Sling TV, Vizio Link on Football Season Giveaway

Sling TV and Vizio have announced a football experience giveaway.

Throughout the sweepstakes, 10 fans will receive a year-long subscription to Sling Blue + Orange, giving them access to matchups on NFL Network, ESPN and more. Plus, one grand prize winner will receive a year-long Sling subscription and a 75-inch V-Series  Vizio TV + M-Series Elevate Sound Bar.

The sweepstakes is open through Sept. 11, and the winner will be announced on Sept. 15  via Sling’s Instagram Story. To learn more and enter, follow Sling on  Instagram  and like the pinned sweepstakes post.

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Vizio Swings to $2.3 Million Q2 Profit

Consumer electronics manufacturer Vizio Holding Corp. Aug. 10 reported net income of $2.3 million on revenue of $408.9 million for the second quarter, ended June 30. That compared to a net loss of $14 million on revenue of $401.1 million during the previous-year period.

The Irvine, Calif.-based company’s foray as facilitator of third-party streaming video content for its user base of smart TV owners continues to resonate. The company ended the fiscal quarter with 16.1 million SmartCast active accounts, up 15% from 14 million accounts during the previous-year period.

SmartCast hours increased 22% to 4.3 billion hours from 3.5 billion hours last year, with the average revenue per user up 54% to $25.87 from $16.79.

“Our second quarter results show the success of the dual revenue model we’ve built.,” CEO William Wang said in a statement.

Indeed, total revenue again exceeded $400 million, led by the platform business which grew 69% year-over-year to a record $111 million. Smart TV shipments increased 5% to 1.1 million.

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Vizio Simplifies Streaming Subscriptions for Consumers

Vizio Aug. 9 announced that its payment and subscription management solution, Vizio Account, now allows Smart TV users to subscribe to third-party streaming services such as discovery+ and Starz all in one place. Following a one-time log-in, users can subscribe to new services and consolidate subscriptions.

SmartCast TV owners can enter profile and payment information into a secure platform to create an account. Features include a single place to subscribe, track payments, and manage streaming services on the platform and branded app.

“The launch of Vizio Account lays an important foundation for streamlining payment and subscriptions on our platform,” Mike O’Donnell, Chief Revenue and Strategy Officer at Vizio, said in a statement. “Vizio Account will provide consumers with more choice and greater control over their entertainment investments while giving our partners a dynamic marketplace for delivering offers.”

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Vizio Adds Starz Streaming App to Smart TVs

Vizio Aug. 8 announced that the Starz app is now available on Vizio Smart TVs. Subscribers can now access original series and a library of on-demand movies, including drama, comedy, western, and family, sci-fi, action, and documentaries, among others. Starz original series “Power,” “Outlander” and “P-Valley,” as well as box office hits Spider-Man: No Way Home, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and Thor: The Dark World, among others.

“The addition of Starz marks another significant advancement in our commitment to provide our users with access to the programming they love and endless entertainment options for millions of users who begin their entertainment journey with Vizio,” Katherine Pond, Group VP, Platform Content and Partnerships at Vizio, said in a statement.

Lionsgate-owned Starz joins an extensive list of streaming services already available on Vizio, including Apple TV+, BET+, Discovery+, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Peacock, and Amazon Prime Video. Vizio Smart TVs also include support for Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast built-in, allowing viewers to stream, control, and share content from their phone, tablet, or laptop directly onto the big screen.

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“From our robust slate of original series dedicated to amplifying narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences, and our library that features some of the biggest movies, Starz is delighted to bring our award-winning programming to the Vizio platform,” added Alison Hoffman, President of Domestic Networks at Starz.

TikTok App Now Available on Vizio Smart-TVs

Vizio June 23 announced that the TikTok app is now available on its branded Smart-TVs. This integration allows TV users to discover videos from their favorite TikTok creators and topics directly from the Vizio home screen.

In support of the launch, Irvine, Calif.-based Vizio is highlighting TikTok content on a dedicated carousel showcasing popular trending genres so users can more easily discover their next favorite videos.

TikTok, one of the fastest-growing entertainment platforms, allows users to discover short-form videos across every entertainment genre. The TikTok app has been specifically created for a TV home-viewing experience, allowing audiences to view the most-popular videos across a huge range of categories, from gaming and comedy to food and animals. In addition, Vizio users with a TikTok account can link their accounts to enjoy content from their ‘For You’ and ‘Following’ feeds.

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“Extending this unique app off the mobile phone and onto the biggest screen in the home is an important evolution of the Vizio experience,” Katherine Pond, VP of business development at Vizio, said in a statement.

To get started, Vizio users can check out the TikTok TV app with a few clicks on the home screen or sign in with their existing account details. TikTok’s big-screen software is optimized for a TV home-viewing experience, making it easy to watch content on the big screen. Enjoy TikTok “For You” and “Following” feeds or check out the ‘Discover’ page and find more of your favorite content, creators, and categories on TikTok. The best part, the TV app offers AutoPlay, which serves a continuous content feed without interruptions between TikTok videos.

Vizio Premieres Exclusive Series ‘@Home With Tori’

Vizio June 9 unveiled the exclusive premiere of the new lifestyle series “@Home With Tori,” sponsored by a collection of household name brands.

Starring actress, producer and creator Tori Spelling, each new episode of the 10-part TV series is available weekly on Vizio’s WatchFree+ streaming service.

This new Vizio Features offering brings viewers into the home life of Spelling as she navigates all the joys and challenges of being a mother of five, a producer, actor and celebrity with fans across the globe. The 30-minute episodes will feature a variety of special celebrity guests and surprises.

“I love what we’ve created for Vizio audiences with ‘@Home With Tori,’ and I can’t wait to welcome them into my home for a peek into the fun, chaotic and memorable experiences with my family and friends,” Spelling said in a statement. “This season promises to be full of flavor and flair that will add a little spice to your everyday life.” 

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This Vizio Features exclusive premiere on WatchFree+  is the latest in a partnership initiative with content studios that gives Vizio viewers early access to unique programming while also providing brands with exclusive advertising opportunities, according toVizio. “@Home With Tori” includes branded content integrations from Mattel, Hilton and Party City, and will provide advertisers with a broad range of advertising opportunities, from co-branded homescreen promotions to episodic title sponsorships and more, according to Vizio.

WatchFree+ is Vizio’s free streaming service with more than 250 premium channels and 5,000 on demand movies and shows spanning 13 content genres, from news, movies and sports to kids and family, music and reality. 

Known for her iconic role in the series “Beverly Hills 90210,” Spelling co-hosts “Messyness” on MTV and the 90210MG podcast on iHeart Radio with Jennie Garth. She was the co-creator and executive producer for the “Beverly Hills 90210” reboot “BH90210” on Fox and appeared in the scripted BET+ series “Bigger.”

In collaboration with Vizio, “@Home With Tori” is the first original production from MyTime Movie Network, a female-focused network of channels that’s available in 19 countries and six languages and is produced by Jacob Nasser, who most recently produced “Second Chance at Love” for Hallmark and “Twice Bitten” for BET+.

Vizio Ups Q1 SmartCast OS Streaming Hours 14%

Vizio May 12 reported that more than 4.1 billion hours of SmartCast OS content was streamed by the consumer electronics manufacturer’s smart TV owners in the first quarter, ended March 31. That was up 14% from 3.6 billion hours streamed in the previous-year period.

Vizio, like other Chinese CE manufacturers, has implemented a branded operating system affording users access to the internet and third-party apps and platforms. In addition, Vizio also streams select ad-supported video content in attempt to compete against AVOD platforms such as Tubi, Pluto TV and The Roku Channel, among others.

Irvine, Calif.-based Vizio ended the quarter with 15.6 million active accounts, which was up 16% from 13.5 million accounts in the previous-year period. Even better, average revenue per SmartCast user increased 64% to $23.68 from $14.43 per user last year.

Meanwhile, Vizio shipped 1.4 million Smart TVs in the quarter, which was down 11% from 1.5 million units in the previous-year period. Device revenue dropped 16% to $382.9 million, from $453.5 million.

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The company posted a net loss of $11 million on revenue of $485.5 million in the quarter, compared to profit of $3.4 million on revenue of $505.7 million a year ago.

“I am extremely proud of our exceptional first quarter results,” William Wang, CEO of Vizio, said in a statement. “It has been 20 years since [we] first revolutionized the TV market offer[ing] affordable HDTVs, smart-TVs, and six years ago we launched our own operating system.”

Vizio, which launched an IPO a year ago pricing shares at $21 each, saw shares close May 12 at $7.57 per share.

Vizio Adds Disney, Sony, Warner On-Demand Movies, TV Shows

Vizio April 20 announced it has expanded its slate of free, on-demand entertainment available on WatchFree+ to include TV shows and movies from more than 17 studios.

The ad-supported free streaming service now offers Vizio TV owners more than 5,000 titles, including from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (Need for Speed); Sony Pictures (Death at a Funeral and Guess Who); and Warner Bros. (Gossip, Pay it Forward, Knockaround Guys and “Veronica Mars” (2014)).

“We are excited to broaden our content offering, which now also includes a selection of Warner Bros. titles … for our users to enjoy for free,” Katherine Pond, VP of Business Development at Vizio, said in a statement. “Following the addition of ad-supported on demand content last November, the team has expanded the entertainment options at an accelerated pace to provide consumers with access to a massive free library of content that they can enjoy as a part of owning a Vizio TV.”

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Programming is available across genres including action, romance, comedy, family entertainment, crime and more — giving Vizio users content to watch and enjoy anytime and providing access to new audiences for advertisers and agencies.

Vizio Bows Promos on Apple TV+, Discovery+ and Fubo TV Subs

Vizio has announced exclusive subscription discounts on Apple TV+, Discovery+ and FubuTV.

The Apple TV+ promo is a three-month trial for new subscribers. The offer will be presented on the Vizio home screen through promotional banners with the opportunity to start redemption from the home screen. The offer is available April 25 through May 30.

New Discovery+ subscribers will get access to an exclusive 30-day promotional trial following the purchase and registration of a new Vizio TV. The promo offer will be shared to the new owner’s email address with a link to redeem the trial. The offer is available April 22 through Oct. 22.

New FuboTV subscribers can get 20% off the first month of their subscription until April 15. Vizio smart-TV owners can access the offer through the Vizio home screen.

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“Vizio’s mission is to bring the best possible entertainment experience to the millions of people that use our products every day. Working with our content partners to extend discounts on their subscription services so that Vizio audiences can access premium programming helps us deliver on that mission,” Liz Buhn, senior director of partner marketing at Vizio, said in a statement. 

Vizio’s WatchFree+ to Bow Exclusive Lifestyle Series With Tori Spelling

Vizio is collaborating with MyTime Movie Network to launch the new lifestyle streaming series “@Home with Tori,” starring actress, author,and TV personality Tori Spelling.

Currently in production and scheduled to premiere on Vizio’s free streaming service WatchFree+ in May, the 10-episode Vizio exclusive TV series centers around themes curated by Spelling, best known for her role in the 1990s TV show “Beverly Hills 90210.”

The series will feature everything from family-themed episodes with mothers and daughters to pool parties and cocktail specials. Spelling will showcase tips and tricks for cooking, baking and entertaining as she prepares dishes from locally sourced foods joined by her family, expert chefs, and celebrity guests, including Patti Stranger of “The Millionaire Matchmaker.” “@Home with Tori” celebrates themes ranging from family traditions, travel, birthday and holiday festivities.

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“To say I’m excited to film a series with my friends and family from the comfort of my own home would be an understatement,” Spelling said in a statement. “From cooking to entertaining, we hope to inspire viewers to create memorable experiences from home. We are going to have a lot of fun, and I’m thrilled the Vizio audience will be along for the journey with us.”

“We were excited to work with Tori Spelling and Jacob Nasser to create these episodes that Vizio audiences will love,” Greg Barnard, director of content acquisition at Vizio and executive producer of “@Home with Tori,” said in a statement. “Based on our Inscape data, we know that they enjoy cooking, DIY, and entertainment, and together we developed the episodes that were a natural fit for Tori’s passions and that would resonate with what our viewers want to watch most. This show invites audiences to join Tori and special guests in her home for an exclusive entertainment experience and is another great example of how we continue to deliver programming that is unique, relevant and available only on Vizio.”

“@Home with Tori” is the first original production from MyTime Movie Network, a female-focused network of channels that’s available in 19 countries and six languages.