VIZIO SmartCast TVs to get Chromecast built-in update with Disney+ support

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
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VIZIO Supports Disney+ Streaming Through Apple AirPlay, and Soon Over Chromecast Built-In Starting Early December

  • Expanding beyond its existing AirPlay compatibility, VIZIO provides even more consumers with the best home entertainment value just in time for the holidays!

IRVINE, Calif. — VIZIO, Inc., known for award-winning picture quality, outstanding features, and incredible value, today announces a Chromecast built-in update that will allow users to cast Disney+ content to their VIZIO SmartCast TVs. Viewers can already watch content from the Disney+ app using Apple AirPlay 2 by simply tapping the AirPlay icon and selecting their SmartCastTV(1) when in the app. The Chromecast built-in update will start rolling out in early December to VIZIO SmartCast TVs(2) to allow users to cast Disney+ content just as easily. This update will give consumers more flexibility to stream their favorite apps, like Disney+, on the TV they purchase this holiday season.

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Thanks to VIZIO’s ability to roll out software updates over-the-air, the company is able to provide new apps and services to millions of VIZIO SmartCast TV owners, including those with models dating back to 20162. VIZIO has a history of updating its SmartCast TVs with new features, bringing more value to users after they have purchased their TV. These updates include the SmartCast Home interface, voice control support, and most recently, compatibility with Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

“We want consumers to know that when they purchase a VIZIO TV, it will keep its value for years to come,” said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. “Our team is continually improving SmartCast to ensure users have the best home entertainment experience with more ways to enjoy their favorite content.”

VIZIO SmartCast TVs provide users with the flexibility to stream their favorite apps with Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast built-in. Users can also enjoy apps like Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and YouTube directly from the SmartCast Home screen. They’ll also appreciate having support for voice assistants, including Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa-enabled devices.

To provide even more value, VIZIO SmartCast TVs come with WatchFree™, a free-to-use streaming service with no subscription required. WatchFree gives consumers access to more than 150 channels, powered by Pluto TV, featuring news, sports, movies, TV shows, radio stations and more.

1. To use AirPlay, one only needs an iOS device running iOS 12.3 or later, or a Mac running 10.14.5 or later, connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the TV.
2. The Chromecast built-in update is available only to eligible SmartCast TVs enabled with SmartCast Home™, VIZIO’s on-screen smart TV experience.