VIA: Vizio Internet Apps
If you happened to watch the Super Bowl and paid attention to the commercials, there were some really good ones. Bud light had a few, Doritos had a couple, but there also might have been a few that didn’t make much sense to you. One of those could have been the Vizio add for their newly refreshed Vizio Internet Apps offering.
The commercial featured a robot arm throwing Beyonce and a bunch of other random stuff into a pit. Somehow all these things, among which were Internet staples such as Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook, became the VIA (Vizio Internet Apps) product. Apparently Vizio has added some of their own widgets to the standard Yahoo! TV Widgets.
We’re on record as saying that 3D won’t move the needle this year, could widgets be a better option for manufacturers?
By far the best app available on the TV is Vudu. If you plan to use the Vudu service, the $300 is pretty good, considering the Vudu box itself costs $199. So in this case you pay an extra $100 for all the other apps and a pretty cool remote. The convenience of having everything in one unit is probably worth it.
If you don’t want Vudu, you can get movies from Netflix and Amazon, saving you $100 for a Roku box. The rest of the apps are either very specific to a select audience: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or probably seldom used: eBay, YouTube, Flickr. So the premium may be worth it for some (we both Tweeted during the Super Bowl), but maybe not to others.
But “having everything in one unit” is a little misleading. You’ll still need a receiver for surround sound, a set top box for regular TV viewing, and probably a Blu-ray player because although HDX is really good, you just can’t beat Blu-ray right now. If that’s true, and you can get Netflix and Vudu in your Blu-ray player for less than a $300 premium, perhaps VIA is overpriced.
That said, we’re still really excited to try them out for ourselves. We can’t wait to get our hands on one of these Vizio units to see how it all comes together.
Posted by The HT Guys, February 11, 2010 9:53 PM
About The HT GuysThe HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.
Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.
ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.
Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.