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VIZIO today announced that the Apple TV app is now available on its 2016 and newer SmartCast TVs in the United States and Canada.

The Apple TV app allows users to stream TV shows and movies from Apple TV+, à-la-carte Apple TV Channels, and their iTunes libraries, as well as buy or rent more than 100,000 shows and movies from the iTunes Store.

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From today until October 16, eligible VIZIO SmartCast TV owners in the United States can sign up for Apple TV+ and receive three months free.

The Apple TV app is already available on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, Apple TV, select Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, and select Samsung and LG smart TVs. Sony also plans to roll out the Apple TV app later this year, according to Apple.

VIZIO rolled out HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support to its 2016 and newer SmartCast TVs last year.

Article Link: Apple TV App Now Available on VIZIO SmartCast TVs in U.S. and Canada With Free Three-Month Apple TV+ Offer
 

mnsportsgeek

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Is this gonna fix the disaster that was the most recent Vizio firmware update or was this pushed without a firmware update?

edit: Not seeing the 3 month trial offer available on my P55-F1. Anyone have success?
 
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jlocker

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I had the original 27in Visio 1080p TV in my bedroom that ran not stop for 12 years. The thing was still working but I replaced it with a 43in 4K display last month. The thing would not die :)
 

omenatarhuri

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I was initially impressed with the Vizio OS, but have since moved to mostly always Airplaying from iPhone. TV operating system just feels so sluggish. This is the M Quantum something from last year.
 

seinman

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I had the original 27in Visio 1080p TV in my bedroom that ran not stop for 12 years. The thing was still working but I replaced it with a 43in 4K display last month. The thing would not die :)

Sadly, modern Vizios are not built the same way the older ones were. I have a 32" that I bought in 2008, still going strong with near-daily use. Meanwhile, the 55" I bought in 2014 has already been repaired twice. It's hard to explain in a post on here, but I can tell that the 55" was built to purposely break every few years, knowing that most people won't bother trying to fix it and will just buy a new one. Well joke's on them, I know my way around a soldering iron so I just fix it when it happens. But because of crap like that, I find it harder and harder to recommend Vizio TVs like I used to.
 
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edgonzalez32

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Does anybody know if there are plans to bring this to Android TV? It would essentially need to be out on the Playstore for it to be available on Android TV correct?
 

mnsportsgeek

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Sadly, modern Vizios are not built the same way the older ones were. I have a 32" that I bought in 2008, still going strong with near-daily use. Meanwhile, the 55" I bought in 2014 has already been repaired twice. It's hard to explain in a post on here, but I can tell that the 55" was built to purposely break every few years, knowing that most people won't bother trying to fix it and will just buy a new one. Well joke's on them, I know my way around a soldering iron so I just fix it when it happens. But because of crap like that, I find it harder and harder to recommend Vizio TVs like I used to.

The software is a mess too. My first P55-F1 had to be replaced because of random white lines flickering on the screen, but 2 years later they've released two software updates that have broken key features for me. An update a few months ago broke CEC so now my Apple TV won't turn off the TV when hooked up through a Onkyo Receiver. Another update that came out last week broke homekit so now my TV turns on by itself every few hours unless I disable homekit.

Talk to support and all they can say is "it's a known issue and we're working on it."
Gee thanks. Needless to say, this is my last Vizio.
 

jlocker

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Sadly, modern Vizios are not built the same way the older ones were. I have a 32" that I bought in 2008, still going strong with near-daily use. Meanwhile, the 55" I bought in 2014 has already been repaired twice. It's hard to explain in a post on here, but I can tell that the 55" was built to purposely break every few years, knowing that most people won't bother trying to fix it and will just buy a new one. Well joke's on them, I know my way around a soldering iron so I just fix it when it happens. But because of crap like that, I find it harder and harder to recommend Vizio TVs like I used to.

That is too bad, I hate when manufacturing quality goes down just to sell more products.
 

jlocker

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That is too bad, I hate when manufacturing quality goes down just to sell more products.

In 2008 I bought Sony's first SXRD 1080P 60in rear projection TV. It was $6000, it was a good TV but to bring down the price from the $12000 Sony SXRD 70in they decided to put in plastic lens instead of glasses lens which caused over time the lenses to turn yellow or people would not put the TV on a UPS so if you lost power the SXRD LCD chip would bake in the TV. Thank god I purchased Sears $550 extended warranty, three years out before the extended warranty ran out I had sears replace the light engine. The cost of the the part was $2000. The funny thing when I called sears for the rear they had already done a few of them and said the repair would be $4000. I said no it won't it is free. They said what do you mean, I said I bought the sears extended warranty and it covered parts and labor. They said nobody bought the Sears $550 extended warranty. I said I did so they came and fixed it at no cost to me. That was the best extended warranty I ever purchased :)
 

timborama

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Does the update allow Vizio to use Airplay over ethernet?!? Absurd that it doesn't work.
 

jaybarns

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Does the app have Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos?
Yes it does. Just checked it. I am running the Vizio quantum X and the Sonos Arc sound bar. Both the TV and Sonos app confirm that Atmos audio is being output. TV status bar also says 2160p and Dolby Vision. Happy to finally see this, I was really disappointed when I got the Sonos Arc to learn that Vizio TV’s do not pass Atmos audio through any HDMI port.
 

acousticbiker

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I have a couple of months left on my free year of ATV+ (expires after the 10/16 deadline for this deal) - does anyone know whether I can 'stack' these three months on top of my existing year?
 

hidekigomi

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I'm not sarcastic, a serious question, so what is the major pro to buy Apple TV now? Games?
 

littlepooch21

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Yes it does. Just checked it. I am running the Vizio quantum X and the Sonos Arc sound bar. Both the TV and Sonos app confirm that Atmos audio is being output. TV status bar also says 2160p and Dolby Vision. Happy to finally see this, I was really disappointed when I got the Sonos Arc to learn that Vizio TV’s do not pass Atmos audio through any HDMI port.

This is a game changer for me! I don't understand why it takes so long for them to add this. I have fire tv sticks and they do dolby vision but not atmos. samsung is the same way. My TCL's have atmos and vision also. Maybe I will be purchasing a Vizio this time around.
 

jaybarns

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This is a game changer for me! I don't understand why it takes so long for them to add this. I have fire tv sticks and they do dolby vision but not atmos. samsung is the same way. My TCL's have atmos and vision also. Maybe I will be purchasing a Vizio this time around.
I've been scanning through my iTunes Library and all the movies that are supposed to Atmos, actually have it. Also all the Apple TV+ originals have Atmos as well.

Previously, I used the "movies everywhere" app to load my iTunes Library on Vizio's Smartcast. A lot of the movies that Apple had Atmos audio for, the movies everywhere app didn't have Atmos. There were only a select few that actually had the Atmos track so this is a huge gain for Atmos/Vizio/iTunes users.
 
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