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VIZIO Adds HDR10 Streaming to E Series TVs

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VIZIO-E-Series-HDR.jpgVIZIO has announced the addition of HDR10 streaming support to its newest E Series UHD TVs. A free firmware update is available for six models, ranging in size from 55 to 80 inches, that will allow HDR streaming through services like Netflix, VUDU, and FandangoNOW. First introduced in March, the 55-inch and larger E Series displays already support HDR10 playback through Ultra HD Blu-ray players, and they all use full-array LED backlighting systems with local dimming. 

VIZIO, Inc. announced a new firmware update that enables HDR10 streaming on VIZIO SmartCast E-Series Ultra HD High Dynamic Range Home Theater Display models, providing consumers with access to HDR content through popular apps like Netflix, Vudu and FandangoNOW. The E-Series Ultra HD HDR models receiving HDR10 streaming abilities range from the 55" class size and above and are available now at retailers nationwide, including Costco, Sam's Club and Walmart. In addition, the update adds new convenience features, giving SmartCast users quick access to an onscreen sidebar menu for easy control of picture settings right on the display. 

The 2017 VIZIO SmartCast E-Series Ultra HD HDR collection offers uncompromised value, which is now further amplified with the added benefit of HDR10 streaming. In addition to streaming HDR10 content from popular apps like Netflix, Vudu and FandangoNOW, users of E-Series models in the 55" class size and above are also able to view HDR10 content via existing HDR Blu-ray players like the Samsung UHD-K8500, Philips BDP7501/F7, and PS4 and Xbox One S game consoles. Unlike edge-lit LED backlight displays, the VIZIO E-Series Ultra HD models utilize a powerful Full-Array LED backlight and up to 16 Active LED Zones that dynamically adjust to onscreen content, producing dark, inky black levels much richer than edge-lit LED backlight displays can deliver. High Dynamic Range with HDR10 content support further enhances big-screen viewing by offering greater depth and more vibrant contrast. Clear Action 240 technology and ultra-fast 120Hz Effective Refresh Rate, achieved with backlight scanning, ensures action-packed scenes are smooth, stable and realistic.

"We're happy to give E-Series big-screen owners the additional benefits of High Dynamic Range picture quality, made possible through our award-winning full-array backlight technology with local dimming to give viewers the inky black levels they love," said Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. "The addition of onscreen menu access to picture settings also provides added value to SmartCast users, enabling convenient control from the new included remote on our 2017 E-Series models."

The latest firmware update now gives all VIZIO SmartCast users the ability to access all picture settings onscreen using the included remote with the 2017 E-Series models, or any universal IR remote or older VIZIO remotes that include a Menu button. With this added convenience, users can change settings with either a standard remote or using the VIZIO SmartCast app on their iOS or Android device. Additionally, VIZIO will deploy another update in the coming weeks that enables YouTube TV on VIZIO SmartCast displays, giving users yet another way to access content they love.
To start enjoying HDR10 streaming, VIZIO SmartCast E-Series users must first enable the latest firmware update by ensuring their display is connected to the Internet. Internet-connected SmartCast displays automatically search for the new firmware when available, and download automatically to the display.

For more information on VIZIO SmartCast, visit VIZIO.com and for questions about the recent firmware update, visit support.vizio.com. VIZIO SmartCast E-Series Ultra HD Home Theater Display models now about to stream HDR10 content include:

VIZIO SmartCast E-Series 55" Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display (E55-E2) MSRP $549.99
VIZIO SmartCast E-Series 60" Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display (E60-E3) MSRP $749.99
VIZIO SmartCast E-Series 65" Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display (E65-E0) MSRP $899.99
VIZIO SmartCast E-Series 70" Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display (E70-E3) MSRP $1,299.99
VIZIO SmartCast E-Series 75" Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display (E75-E3) MSRP $1,999.99
VIZIO SmartCast E-Series 80" Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display (E80-E3) MSRP $3,399.99

Additional Resources
• Visit the VIZIO website for more product information.
VIZIO Unveils the 2017 E Series TV Lineup at HomeTheaterReview.com.

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