Vizio VAP430 media streamer

GoogleTV is alive and kicking at CES 2012 in many ways and one company leading the charge is Vizio, having announced a whole line of products making use of GoogleTV. One product they're showing off is the Vizio VAP430 media streamer.

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Using WiFi and HDMI, the small little box with a big remote connects to your TV and opens up access to Vizio's Internet App Plus services. It also comes complete with Google's Chrome browser on board that provides full blown internet access. Bluetooth capability allows for content from smartphones and tablets to be connected to the TV wirelessly while USB inputs provide access to USB drives and any content they may hold.

The VAP430 also has an HDMI pass-through that lets the user connect a cable or satellite box to the player and pass the signal over to the TV, granting access to the full GoogleTV experience including the Android Market. No pricing has been announced but the VAP430 media streamer will be one of the first products on the market from Vizio using their Internet App Plus services.

VIZIO and Google TV Join Forces to Create a State of the Art Stream Player

Irvine, CA and (CES) Las Vegas, Nevada - January 10, 2012 - VIZIO and Google today jointly announced the introduction of the VIZIO VAP430 Stream Player, an innovative stream player that turns any HDTV into an enhanced VIZIO Internet Apps Plus&reg (V.I.A. Plus) smart TV that incorporates the latest Google TV. The Stream Player allows consumers to access countless entertainment content and online services with web access through a fully capable Chrome browser, and to also enjoy photos, music and video stored on any computer, hard drive or smart phone connected to a local network and/or the cloud.*

With the VAP430 connected to an HDTV over an HDMI cable, users can quickly and seamlessly access content and services from their favorite apps and websites using the included Bluetooth premium universal remote control with integrated touchpad. In addition to movies, TV shows and music on demand, the VAP430 lets users search the web for even more entertainment options using the Flash-capable Chrome browser.

"We're excited about what Google TV brings to our new VAP430 Stream Player," says Matthew McRae, VIZIO's Chief Technology Officer. "This isn't just an ordinary streaming box that accesses a few predetermined video services. It's a true entertainment portal that opens up everything the Web has to offer, as well as all the content consumers already have stored on computers and hard drives. And the incorporation of Google TV and our V.I.A. Plus interface makes it all incredibly easy to setup and a joy to use."

Using the included premium remote with QWERTY keypad and integrated touchpad, viewers can easily search for any program or content they want from their favorite apps or the Internet. Users can also check out new apps from an ever-expanding Android Market, or access personal media like videos, photos and music that are stored on devices connected to the same home network as the stream player. Images are displayed right on a connected TV set, and sound plays through the TV or a connected audio system.

"We're thrilled to partner with VIZIO on the launch of their Stream Player," said Mario Queiroz, head of Google TV. "VIZIO has established itself as a leader in the consumer electronics market. Combining Google TV with VIZIO's innovative, easy-to-use consumer electronic products will bring more great entertainment and Android apps to the living room."

Painless Setup, Powerful Capabilities
Part of the V.I.A. Plus ecosystem, the slick yet discreet VAP430 can easily compliment any HDTV using an HDMI cable. Installing the VAP430 and connecting it to the Internet is blazingly fast and simple to do with the built-in setup experience and 802.11n WiFi connection.

The VAP430 also has an HDMI pass-through that lets the user connect a cable or satellite box to the stream player and pass the signal over to the TV for a truly integrated TV watching experience. The smart TV interface overlays the live TV signal so multitaskers can search for the next thing to watch without completely stepping away from what they're currently watching.

Bluetooth capability also makes it simple to enjoy content from smart phones through the connected TV wirelessly. And with the USB input, connecting any USB drive directly to the VAP430 takes only seconds.

VAP430 is the first V.I.A. Plus device to launch this year, followed by the VBR430 3D Blu-ray player, which combines the features of the VAP430 with Blu-ray's state-of-the-art high-definition video and audio playback capabilities.

Preorders for the VAP430 will begin this spring 2012. Find out more and sign up to be the first at www.vizio.com/ces

* The VIZIO Internet Apps&reg (V.I.A.) platform requires Internet access, equipment and subscription services that are not provided.


About VIZIO VIZIO, Inc., "Entertainment Freedom For All," headquartered in Irvine, California, is America's HDTV and Consumer Electronics Company. In 2007, VIZIO skyrocketed to the top by becoming the #1 selling brand of flat panel HDTVs in North America and became the first American brand in over a decade to lead in U.S. TV sales. Since 2007 VIZIO HDTV shipments remain in the TOP ranks in the U.S. and was #1 for the total year in 2009. VIZIO is committed to bringing feature-rich consumer electronics to market at a value through practical innovation. VIZIO offers a broad range of award winning consumer electronics. VIZIO's products are found at Costco Wholesale, Sam's Club, Walmart, Target, BJ's Wholesale, and other retailers nationwide along with authorized online partners. VIZIO has won numerous awards including a #1 ranking in the Inc. 500 for Top Companies in Computers and Electronics, Fast Company's 6th Most Innovative CE Company of 2009, and made the lists of Ad Age's Hottest Brands, Good Housekeeping's Best Big-Screens, CNET's Editor's Choice, PC World's Best Buy and OC Metro's 10 Most Trustworthy Brands among many other prestigious honors. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit on the web at www.VIZIO.com.

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Vizio introduces Google TV powered media streamer

16 Comments

Not sure where it is, but the article even says

"Using the included premium remote with QWERTY keypad and integrated touchpad,"

Maybe its on the back or a slider remote.

Sounds great... if it's substantially less than the buy-in for Apple TV ($99). Yes, I think Android is better too. But ask all the Vizio-level vendors who've been selling 10" Android tablets for iPad prices or more how that's been working out for them. And set-top boxes are still not as sexy as tablets, as Logitech is learning as they try to liquidate their Revue inventory (btw: an extra $99 for a keyboard? Really, guys?)

Roku gets it, and now they have options from $50 on up. Vizio historically understands their place in the market, so I'm optimistic about this. But they could still mess it up.

Doesnt the full Chrome browser basically make this worth more than an Apple TV? If the Chrome web store and android market both work on this I would think it is better than a $99 Apple TV.

I currently have 2 HTPCs running Windows 7. I run XBMC, Hulu Desktop, and Netflix inside windows media center. Netflix is pretty bad through this method.

All I want is a set top box that will stream local media on the network, specifically 720p MKV tv shows, connect to Amazon Prime, and connect to Netflix.

I wonder if this box will do it.

If that's all you want, the WDTV Live Hub covers all those bases, as does the Boxee Box. Though, from experience, I promise that you'll miss XBMC. Nothing else comes close for local media. My solution is the HTPC+XBMC for all local media needs, and a streaming player for all online needs. I've given up on the perfect all-in-one device.

This sounds like EXACTLY what I am looking for.

I NEED a streaming device that can stream from a network storage drive. GTV and Roku do not do it.

I have a WD Live streaming device in my Amazon cart right now. IF this is really a Google TV AND can stream from a local network storage device, I am very much in (Price Pending)

Oh, and an HBO Go app would be fantastic, get on that.

Any word on specs? I love my Revue, but that Intel Atom Processor is so under-powered. Does this have a little more juice? The Atom Processor can't even stream HD video off flash most times.