Vizio SmartCast TVs Get Alexa Voice Search Update

Vizio has announced expanded Alexa voice control capabilities for SmartCast TVs dating back to the 2016 model year.

Owners of Vizio TVs with a nearby Amazon Echo device can now use voice commands to search for movies or shows by title, genre, or cast member in addition to being able to turn the TV on or off, change inputs, and play and pause programs.

Once the Alexa skill has been enabled on a SmartCast TV, viewers can simply say, “Alexa, find the show This Is Us, for example, and the TV will display viewing options with pricing and video format across multiple apps.

Alexa voice commands can also be used to launch apps such as Prime Video or Hulu or to search for programs by genres such as romantic comedies or horror without having to touch the TV’s remote control.

The update is automatic and viewers are notified via an on-screen prompt when the update is live.

The new Alexa voice control capabilities are available only on SmartCast TVs enabled with SmartCast Home, Vizio said.

The company also announced that “more SmartCast TV models” will soon be compatible with Google Assistant, allowing viewers to use voice commands on that platform to turn the TV on and off, launch apps, switch inputs, change picture modes, activate closed captioning, and play, pause, or rewind the movie or show they are watching.

Details on how to pair a Vizio SmartCast TV with Alexa are covered in this video.

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