Vizio unveils Google TV-powered, $100 1080p Stream PlayerBy Lee Kaelin
We've already seen Google TV offerings from Sony and LG, an alternative Android 4.0 ICS powered 55-inch IPS TV set from Lenovo, and now Vizio is getting in the act with a $100 streaming box of their own at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The Vizio VAP430 Stream Player features Ethernet and wireless connectivity, two HDMI ports as well as DLNA support and is capable of streaming content in full 1080p. It is likely to support MPEG4, WMV and MP3 formats at launch, with more to be announced at a later date.
The device will be bundled with Google TV as well as Vizio Apps Plus, and is reported to support streaming of 3D content as well as games from OnLive. Also included is a Bluetooth, all-in-one QWERTY remote complete with a touchpad that can control a set-top box plugged into one of the HDMI ports.
The usual streaming content suppliers Netflix, Hulu Plus, Slacker Radio, Amazon Instant Video and HBO's GO and others are all present. Vizio says it aims to make switching between live TV and online content as simple for users as changing to another channel.
There is no set date for release yet, but Vizio say it will be available for $100 exclusively from their website within the next six months. The company also announced a separate set-top box that adds a Blu-ray player to the mix and looks to compete with Sony's new Blu-ray Google TV device.