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VIZIO Introduces New Generation Plasma TVs Including Full 1080p HD Models and
Silicon Optix HQV Processing
- VIZIO continues heritage of high-value, low cost plasma HDTVs with eight new
models, offering increased contrast ratio and longer life

    IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO, America's Fastest Growing
Flat Panel HDTV Company, today introduced seven new plasma High-Definition
Televisions with advanced processing power and the latest technological
advancements. Offerings will include the feature rich VP504F-50" Full High
Definition, 1080p Plasma Display featuring Silicon Optix HQV Processing and
the all new VP605F-60" Full high-Definition 10800p display.  In addition,
VIZIO will release the all new VIZIO VP series of products including the
VP322-32" Plasma ($689), VP422-42" Plasma ($999), VP423-42" Plasma ($999), and
VP503-50" Plasma ($1399) all with High Definition 720p technology. VIZIO also
reintroduces the VIZIO Jive VP500 and new VP501 All-in-One home theatre
solution which include 50" Plasma technology alongside a full Dolby Digital
5.1 surround sound system, now also featuring a move to 1080p resolution.
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    VIZIO VP605F 60" 1080P and VP504F 1080p with SILICON OPTIX HQV (Hollywood
Quality Video) Processing
    VIZIO jumps into Full High-Definition 1080p performance with a bang in
2008, launching an all-new series of ultra high-performance Plasma technology
displays. While the new VIZIO VP605F boasts 60" of large screen high
definition 1080p performance to capture the imagination of even the most
discerning of consumers, the 50" VIZIO VP504F packs an enhanced punch with
integrated Silicon Optix's REON HQV chip, ensuring the sharpest and most
detailed image possible. Silicon Optix HQV's advanced noise reduction removes
noise and artifacts caused by signal compression from cable and satellite
providers. Since the HQV's REON chip can process two full channels of HD or SD
channels, this allows users to achieve full resolution with picture-in-picture
images.
    With advanced technology built into both models, both Standard Definition
(SD) and High Definition (HD) sources will bring out even the finest details.
VIZIO's new 1080p plasma HDTV's, the VP504F and VP605F are compatible with all
of today's popular input resolutions [1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i] and
use an integrated, DTV-compliant HD/QAM tuner so users can enjoy high
definition and regular television programs with or without paid high
definition service.
    Both models are significantly brighter than previous VIZIO plasma models
boasting an amazing contrast ratio up to 30,000:1 and include four HDMI v1.3
inputs, two of which are available as a side access HD Game port. Independent
RGB adjustments allow users to fine-tune the sets' color settings plus a new
remote control makes it even easier to operate TV and other system component
functions.
    Additional feature sets include true four-field motion adaptive de-
interlace, 10-bit diagonal interpolator which removes jagged or stair step
artifacts from de-interlaced video sources and true 10-bit processing which
output 4:4:4 color processing which renders more than one billion colors.
    VIZIO sets itself apart from the crowd in 2008 by being the first
manufacturer to include a 6' HDMI cable within the carton in lieu of commonly
inserted composite video and audio cables. HDMI allows the highest level of
High Definition television video and audio to be transmitted through a single
cable. VIZIO wants customers to experience the truest HD quality experience
with their new VIZIO plasma display as well as a new side access HD Game port
including 2 HDMI v1.3 inputs.
    The new VIZIO VP504F and VIZIO VP605F are expected to launch in June 2008
with estimated selling prices of $1699 and $2899.
    VIZIO VP500 and VP501
    In 2007, VIZIO introduced the VIZIO Jive JV50P All-in-One home theatre
solution which included a 50" Plasma High-Definition display and Dolby Digital
5.1 surround sound. VIZIO was the first TV manufacturer to offer this complete
Home Theater solution and has improved its performance and capability.
    For 2008, the VIZIO VP500 and new VIZIO VP501 will share honors in the
growing popularity of home theatre enthusiast market in the All-in-One
solution category. While the VP500 will retain its 50" Plasma technology and
720p resolution, its newest sibling will step it up a notch with Full High
Definition 1080p performance. Each model will offer Picture-in-Picture,
Picture-on-Picture, three HDMI, two component video, two composite and one RF
input.
    What makes the VIZIO VP500 system so unique however is the Dolby Digital
5.1 surround-sound system. Working in concert with integrated front, left
/right speakers and center channel are two rear channel (left and right)
speakers attached to a subwoofer. The subwoofer attaches wirelessly through
2.4GHz transmission to the VP500 system, completing the home theatre
experience and eliminating wire clutter commonly experienced with other home
theatre systems. The VIZIO Jive generates more than ample sound, even for the
discerning listener pumping 560-watts total peak power (70-watts RMS) of high
quality digital sound to maximize your VIZIO High Definition television
experience.
    In 2008, VIZIO will now include its all new, prized brushed aluminum-
trimmed Learning remote control (VUR8). This remote control compliments the
elegance of the VP500 and VP501 design with full-featured functionality
including Picture-in-Picture controls.
    The new VIZIO VP500 is expected to arrive in stores June 2008 with an
estimated selling price of $1799. Pricing and availability on the new VP501
has not been set.
    VIZIO VP322, VIZIO VP422, VIZIO VP423, VIZIO VP503
    Rounding out VIZIO's family of plasma displays are the VP322, VP422, and
VP423 all offering stunning 720p performance, rich deep black levels,
outstanding color rendering and the latest connectivity options including HDMI
version 1.3 inputs. All of VIZIO's high performance plasma's offer extremely
fluid and uninterrupted motion, a significant advantage over LCD flat panels.
Plasma TVs continue to be a leading choice for watching sporting events and
action-packed movies.
    The VP324 is a 32-inch set with 1024 X 720 resolution for consumers that
would like the picture qualities of plasma but in a small cabinet size. The
set's exceptional 15,000:1 contrast ratio ensures images have rich, deep
blacks and brilliant colors providing a cost effective solution for displaying
HD broadcast content and playing HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs, which can be
connected to one of the three HDMI video inputs.
    The VP422/VP423 are VIZIO's 42-inch Plasma models with 1024 x 768
resolution, 20:000:1 contrast ratio and two HDMI inputs. Two 42" models, the
VP422 will sell in discount retailers such as Wal-Mart and K-Mart and the
VP423 will head for the shelves at club retailers such as Costco and Sam's
Club, as well as traditional consumer electronics retailers like Circuit City
and Sears. Also providing two HDMI inputs, the VP503 is a 50-inch plasma set
that delivers a native resolution of 1365 x 768, is compatible with 1080p
content, and displays a bright, rich image due to its 30,000:1 contrast ratio.
    "Great looking plasma HDTVs including Full 1080p HD models are now
attainable for everyone with our newest plasma line," says Laynie Newsome vice
president sales for VIZIO, Inc. "We have successfully brought the best plasma
technologies such as Silicon Optix's REON HQV video processing and features to
high value flat panel TVs. We continue to find new ways to integrate the most-
desired features and technologies, while keeping our products at the most
reasonable prices in the industry."
    The new VIZIO VP324, VP422, VP423, and VP503 are expected in May or June
2008 with estimated selling prices of $689, $999, $999 and $1399 respectively.
    VIZIO will be displaying many of these models along with several other
2008 product introductions at their suite in the Wynn Hotel during CES.
    About VIZIO
    VIZIO, Inc. "Where Vision Meets Value," headquartered in Irvine,
California, is America's Fastest Growing Flat Panel HDTV Company. The VIZIO
brand has been seen and heard on TV and radio, including NBC's Today Show,
ABC's Good Morning America and Live with Regis and Kelly, won numerous awards
from leading publications including Good Housekeeping's Best Big-Screens,
CNET's Top 10 Holiday Gifts, PC World's Best Buy, Sound & Vision's Editors
Choice, Home Theater Magazine's Rave Award, PC Magazine's Editors Choice,
AVRev.com's #1 Product We Love the Best and The Perfect Vision's Products of
the Year. VIZIO is bringing vision to the consumer electronics market through
practical innovation. VIZIO products offer customers advanced technologies at
the most affordable value. Products include the VIZIO, Maximvs and Gallevia
lines of Plasma and LCD HDTVs.  Many of these products can be found at BJ's
Wholesale, Circuit City, Costco Wholesale, Sam's Club, Sears, Wal-Mart, and
other retailers nationwide along with authorized online partners. For more
information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit on the web at www.VIZIO.com.
    The V, VIZIO, Gallevia, Maximvs, Where Vision Meets Value names, phase and
symbols are trademarks or registered trademarks of VIZIO, Inc. All other
trademarks may be the property of their respective holders.
SOURCE  VIZIO, Inc.

Jim Noyd, Noyd Communications Inc., +1-310-374-8100, C: +1-310-951-3768, or
jim.noyd@noydcom.com, for VIZIO, Inc.
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