New York, 26 April 2017
VIZIO, Inc. showcased today its all-new 2017 VIZIO SmartCast P-Series Ultra HD HDR XLED Pro Display collection in New York city and I was honoured to be invited to witness and comment on the performance of the P-Series. Powered by XLED Pro, VIZIO’s most powerful full-array local dimming backlight technology, and XHDR Pro™ with Dolby Vision™ and HDR10 content support, the 2017 P-Series pushes the boundaries of high dynamic range. The range of contrast within the lineup has been dramatically expanded to provide more detail, depth and color than ever before1. Excellent picture performance is complimented by an intuitive smart TV experience designed with consumers in mind. Coming this summer, SmartCast TV will enable users to browse featured content and a curated list of apps directly on the big screen with the included remote. For those who prefer to control their entertainment via a mobile device, SmartCast Mobile is an app available for download for iOS and Android™ that seamlessly transforms mobile devices into powerful touchscreen remotes. Chromecast built-in further enhances the experience, allowing consumers to stream thousands of apps they know and love straight to their display2. The all-new VIZIO SmartCast P-Series Ultra HD HDR XLED Pro Display lineup starts at $1,299.99 for the 55” class size and is available now at VIZIO.com.
The 2017 P-Series Ultra HD HDR XLED Pro collection looks to build on the success of the 2016 lineup which received an Editors’ Choice rating from Reviewed.com3 and was listed as one of the “Best TVs of 2016” by CNET4. Consumers interested in a 2017 P-Series will appreciate lifelike detail and clarity that redefines the viewing experience in large part thanks to HDR performance with Dolby Vision and HDR10 content support. With enriched brightness, XHDR Pro full-array local dimming technology delivers some of the industry’s best full-white brightness performance which dramatically expands the contrast range to reveal new detail with enhanced shadows and highlights. Viewers will notice the impact of Ultra Color Spectrum®, which offers over one billion colors to produce richer, more accurate color detail. For viewers who appreciate rich, inky blacks, the Xtreme Black Engine Pro™ enables precise backlight control utilizing up to 128 local dimming zones to adapt brightness to the on-screen image and achieve extremely deep black levels. Additionally, Clear Action™ 960 technology and an ultra-fast 240Hz effective refresh rate achieved with backlight scanning ensures action-packed scenes are smooth, stable and realistic.
“VIZIO’s picture quality expertise comes to life in the living room with P-Series,“ said Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. “We’ve taken our most powerful full-array local dimming backlight – XLED Pro – and combined it with other premium technologies to push the boundaries of High Dynamic Range to dramatically enhance the viewing experience with added detail, color and contrast. For those searching for excellent picture performance complimented by a robust smart TV experience, P-Series is the collection to consider.”
As a member of the VIZIO SmartCast collection, every P-Series offers an intuitive smart TV experience. Available this summer as an over-the-air update to 2016 SmartCast Ultra HD displays and all 2017 SmartCast models, VIZIO is bringing the SmartCast mobile experience to the big screen by making apps accessible directly from the display. An intuitive SmartCast TV home screen greets users with content recommendations and favorite apps like Crackle, Hulu, iHeartRadio, Vudu and XUMO. Users can easily browse content with their remote before launching TV shows, movies and more, directly from their display with the touch of a button. A revamped out-of-box experience and easy first-time setup helps consumers get their displays up and running without a hitch. SmartCast Mobile offers yet another way for consumers to access their favorite entertainment. By simply downloading the SmartCast Mobile iOS or Android app, users can turn their mobile devices into the ultimate touchscreen remote where they can search, browse and stream content and control display settings from any room in the house. Popular networks from Turner, including TNT, TBS and Cartoon Network, along with favorite apps like Fandango NOW, Hulu, iHeartRadio, Pluto TV, Vudu, XUMO and more have been integrated into VIZIO SmartCast Mobile allowing viewers to easily search and stream shows from their mobile devices to the big screen.
All VIZIO SmartCast displays feature Chromecast built-in which allows viewers to browse thousands of Chromecast-enabled apps – including 4K and HDR content from apps like Netflix and Vudu – on their mobile devices. By simply tapping the Cast button in Chromecast-enabled apps, or using voice to control their display with the Google Assistant on devices like Google Home, consumers can stream their favorite shows and movies right to the big screen. The Quick Start Mode allows VIZIO users to turn on their displays automatically with a tap of the Cast button. By simply launching a Chromecast-enabled app, users can tap the Cast button and their display will turn on automatically and start streaming the selected entertainment. VIZIO P- and M-Series displays are also compatible with Chromecast Ultra.
For more information on the all-new 2017 VIZIO SmartCast P-Series Ultra HD HDR XLED Pro Display collection visit VIZIO.com/p-series.
VIZIO SmartCast™ P-Series™ 55” Ultra HD HDR XLED Pro™ Display™ (P55-E1) MSRP US$1,299.99
VIZIO SmartCast™ P-Series™ 65” Ultra HD HDR XLED Pro™ Display™ (P65-E1) MSRP US$1,999.99
VIZIO SmartCast™ P-Series™ 75” Ultra HD HDR XLED Pro™ Display™ (P75-E1) MSRP US$3,499.99
Thank you Jim Noyd and Mike Wood for inviting me to this eye-opening experience!