Free Cloud-Based Update Adds CBS All Access App, Movie Details and Sorting
VIZIO announced today an over-the-air software update to its smart TV experience, called SmartCast Home. The expanded functionalities allow users to access more entertainment through new apps like CBS All Access and personalize their SmartCast Home experience via the all-new App Sorting feature. Users can sort and reposition their favorite apps to enable quicker access to those most commonly used.
Thanks to the latest update, VIZIO SmartCast Home users can now reposition their favorite and most frequented apps on the home screen. This personalization feature not only provides easier, more convenient access to preferred apps, but also enables a more streamlined home screen interface that complements users’ viewing and content preferences. To change the order of apps within the App Row at the bottom of the SmartCast Home screen, users can simply scroll to the end of the App Row and select the “Sort App Row” icon. From there, they will be prompted with on-screen cues that guide them through the process of highlighting and selecting various apps to customize their position.
Also new to VIZIO SmartCast Home is the CBS All Access app. As one of the latest additions to the robust SmartCast app lineup, CBS All Access makes it easier than ever for subscribers to access fan favorites like NCIS, The Young and the Restless, and Madam Secretary, exclusive CBS All Access original series like Star Trek: Discovery and The Good Fight, or stream local live broadcasts. Other popular apps such as YouTube TV – which allows SmartCast users to watch and record live TV from more than 60 networks – Baeble and Toon Goggles among others, have also been added to the SmartCast lineup. With the latest updates, the VIZIO WatchFree free streaming service is now also included in the App Row with other popular apps on SmartCast Home, allowing users to gain easy access1.
SmartCast also now offers dedicated TV and Movie Detail pages highlighting the selected title’s trailer and synopsis, along with cast and director credits, running time, parental ratings, critic insights and more. The TV and Movie Detail pages will also soon allow users to browse seasons and episodes across multiple apps such as FandangoNOW and Hulu, and then view on their app of choice.
“With versatility, simplicity and value in mind, VIZIO SmartCast is an ever-evolving entertainment solution. Everyday users, cord-cutters and smart home enthusiasts alike are able to continuously receive new features, the latest apps, and other beneficial enhancements that help ensure they are getting the most out of their viewing experience,” said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO.
Price and Availability
The latest iteration of SmartCast Home debuts today (October 30, 2018) and is rolling out via free cloud-based updates to VIZIO SmartCast 4K Ultra HD TVs and displays, as well as select HD and Full HD models.