Originally Posted by Fascinate
Well of course i am going to buy one (if vizio denies me a free one), point is i really should not have to. Like i said vizio did great things in 2016, but they are remembered by most for having a terrible interface (again, this isnt me speaking, ive had a chromecast before people knew what they did). They are fixing it, but its not really a fix to most buyers unless they get a remote.
I am not sure you guys realize how poorly smartcast went over with the general public, the P series is almost unquestionably the best LCD TV of 2016 (and for the money there is no competition) and ive never seen a best buy employee recommend one. Vizio messed up on a level i cant begin to explain here, to put this all behind them they really do need to offer remotes to everyone.
Here's my two cents - and I think this has already been said by others in this thread. . . .
1) The new firmware that will come out this summer simply adds another interface layer for hosting a limited collection of apps that will not actually run on the TV, but get pulled from a server. It's kind of like reverse Casting. When I say limited, I mean very limited. For example, Netflix is not among that initial list of "apps". You will still need a mobile device in order to Cast Netflix to the TV. For 2016 M & P owners, the SmartCast app will be updated so you will be able to control that added interface. The Cast input will get renamed.
2) 2017 M & P owners will not get tablets included in the box, and instead will get that static, limited remote. Not exactly the best trade-off IMO. If they want to take advantage of all the things offered by the TV, they will need to install the mobile app on something, and pair with the TV.
3) Here's what's ridiculous about this free remote argument. Would you be willing to give back / trade the tablet you got for a $5 remote? Should the 2017 model owners demand a free tablet because they've outgrown the capabilities of the remote?
4) IMO, the vast majority of TV owners, regardless of brand, will take the new TV out of its box, set up their universal cable/satellite remotes to power on the TV and change the volume. At that point they will change channels, hit guide, and that will be that. The included remote will go into a drawer and get dusty. They might not even venture into the app interface.