Posted Wed Aug 1, 2018 at 09:05 AM PDT by Steven Cohen
More free streaming channels are now available on SmartCast TVs.
VIZIO has announced the launch of its new WatchFree streaming platform on SmartCast TVs. The free service is powered by Pluto TV and offers a wide assortment of digital channels without any fees or need for a subscription.
"With the TV landscape continuously evolving, we're excited to offer consumers a comprehensive entertainment solution packed with free and unlimited content offerings." said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. "Powered by Pluto TV, WatchFree is a next-generation streaming service with an easy-to-navigate, cable-like interface that delivers creative and thoughtful content selections."
WatchFree is accessible via a dedicated input in the 2018 SmartCast OS. The service provides free, direct streaming access to over 100 live and linear channels, including Pluto TV Movies, Action Movies, Black Cinema, News 24/7, NBC News/MSNBC, Fox Sports, Frontdoor, Cats 24/7, Crime Network, MST3K, The Surf Channel, and more.
"Powering VIZIO's WatchFree service is a pivotal next step in our goal to deliver free, premium entertainment to as many consumers as possible," states Tom Ryan, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pluto TV. "From hit TV shows to blockbuster movies, news, sports, lifestyle and more, WatchFree is a gamechanger for cord-cutting enthusiasts."
Andy beyond the new WatchFree service, 2018 VIZIO SmartCast displays also include TV tuners for OTA broadcasts via a separate digital antenna. Likewise, the SmartCast OS offers integrated access to popular apps like Netflix, Prime Video, Vudu, iHeartRadio, Crackle and Xumo directly through the TV screen using the included remote. Meanwhile, customers can also download the free SmartCast Mobile app to use their smartphone as a touchscreen remote, and Google Chromecast built-in allows users to cast thousands of Chromecast-enabled apps to the display from their supported mobile device. Finally, voice-control support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant is offered as well.
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