Why are VIZIO Smart TVs So Cheap?

We can no longer ignore the value of Vizio Smart TVs in the highly competitive Smart TV market because of their strong consistency in innovative upgrades and sleek designs over the years.

Much like Samsung, LG and Sony Smart TVs, VIZIO TVs offer some of the best top-of-the-line Smart TV functions today, with 4K UHD Ultra Slim models packed with AI ThinQ core CPUs, HDR 10+ Dolby surround, and inbuilt Alexa voice, Chromecast and Free TV.

However, what surprises many users is the price of a Vizio Smart TV today. A lot of sceptics have observed that the prices of VIZIO Smart TVs don’t add up to their performance capabilities, especially when compared with their close competitors.

Cheap Vizio TV Features

Vizio Smart TVs are among the cheapest in the market today. Take, for instance, the VIZIO 65″ 4K UHD Smart TV

It comes with full HDR 10+ Dolby Vision functionality with HDMI 2.1 support that can clock data transfer speeds up to 48 Gbps.

This Smart TV comes with inbuilt low latency Gaming capabilities and is currently sold on Amazon for only $454.16.

A higher configuration is the VIZIO P Series A 65″ Premium 4K UHD Quantum Color LED Smart TV with HDR 10+ Dolby vision. It also comes with Alexa voice command and Chromecast inbuilt and currently sells for $999.

You can compare this with the Samsung’s equivalent, the Samsung 65″ class UHD 4K TV with inbuilt Alexa, selling on Amazon for $636; and Samsung 55″ curved SUHD Quantum Dot Smart TV, which goes for $3,300 (used).

LG also has a close follow-up, the LG Nano Cell Serie 80, a 65″ 4K UHD Quantum HDR AI powered Smart TV with inbuilt Alexa, which currently sells for $797; and the LG QNED mini LED 90 series 65″ Smart TV with Nano Cell UHD display, selling for $2,099.

Even Sony’s Bravia XR Full-Array LED 4K UHD Smart TV goes for $898; with the low-end version, the Sony Bravia XR OLED 4K UHD Smart TV selling for $798.

We’ve seen a consistent decline in the prices of Smart TVs recently, but this article explores why Vizio Smart TVs are much cheaper than others.

Why are Vizio Smart TVs so Cheap?

  1. Content/Service Driven Focus
  2. Reduced Production Costs
  3. Ad-Supported Revenue
  4. Data Collection for Direct Consumer Entertainment Services

1. Content and Service Driven Focus

Vizio Smart TV makers have shifted their focus from simply selling TV sets to exploring other revenue opportunities in the TV Streaming/Entertainment Streaming industry. 

Such thinking led to the announcement of the ‘Vizio Watch Free TV‘. Vizio Free TV is a network of over 100 local and foreign TV channels with thousands of movies, series, sports events, news updates, comedy and lifestyle, and family entertainment, available to watch for free.

VIZIO free TV has popular news channels such as CNN, USA Today, Yahoo Finance, CBSN, and OAN+ and Sports Channels such as MLB, CBS Sports, WPT, Fox Sports and NFL Channel.

Other movie Channels include Pluto TV Action, Film Rise Free Movies, Black Cinema, and Pluto TV BET Star.

Vizio TV’s strategy was to diversify its options, selling innovative TV units at almost zero break-evens, hoping to earn revenues from sponsored TV channels and movie airings.

2. Reduced Production Costs

The production costs of Electronics, including Smart TVs, has reduced drastically over the years.

Most Smart TV makers are beginning to employ the use of robots to cut down production costs. 

Companies like Sony have already succeeded in cutting down up to 70% of production costs using robots, and others aren’t so far behind. 

3. Vizio’s Ad-Supported Revenue

The holy grail of reduced Smart TV prices seen in Vizio Smart TVs is Ad-Supported airings featuring popular movies, news, sports and lifestyle channels.

In the 4th Quarter of 2021, Vizio reported a 74% increase in ad-generated revenue, amounting to 195.1 Million Dollars. 

Like other Smart TV makers, Vizio has come to realize the potential in driving revenue from ad-services targeted through Smart TV screens, more particularly since the announcement of the over 15 million active Smartcast users on Vizio Smart TVs in January 2022.

4. Data Collection for Direct Consumer Entertainment Services

Another hidden way Vizio makes money is by directly ‘selling’ users’ 

data collected while streaming favourite movies, shows, and channels, and selling to advertising and Media companies.

Vizio’s management team have announced that the revenue earned from data sales and Ad-Supported services doubled that of their direct product sales in 2021.

Vizio has a Data Services subsidiary called Inscape that utilizes user data collected via ACR (Automatic Content Recognition) to deliver targeted behaviour-related ads to their viewers, maximizing ad-relevance.

Although Vizio was slammed with a lawsuit for this back in 2017 that cost them almost $2 Million, the company has since changed their approach to a more direct method of Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI).

You shouldn’t be surprised to see a notification informing you that VIZIO may track your TV streaming habit and other data shared with their ad partners. 

While they’ve assured you, there’s no personal data collected, you can turn off the targeted ad services if you so wish.

  • To do that, select the menu button on the remote and head to ‘system’.
  • Go to Reset & Admin > Highlight viewing data
  • Select the toggle to turn it off.

With VIZIO taking the lead, we’re assured of even lower prices for the most advanced Smart TVs yet to roll out in the coming years.

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