Sidestepping set top solutions, VIZIO is forging ahead with the convergence of HDTV displays with the utilities and options normally limited to PCs or HTPC setups with their new VIZIO's "XVT" Series, which offers users the ability to get access internet services which include: Accedo Broadband, Amazon Video On Demand, Blockbuster On Demand, Flickr, Netflix, Pandora and Rhapsody, alongside recently announced agreements with eBay, Facebook, RadioTime, Revision3, Rallypoint Sports, Showtime, Twitter and Vudu. And check out the QWERTY slide smart-phone style remote designed to work with these integrated features...
The VIA Connected HDTV series also connects online with built-in wireless (802.11n dual-band) or wired networking, with the customized Bluetooth universal remote control with sliding QWERTY keyboard which gives the user a much easier way to navigate the myriad of online services the "XVT" Series offers. The HDTV sets range from 32" all the way up to 55", and offer 1080p 120Hz or 240Hz scenes per second performance. Two models sport TLED and Smart Dimming backlight technology, while all sets include integrated USB video inputs, which makes media playback from external storage a breeze. And the XVT series even has built-in Adobe Flash support, making this a near HTPC device without HTPC.
We're actually quite excited to see a TV manufacturer integrate online features into the living room, making this an excellent gateway device for the family to share online services like Flickr or Facebook (we could see parents liking being able to monitor their kid's social media going-on's on a large living room set) and removing the need for a separate set top device to access these sort of services we've become accustomed to using with our Apple TV. And we certainly hope to see more remote controls with integrated keyboards for online interaction (hear that, Apple and Apple TV?!).
Full details about the VIZIO XVT HDTV line up here.