In addition, VIZIO announced new partners who are collaborating to bring their content and services to the V.I.A. Platform, including iHeart Radio, The Wall Street Journal and M-GO video-on-demand.
On V.I.A. Plus enabled HDTVs, Blu-ray players and Media Players, users can multitask between apps and traditional TV content through an interface designed for the 10-foot viewing experience.
Navigating V.I.A. Plus is simple using the QWERTY keypad and integrated touchpad that's built into the Bluetooth remote control included with every V.I.A. Plus product.
The VBR430 3D Blu-ray player (passive 3D) offers the entertainment power of V.I.A. Plus with Google TV and comes with a touchpad universal remote with QWERTY keypad that makes it easy to control apps, content and other functions. The player can run Android apps and includes a full-featured Chrome web browser with flash capability. As part of the VIZIO Internet Apps Plus ecosystem, the VBR430 also lets users access video, audio and photos stored on any DLNA-compatible computer, network-connected hard drive or cell phone connected to a home network. Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth are also provided.
The VIZIO VAP430 Stream Player turns any HDTV into an enhanced VIZIO Internet Apps Plus (V.I.A. Plus) smart TV that incorporates the latest Google TV.
With the VAP430 connected to an HDTV over an HDMI cable, users can quickly access content and services from their favorite apps and websites using the included Bluetooth universal remote control with integrated touchpad. In addition to movies, TV shows and music on demand, the VAP430 lets users search the web for even more entertainment options using the Flash-capable Chrome browser.
Users can also check out new apps from the Android Market, or access personal media like videos, photos and music that are stored on devices connected to the same home network as the stream player.
Installing the VAP430 and connecting it to the Internet is fast and simple to do with the built-in setup experience and 802.11n WiFi connection.
The VAP430 also has an HDMI pass-through that lets the user connect a cable or satellite box to the stream player and pass the signal over to the TV. The smart TV interface overlays the live TV signal so multitaskers can search for the next thing to watch without completely stepping away from what they're currently watching.
Bluetooth capability also makes it simple to enjoy content from smart phones through the connected TV wirelessly. And with the USB input, connecting any USB drive directly to the VAP430 takes only seconds.
VAP430 is the first V.I.A. Plus device to launch this year, followed by the VBR430 3D Blu-ray player.
Preorders for the VAP430 will begin this spring 2012.
VIZIO 2012 Lineup of 3D Smart HDTVs
VIZIO's new lineup of HDTVs are featuring Theater 3D technology and VIZIO Internet Apps. The models are ranging in screen size from 32 to 71 inches across VIZIO's E-, M-, and XVT- Series. The new E-Series lineup includes the 32-inch E3D320VX, the 42-inch E3D420VX and the 47-inch E3D470VX. M-Series models include the 47-inch M3D470KD, the 55-inch M3D550KD and the 65-inch M3D650SV. For those seeking premium performance and features, the R-Series offers the 42-inch R3D420VS, 47-inch R3D470VS, 55-inch R3D550VS and 65-inch R3D650VS.
In addition, VIZIO is introducing XVT Series CinemaWide HDTVs with a 21:9 aspect ratio. These models include the 50-inch XVT3D500CM, the 58-inch XVT3D580CM and the 71-inch XVT3D710CM.
The new technology of VIZIO Theater 3D promises to deliver clear, flicker-free 3D that's up to two times brighter than current active shutter LCD TVs, with significantly less crosstalk, a wider horizontal viewing angle, and much less blurring with fast motion. Theater 3D eyewear produces less eyestrain and headaches than active glasses, and is battery-free. Up to four pairs of Theater 3D glasses are included with each TV set.
Each model being introduced also features VIZIO Internet Apps (V.I.A.).
Also the Yahoo! Connected TV store makes its debut today on V.I.A. enabled HDTVs. Yahoo Connected TV Store provides consumers easy access to more than 180 free and paid TV apps from brands including Amazon, CBS, Showtime, Pandora, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, AT&T, iHeart Radio, Fandag, and QVC.