SmartCast is the default operating system for Vizio TVs, with inbuilt features like Chromecast and Apple Airplay. SmartCast is available on all newer model Vizio TVs, but how do you know if your current model is compatible with SmartCast?
How Do I Know if My Vizio TV Has SmartCast?
SmartCast was first introduced on the Vizio V-series lineup back in 2016, and they have since adopted SmartCast as its default operating system.
This means that Vizio TVs manufactured since 2018 have inbuilt SmartCast. Although there are other models that had SmartCast before this time, VIA and VIA+ are popular among older model Vizio TVs.
You can confirm that your Vizio TV has SmartCast by checking the TV’s user manual, the system information on the TV menu, or by the presence of a V button on your remote.
Here’s how to check your Vizio TV’s system information.
- First, press the HOME button on your remote to open the Menu tab.
- Next, select “System” or “Help” depending on which option is available on your model.
- Finally, select the System Information option.
I’ll be providing a table below with timeline information about Vizio TVs that support SmartCast, VIA+, or VIA according to the dates they were released.
|2015 and earlier.||NO||YES||YES|
|2016||YES introduced on models like the P-series.||YES available on Smart and Tuner-less TVs.||YES only on a few models.|
|2017||YES available on some smart TVs.||YES available on some Tuner-less TVs.||NO|
|2018 and present.||YES available on all models.||NO||NO|
From the table above, YES means the technology was available for models released within that time period, and NO means that they were not or no longer available at that time.
If you find out that your Vizio TV doesn’t support SmartCast, then it should support VIA and VIA+.
You can download apps and channels on your TV through VIA and VIA+, and it is quite similar to the SmartCast, but with the SmartCast being more advanced with more features and advantages.
How do I find out what model my TV is?
Your TV’s model number is a combination of letters and numbers that is unique to every TV. You can find your TV’s model on the product sticker found on the back of the TV.
The product sticker is mostly located on the right bottom corner or the bottom center on the back of Vizio TVs.
What does VIA mean on Vizio TV?
VIA means VIZIO Internet Apps Plus, and is the operating system for some older Vizio TVs. In addition, VIA and VIA+ enabled TVs function almost identically to SmartCast in that they allow you to stream your favorite TV shows from apps such as Netflix, Hulu, and others.
VIA-enabled TVs also support mirroring or casting content from some apps on your mobile device.
Does SmartCast cost money?
Vizio SmartCast is absolutely free to use with over 250+ free channels with no subscriptions, logins, or fees straight out of the box.
In summary, you can know if your Vizio TV has SmartCast from the system information on the menu, the user manual that shows details of the TV, or by year of release through the table above.
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