VIZIO

Summary
VIZIO Holding Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides smart televisions, sound bars, and accessories in the United States. It also operates Platform+ that comprises SmartCast, a Smart TV operating system, enabling integrated home entertainment solution, and data intelligence and services products through Inscape. Its SmartCast delivers content and applications through an easy-to-use interface, as well as supports streaming apps, such as Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Discovery+, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Paramount+, Peacock, and YouTube TV and hosts its free ad-supported video app, WatchFree, and VIZIO Free channels. In addition, the company provides support for third-party voice platforms, as well as second screen viewing. It sells its products to retailers and through online channels. VIZIO Holding Corp. was incorporated in 2002 and is headquartered in Irvine, California.

History

The company was founded in 2002 as V Inc. by entrepreneur William Wang and two founding employees. By 2004, Wang changed the company name to Vizio.In 2006, the company's revenue was estimated at $700 million, and in 2007 it was estimated to have exceeded $2 billion. Vizio is known for selling its HDTVs at lower prices than its competitors.On October 19, 2010, Vizio signed a 4-year contract to sponsor U.S. college football's annual Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, California, beginning with the 2011 Rose Bowl and ending with the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game. When the Rose Bowl contract ended, Vizio signed a contract to sponsor the Fiesta Bowl making the official name the Vizio Fiesta Bowl.In late 2014, Vizio acquired Advanced Media Research Group, Inc., the parent of entertainment website BuddyTV.On July 24, 2015, Vizio filed with U.S. regulators to raise up to $172.5 million in an initial public offering of Class A common stock; however, the IPO was never completed.In August 2015, Vizio acquired Cognitive Media Networks, Inc, a provider of automatic content recognition . Cognitive Media Networks was subsequently renamed Inscape Data. Inscape functioned as an independent entity until the end of 2020, when it was combined with Vizio Ads and SmartCast; the three divisions combining to operate as a single unit.In November 2015, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Office of the New Jersey Attorney General brought charges against Vizio, alleging it collected non-personal information on its customers and sold it to advertisers. In February 2017, Vizio agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle the charges. Additionally, the settlement required Vizio to delete the data it had captured and update its data collection practices. After the settlement, the company only collected data from TV units that opted in through disclosures.On July 26, 2016, Chinese electronics company LeEco announced that it would acquire Vizio for US$2 billion; however, the acquisition was cancelled in April 2017.From the year 2016 onwards, Vizio launched its SmartCast across all television sets including apps such as Netflix, YouTube and Disney+.In 2018, Vizio launched a free streaming service called WatchFree, powered by Pluto TV, on its SmartCast platform.As of 2021, Vizio had 527 employees across the U.S. in states including California, South Dakota, Washington, Arkansas, Minnesota, Texas, and New York. The company reported total revenue of $2.04 billion and net income of $102.5 million by the end of 2020.As of 2020 Vizio was the second largest seller of flat-screen televisions in the US. As of March 1, 2021, the company has sold over 11 million sound bars and 80 million TVs, and has more than 12 million active SmartCast accounts.In March 2021, Vizio filed for an IPO. In the same month, Vizio was listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol VZIO.In October 2021, Vizio was sued by the Software Freedom Conservancy for GPL violations.


Mission
Our mission is to deliver high-performance, cleverly-designed products with simplicity and intuitive user experiences at a great value.

Vision
We strive to provide our customers with intuitive, industry-leading products and consistently exceed industry expectations.

Key Team

Mr. Michael Joseph O'Donnell (Chief Revenue & Strategic Growth Officer)

Michael Marks (Investor Relations Officer)

Mr. Jerry C. Huang Esq. (Gen. Counsel & VP)

Ms. LaLaynia Newsome (Chief Sales Officer for Devices)


Recognition and Awards
VIZIO has won numerous awards, including The CEA Mark of Excellence Award, Good Housekeeping's Best of Technology Awards, Popular Science Best of What's New Award, and PC Magazine's Editors' Choice Award.

References
VIZIO
Leadership team

Mr. William W. Wang (Founder, Chairman & CEO)

Mr. Ben Wong (Pres & COO)

Mr. Adam R. Townsend (Chief Financial Officer)

Products/ Services
Audio, Consumer, Consumer Electronics, TV
Number of Employees
500 - 1000
Headquarters
Irvine, California, United States
Established
2002
Company Registration
SEC CIK number: 0001835591
Revenue
Above - 1B
Traded as
VZIO
Social Media
Fri Mar 01 2024
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