Vizio Adds A&E Crime Central, History Vault & LMC To SmartCast TVs

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Vizio has now added A&E Crime Central, History Vault and Lifetime Movie Club to its SmartCast platform. The three new apps greatly expand the availability of A&E Networks content available to Vizio TV owners. Over the past year, Vizio has added a number of apps to the platform, making it easier for SmartCast TV owners to access shows and movies without the need for an additional device.


With both fuboTV and Sling TV having recently been added to the SmartCast platform, TV owners now have more choice when it comes to picking a live TV streaming service to use. In addition, with HBO Max and Discovery+ being two of the latest services to be added, Vizio has also been expanding the selection of general subscription services in recent months as well.

Continuing this trend, A&E Crime Central, History Vault and Lifetime Movie Club have all now been added to the Vizio SmartCast platform. TV owners can find any of the new apps by searching the Apps row on the SmartCast Home screen. These are all subscription-based apps so consumers will need to sign up to each one, and pay a monthly fee if they want to watch any of the content.


A&E Crime Central costs $4.99 per month and opens up access to more than 1,300 hours of true crime documentaries and shows. History Vault also costs $4.99 per month and provides access to more than 3,500 hours of content, including popular series and documentaries from The History Channel catalog as well as exclusive programming. Lastly, Lifetime Movie Club costs $3.99 per month and an LMC subscription unlocks over 300 movies from the Lifetime movies library. All three subscriptions provide commercial-free access.

For those without an existing live TV subscription, these streaming services can be an affordable way to gain access to content from popular channels owned by A&E Networks, and especially when coupled with the various A&E-themed channels available through Vizio’s WatchFree+ service. Speaking of which, WatchFree+ has also now added dedicated channels for watching Ax Men, Ice Road Truckers and Modern Marvels episodes.

Even for those with an active live TV package, the new A&E Networks-related apps and Vizio’s WatchFree+ can act as a way to expand the selection of content available and allow SmartCast TV owners to watch popular shows that might not be available through their existing plan.

John Finn

By John Finn

John started Streaming Better to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been editing and writing about technology and streaming for online publications since 2014, and believes the best streaming approach is to rotate between services as needed.

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