Who Knew That Philo Didn't Have an App for Vizio SmartCast? ... But It Does Now

Philo app on Vizio SmartCast
(Image credit: Philo)

Just a few years ago, pubs like ours were overrun with announcements from streaming app suppliers touting support on various TVOS platforms. 

Just like modern roads, Wi-Fi, and water and power connections, that buildout has been largely completed. It is 2024, after all.

But occasionally, one will catch us by surprise, and that happened Wednesday when Philo announced support for its app on Vizio SmartCast TVs. 

Vizio's TVOS platform is hardly inconsequential, touting 17.9 million users as of the end of September. 

Until now, Philo has somehow managed to get by without it. Perhaps the last of the virtual MVPDs to hold the line on pricing -- Philo lacks live sports but is still only priced at $25 a month -- the service last reported a subscriber count (800,000) several years ago. 

Looking at Philo's device/OS support page, it still has a number of unchecked boxes, including LG's webOS. 

Daniel Frankel

Daniel Frankel is the managing editor of Next TV, an internet publishing vertical focused on the business of video streaming. A Los Angeles-based writer and editor who has covered the media and technology industries for more than two decades, Daniel has worked on staff for publications including E! Online, Electronic Media, Mediaweek, Variety, paidContent and GigaOm. You can start living a healthier life with greater wealth and prosperity by following Daniel on Twitter today!