Vizio has added the Amazon Video to its SmartCast TV platform, allowing owners of compatible Vizio TVs to access the video purchase, rental, and streaming service directly via the tap of the remote.
Vizio SmartCast already offers access to popular apps, including Crackle and Netflix in Canada, along with others like Hulu and Vudu in the U.S. SmartCast TV is rolling out now to all 2017 Vizio SmartCast P-Series and M-Series Ultra HD Displays. The update will begin rolling out to additional series such as 2017 Vizio SmartCast E-Series Ultra HD Displays later this summer.
Through Amazon Video, consumers can buy or rent thousands of movies, including popular licensed content. You can also join Prime Video for unlimited access to thousands of titles, including Amazon original series and movies like Transparent, The Grand Tour, and Manchester by the Sea. New Prime customers interested in trying out Prime Video are eligible for a free 30-day trial. Because the app is accessible directly from the Vizio display, Amazon Prime members can now easily access movies and TV episodes without the need for a separate streaming device.
"With the recent launch of SmartCast TV, one of the things we're most excited about is providing consumers with added entertainment options," says Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, Vizio. "Amazon Video brings an array of content options to the screen, all accessible on the traditional remote via the Amazon Video button. We're glad to continue to bring in-demand content and solutions to our customers."
With SmartCast TV, customers can browse new shows and music, and launch content directly from their displays with the touch of a button on the new 2017 remote. Featuring the V-button, the new 2017 remote provides one-button access to the Vizio SmartCast TV user interface, along with shortcut keys to top apps, including Amazon Video. For a limited time and while supplies last, owners of eligible Vizio models can receive the new Vizio SmartCast remote either free or for a nominal fee by visiting vizio.com/remote (some conditions apply).
SmartCast TV is rolling out in Canada as well, and Amazon Video, including Prime Video, which launched in Canada late last year, will be accessible through the platform north of the border as well.