News of Vizio's planned Internet connectivity has been leaking out ever since the company's intentions were announced at CES earlier this year. Now, Vizio's VIA service gets more than just a handful of content providers, and the list is fairly compelling.
In addition to previously announced content partners Rhapsody, Amazon on Demand, Blockbuster on Demand, Flickr, Pandora, and Netflix, Vizio has added Vudu, Showtime, Revision 3, Radiotime, and Rallypoint Sports, as well as eBay for shopping, and Facebook and Twitter for social networking.
Vizio VIA Connected HDTVs come with 802.11n Wi-Fi, as well as an Ethernet port. The TVs come with a universal remote that has a built-in keyboard for easy navigation, and is equipped with Bluetooth so you can type without having to worry about pointing the remote at the TV.
These Web-connected HDTVs will be available this fall. And, while the on-demand-ness of Netflix or Amazon might be appealing, you don't have to go out and buy an entirely new HDTV to experience those features- such services are on some Blu-ray players, on middle devices like the Roku Digital Video Player, and may be already available on your own TV and gaming consoles.
This story, "Vizio Announces New Content Providers for Internet HDTVs" was originally published by PCWorld.