More and more people are looking to adopt the latest smart home technology. From the latest smart appliances to digital voice assistants, smart home tech boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and there are no signs of it slowing down.
Consumers are reinventing their homes like never before, and one piece of smart tech many homeowners have is a smart TV. Smart TVs allow you to access various streaming services and other types of entertainment content. Smart TVs connect to your home internet connection, eliminating the need for a traditional cable connection or antenna.
One popular company, Vizio, sells multiple types of smart TVs. Its TVs come preloaded with core applications, but there are also apps that users can download onto another device and cast or AirPlay to the TV.
In this post, we’re going to discuss which apps are built-in to Vizio smart TVs and some examples of apps that are Chromecast and AirPlay-compatible.
Core Vizio Smart TV Apps
When you buy a Vizio smart TV, the device comes preloaded with various applications that you can open to stream content. Vizio TVs have a built-in platform called SmartCast, which automatically updates itself with new apps and features periodically.
Here are some examples of apps that come preloaded on Vizio Smart TVs:
- HBO Max
- Prime Video
- Apple TV
- YouTube TV
There are even more apps to choose from in various genres, such as Kids and Family, News and Opinion, Sports and Music. However, you may want to download other apps to your smartphone that will allow you to cast or AirPlay to your smart TV.
5 Chromecast/AirPlay-Enabled Apps to Use With Your Vizio Smart TV
Remember that you cannot download apps directly onto your Vizio smart TV. Vizio TVs operate on the company’s SmartCast platform — which, unfortunately, does not have an app store.
If you do not see an app you’re looking for, you can likely still watch the app’s content using the TV’s Chromecast or Apple AirPlay features. Additionally, various apps on both the Google Play Store and iOS App Store are compatible with Chromecast, Apple AirPlay 2 or both. As long as you have an Android or iPhone capable of casting or AirPlaying content, you’re set!
Below are some apps you can still access using your Vizio smart TV’s built-in Chromecast and AirPlay 2 features.
According to its company website, Spotify is one of the most popular audio streaming subscription apps with over 380 million subscribers. While Vizio smart TVs do not come with Spotify built-in, you can easily stream your favorite playlists or podcasts onto your Vizio TV.
When you open the Spotify app on your smartphone, there should be an option to Google Cast the app onto your TV. Spotify is available on the Google Play and iOS App Store.
TNT is compatible with Apple AirPlay and Chromecast. The TNT app has movies, live TV, and TV shows ready for streaming. You can easily connect to your Vizio smart TV when you enter the app and begin watching content.
Some popular shows on the TNT app are Snowpiercer, Rich & Shameless and Supernatural.
Another popular channel that has Chromecast and AirPlay compatibility is Showtime. The Showtime library has plenty of TV series, movies, sports, documentaries and comedy specials worth watching.
As long as you have a Showtime subscription and the app downloaded, you’ll be able to connect it to your TV using its Chromecast or AirPlay features.
For sports lovers, you know that watching sports on a TV screen is much better than watching games on your smartphone or tablet. The ESPN+ app does require a monthly subscription fee, so make sure you work that into your budget.
ESPN+ is yet another app compatible with Vizio smart TVs. Consider downloading ESPN+ for news coverage, game highlights, scores and even commentary for the major sports leagues, including the MLB, NFL, NBA and more.
The ABC app has you covered, whether you want to tune in to Grey’s Anatomy, Black-ish or American Idol. You can download the ABC app onto your smartphone and use Chromecast or AirPlay.
ABC has a lot of hit shows, and you can stream anywhere at any time using the ABC app.
Because they are not Vizio core apps, these five apps have to be downloaded onto one of your devices to stream content to your Vizio TV. With these apps and the core Vizio apps, you won’t miss a beat when it comes to streaming your favorite content.
Download Apps to Stream Content to Your Vizio TV
While Vizio has spent time improving its products, customers have to deal with one flaw: they cannot download apps directly from an app store onto their TV.
However, consider downloading Chromecast or AirPlay-compatible apps so you can still stream your favorite content on your TV. Other apps on the Google Play and iOS App Store are compatible with Chromecast and AirPlay — so what are you waiting for? Get browsing!
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