No one has any reaction to my post about the unsecured WiFi network the Vizio puts out, when turned on? Wow...ok. I wrote to the critics at rtings.com about it and it seems they have just written a long response to me, so I will go check it out. The "Living Room TV" Vizio WiFi network was the only available network on my devices with an asterisk that displayed a warning that I might be "visible to others" while on this network. It is completely unsecured and definitely did freak me out. From what I am reading, there is no way to prevent the Vizio from sending out this WiFi network. Basically, whatever you call your TV (whether "Living Room TV" or something else) will be the name of the WiFi network the TV puts out. This has NOTHING to do with the internet connection on the TV itself, for playing built-in apps, etc. When you turn the TV off, that WiFi network will disappear from your available networks list on your devices.
I also asked skschatsman (the guru on the Quantum forum) and he said the Vizio's SSID supposedly can not be exploited because it is meant to be for SmartCasting. Really surprised no one has mentioned this or seen this before on their available WiFi network list on their devices, while the TV is powered on. There are several online threads about this (on Reddit too). Here's one:
Originally Posted by cueball73
Life is too short for this TV. If cameras never panned in content, maybe everything would be ok. But the minute a pan happens in a scene with any dynamic info, you instantly see the flashing/shadows/backlight/jailbar/dimming zones of this garbage TV. I tried again. Like a fool. I don’t think I even want to try for the upgrade to the 2019 models. Might just go with a Sammy on their upgrade program.
Originally Posted by MrVizio
No he's right. I've had 5 of these 75 sets. At certain times it looks spectacular, but once that camera starts moving... WATCH OUT!
I guess a practical solution would be to just watch content with no camera movement. But what fun is that?!
The guys at rtings.com told me most lighting issues can be solved by turning the FALD either down or completely off. That does kind of make for a duller picture though. For me, sometimes I have distracting lighting issues...sometimes I don't. I think content may have something to do with it. Generally, I find the higher quality of the content, the better the lighting is...even with panning shots. Sometimes, I find a kind of "glowing" or shimmering effect in the middle of the screen, with some lighting.
Blu-Rays generally look great on this TV but I am very disappointed in the PQ of DVD's. That's the only source that consistently looks very poor/grainy on this TV. Kinda strange with the upscaling, cause my Base PS4 gaming looks amazing on the same input. Netflix/streaming apps via Fire Stick 4K look really good. I am playing my DVD's via my PS4 and wonder if there might be any settings on the console that would improve DVD playback quality. Don't think there's any menu options on the Viz that improve DVD playback. Some of them can't be changed when I have a DVD on...says only analog sources.