VIZIO SmartCast App to Integrate Google Play Movies & TV Content Catalog
VIZIO, Inc. announced today updates to its VIZIO SmartCast experience. Enhancements allow for expanded capabilities within the VIZIO SmartCast app, additional content offerings and more. The VIZIO SmartCast app allows users to control their VIZIO SmartCast devices from any room in the home and stream content from their mobile devices straight to the big screen. VIZIO SmartCast devices also feature Chromecast built-in, which lets users tap the cast button in popular Chromecast-enabled apps such as Netflix, VUDU, Hulu, Google Play Movies & TV, YouTube, HBO NOW and more to stream their favorite content to VIZIO SmartCast devices.
The newly enhanced VIZIO SmartCast app provides users a faster all-around content aggregation experience. From quicker load time for movies, TV shows, videos, music and more, to faster population of search results, enhanced VIZIO SmartCast app performance makes finding content easier than ever. Instead of jumping between apps, the VIZIO SmartCast app 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. This quicker response time is further enhanced by additional content offerings added to the app. Coming soon, Google Play Movies & TV will be fully integrated into the VIZIO SmartCast app, allowing users to easily browse Google Play’s content catalog along with other integrated content catalogs all at the same time, for a seamless and faster search and discovery experience.
On-screen navigation has been improved via the recent firmware updates to VIZIO SmartCast displays, which now allow users to adjust settings, navigate apps and access menus and playback controls. The latest updates to the VIZIO SmartCast app include an Android widget, which allows for easy accessibility of quick control features like power, play, pause and volume control even when the user’s VIZIO SmartCast tablet remote, or Android mobile device, is locked. On top of that, the control features themselves now boast an even faster response time, allowing for quicker device discovery and input switching. The newly added Quick Start mode enables consumers to turn on their SmartCast displays automatically over WiFi when a Cast session is initiated, without having to separately turn on the display. Once a user taps the Cast button from any Cast-enabled app, including favorites like Netflix, VUDU and Hulu, the VIZIO display will turn on, allowing consumers to stream their favorite content to the big screen.