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Vizio Rolls Out New Home Screen That Resembles Streaming Service Menus

Vizio Rolls Out New Home Screen That Resembles Streaming Service Menus

Viewers can find the show or movie they want directly from the home screen, plus get Rotten Tomatoes reviews.

CNET freelancer Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, a journalist and pop-culture junkie, is co-author of “Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? The Lost Toys, Tastes and Trends of the ’70s and ’80s,” as well as “The Totally Sweet ’90s.” If Marathon candy bars ever come back, she’ll be first in line.

Vizio TV users, your home screen is about to change. But the new look should be familiar to anyone who’s used streaming services recently, since the format is similar. You’ll see promoted shows and auto-playing video up top, navigation icons on the left, and content recommendations below that.

The enhanced Vizio home screen will begin rolling out to most Vizio Smart TVs from the 2016 model year and later in the coming weeks, a Vizio spokesperson told CNET in an email.

The new home screen is meant to improve users’ abilities to discover, navigate, personalize and stream content. There are revamped menus, settings and navigation features, and a redesigned virtual keyboard and genre pages.

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You can now find the show or movie you want directly from the home screen, and personalize the row of apps with your favorites. Movies and shows from different apps and services will all be centralized in the same spot. The home screen also features built-in Rotten Tomatoes scores and Common Sense Media parental guidance.

“The Vizio home screen is the next step in our evolution to bring our consumers the best entertainment experience. Our goal is to make it easy for our consumers to experience our latest innovations as soon as they are available, even on older Vizio smart TVs,” said Vizio vice president Kaitlyn Collins in a statement. “The rollout and availability of the new Vizio home screen is another manifestation of the idea that, even after consumers purchase a TV from us, we’ll continue to offer value, support and innovation to their viewing experience.”

CNET has included Vizio in our roundup of the best budget TVs, and we named the Vizio V-Series our best budget 4K TV for picture quality.

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