Vizio adds IPTV connectivity to its HDTV line
Continuing the path towards integrating the Internet with televisions, Vizio announced Connected HDTV, a technological platform that, according to him, is being integrated into its display since 2009.
The technology, equipped with integrated wired and wireless connections, uses a personalized remote control that will allow users to access Internet content without interrupting the TV program they are viewing.
The company did not say how this would result in an increase in the cost of one of its television
Vizio is also a partner of a wide variety of technology and content providers. From a technological standpoint, the company said the feature includes the Yahoo Widget engine, which supports a class of Internet services called “TV Widgets” such as weather, news, finance and sports. The platform also includes support for Adobe Flash Lite, which will help developers deliver applications, content and video to the Web on television.
Content partners include Access Broadband for games; Amazon Video on Demand; Blockbuster OnDemand; Flickr for sharing photos and videos; Netflix; and Pandora and Rhapsody for music.
Vizio’s offer helps solve two problems that have persecuted Internet-based TV content providers, said Nathan Safran, an analyst at Forrester Research. “First of all, you’re not spreading money for a set-top box,” he said. Secondly, the large number of providers offers users much more content than offers from individual suppliers, he said.
What remains to be seen is whether it will be evaluated out of reach of the average consumer, Safran said. “What I suspect will happen is that it will have a higher price than a standard TV, and over time will start to close”.
The main distinction that Paul Gagnon, director of market research for North America TV at DisplaySearch, saw between the offer of Vizio and that of many other TV producers on the show was the custom remote – and whether it was a good thing or not, he was not sure. “I did not play it.”
The company also announced seven new HDTV models, ranging from 32 to 55 inches, and using SRS Labs audio technology.