Vizio’s smart TV software is actually good now

SmartCast 4.0 proves there’s room for yet another smart TV platform.

Vizio has a knack for making TVs with solid picture quality at reasonable prices, but its SmartCast platform has been an also-ran next to the likes of Samsung’s Tizen and LG’s WebOS. I’ve always wondered why Vizio doesn’t just focus on hardware and license Roku or Android TV for software.

At CES 2020, Vizio made a fine case for SmartCast’s continued existence. By controlling its own software, Vizio can offer things that most other platforms don’t, like better aggregation of streaming content and support for both AirPlay 2 and Chromecast.

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