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post #541 of 736
Guys I'm new to the forum, but have been a techno geek for years. I own a small tech company (servers, networks, phone systems, anything my clients ask me to do...)

I hate to take the easy way out and just ask for help, but like the rest of the world I'm going 2000 mph with no brakes trying to keep up with life.

Like the plumber's house, and the mechanic's car my house has always been the last to get done. We have purchased 3 different Vizio tv's in the last year. The last purchase being a M550NV for our bedroom.

We have a TON of pictures of our 1 year old on a Mac Pro in my office. I have (4) 2TB hard drives in it and it has pretty much become my media server. I have had no problems getting media content from it until now. It seemed like the logical thing to do was rip all of our movies music etc and just leave them on the Mac.

I really don't want to have to run a cable from the Mac to our new TV. I'm really hoping someone else has had some success accessing media content from their computer on their VIA enabled Vizio.

If Mac is a limitation, how about other ideas? I'm open to suggestions.

Thanks in advance
post #542 of 736
I know there's 19+ pages here and I can't look though them all for the answer but wondering if you can play MPEG files though the Vizio Apps?
post #543 of 736
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Originally Posted by redreck View Post

I know there's 19+ pages here and I can't look though them all for the answer but wondering if you can play MPEG files though the Vizio Apps?

Check the thread search function at the top of the page.
post #544 of 736
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Originally Posted by Joel Graffman View Post

Check the thread search function at the top of the page.

Ya did, there is a lot of info to wade though and can't find an exact answer... a simple yes or no would take about the same amount of time as your reply.
post #545 of 736
Vizio added a media widget a short time ago. No one knows how or if it works. I can't find anything about it/
post #546 of 736
The media app only plays music or pictures at the moment. No videos as of yet.

Since the apps are open source to build and USB is enabled on the xx3 series I'm surprised no one has written a media app that includes videos.
post #547 of 736
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Originally Posted by dingly View Post

The media app only plays music or pictures at the moment. No videos as of yet.

Since the apps are open source to build and USB is enabled on the xx3 series I'm surprised no one has written a media app that includes videos.

hm that sucks, I can still use the 360 I guess but it would be nice to just not have to boot another device. Oh well, they looks like nice tv and I think I'm sold on the M550NV, just waiting on it to drop below $1k.
post #548 of 736
Learned something new tonight, so here's my second helpful post on streaming issues.

I had my Vizio VIA working perfectly up until a couple of weeks ago when I switched ISP from Time Warner to ATT UVerse. With ATT Uverse, I have my ATT router set to DMZ mode and connected to my Linksys router because it's dual-band and Wireless N (just a much better router).

After the ISP switch, my Vizio VIA continued working for simple data information - weather, Twitter, Facebook, Netflix information, etc. However, all of the actual streaming functions either halted completely or took FOREVER to load such as Netflix (actual movie watching - not searching titles), Pandora, TuneIn Radio, etc.

I couldn't figure it out. I have all of the ports opened that are necessary for the TV. I even switched the TV's IP address to DMZ mode and still failed. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the apps. I tried updating my router firmware. I tried factory resetting the TV. Nothing worked. However, my two Roku devices were still streaming Netflix and Pandora perfectly. What's the deal???

I figured it out tonight. I was using OpenDNS as my default DNS servers before. The automatic DHCP function on the TV just retrieves the default DNS servers from your router. I went into the TV and turned off automatic DHCP. I then changed the default DNS servers to the Google DNS servers which are 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. PRESTO! Everything is working like a champ now. Streaming is back to normal (almost instant).

I really don't understand why it would matter but there is some funny combination of ATT Uverse with OpenDNS that the Vizio VIA does not like, but it did not impede the Roku devices from working. The Google DNS servers work perfect with Vizio VIA and ATT Uverse. I don't know if this is a problem with other ISPs, but if you're having trouble with streaming on your Vizio VIA, you might give a try to switching your DNS servers to Google (or something else).

Hope this helps someone.
post #549 of 736
By Default the RG unit is the DNS server for the network, and its a very poor dns server.

It would actually work best to use DNS servers that are on AT&Ts network ( i have mine set to 68.94.156.1,68.94.157.1)
post #550 of 736
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Originally Posted by tbtx2010 View Post

Hello - I'm new to the forum and have a question:

I just bought an E422VA and directv came out and installed an HR24NC-100 HD DVR on it. I cant seem to get the directv remote programed to toggle off/on and volume on the tv. I've been through the directv remote setup menu several times to no avail. It just says unable to program remote. The E422va does not show up in the list of Vizio tv's. I tried several others but no luck.

Any ideas?

It doesn't look like anyone answered your question. I know it was a while ago, but if you're still following this thread here's my guess:

Many of the newer vizio's with VIA ship with a blue tooth remote with built in keyboard and it's not clear if they even have IR interfaces. If that's the case, there is no way for your IR DVR remote to communicate with your new TV.

The major advantage of bluetooth is that you no longer have to point your remote at the TV since it communicates wirelessly, the downside is the potential lack of compatibility with universal remotes.
post #551 of 736
Has anyone picked up a M421VT yet? I can't find many reviews anywhere, but the specs look good and it's about perfect for what I want, but I'm not one to be a guinea pig on new products.
post #552 of 736
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Originally Posted by alphasigmookie View Post

It doesn't look like anyone answered your question. I know it was a while ago, but if you're still following this thread here's my guess:

Many of the newer vizio's with VIA ship with a blue tooth remote with built in keyboard and it's not clear if they even have IR interfaces. If that's the case, there is no way for your IR DVR remote to communicate with your new TV.

The major advantage of bluetooth is that you no longer have to point your remote at the TV since it communicates wirelessly, the downside is the potential lack of compatibility with universal remotes.

The TV has IR as well. There are no problems using other universal remotes to control VIA TV's....it's just Dish DVR remotes. This is definitely a Dish issue.
post #553 of 736
I recently purchased a Vizio M421VT. I connected the TV to my home network via a wired Gigabit router in order to take advantage of the VIA Internet Apps. I have notice that while streaming content from Netflix to this TV the image will break-up and glitch every few minutes. It is very distracting and it renders the Netflix functionality almost useless. I have tried using the wireless (N) capablity of the router (full signal strength) and I also substituted the cat. 5e with shorter and better cat. 6 cables but that did not solve the problem.

The curious thing is that if I replay a Netflix program the image will break-up (to a varying degree) at the same moments every time. It's almost as if the TV can't fully process the signal. I have a PS3 and an XBOX 360 connected to the same wired network and I don't see any problems if I use those devices to stream the exact same Netflix media. I can even wirelessly stream the same programs to my laptop without issue.

Has anyone else experienced the same phenomenon?

UPDATE: I decided to exchange the TV just for the sake of my own peace of mind. I didn't even get past the setup screen when I realized that the replacement M421VT has a vertical line of broken pixels in the center of the screen. I will have to box this one up and return it to the store. I think that I'm done with Vizio for the time being as this is my third return of one of their products. While I was at the store I noticed that this recently released model has already been discounted by $100. I wonder if the price drop is the result of a poor reception for this model from consumers?
LL
post #554 of 736
i've been following this thread and also watching this blog:

www. yctvblog . com

(sorry about above formatting, avsforum won't let me post weblink because this is my first post. just remove spaces)

for those of you that don't follow the blog i recommend it because every once in a while there is some good information (few and far between, but when there is a post it is usually good). it is nice to see that sony is picking up the yahoo! tv, i feel like this is a good thing more than it would be a bad thing. it also says the pay for apps is coming in spring. i'll believe it when i see it, at least it is coming from the horses mouth.

anybody have any other sources of information on yahoo! tv?
post #555 of 736
Registration code?

I just noticed there is a VIA for archived and classic NHL games.
The website asks for a registration code that came with my tv. I can't find it, or mention of it, in my manual. Does anyone know where to look?
post #556 of 736
Well I for one am still waiting for YouTube. Others have it, why so long?

I'm also wondering, once they get YouTube, will they ditch the "Web Videos" app?? (What I 'sorta' use for youtube now)

post #557 of 736
I have an external hard drive on my network. Can I watch my movies on there using the XVT553SV TV? I wasn't sure if there's a widget or if it's a built-in way to watch. Any help would be appreciated?

uptempo777
post #558 of 736
I won't say 100% certain, but I don't believe you'll get anywhere with your external HD as the USB ports are pretty much dummy for now (service personnel only, they say) and I don't think you can "browse" thru your network like that. (at least not yet)

I do notice that my VIA "widgets" icon had a red "1" by it. (I assume this means 1 new widget available) but I couldn't tell what it was. When I went to the widgets gallery it sorted as newest first, but it showed ebay first. I don't think ebay was the new widget was it?
post #559 of 736
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Originally Posted by uptempo777 View Post

I have an external hard drive on my network. Can I watch my movies on there using the XVT553SV TV? I wasn't sure if there's a widget or if it's a built-in way to watch. Any help would be appreciated?

uptempo777

The XVT3SV Visio TV's with the latest firmware allow music or pictures from the USB ports using a "widget". No videos as yet.
post #560 of 736
Is there a consolidated inventory of Via apps that describes what each does or how to use them?

I've searched here and on the internet and can find some information but not anything in detail. So I am left trying to download various ones and trying them out to see what they do.

Some example questions:

What does Yahoo Videos really provide access to?

You can login to a Yahoo ID for the widgets, but I don't see how that information is used. Looks to me like the information is the same regardless if you login or not.

I know there is a media widget but nothing explains that it is for something attached to the USB port and what is supported.

Thanks for any help.
post #561 of 736
I posted a list of all the apps available at the time on either this thread or one of the others about the 552 or 553.

Checking this thread now though because since Thursday (when they added a bunch of new TV news widgets) I haven't been able to access the VIA screen on my 553! The VIA button doesn't bring anything up; I know the button on the remote isn't broken because it still makes the TV's menus go away, but it's not bringing up the apps at the bottom of the screen! It's done this before but never 2 days in a row. Will have to call tech support when they're open, hopefully someone there will know what to do.
post #562 of 736
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Originally Posted by 8traxrule View Post

I posted a list of all the apps available at the time on either this thread or one of the others about the 552 or 553.

Checking this thread now though because since Thursday (when they added a bunch of new TV news widgets) I haven't been able to access the VIA screen on my 553! The VIA button doesn't bring anything up; I know the button on the remote isn't broken because it still makes the TV's menus go away, but it's not bringing up the apps at the bottom of the screen! It's done this before but never 2 days in a row. Will have to call tech support when they're open, hopefully someone there will know what to do.

Did you try unplugging the set for a couple of minutes?
If you call tech support I suggest you write down all your settings as they will probably have you do a factory reset.
post #563 of 736
I left it unplugged all night and it still had the problem this morning. Called tech support and they had me reset it about 3 more times and that didn't help, so they're sending someone over next week. Now I have to clean my place up, and of course have to re-set the picture too (which I wouldn't have to do if they'd just have it default to the CORRECT settings in the first place!)
post #564 of 736
Is there an HBO To-Go app coming to this? I don't have cable boxes for every single room in my house, but I do have Vizios!
post #565 of 736
*bump*
They need to update the Netflix app, it does not remember the position you last left a show.
post #566 of 736
2 people came on Friday to replace the main board, but they mistakenly brought the one for the 552 instead of 553 (and didn't notice til they had the TV apart.) They put it back together so I can still use the TV but the widgets still don't work, hopefully next week they'll bring the right board. (It's not very big, and is the same board all the input jacks are on. Didn't see anything really big inside that might handle the internet video.)
post #567 of 736
Okay, new to the board, but I just bought a new Vizio M261 tv from Costco and I'm wondering, is there a way to stream my music, photos, movies from my PC to this tv? I can do it through my PS3 and from a Sony Media Player, even from my Sony Blu-Ray Player, but the whole point of getting a wireless internet TV was so I could just do it all from the TV. None of the internet VIA apps seem to mention anything about it... anyone know? I use PS3 Media Server and Serviio on my PC to transfer information to my other devices, don't see a way to get either of these applications to become visible on the Vizio? Help!!
post #568 of 736
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Originally Posted by sdrob92124 View Post

Okay, new to the board, but I just bought a new Vizio M261 tv from Costco and I'm wondering, is there a way to stream my music, photos, movies from my PC to this tv? I can do it through my PS3 and from a Sony Media Player, even from my Sony Blu-Ray Player, but the whole point of getting a wireless internet TV was so I could just do it all from the TV. None of the internet VIA apps seem to mention anything about it... anyone know? I use PS3 Media Server and Serviio on my PC to transfer information to my other devices, don't see a way to get either of these applications to become visible on the Vizio? Help!!

No, as far as I know the USB ports are not activated yet. But they have been saying that something is coming for the last 2 models. I'm not holding my breath on this. If you bought this TV for that purpose you might as well return it. However, the TV's that I've tried with Media Streaming did not work very well with video. They did not support many codecs. Stick with your PS3. I have a PopcornHour C200 which plays everything but doesn't have Netflix. The WD Live Plus is pretty good too but doesn't support full Bluray playback.
post #569 of 736
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Originally Posted by Burnerbum View Post

No, as far as I know the USB ports are not activated yet. But they have been saying that something is coming for the last 2 models. I'm not holding my breath on this. If you bought this TV for that purpose you might as well return it. However, the TV's that I've tried with Media Streaming did not work very well with video. They did not support many codecs. Stick with your PS3. I have a PopcornHour C200 which plays everything but doesn't have Netflix. The WD Live Plus is pretty good too but doesn't support full Bluray playback.

The USB ports on my 552 model Vizio were activated a few months ago. There's a VIA app that allows me to view photos (not movies/video) and listen to music that's on the USB drive. There is no way to stream media from non-USB sources to the tv. Stay with your PS3 or look at Apple TV or a Roku player.
post #570 of 736
Some of my VIA apps work, but others don't. I can look at MyCast and Yahoo Weather and Web Videos, but I can't play darts or Spider Solitaire. When I try those games, I get a message saying it can't connect. Clearly, it can connect to get current weather and videos, but why won't it connect to play a game? I have my TV connected using WiFi. Is anyone else having this problem, or figured out a solution?
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