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Vizio launches WatchFree service with over 100 channels

02 Aug 2018 | Rasmus Larsen |

Vizio has launched a new streaming service called WatchFree. It provides access to over 100 linear channels for free with ads.

Vizio WatchFree

The service is being launched in partnership with Pluto TV and gives users living in the US free access, with ads, to TV channels without a cable TV box.

- “With the TV landscape continuously evolving, we’re excited to offer consumers a comprehensive entertainment solution packed with free and unlimited content offerings,” said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. “Powered by Pluto TV, WatchFree is a next-generation streaming service with an easy-to-navigate, cable-like interface that delivers creative and thoughtful content selections.”

Vizio says that the WatchFree service offers access to news, sports, movies, TV shows, and other types of programs found on the included TV channels such as Fox Sports, NBC News/MSNBC, Pluto TV Movies, Action Movies, Black Cinema, News 24/7, Frontdoor, Cats 24/7, Crime Network, MST3K, and The Surf Channel.


 Vizio WatchFree


Rather than an app, the service can be found on its own dedicated input by pressing the input button on the remote control. It is possible to remove, if you are uninterested in using it.

At this point in time, it is not clear whether Vizio has plans to collect user data for retargeted ads when you are using the service. In 2017, Roku launched a similar initiative with its Roku Channel focusing primarily on movies and has made it clear that it is collecting lots of user data in order to make its TV platform a “next-generation ad platform”. Whenever a TV service is free, there is reason to be extra cautious, if you value privacy.

The WatchFree service is rolling out now and will be “available on nearly all VIZIO SmartCast TVs”.


Vizio WatchFree – full channel list

11
70’s
80’s
90’s
Action Movies
Adventure TV
Anime All Day
Awesomeness TV
Big Sky Conference
Black Cinema
Bloomberg TV
Business News 24/7
Cats 24/7
Cheddar
Classic Movies
Classic TV
Clevver
CNBC
CNET
Cool
Cracked
Dash 1
Dash Alternative
Dash Indie
Discover
Docu TV
Doggystyle
DramaFever
Electro City
Euphoria
FailArmy
Fight
Flicks of Fury
Food TV
FOX Sports
Frontdoor
Fuego
Geek & Sundry
Glory Kickboxing
HIVE
IGN
IMPACT Wrestling
Internet Gold
JASH
La Isla
LittleThings
Live Music Replay
Loud
Love Songs
Main Stage
Man Up
MinecrafTV
Monstercat
Monstercat
Moonlight
Mystery Science Theater 3000
NASA TV
NatureVision
NBC News - MSNBC
Nerdist
New Detectives
News 24/7
Newsmax
Nosey
People TV
Pluto TV Cars
Pluto TV Her
Pluto TV Movies
Pluto TV Movies 2
Pluto TV Sports
Popsugar
Pure Soul
Ratpack
Red Cup
Reggae King
Rifftrax
Science TV
Shout! TV
Sky News
Slow TV
Sports News
Stadium
StandUp TV
Subdustrial
The Bridge
The City
The Cross
The Feed
The Oldies
The Onion
The Strip
The Surf Channel
The Young Turks Network
Today’s Top Story
Top Stories by Newsy
Vibes
What the Funk
WHAT?!
Wipeout
World Poker Tour
Xive TV
Y2K
- Source: Vizio via The Verge



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