Vizio may be one of the biggest sellers of smart TVs in the United States, but it’s not always the fastest to add new features, as Vizio owners who are also users know very well. from TikTok. When TikTok announced its first Smart TV app, TikTok Television, as of November 2021, it included compatibility with Samsung’s Tizen smart operating system, Google TV (and other Android TV flavors), and 2018 and newer LG WebOS TVs. Even Amazon’s Fire TV platform got in on the TikTok TV action, but Vizio TVs were nowhere to be found. As of June 23, this omission was finally rectified with the addition of the TikTok TV app on Vizio TVs.
In an emailed press release, Vizio notes that the integration will allow its users to experience videos from their favorite TikTok creators and topics right from their TV home screen, with no additional downloads required.
“TikTok is a cultural phenomenon redefining the meaning of entertainment, music and video,” said Katherine Pond, vice president of business development at Vizio. “Extending this unique app from mobile to the largest screen in the home is a significant evolution of the Vizio TV experience.”
To use the TikTok TV app on a Vizio TV, Vizio says it only takes “a few clicks” on the home screen, or you can sign in with your existing account details.
Once you’re in the TikTok TV app, you’ll have access to TikTok’s “For You” and “Following” streams. You can also use the Discover page to find more of your favorite TikTok content, creators and categories.
Vizio says the “best part” is that the app offers autoplay, which serves up a continuous flow of content without interruptions between TikTok videos.
Getting its app on as many smart TV platforms as possible could mean more than people being able to watch 15-second videos on the big screen: TikTok is reportedly exploring ways to bring games to its platform. If true, TVs could become an important part of the overall TikTok experience.
TikTok isn’t the only app or feature catching up on Vizio TVs. Earlier in 2022, the company added support for Amazon Music and Sling TV.