Vizio is rolling out changes to its WatchFree+ service in the hope of improving the general user experience. Like some other popular ad-reliant services, WatchFree+ is a completely free streaming service. Unlike some of the others, however, WatchFree+ is exclusive to Vizio’s line of smart TVs, making it a nice perk for those that pick one up or already own one.
WatchFree+ has been around for some time now and did already receive a fairly major design update back in August of last year. Since then, the service has continued to expand its content and currently offers access to more than 260 live channels as well as over 6,000 on-demand titles. According to Vizio, WatchFree+ has since gone on to become “the second-most-watched free ad-supported streaming app” on its SmartCast platform.
Many of the new changes are designed to specifically reflect the expansion of content. For example, WatchFree+ is getting an Electronic Program Guide, making it possible for users to see what’s on now and later in a simple grid format. In addition, a new Picture-in-Picture mode offers users a way to continue watching something while checking the other channels.
Some of the other changes include the ability to view movie and show descriptions in the WatchFree+ Guide, the ability to view a list of channel genres by long-pressing the “OK” button in the EPG guide, and the ability to start an on-demand movie or show from within the program guide.
As mentioned, WatchFree+ is a completely free service, so it is worth checking out in homes that have access to a Vizio smart TV. With these latest changes, as well as some of the other recent improvements, users can expect an easier and quicker ability to navigate the interface and find content to watch. Changes like these will become all the more important as the WatchFree+ live and on-demand content libraries continue to expand in the future.