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VIZIO Internet Apps

Anybody up for a Plex Internet App? Beleive it or not, Vizio has been getting great reviews on their displays. At the price that these televisions are going for, I'd love for the VIZIO Internet Apps to include a portal into our favorite media server....
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  • BrandonG777BrandonG777 Posts: 49Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    bpetrel wrote:

    Anybody up for a Plex Internet App? Beleive it or not, Vizio has been getting great reviews on their displays. At the price that these televisions are going for, I'd love for the VIZIO Internet Apps to include a portal into our favorite media server....



    I just purchased a VIZIO with apps but I really doubt VZIO apps have the muscle to do something like Plex. Maybe I'm wrong but I think they're more or less just mini web pages.
  • isabellajackisabellajack Posts: 4Members
    i bought a VIZIO tv Internet Apps and i dont know how to put internet on it to access the apps does anyone know how?my uncle said You simply plug Ethernet from the TV to your broadband router.If you have a wireless N router, and do not care to run Etherent cable, get a device such as a Netgear WNCE2001, or a powerline extender system.
  • brdwebbrdweb Posts: 1Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I just purchased a VIZIO with apps but I really doubt VZIO apps have the muscle to do something like Plex. Maybe I'm wrong but I think they're more or less just mini web pages.


    I don't know why Plex couldn't eventually run on it. There are apps for Netflix, Vudu (1080i streaming!!!!) and Amazon Video. So the horsepower is there. I think it's more a matter of getting it approved for being loaded from the app store on there. They use the Yahoo platform.
  • friedflixfriedflix Posts: 1,953Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I just purchased a VIZIO with apps but I really doubt VZIO apps have the muscle to do something like Plex. Maybe I'm wrong but I think they're more or less just mini web pages.


    with Laika and the new thin client, maybe an app could be produced...
  • lowkey127lowkey127 Posts: 1Members, Plex Pass
    edited November 2011
    cfriedberg wrote:

    with Laika and the new thin client, maybe an app could be produced...


    It would also give you more than one option to integrate plex on a smaller TV. Right now the only option sub 40" is the Samsung UN32d6000, and it does have the wireless capability that some of the smaller Vizio tv's have.
  • ltrayanovltrayanov Posts: 4Members
    edited January 2012
    It would be nice if we get a Vizio App.
    Based on stock reports, they were the second biggest seller of smart TV in the US market for 2011.
  • Linux_CoderLinux_Coder Posts: 1Members
    I just bought a Vizio 37" with internet connectivity which uses the Yahoo widgets for the internet content. The Yahoo widgets are developed in JavaScript. I have downloaded the widget development kit and I am currently in the process of dissecting the Roku Plex application. I hope to have a Yahoo widget developed for my Plex media server within the next couple of months. It will be very interesting to see weather the TV has enough horsepower to run the widget or not.
  • Would love to see this; let me know if there's anything i can do to help... I have a Roku & a VIA-enabled TV, but can't say I've done too much on the coding front.
  • CodeMonkeyCodeMonkey Posts: 1Members
    I would also love to be able to stream stuff from my computer to my Vizio TV through the Vizio internet apps. I have also considered writing the code to make it happen.

    Linux_Code_gen: Have you made any headway on this? I don't think it will be really easy since dealing with streams is usually a pain in the butt. I'm having a hard time finding documentation on this, or even getting the code of existing Vizio-yahoo widgets. Would you mind pointing me in the right direction?
  • ElxiliathElxiliath Posts: 11Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    If we can get this working I'd gladly contribute either by donating some time testing, coding or debugging as well as donating $100 or so.
  • JasonBJasonB Posts: 22Members
    About to buy the Vizio e3d470vx, if I can get a plex app for it I wouldn't have to purchase another device just for plex.
    I didn't plan on getting a blu ray to start and finding a low cost one that is 3D and wireless with plex support is a little difficult :)
    jb
  • lavahotlavahot Posts: 1Members, Plex Pass
    I'm a programmer and I've looked at the docs for creating a VIA app and it doesn't appear to be too difficult. I haven't seen the code for Plex's Roku app, but I bet it would be a fairly easy port. The Roku uses a language called brightscript, while vizio TVs use Yahoo widgets, which are javascript. From what I saw of the Yahoo Widgets and Roku Dev docs, they use the same technology to stream content (HTTP) and both seem to work with H.264 and AAC, but depending on the OEM the capacity of the TV to handle certain schemes or bitrates might differ. The VIA library KONtx handles different bitrates so if PMS can throw multiple bitrates at the client all should be well. Also, I'm willing to bet their control interfaces are a bit different to implement as the menuing systems are quite different. That should be the hardest part to put together as it will require more GUI design than the current release of the Roku client. There's the widget bar at the bottom, the side menu, both of which can be accessed from almost anywhere, and the main app screen, if Plex chooses to implement one, which seems to be custom as they vary wildly from app to app.

    I have a Roku box for the TV in my room and a Vizio TV with VIA Internet apps in the living room, which my folks watch constantly. I bought them a Mac Mini for the SOLE PURPOSE of using Plex as an alternative to DirecTV. The only problem is that using the Plex client on the Mac is a bit complicated as it has to be booted up every time they want to use it, and it's difficult for them to control it. They know how to use the VIA apps, however, as they use the same remote and don't have to bother trying to control the mac with their iPhones. If the Plex guys could come out with a VIA app, I will love them forever. Pending that, I might have a look at trying to get one together from the Roku code, or at least some bastardization of one. ;)
  • worxman02worxman02 Posts: 1Members
    lavahot wrote:

    I'm a programmer and I've looked at the docs for creating a VIA app and it doesn't appear to be too difficult. I haven't seen the code for Plex's Roku app, but I bet it would be a fairly easy port. The Roku uses a language called brightscript, while vizio TVs use Yahoo widgets, which are javascript. From what I saw of the Yahoo Widgets and Roku Dev docs, they use the same technology to stream content (HTTP) and both seem to work with H.264 and AAC, but depending on the OEM the capacity of the TV to handle certain schemes or bitrates might differ. The VIA library KONtx handles different bitrates so if PMS can throw multiple bitrates at the client all should be well. Also, I'm willing to bet their control interfaces are a bit different to implement as the menuing systems are quite different. That should be the hardest part to put together as it will require more GUI design than the current release of the Roku client. There's the widget bar at the bottom, the side menu, both of which can be accessed from almost anywhere, and the main app screen, if Plex chooses to implement one, which seems to be custom as they vary wildly from app to app.

    I have a Roku box for the TV in my room and a Vizio TV with VIA Internet apps in the living room, which my folks watch constantly. I bought them a Mac Mini for the SOLE PURPOSE of using Plex as an alternative to DirecTV. The only problem is that using the Plex client on the Mac is a bit complicated as it has to be booted up every time they want to use it, and it's difficult for them to control it. They know how to use the VIA apps, however, as they use the same remote and don't have to bother trying to control the mac with their iPhones. If the Plex guys could come out with a VIA app, I will love them forever. Pending that, I might have a look at trying to get one together from the Roku code, or at least some bastardization of one. ;)


    Any news on the VIA App front?
  • freshjerkyfreshjerky Posts: 1Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    +1 for this
  • BokononBokonon Posts: 35Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    I'd love to see this as well, though I've been able to get the Media app along with the DLNA server to play a lot of my files. I'd rather have a native plex client though
  • ltrayanovltrayanov Posts: 4Members
    Bokonon wrote:

    I'd love to see this as well, though I've been able to get the Media app along with the DLNA server to play a lot of my files. I'd rather have a native plex client though


    How did you get DLNA working on Vizio VIA TV?
    What Media app re you referring too?

    Cheers
    Lubo
  • hinds.ja@gmail.comhinds.ja@gmail.com Posts: 4Members, Plex Pass
    I recently bought a Vizio with Internet Apps and think Plex would make a great addition. Has anyone pursued this far enough to determine if it is even possible?
  • BokononBokonon Posts: 35Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass
    lubeto wrote:

    How did you get DLNA working on Vizio VIA TV?
    What Media app re you referring too?

    Cheers
    Lubo


    It's just the app called "Media" I think it was installed by default. I'm pretty sure it is the same one you would use if you plugged a USB stick with pictures,music,videos on it into the TV. As soon as I go into it my DLNA server shows up.

    I really don't like the interface it has so I use my roku. A native interface would be a lot nicer though
  • Bokonon wrote:

    It's just the app called "Media" I think it was installed by default. I'm pretty sure it is the same one you would use if you plugged a USB stick with pictures,music,videos on it into the TV. As soon as I go into it my DLNA server shows up.

    I really don't like the interface it has so I use my roku. A native interface would be a lot nicer though


    Hi, I just came across this thread after updating to the latest PMS. I do not see the DLNA server in my VIA Media app. Can you describe your setup a little more (SW versions, TV model, etc. - see my info below)?

    I am running PMS Version 0.9.6.3.140-9c9f5ce
    My Vizio is a XVT553SV, firmware VIZIO_C7.0.1.0-S

    Is anyone else able to access DLNA in a Vizio set?
    Thanks
  • mendelsdmendelsd Posts: 1Members
    Plex Music and stored videos work great with the Vizio Internet Apps "Media" button.

    However, video channels like CBS, USANetwork, or ESPN3 don't work. Has anyone had any luck with those?
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