Bluetooth SIG Recognizes Vizio VIA HDTVs and Linx B-Tube as “Ones to Watch”

KIRKLAND, WA – March 17, 2010 – The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today recognized the makers of the VIZIO XVT Series TVs and the Linx B-TUBE for their innovative wireless design utilizing Bluetooth wireless technology. These home entertainment products are considered “Ones to Watch” by the Bluetooth SIG because of their unique value, market possibility, and implementation of Bluetooth wireless technology.

VIZIO XVT Series Connected HDTVs with Internet Apps (VIA)
What makes the VIZIO Internet Apps™ (VIA) TVs a One to Watch? The picture quality is great, but this TV’s intuitive, easy-to-use Bluetooth enabled universal remote control with sliding QWERTY keyboard really makes the case. Users can now easily customize their Bluetooth enabled remote to control the TV as well as other devices in the home entertainment center. The Bluetooth connectivity in the TVs also makes it easy to pair and use favorite accessories including Bluetooth headsets for distraction-free listening and Bluetooth keyboards or other controllers for gaming.
Bluetooth wireless technology also brings the 3D experience full circle in the VIZIO XVT Pro Full HD3D TVs. Watch live concerts, sporting events and more in full 1080p with Bluetooth enabled 3D glasses. “Incorporating Bluetooth technology into our connected CE platform, VIZIO Internet Apps™ (VIA), adds an unprecedented level of convenience for users as they experience both traditional media and Internet-based content on the big screen,” said Matthew McRae, Chief Technology Officer at VIZIO VP of Products. “Just as we also built in 802.11n dual-band wireless to deliver the most robust Internet connection for the TV, we included a premium Bluetooth universal remote control with sliding keyboard to allow users to not only control their legacy CE devices but also type, chat and play with Internet apps on their TV without having to point the remote at the screen.”

The Linx B-TUBE, a truly portable speaker system, is a must-have for anyone looking to unleash the power of Bluetooth stereo audio. With outstanding design and state-of-the-art technology, the B-TUBE uses Bluetooth technology to stream stereo music via the mobile phone, MP3 player or other Bluetooth enabled device. It also functions as a Bluetooth technology hands-free speakerphone and can be used to receive calls from a Bluetooth enabled phone via the built-in microphone.
“The use of Bluetooth technology within the Linx B-TUBE gives it true portability without sacrificing performance,” said Dierdre Conway, SerCom Solutions, maker of the Linx B-TUBE. “In fact, the Bluetooth stereo audio has been called out time and again as what makes the B-TUBE unique.”
The Bluetooth SIG One to Watch companies are chosen from products qualified by all levels of membership, including Adopter, of the Bluetooth SIG.

About Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
Bluetooth wireless technology is the global short-range wireless standard for personal connectivity of a broad range of electronic devices. The technology continues to evolve, building on its inherent BLUETOOTH SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP 5209 Lake Washington Blvd., NE, Suite 250, Kirkland, WA 98033
strengths – small-form factor radio, low power, low cost, built-in security, robustness, ease-of-use, and ad hoc networking abilities. This evolution now provides manufacturers and consumers with three options for connecting wirelessly – Classic Bluetooth technology for use in a wide range of consumer electronics; Bluetooth high speed technology for the transfer of video, music and photos between phones, cameras, camcorders, PCs and TVs; and Bluetooth low energy technology for low power sensor devices and new web services within the healthcare, fitness, security, home entertainment, automotive and automation industries. More than eight new Bluetooth enabled products are qualified every working day and more than 19 million Bluetooth units are shipping per week. There are nearly three billion Bluetooth devices in the marketplace and that number climbs daily, making it the only proven wireless choice for developers, product manufacturers, and consumers worldwide.

About Bluetooth high speed Wireless Technology
Bluetooth high speed wireless technology fulfills the consumers’ need for speed while providing the same wireless Bluetooth experience – faster. Manufacturers of consumer electronics, car and home entertainment devices can now build their products to send large amounts of video, music and photos between devices wirelessly at speeds expected for such applications. Utilizing the 802.11 radio protocol provides increased throughput of data transfers at the approximate rate of 24 Mbps.

About the Bluetooth SIG The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), comprised of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, consumer electronics, automotive and network industries, is driving development of Bluetooth wireless technology and bringing it to market. The Bluetooth SIG includes Promoter member companies Ericsson, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Toshiba, along with nearly 13,000 Associate and Adopter member companies. The Bluetooth SIG, Inc. headquarters are located in Kirkland, Washington, U.S.A. For more information please visit
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