January 10, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Vizio has a four step plan for Google TV. Steps 1 and 2 are introduce the two new Google TV products announced at CES: the Vizio VBR430, a 3D Blu-ray player with some Google TV integration; and the Vizio VAP430 Stream Player, a mini set-top box that connects users to Google TV. Step 4 is to hopefully profit.
Of course, like the classic South Park bit, what exactly Step 3 will be is unclear. Vizio must find a way to entice users to embrace its new Google TV devices that have VIA Plus, Vizio’s system that is designed to enable “unified on-demand content” for multiple devices. The idea is that you’ll be able to access the same great video content on your big screen, tablet, or mobile phone. (Vizio is releasing a VIA Plus Phone and Tablet that has a built-in IR blast, universal remote control app, and HDMI output, and DLNA to enable continuous media options.)
The VBR430 is a Blu-ray player with Google TV and VIA Plus built-in It has the common GTV features of Chrome browser and Flash videos, and supports DLNA and HDMI. The device comes with a QWERTY keyboard and has a customized interface built by Vizio. Price and availability details have not yet been announced, but pre-orders will begin this spring 2012.
The VAP430 is a Stream Player, a tiny box that connects to a television and introduces Vizio’s take on Google TV. Amazon Instant, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Netflix, YouTube, and dozens more media streaming services, apps, and websites instantly become available on the television. There’s also an interesting little remote with a dedicated touchpad and integration designed to control all aspects of VIA Plus. Price or release date have not been announced.