VIZIO has added the official US Government app, Slow The Spread (coronavirus.gov) to its SmartCast platform in an effort to inform consumers about how to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The app was recently created and provided by the Coronavirus Joint Task Force, including the agencies of the CDC, White House, Health & Human Services, & FEMA. Slow the Spread highlights information to help users know the symptoms and risks of the disease and provides recommended prevention measures to keep users healthy and safe. The app is available to VIZIO SmartCast TVs going back to 2016, and can be found in the SmartCast app row on the SmartCast Home page.
“VIZIO made every effort to bring the CDC’s Slow the Spread app to our platform as quickly as possible,” stated Mike O’Donnell, Senior Vice President, Platform Business. “We want our users to be safe, and we recognize the need for everyone to have the latest information quickly and easily. Our SmartCast platform is the perfect news and entertainment resource giving families that are gathered together at home easy access to this important information.”
SmartCast provides access to on-screen apps including Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video and YouTube. It also includes support for Apple AirPlay 2 & Chromecast built-in, for streaming from phones, tablets, or laptops directly to a TV. According to VIZIO, the feature can also make it easier for parents looking to teach their kids at home, or users looking for a way to share photos, videos, shows and movies from a device to a TV.
SmartCast users can also access free content from the non-subscription WatchFree service, which includes 150-plus free channels of news, sports, movies and other content.