VIZIO has, over the past several years, become a highly influential HDTV brand in the U.S., as well as one of the leading purveyors of smart TVs. Now the upstart manufacturer is adding to the increasingly crowded streaming media player market with its second such attempt to “smartify” traditional “dumb” HDTVs from itself and any number of other companies.
VIZIO’s new Co-Star LT Stream Player includes the VIZIO Internet Apps Plus smart TV platform, the same that’s available on the VIZIO M-Series line of smart TVs. Internet Apps Plus’ full-screen app library features Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, iHeartRadio, M‑GO, Netflix, YouTube, VUDU and more. An HDMI input and output allow you to browse apps in a carousel view while still watching live TV.
The $80 Co-Star LT also features built-in Wi-Fi and smartphone/tablet second screen interactivity that allows you to discover and play content from apps like YouTube or Netflix on your TV. It supports 1080p Full HD and 3D content, and delivers HTML 5 app support. Its USB port enables playback from other media devices.
VIZIO’s first streaming player, a $100 unit dubbed simply Co-Star, integrated Google TV, which never took in the marketplace and sounds as if it’s about to go totally bye-bye. The Co-Star LT, thankfully, doesn’t waste its (or our) time and resources on Google TV.