Early Party: Vizio celebrates its reign as LCD champ?

February 23, 2011 by  
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All of the numbers are not in, but early indications are that Vizio is once again the HDTV sales champion for last year, 2010. It’s the first place sales king for LCD’s, and no real surprise: their presence in Wal-Mart, low prices and decent technology have allowed it to ascend fairly easily, in reality. Read on:

Industry analysts will reveal all the numbers later this week but according to Vizio its LCD HDTVs have outsold all others, again. Specifically, it has again rated as the #1 seller of LCDs in North America according to DisplaySearch and #1 seller of LCDs in the US according to iSuppli by carving out a 27.6% share of the market, the largest for any seller since 2004.

Among some of us in the home theater community there’s still, deserved or undeserved, a perception of the company as simply a cheap, low end manufacturer that’s not as reliable as others but with results like these it looks like the rest of the market will be the ones with something to prove in 2011.

Our early gut feeling tells us 2011 won’t be that different really, as Vizio’s solid quality/low price combo continues to dominate the marketplace in sheer units moved.

Lawsuit Settled: Vizio vs. LG

January 20, 2011 by  
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After several years and lots of legal wrangling, the ITC was just about to rule on the lawsuit between Vizio and LG when they suddenly announced a settlement between the two parties of their own accord. Settling usually ends up being the least expensive and tenuous option, and it’s good to see to two HDTV giants getting back to business as usual.

The agreement was apparently a (as of now undisclosed) cross licensing agreement of some sort, and both parties are saying they’re happy with the results. This isn’t even the first patent related lawsuit with Vizio and another party, and may not be the last either, if reports are accurate.

LG and Vizio fall on the same side of the fence when it comes to glasses-free vs. traditional 3D, so perhaps it isn’t a huge shock it turned out the way it did.

HDTV 3D Newness: Vizio to release passive-glasses HDTV 3D model line

January 3, 2011 by  
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Vizio is jumping into the fray of the 3D HDTV battle with their newest line release, The Theater 3D lineup. Its Vizio’s attempt to stay up with the current HDTV trends, and it looks pretty good, we have to say. Here’s more details:

We doubt we’ve seen all of Vizio’s 2011 product lineup yet, but the latest information is that it’s expanding upon the one Theater 3D TV model currently available with an entire line — promising to offer 3D with passive glasses in sizes from 22- all the up to 71-inches. There are 21 models detailed in the press release after the break including LED edge lit LCDs, direct LED backlit models, ones with the Yahoo! Widgets VIA package and a couple of the new Google TV-powered models. No word on price or ship date yet, but the company is quick to point out that putting the 3D processing into the screen means cheaper movie theater-style 3D glasses with ostensible greater brightness and less flicker, plus compatibility with Oakley’s “optically correct” specs.

Advancements are good, even if they are being geared towards a technology that isn’t exactly lighting up the shelves around the globe.

Monster 3D: Vizio 65″ 3D HDTV announced for release this month

December 18, 2010 by  
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We’ve heard of big 3D HDTV units, but this is one of the largest of the consumer units we’ve reviewed (and about the cheapest for its size as well and it comes with four pairs of glasses) and its from Vizio. More details for your reading pleasure:

If the current crop of active shutter 3D televisions isn’t your style and you’d prefer some cheaper specs, say hello to VIZIO’s new 65-inch Theater 3D Razor XVT3D650SV LED set, its biggest TV yet. Previously spotted lurking about on the manufacturer’s website, this set uses cheap polarized glasses like the ones in most movie theaters unlike the more expensive (and, according to the press release, more prone to dimming and flickering) active shutter glasses used on most televisions today, including a few of VIZIO’s own. Beyond that, it’s a 120Hz edge lit LED LCD set that comes with four pairs of glasses and also includes VIZIO Internet Apps and SRS TruSurround integrated speakers. The downside for the cheap glasses however, is that most of the cost is in the display itself ratcheting the price up to $3,499 when it arrives on Sam’s Club shelves this month.

We’ll attempt to cover this monster unit in a review when it gets released later on.

Vizio Update: New 3D HDTVs and 3D Blu-Ray player announced

November 19, 2010 by  
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With the race for holiday dominance already begun, Vizio isn’t standing pat, it seems. They announced a gaggle of new products today, including a new 3D Blu-Ray player and 3D HDTV models (mega-slick box for one seen here in the picture). Check it out:

Say hello to the new VIZIO XVT 3D series, while the XVT Pro line announced earlier this year (and that 72-inch model we were drooling over) were not to be, these 42-, 47- and 55-inch HDTVs are real and on sale today through Amazon, Sam’s Club and Target’s online shops and should be on shelves later this month. Features like the number of LED backlighting zones (for the 47- and 55-, the 42-inch features edge LED lighting), claimed contrast ratio, WiFi N and VIZIO Internet Apps are consistent with existing models, so the big addition this time around is 480Hz refresh rate and obviously, 3D readiness (active shutter glasses not included). VIZIO’s also announced two new 3D compatible Blu-ray players to match for $189, plus a new router and some high priced HDMI cables to fill out the lineup.

All prices were not announced at the time, but expect value price points if we know Vizio pretty well.

Monday’s Mad HDTV Offers

August 31, 2010 by  
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Not mad as in ‘angry’, mad as in crazy good. There. Now that’s we’ve settled that little mystery, allow us to list some really great HDTV offers for this fine Monday:

Sams Club has the Vizio M221NV 22″ Razor LED 1080p 60Hz HDTV for $239 – with free shipping. The finest in bedroom watching devices out there right now, pretty much, and for a song too! Valid only for a few days, so jump on this one.

Best Buy has a great deal on a decent size HDTV: The 46″ Insignia NS-40E560A11 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $899. Amazing. Make sure to select in-store pickup to save on shipping, otherwise it’s $70 to ship, but even that is really amazing for LED HDTV of this size.

Thanks for reading and have a good one!

Of Gadgets and Widgets: Vizio new loaded HDTVs ready to ship out

August 22, 2010 by  
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Vizio is seriously getting into the internet widgets game with their upcoming XVT line of HDTV units, it appears. Here’s the skinny:

This year’s iteration of VIZIO’s top of the line XVT LCDs (at least until the XVT3D — née XVT Pro — series hits in Q4) are finally ready to ship and, as we’ve come to expect, pack a long list of features to go along with their price tags. The 240Hz 42-, 47-, and 55-inch versions all feature LED backlighting, which may be ready to beat criticisms of light black levels with a claimed 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Whether or not you believe any TV manufacturer’s contrast measurements, an increased 120 zones of backlighting (up from 80 last year, up to 160 from 120 on the 47-inch) and a profile that’s 2 inches slimmer (down to just 3 inches deep) this time around should be easily noticeable. The 37- and 32-inch XVT models rely on the company’s edge lit Razor LED lighting tech and are less than 2 inches this, with stated 1,000,000:1 contrast ratios.

Prices will start around the $699 mark, which isn’t dirt cheap but pretty good for this amount of features and interactivity (not to mention specs). It’ll be interesting to see how far this sort of thing develops in the future.

Monday’s Manic HDTV Deal-O-Mania

July 26, 2010 by  
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Alaska is cold, candy is sweet, and Screen Sleuth always has great HDTV deals every week to present to you for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to peruse these:

Dell Home sometimes has some great deals, including this Vizio VF552XVT 55” 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV for $2099.99 – $500 off our special coupon code we supply you with “2$K34TRX3TWV0?” (Expires 07/29/10) = $1599.99 with free shipping as well. How’s about that offer for you?

BuyDig.com – And we finish it off with the always reliable LG 32LD450 32” 1080p LCD HDTV for $439.00 (use the See Price In Cart feature) with free shipping too? Yep, we’re serious. Three 5 star reviews already posted.

Thanks for hanging out with us, and see you tomorrow for more world-shaking HDTV news and views.

Saturday’s Satisfying HDTV Deals

July 18, 2010 by  
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Now its time to let you in on some great HDTV offers, starting right now. Read on, HDTV lover:

Dell Home sometimes has some great HDTV offers, such as the Vizio VF552XVT 55” 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV for $2099.99 – $500 coupon code we happily supply you with: “6BP4F82T2VSJ97″ (Expires 07/22/2010) = $1599.99 with free shipping as well. First class deal on a first class set!

Newegg has the Hannspree ST329MUB 32″ 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV for $360 + $2 shipping = $362 shipped. Now its tough to beat this sort of offer, good for any side TV for any room in the house, and with 10,000:1 contrast ratio, it’ll look amazing.

Thanks for reading and please come back for even more amazing offers in the future!

Saturday Scary Good HDTV Deals

July 10, 2010 by  
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More great HDTV offers, so let’s get right to to savings with little ado:

Tiger Direct has a very nice deal on a decently sized Samsung P2770HD 25″ LCD HDTV for $299 – and with free shipping too. Pretty awesome price, and well-reviewed too.

Walmart has an excellent deal on a Vizio 42″ E420VL 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV for $598 with free shipping included. It’s just amazing how far prices have fallen of late, and this is just one example.

Check these out and feel free to join us tomorrow for more HDTV news.

Monday’s Marvelous HDTV Deals

July 5, 2010 by  
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It’s Monday, and its time for yet another installment of great HDTV deals. Check them out below:

Walmart – Here’s one of the better deals we’ve seen: The Vizio 37″ VO370M Eco LCD HDTV 1080p for $479 – and that includes free shipping too. First class deal, so feel free to check it out.

6ave.com – On the other side of the price spectrum, here’s a Sony KDL60EX700 60” LED Backlit HDTV & BDV-E570 3D Blu-ray Home Theater System package bundle – for $3247.00 and free shipping. Great offer and quite a bit off the suggested retail price.

Feel free to check them out and have a great day!

Battle Royale #2: Samsung vs. Vizio for HDTV sales supremecy

February 23, 2010 by  
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vizio2301It’s official: Samsung is the leading flat-panel seller in the US, according to a new study from research firm iSuppli, which tracks these kind of numbers. Vizio remains the #1 HDTV LCD seller in the US as well, which should be no great shock. Their partnership with various discount stores like Wal-Mart would easily net them this honor.

Samsung led in overall sales because it makes both Plasma and LCD flat-panel TVs, obviously, and their quality has greatly improved over the last year or two. iSuppli stated all flat-panel TV sales grabbed a 23 percent market share in 2009.

The numbers: Samsung had a 18.4 percent market share while Vizio was second with 16.8%. Bad news for Sony though: their market share dropped from 12.8% to 10.3%, a pretty sizable drop (probably mainly due to higher price).

Vizio Talk: Not cheap, just smart

February 2, 2010 by  
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vizioWell, Vizio has earned itself a decent reputation for quality with their HD units, but being present in Wal-Mart and other such stores also gets it seen as a “cheap” company that lower prices by using inferior parts. Not true, says the CEO of the company in a recent interview.

CEO William Wang’s interview with Nikkei Electronics Asia .pointed out some interesting fallacies about the company, countering the opinions of some that its TVs are made cheaply to enable them to price lower and states “You can’t make inexpensive TVs with cheap parts”. Well, actually you can if you try hard enough, but hopefully it appears that Vizio does not do so.

The interview is pretty much cheerleading for Vizio, but it might be worth a read if you think Vizios are equivalent to some cheap knock off brand.

Monday’s HDTV Deals Madness

January 18, 2010 by  
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hot-dealsWe love our deals, as evidenced by posts we’ve made like this HDTV deals post, but here we’re really looking for great offers. See below:

Walmart.com and Vizio have a very good thing going, and it continues with this great deal: The Vizio VO420E 42” Class Eco (energy savings is always good!) 1080p LCD HDTV for $648 – with free shipping too? Indeed. A year ago this type of TV was $900+ easily, so you can appreciate the recent advances in technology that have made it affordable on nearly any budget.

Crutchfield.com has a pretty amazing Sony deal (and these are among the most expensive of all 40″ class HDTVs): How about a Sony KDL-46S5100 46” Bravia Series LCD HDTV for $779.99 – $20 off coupon we have supplied for you “3A825″ (Exp 01/31/10) = $759.99 with free shipping as well. Deals and more deals, how do we do it?

Watch for more deals in the weeks to come, and thanks for reading!

HDTV Deals: Weekend Edition

January 16, 2010 by  
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hot_dealsHere’s our famous HDTV deals, something to watch a smartly-priced Blu-Ray movie on this season. Here we go:

Newegg has shattered the price barrier for 40+” TVs it seems: How about a Sceptre 40″ 4.5ms 1080p LCD X400BV-FHD for the amazing price of $500 – with free shipping too? Say it isn’t so! It goes to show you the direction prices on sets are moving.

Dell Business has some great deals on HDTVs at times, and this one is pretty good: The Vizio VT470M 47” 1080p LCD HDTV for $1099.00 – $200 instant discount via our link = $899.00, and free shipping as well. Tough to beat!

Feel free to check these deals out, as they expire at some point, needless to say.

The HDTV Sales Champion Crowned: Vizio

December 2, 2009 by  
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vizio_logoIn a not-too-surprising announcement, Vizio had a pretty good time of it on Black Friday and the period afterwards. They aren’t referred to as “America’s#1 LCD HDTV Company” for no reason. The units moved shocked us a tad bit, but not overly much.

Vizio stated that it had sold over 280,000 televisions over the entire Black Friday week. That’s up an astounding 40%  jump over this period last year, with that includes a really surprising 20,000 50-inch+ models. It seems their pitch to move upmarket a tad bit has paid off, as their label as “Wal-Mart bargain model” has slowly eroded away, and more upscale consumers are becoming Vizio followers.

We’ll keep an eye on them through the remainder of the 4th quarter to see if they can keep it up, and if any other companies can overtake them in sales.

Holiday Savings: Vizio first company to fire in holiday HDTV price wars

November 19, 2009 by  
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vizio_logoVizio is already known for pretty low prices, but they’ve put out an announcement that confirms what we already knew: they’re lowering their prices even more for the holiday shopping season, mainly at big box retailers.

Among the highlights: How about its VBR-110 Blu-Ray player for $99 at the mega-store Costco (and probably other places too), November 27-November 29 while supplies last. That’s $40 off the regular price, and is among the cheapest out there at this price. A cheap easy way to join the 1080p revolution.

Or how about the Vizio LV32M 32″ 1080p LCD HDTV for $399 from November 27-29, $50 off the normal price?

Wal-Mart is getting in on the savings too: a 19″ LCD HDTV for $178? Amazing!

There should be a company press release coming soon regarding these offers, but you’re hearing them first here at Screen Sleuth.


The Latest Vizio Legal Scuffle: A settlement with Sony

October 29, 2009 by  
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vizioBoy, Vizio seems to attract the legal battles like few others companies in recent memory (besides Apple). The very latest involves Sony and has a happy ending: they’ve settled for who knows how much money and promises made, but a settlement is a good thing for both companies in this case. Usually its Vizio doing the suing as we reported a few months back regarding their feud with Funai.

Vizio was sued by Sony in October 2008 for using patented Sony technologies, and the two went back and forth for awhile until reaching this latest settlement.

Press release from Vizio: Link

A spokesman for Sony contacted several blogs regarding this issue, and was quoted as saying:

In October 2008, Sony filed a litigation against Vizio in the Federal District Court for the Central District of California for infringement of fourteen of Sony’s patents related to color televisions and PC monitors. The parties have now settled all current patent litigation between them, with Vizio becoming a paying licensee under Sony’s patents for color televisions and PC monitors. Additionally, under the settlement, during its term, Sony will be licensed under any patents that Vizio purchased this year related to color televisions, as well as any they may own in the future that are related to color televisions or PC monitors.

Hopefully, Vizio can stay out of court for awhile and continue making solid TVs at affordable prices.

Razor’s Edge: Vizio releases LED-backlit 19″ and 23″ models

October 28, 2009 by  
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vizio_led_lgLED backlit LCD HDTVs have been the hot thing the last few months, but they’ve been restricted to the bigger models for the most part. Vizio has changed all of that with their new line of LED-backlit wonders, with a 19″ and 23″ model being released.

The 23-inch is 1080p, but both have slick, thin styling and all the color and sharpness only the smaller models can feature. Both can also function as a digital picture frame as well, making this unique gadget do double-duty, which we can always appreciate.

The 19-incher sells for $349, and the 23-inch will cost an extra $50 (not much of a jump really) out of your wallet. No exact release dates have been set as of yet, but expect these quite soon.

Thrilling Thursday HDTV Deals

October 2, 2009 by  
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210956333Two more exciting HDTV deals for you to consider:

Buy.com – How about a Samsung LN22B460 22” LCD TV for $311.00 with free shipping. Great offer for any side room and well-reviewed to boot.

Walmart.com – Purveyors of fine, low-priced HDTVs, and they usually feature Vizio models at great prices, such as the SV470XVT 47” 1080p LCD HDTV for $928.00 with free in-store delivery. For that size and specs, its pretty tough to beat.

Thanks for reading and see all of you tomorrow!

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