Vizio ended the third quarter of 2023 with 17.9 million SmartCast active accounts, a slight increase on the quarter before. Vizio also saw a slight increase in the overall number of hours streamed using its platform.
With 17.9 million SmartCast active accounts, as of September 30, 2023, Vizio added roughly 300,000 active accounts to the 17.6 million reported for the end of the second quarter. Considering the company ended the third quarter of 2022 with 16.6 million active accounts, Vizio also saw a year-over-year increase of around 1.3 million.
In terms of hours streamed, Vizio reported a total of 5.2 billion streaming hours for Q3 2023. Once again, this was an increase on the 4.9 billion reported for the second quarter of 2023, and an increase of around 1 billion when compared to the 4.2 billion reported for the third quarter of 2022.
Vizio also added that average SmartCast Hours per SmartCast Active Account grew to 97 per month during the third quarter, an increase of 12% year over year.
Some of the notably improvements during the third quarter of 2023 included the addition of 20 local news channels from Fox and Gray Television to WatchFree+, and the addition of the ESPN app, unlocking access to ESPN+ and Disney Bundle without the need for an additional device.
“At Vizio, we continue to invest in delivering the best possible experience for our users and partners alike,” said William Wang, CEO of Vizio.
Earlier this week, Vizio announced new distribution deals with BBC Studios, Magnolia Pictures and Paramount Global Content Distribution. At the same time, Vizio confirmed the WatchFree+ streaming service library had expanded to include more than 275 live channels and over 15,000 on-demand titles.