Vizio XVT Series Ships Monday 
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Written by Dick Ward   
Tuesday, 09 February 2010

Vizio’s new XVT series marks an impressive entry in connected TV market.  Not only are Vizio’s LED backlit LCDs impressive to look at, but they have as many if not more streaming options than any of their competition.

All three sets in the line feature access to Vizio’s streaming services which include access to the major video streaming services: Netflix, VUDU, Blockbuster VoD, Amazon VoD, and CinemaNow.  You’ll also be able to check out internet video from and Revision3, music from Rhapsody and Pandora, and even do some socializing on Twitter.  Because of the need for more complex controls, Vizio has equipped their standard remote with a slide out QWERTY keyboard.

The set’s not bad either.  The two larger sets in the series are LED backlit and sport 640 LEDs divided into 80 control blocks.  The sets use Smart Dimming to control each of these blocks individually which allows for a reported 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio.

The smallest set in the series, a 42” model, sports a standard LCD screen without LED backlighting.  It runs $949, much cheaper than the other two in the series.  Going up five inches and six hundred dollars will get you the SV472XVT.  At the top of the line, the VF552XVT is a fully featured 55” set that sells for $1,999.

Vizio’s XVT televisions are available directly from Vizio or from Amazon with free shipping.

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