Vizio offers Blu-ray player, wireless internet router and more

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Vizio seems to have been waiting patiently for the CES to unleash a plethora of devices. After the line of XVT HDTVs, Vizio has taken the covers off their VBR200W Blu-ray player with wireless internet, XWR100 HD wireless internet router, VIR100 wireless internet radio with iPod dock and VIR200 home theater wireless internet radio with iPod dock. Moreover, they have revealed VIA Connected platform service and content partners.

The VBR200W Bluu-ray player deliver 7.1 channel HD audio in lossless Dolby TruHD and DTS-HD Master Audio formats. It incorporates Wi-Fi 802.11n to allow user access to on-demand content via the internet through Netflix, Pandora and Vudu. Apart from Blu-ray discs, the device also plays back DVDs, MP3 CDs and other formats. Content stored on a thumb drive can viewed on a TV through the USB port hosted by the player.

“By extending VIA to additional product categories, Vizio is demonstrating a full ecosystem for consumers to access and enjoy Internet-based content and services throughout their home,” commented Matthew McRae, VP of Products at Vizio. “The Vizio Internet Apps platform can now deliver premium movies, video, music, and social networking to different types of devices.”

The XWR100 HD wireless internet router is capable of streaming HD content and accommodates 802.11n dual-band wireless networking at 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously. Its 4-port switch permits connection of wired Ethernet devices and PCs. The device sports a USB 2.0 port and set up is simple enough with one button configuration for any WPS-enabled gadget.

“We’re thrilled that owners of Vizio TVs and Blu-ray players with VIA will be able to access and enjoy the Vudu Service,” cites Alain Rossmann, CEO of Vudu. “From our industry-leading HD library to our brilliant 1080p HDX format and intuitive user interface, nothing leverages the excellent image quality of Vizio products better than Vudu. Vizio and Vudu have teamed up to let users try the service for free, so it’s easier than ever for Vizio customers to find out for themselves why Vudu is a favorite of scores of reviewers around the country.”

The VIR100 wireless internet radio with iPod dock features a 7” 800 x 480p LCD touchscreen with backlit LED and boasts of integrated Wi-Fi capability through services like Pandora, Live365, Rhapsody and Radiotime. It is capable of receiving and playing back audio content from various sources like an iPod library and the aforesaid services. Photo albums on Flickr may also be enjoyed with this device which serves as a digital photo frame via its USB port as also calendar and weather updates application.

The VIR200 home theater wireless internet radio with iPod dock has the same features and functionality as the VIR100. Additionally, it incorporates a 2.1 channel speaker system and audio processing courtesy of SRS Labs with two 3” drivers and in-built 3” subwoofer., CinemaNow, CNBC, Free Stream Media, NBC, iMemories and The Weather Channel have announced support for Vizio Internet Apps.

Content and service providers on the VIA platform comprise of Accedo Broadbannd, Blockbuster On Demand, Amazon Video On Demand, Netflix, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Radiotime, Rallypoint Sports, Revision 3, Rhapsody, Pandora, Showtime and Vudu.

Vizio’s VBR200W, XWR100, VIR100 and VIR200 are tagged at $199.99, $99.99, $189.99 and $299.99, respectively. The VBR200W and XWR100 are scheduled to be released in the first half of the current year while the other two devices will be out by fall.

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