Spanish-Language Films and TV Shows Now Streaming Free on VIZIO
IRVINE Calif., Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO, Inc., the #1 American-based TV brand1 and #1 sound bar brand in America2 today announced the launch of 10 Spanish-speaking channels for its millions of SmartCast viewers across America. The channels include top-rated multicultural productions from around the world and popular shows dubbed into Spanish.
The new linear channels can be found under the "VIZIO Free Channels" section from the SmartCast HomeTM screen and will complement VIZIO's WatchFreeTM service. In total, SmartCast viewers have access to over 200+ free linear TV channels of news, TV shows, movies and sports.
Ahead of National Hispanic Heritage Month which recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States, these new channels cater to the Spanish-speaking community and offer free, ad-supported programming including comedies, game shows, telenovelas, action, dramas, thrillers and crime genres for viewers of all ages to enjoy.
"From multicultural original productions to popular shows dubbed in Spanish, today VIZIO is making thousands of hours of Spanish-driven content available to all SmartCast users," said Katherine Pond, VP of Business Development for VIZIO, "We're thrilled to offer a 24/7 line-up of some of the best entertainment and programming options designed specifically for Spanish-speaking audiences."
Effective immediately, users can find a carousel of Spanish language channels with free content available 24/7 from the SmartCast Home screen:
VIX is launching its market-leading VIX app, which offers over 20,000 hours of free Latino-focused films and TV shows. VIX is the #1 most downloaded entertainment app on Android devices in Mexico ahead of Netflix (according to App Annie) and Top 5 or 10 in both US Hispanic and every country in Latin America on Roku. VIX will also be offering a lineup of movies for Hispanic Heritage Month in September which will include Windows on the World, starring Edward James Olmos, and Homebound, directed by Fanny Veliz. The free VIX app complements the company's free Hispanic "super fan" linear channels on VIZIO which include:
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) recently announced the launch of Sony Canal, a new free, ad-supported television destination for Spanish speaking viewers in the US. Sony Canal is debuting its first Spanish language ad-supported streaming channels on VIZIO SmartCast including:
"The US Hispanic audience is one of the most rapidly growing segments in the country, and we are pleased to make these ad-supported streaming channels available to them through VIZIO SmartCast," said TC Schultz, EVP, Networks Operations, Programming & Strategy, Sony Pictures Television. "With this partnership, we are excited to be able to provide a wide array of programming that appeals to this growing audience of multifaceted, Spanish-speaking viewers."
"The launch of the VIX app on VIZIO's SmartCast platform builds upon the successful launch earlier this year of VIX's linear channels on VIZIO's WatchFree," said Richard Hull, Head of Streaming Platforms & Chief Strategy Officer at VIX. "Having just surpassed 20,000 hours of content in our offering, we're excited to be able to launch this additional partnership for our audiences."
In addition to free content, VIZIO provides convenient access to on-screen apps like Apple TV, Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, YouTubeTV, Peacock and others. It also includes support for Apple AirPlay 2 & Chromecast built-in, allowing viewers to stream, control, and share content from their phone, tablet, or laptop directly to the big screen. VIZIO SmartCast is continuously enhancing the platform with new features and content, so users have endless entertainment options, all while staying healthy and safe in their homes.
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