Vizio LED-backlit HDTVs implement smart dimming for precise black levels

Date Announced: 08 Jan 2010

VIZIO launches arsenal of LED backlit LCD HDTVs in 2010.

•Increases LED Backlit HDTV Models by over 1000% in 2010
•New LED Backlit Models in Sizes ranging from 72” TruLED (Direct Type) with up to 480 zones of Smart Dimming Technology thru 42” TruLED with up to 120 zones of Smart Dimming Technology
•Smart Dimming Technology now available in VIZIO Razor (edge lit) LED LCD HDTVs in sizes from 55” thru 32” for precise black levels and optimized picture quality
•All Models deliver Energy Savings, Energy Star 4.0 Compliant

VIZIO, America’s #1 LCD HDTV Company, announced its most comprehensive lineup of LED LCD HDTVs yet, with 37 models in the XVT Pro Series, XVT Series and M Series, spanning screen sizes from 16” to 72.” Demonstrating VIZIO’s leadership ability at any price point, their XVT Pro series with TruLED™ incorporates VIZIO’s most advanced HDTV technologies, including 480Hz SPS with Smooth Motion™ and Smart Dimming™. In addition, most of their Razor LED™ sets combine Smart Dimming for precise black levels and optimized picture quality, and all sets are designed with slim, stylish features matched with high performance.

Many sets offer VIZIO Internet Apps™ (VIA), built-in high definition wireless (802.11n dual-band) or wired networking to enable on demand movies, TV episodes, music and other online content. VIZIO is also offering audio quality through SRS audio processing. VIZIO’s LED LCD HDTV designs ensure high-energy efficiency and Energy Star 4.0 qualification for all sets.

“We believe consumers deserve an opportunity to purchase the latest technology at an incredible value and LED backlit HDTVs are no exception,” said Laynie Newsome, VIZIO Co-Founder and VP Sales and Marketing Communications. “VIZIO customers will soon be able to choose their favorite LED backlit set in sizes ranging from 72” with TruLED backlighting to as small as 16” with Razor thin designs and enjoy excellent picture quality and function.”

“With their new product line, most of VIZIO’s new TVs will use roughly 50% less power than their prior models,” said Noah Horowitz, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council. “Much of this remarkable progress is made through the use of state of the art light emitting diodes (LEDs) to illuminate the TV screen. What’s particularly encouraging about their announcement is that VIZIO is making these energy saving improvements across the board. Whether it is simply a smaller 19” TV for the kitchen or a 55” big screen TV for the family room, their customers can be assured that they are buying an energy efficient one.”

XVT Pro Series TruLED 1080p FHD 480Hz SPS with Smooth Motion and Smart Dimming Defining state of the art performance, VIZIO’s 72”, 55” and 47” Full HD3D™ TVs advance refresh rates to 480Hz SPS with VIZIO’s Smooth Motion technology. The TruLED Full HD3D HDTVs incorporate the very latest in advanced HDTV technology with 480Hz SPS, TruLED brilliant LEDs pervade the entire screen, Smart Dimming circuitry controls hundreds of zones of LEDs per screen to the precise light level per picture frame, Full HD3D delivers stunning 3D images in Full HD 1080P resolution, with advanced features like VIZIO INTERNET APPS™ (VIA) built-in high definition wireless (802.11n dual-band) and wired networking, a Bluetooth universal remote control with sliding QWERTY keyboard, and Wireless HDMI which allows the TV to receive HD video and audio from sources without an HDMI cable.

XVT Series TruLED 1080p FHD 240Hz SPS with Smooth Motion and Smart Dimming VIZIO XVT HDTVs offer 240Hz SPS (Scenes Per Second) refresh rates with Smooth Motion technology to enable extraordinary picture quality thanks to their TruLED backlighting technology (Direct Type LED) these sets are designed under 3”, with over 120 zones of Smart Dimming and deliver an incredible 10 million to 1 dynamic contrast ratio. Brightness is 500 nits, and each display is capable of displaying 1.06 billion colors through the use of 10-bit data input panels. Ambient light sensing technology also helps ensure colors stay true with deeper blacks even in brighter environments. VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA), with 802.11n dual-band wireless networking provides access to on demand movies, TV episodes, music and other online content -- all controlled from the included Bluetooth universal remote control.

XVT Series Razor LED 1080p FHD Sets with 120Hz Smooth Motion and Smart Dimming Featuring VIZIO’s first Razor LED edge-type 37” and 32” sets with 16 zones of Smart Dimming, these Full HD 120Hz sets with Smooth Motion technology have a less than two-inch (2”) thin profile and a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. Brightness is 450 nits, and 1.06 billion colors can be reproduced. Both sets include VIA with built-in wireless (802.11n dual-band) and wired networking and Bluetooth universal remote control. Ambient light sensing technology also helps ensure colors stay true with deeper blacks even in brighter environments. Both sets are Energy Star 4.0 rated.

XVT Series Razor LEDs in Small Screen Sizes VIZIO’s Razor LED design makes these 23” and 19” HDTVs visually striking. Ultra thin design of 1.7 inches, an edge-to-edge glass screen and chrome edging, these sets have an appearance as appealing as their picture quality. Using Edge-type LED backlights, they achieve a brightness of 300 nits, with a 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. An integrated USB port enables digital photo frame functionality. With ambient light sensing technology for additional energy efficiency, these eco-friendly sets are Energy Star 4.0 compliant.

M Series TruLED 1080p FHD 120Hz Sets with Smooth Motion These M Series 120Hz LED sets are available in 55”, 47” and 42” sizes, using Edge-type LED backlighting that allows a two-inch (2”) profile with up to 16 zones of Smart Dimming, for dynamic contrast ratios of 1,000,000:1 in the 47” and 55” models and 100,000:1 in the 42” models, with brightness of 450 nits. Reproducing 1.06 billion colors with 10-bit data input panels, they feature VIZIO’s Ambient Light Sensor for improved contrast and deeper blacks, especially in brighter environments. The 55’ and one 47” set includes VIA with built-in wireless (802.11n dual-band) and wired networking and Bluetooth universal remote control. Each set is Energy Star 4.0 rated.

M Series Razor LED 1080p FHD Sets in 37” and 32” Screen Sizes These slim design mid-size HDTVs offer either 60Hz or 120Hz refresh rates, with dynamic contrast ratios of up to 100,000:1. All models are Energy Star 4.0 qualified.

M Series Razor LED LCD HDTVs in Small Screen Sizes With screen sizes starting at 16”, up to 26”, these sleek and slim Razor design HDTVs have 60Hz refresh rates with either 1080p or 720p resolution. The M261VP and the M220NV are the smallest available screen sizes with VIA and wireless (802.11n) and wired networking. Each set has earned Energy Star 4.0 certification.

Demonstrations of the VIZIO XVT Pro products and the VIA platform will be held by appointment for key business partners, analysts and press in Las Vegas during private CES press meetings January 6th through 9th at the Wynn Hotel’s, Chambertin ballrooms. Interested content and service partners should contact VIZIO at partners@vizio.com.

About VIZIO
VIZIO, Inc., "Where Vision Meets Value," headquartered in Irvine, California, is America’s HDTV and Consumer Electronics Company. In 2007, VIZIO skyrocketed to the top by becoming the #1 selling brand of flat panel HDTVs in North America and became the first American brand in over a decade to lead major categories in U.S. TV sales. Since 2007 VIZIO HDTV shipments remain in the TOP ranks in the U.S. and were again #1 in Q1, 2009 with over 20% market share. VIZIO is committed to bringing feature-rich flat panel televisions to market at a value through practical innovation. VIZIO offers a broad range of award winning LCD HDTVs including the new XVT series. VIZIO’s products are found at Costco Wholesale, Sam's Club, Sears, Walmart, Target, BJ's Wholesale, and other retailers nationwide along with authorized online partners. VIZIO has won numerous awards including a #1 ranking in the Inc. 500 for Top Companies in Computers and Electronics, Good Housekeeping's Best Big-Screens, CNET's Top 10 Holiday Gifts and PC World's Best Buy among others. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit on the web at www.VIZIO.com.

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