VIZIO Unveils Next Era of Smart TV With Canadian Launch of the 2018 SmartCast™ OS

Free Cloud-Based Updates Add New Features, Making VIZIO SmartCast OS Ideal for All Users with Intuitive Interface, Smart Home Voice-Control Support and More

VIZIO Smart TV Canada

VIZIO, Inc. announced today its 2018 SmartCast OS will be rolling out to the Canadian market, providing everyday users, cord-cutters and smart home enthusiasts with an unparalleled smart TV experience. SmartCast OS brings popular apps to the TV screen for easy access, serves as the ideal smart home companion with voice support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and grants access to thousands of Google Chromecast-enabled apps. The 2018 SmartCast OS is available on all 2018 VIZIO smart TVs and will continue to roll out via free cloud-based updates to all 2016 and 2017 VIZIO SmartCast 4K Ultra HD models.

“The 2018 SmartCast OS truly enables smart TV for all. Whether you seek simplicity, are looking for value and endless content options or are in search of a smart home entertainment centerpiece, SmartCast is the answer,” said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. “The versatility of SmartCast is complemented by our ability to push out free, cloud-based updates to users at any time. So regardless of when a user purchased their SmartCast product, they will be able to enjoy the latest apps, features and enhancements without having to wait on downloads.” 

The 2018 SmartCast OS is a versatile smart TV solution that delivers the latest in 4K Ultra HD and HDR entertainment. SmartCast accommodates a range of users, from those simply seeking easy-to-use smart TV features, to cord-cutters and even smart home enthusiasts. SmartCast Home brings popular, must-have apps like Netflix, Prime Video and YouTube. Content recommendations also appear on SmartCast Home, which features easy-to-browse free and trending content suggestions that are instantly accessible with the included remote. Users with models from the all-new 2018 VIZIO smart TV collection will also appreciate a built-in tuner which allows them to access free local broadcast TV via an over-the-air antenna2.

Offering voice-control support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, SmartCast also serves as the perfect smart home companion. This compatibility allows users to control their TVs without lifting a finger. By utilizing spoken commands, users can turn their TVs on and off, change channels or adjust volume – and for Google Assistant users, even stream content to the TV.

Additionally, with Google Chromecast built-in, users have access to thousands of Chromecast-enabled apps. The free SmartCast Mobile app allows users to turn their smartphones into a touchscreen remote that allows them to browse and control a range of free, subscription and paid content from Chromecast-enabled apps.

For more information on VIZIO SmartCast visit VIZIO.ca.

1 The third party applications and content described herein may only be available in certain countries and languages, may require additional fees or subscription charges, and may be subject to future updates, modifications, interruption and/or discontinuation of service without notice, and VIZIO has no control over such content. 

About VIZIO

VIZIO's mission is to deliver the ultimate entertainment experience through our community of connected consumers, advertisers, and media content providers. Through our connected entertainment platform, VIZIO is transforming the way consumers discover and experience media content. Since our founding in California in 2002, VIZIO has built an industry-leading brand and sold over 75 million products, including televisions, sound bars and other devices. VIZIO is a leading HDTV brand in America1 and is the #1 sound bar brand in America2. VIZIO product leadership is highlighted by a number of industry reviews and awards, making the 2017 collection the most awarded in company history. The 2017 VIZIO SmartCast E, M and P-Series Displays all received Reviewed.com’s Editor's Choice awards3 and were listed as the site's "Best of the Year." The 2017 VIZIO M-Series SmartCast Display received CNET's Editor's Choice with an 8.6 rating4. The M-Series also received the Editor's Choice from PCmag5. VIZIO's SB3851 was rated "The Best Budget Soundbar" by The Wirecutter6, a New York Times company, and VIZIO's SB3621n-E8 sound bar received a 9.1 score and an Editor's Choice from CNET7. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit www.VIZIO.com.

© 2018 VIZIO, Inc. VIZIO, the V Logo, VIZIO SmartCast and other terms and phrases are trademarks or registered trademarks of VIZIO, Inc. All other trademarks and logos are property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

1 The NPD Group, Inc./Weekly Retail Tracking Service, based on TV units sold in the U.S. from Jan 5, 2014 – Nov 11, 2017
2  The NPD Group, Inc./Weekly Retail Tracking Service, based on the total aggregate of sound bar units sold in the U.S. from Jan 5, 2014 – Nov 11, 2017
3 Visit reviewed.com for full reviews for the VIZIO SmartCast P-Series (published: 11/3/2017), VIZIO SmartCast M-Series (published: 10/2/2017) and VIZIO SmartCast E-Series (published: 5/5/2017)
4 Visit CNET.com for the full review, published 11/7/2017
5 Visit pcmag.com for the full VIZIO M65-E0 review, published 9/12/17
6 Visit thewirecutter.com for the full article, published 6/22/17
7 Visit CNET.com  for the full VIZIO SB3621 review, published 8/21/17

Press Contacts for VIZIO:

Katie Kotarak
The Brand AMP
T: 949-438-1078
E: katie@thebrandamp.com

Jim Noyd
​Noyd Communications Inc.
T: 310-951-3768
E: jim.noyd@noydcom.com

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Source: VIZIO, Inc.


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Tags: Alexa, Google Home, Home, Mobile, Smart Home Voice-Control, VIZIO SmartCast TV


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