It’s not secret that Vizio has become the 500 pound gorilla in the room. They went from being perceived as the Costco ‘cheapo brand’ to the best selling flat panel TV manufacturer in the last few years. And now they’re stepping up their game by integrating a number of Internet Apps into their soon to be released high performance XVT HDTV range. The WiFi enabled sets will be able to stream content from Amazon Video On Demand, Blockbuster On Demand, Showtime, Vudu, Netflix, Pandora and Rhapsody and access web content on sites such as eBay, Facebook, RadioTime, Revision3, Rallypoint Sports and Twitter. The sets will also support Adobe Flash and Yahoo’s Widget engine to access additional Internet related apps and more robust content.
Available in sizes ranging from 32 to 55-inches, the 2009 Vizio XVT TV line up will also include a robust Bluetooth remote control with a full slide out QWERTY keyboard that should make navigating the the wide array of Internet apps a breeze. Vizio has also managed to squeeze in 120hz and 240hz refresh technology as well as TruLED and Smart Dimming features (select models) to produce an even better picture.
Expect select sets to arrive this July with others rolling out in September, October and November. Pricing starts at $749 but check the press release after the ‘leap’ for the full price and release break down.
– Flagship Extreme VIZIO Technology, “XVT Series” advances television’s state of the art with NEW TruLED(TM) with Smart Dimming(TM) and 240Hz SPS(TM) (Scenes per Second) in 42″, 47″ and 55″ sizes
– Select Models of VIZIO XVT Series also include VIZIO Internet Apps “VIA”(TM) feature with Wireless Internet enabled content (42″, 47″ and 55″ sizes)
– Slim Line(TM) FULL HD 1080P 120Hz LCD HDTVs to come in 32″ and 37″ sizes
– All models are energy efficient, meeting and exceeding Energy Star 3.0 requirements
IRVINE, Calif., June 23 /PRNewswire/ — VIZIO, America’s #1 HDTV and Fastest Growing Consumer Electronics Company, has unveiled details for its Fall 2009 Extreme VIZIO Technology, (XVT) series lineup, with 8 new models ranging in sizes from 32″ to 55″. The comprehensive range includes cutting-edge technologies like 240Hz scenes per second, TruLED(TM) with Smart Dimming(TM) backlight technology, VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA(TM)) feature and high-style Slim Line(TM) profile 120Hz LCD HDTVs. All of VIZIO’s 2009 televisions are energy efficient, with each earning and exceeding Energy Star 3.0 qualifications by as much as 20%. Products are scheduled to ship throughout summer and into Fall 2009, with several already in-store or due to hit shelves soon.
“Our 2009 line of Extreme VIZIO Technology, (XVT) series truly advances performance, function and form for our customers with unequalled value,” says Laynie Newsome, VIZIO Co-Founder and VP Sales and Marketing Communications. “Extremely fast 240Hz SPS(TM) Technology coupled with TruLED(TM) and Smart Dimming(TM) provide first in class picture quality, our VIA(TM) Connected HDTV feature enables ‘easy-chair’ access of internet content and our new 120Hz Slim Line(TM) HDTVs are perfect in the most popular sizes to enjoy their design and appreciate their style. This power packed line up of VIZIO XVT series televisions incorporates the latest technology for consumers at excellent values.”
Superior Performance Meets Stylish New Designs
This year’s Extreme VIZIO Technology (XVT) series again advances VIZIO performance with a Full HD 1080p lineup featuring 240Hz SPS(TM) (Scenes Per Second) models using Smooth Motion(TM) technology in sizes 42″, 47″, 55″ LCD with two models incorporating both TruLED(TM) and Smart Dimming(TM) backlight technology. VIZIO is also releasing new models of 32″ and 37″ 120Hz Slim Line(TM) stylish designs. In all models, VIZIO has integrated USB video inputs that are enhanced and offer high quality 1080p video playback, along with Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio(TM) of up to 2,000,000:1 that makes for incredible black levels and almost three-dimensional imagery. All XVT series televisions include an advanced user interface control with picture in picture and picture on picture functionality as well as universal learning remote controls.
Superior TV audio is provided by SRS Labs’ TruSurround(TM) HD which enhances clarity and produces surround sound without external speakers, and TruVolume(TM) which eliminates annoying volume fluctuations when switching channels or during commercial breaks.
New “XVT” Series Models and Features HD/
Model Description VIA HDMI SRS In- MSRP
SV320XVT – 32″ 1080p 120Hz
Thin Line Full HD LCD HDTV 3 Yes/Yes September $749.99
SV370XVT – 37″ 1080p 120Hz
Thin Line Full HD LCD HDTV 3 Yes/Yes September $849.99
SV421XVT 42″ 1080p 240Hz SPS
Full HD LCD HDTV 4 Yes/Yes July $1,199.99
SV422XVT 42″ 1080p 240Hz SPS
Full HD LCD HDTV Yes 4 Yes/Yes November $1,199.99
SV471XVT 47″ 1080p 240Hz SPS
Full HD LCD HDTV 4 Yes/Yes July $1,499.99
SV472XVT 47″ 1080p 240Hz SPS
Backlight TruLED Yes 4 Yes/Yes October $1,699.99
VF550XVT 55″ 1080p 120Hz
Full HD LCD HDTV 5 Yes/Yes Now $1,999.99
VF551XVT 55″ 1080p 240Hz SPS
Backlight TruLED 5 Yes/Yes September $2,199.99
VF552XVT 55″ 1080p 240Hz SPS
Backlight TruLED Yes 5 Yes/Yes December $2,199.99
VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA(TM)) — Connecting to the Future of Television
Delivering unprecedented choice and control of web-based content directly to the television with just one button push and without the need of a PC or set-top box, VIZIO’s VIA(TM) Connected HDTV feature offers viewers the most convenient access to the widest range of top Internet content and services – all while simultaneously watching traditional TV broadcast or recorded video, for truly the ultimate experience in couch surfing.
The VIA(TM) Connected HDTV feature includes built-in wireless (802.11n dual-band) and wired networking, a customized Bluetooth universal remote control with sliding QWERTY keyboard for easy thumb-typing, and interactive setup video to guide users step-by-step to easily connect their VIZIO TV and customize the remote to control their other attached CE source devices.
VIZIO’s VIA(TM) Connected HDTV feature incorporates multiple technologies and software services to enable a unique experience that hides all of the complexity from viewers. One such technology is the Yahoo! Widget Engine, which provides an open platform that allows a new class of Internet services, called TV Widgets, to thrive in the TV environment. VIZIO’s platform also includes support for the Adobe(R) Flash(R) Platform for the Digital Home, an optimized implementation of Flash technology that enables developers and content providers to deliver HD video, rich applications and other Web content to Internet-connected televisions, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players and other devices in the digital home.
Previously announced content and service providers who are building VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA(TM)) in 2009 include: Accedo Broadband(R), Amazon Video On Demand(R), Blockbuster On Demand(R), Flickr(R), Netflix(R), Pandora(R) and Rhapsody(R). With today’s announced agreements with eBay(R), Facebook(R), RadioTime(R), Revision3(R), Rallypoint Sports(R), Showtime(R), Twitter(R) and Vudu(R) VIZIO’s Internet Apps content is by far the category’s most comprehensive and compelling.
VIZIO, Inc., “Where Vision Meets Value,” headquartered in Irvine, California, is America’s HDTV Company and Consumer Electronics Company. In 2007, VIZIO skyrocketed to the top by becoming the #1 selling brand of flat panel HDTVs in North America and became the first American brand in over a decade to lead major categories in U.S. TV sales. Since 2007 VIZIO HDTV shipments remain in the TOP ranks in the U.S. and are again #1 in Q1, 2009 with over 20% market share. VIZIO is committed to bringing feature-rich flat panel televisions to market at a value through practical innovation. VIZIO offers a broad range of award winning Plasma and LCD HDTVs including the new XVT series. VIZIO’s products are found at Costco Wholesale, Sam’s Club, Sears, Walmart, Target, BJ’s Wholesale, and other retailers nationwide along with authorized online partners. VIZIO has won numerous awards including a #1 ranking in the Inc. 500 for Top Companies in Computers and Electronics, Good Housekeeping’s Best Big-Screens, CNET’s Top 10 Holiday Gifts and PC World’s Best Buy among others. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit on the web at www.VIZIO.com.
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