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Vizio tablet firmware update brings Netflix support

Built-in Netflix support and streaming now available for Vizio tablet owners

California-based company Vizio announced Monday its plans to incorporate Netflix onto the next firmware update to the Vizio tablet. The new update will allow members to log into their Netflix account for instant browsing and streaming.

With an abundance of movies and TV shows to offer, Netflix is the ideal application to pre-load on our VIZO Tablets,” said Vizio Chief Technology Officer Matt McRae in the press release.

The 8-inch Vizio tablet, however, does not currently include models with 3G or 4G support, so the streaming will only be available where WiFi hotspots are in range. Those who do not have a Netflix account in the U.S. can always subscribe for $7.99 per month. Users will be granted access to the large library of TV and movie programs for streaming currently offered by the service.

The news comes two months after the official announcement of Hulu Plus support for the Vizio tablet. With both well-known streaming providers under its belt, Vizio will certainly have a leg up in the media tablet competition. The Netflix update should be available now for all Vizio tablet owners.

Released in July, the tablet includes a single-core 1GHz CPU, Android Gingerbread, 512MB RAM, 1024x768 resolution screen, 3 built-in speakers, microSD reader  and an IR blaster. The unit is intended to stay indoors as a central controller for home media devices. A 4GB model currently sells for just $289 on Amazon.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-10-11 (Update: 2012-05-26)