences make it quick to connect to the Internet over a wireless connection.
All CinemaWide HDTVs can also display 3D content delivered from a 3D-capable source, such as a 3D Blu-ray player, set-top box, or gaming console. Featuring VIZIO's Theater 3D technology, these TVs render a flicker-free 3D picture that's up to two times brighter than conventional active shutter LCD TVs, with significantly less crosstalk, a wider horizontal viewing angle, and smoother fast motion scenes, according to the company.
The accompanying Theater 3D eyewear is battery-free, lightweight and comfortable. Up to four pairs of Theater 3D glasses are provided with each set, and are also available in a rapidly growing range of styles and colors from brand name designers. They can even be used in most 3D movie theaters.
The 50-inch XVT3D500CM and 58-inch XVT3D580CM feature VIZIO's Edge Lit Razor LED backlight LCD with Smart Dimming technology. VIZIO's Smart Dimming intelligently controls each set's array of LEDs, which is organized in zones. Working frame by frame, based on the content being displayed, Smart Dimming adjusts brightness in precise steps down to pure black (where the LED is completely off). This technology minimizes light leakage and enables a Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 1,000,000 to 1. Both sets have a 120Hz refresh rate for smooth images, even with fast moving sports action.
The 71-inch XVT3D710CM uses VIZIO's Full Array TruLED backlighting with Smart Dimming technology. Using over 120 zones across the entire display, TruLED backlighting is able to control specific areas of the image to a much finer degree than edge-lit sets, resulting in even deeper blacks and higher contrast, a 20,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, and a 240Hz SPS (Scenes per Second) refresh rate.