Since early last year (2016), Vizio, a world leader in consumer television/video display systems, has been phasing out the production of television sets with tuners and moving toward the production video display systems without tuners.

Tunerless displays, is the legal term, in order to bypass the federal government's requirement that all TVs have a tuner capable of tuning in local over the air television channels. Removing the capability of an RF connection qualifies the devices as displays, rather than television sets. Basically, all displays that are 4K/UHD capable and are equiped with Vizio's smartcast system are display units, or tunerless TVs.

Complete imformation isn't quite transparent, however, keeping in mind the difference between the terms "TV" and "Display", it appears that the "M" series and the "P" series are all smartcast capable so, are displays and are tunerless. The 32" version of the new Vizio "E" series is a smart TV, but all units of a larger size (43" and up) are smart displays and come with Smartcast. All sizes of the Vizio "D" series are smart TVs, without Smartcast, Some models, but not all, are available with 4K/UHD. I think sales will drive Vizio's decision as to whether to keep the series "D" sets on the market, or to convert them to displays.


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Drew Stone Begins SBE Chapter 85 Membership

Drew is presently employed as a Maintenance Engineer at KWTV News 9. He's been with KWTV since the end of December 2014. Formerly Drew held the Engineering Supervisor position with Family Broadcasting Group KSBI-TV 52 where he began in May 2012 as a part-time engineer (after graduating from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Broadcasting).

Colleagues Mourn Ernie Jones After Tower Death




Colleagues Mourn Ernie Jones After Tower

Colleagues Mourn Ernie Jones After Tower Death

Funeral services for Ernie Jones will be 11:30AM on Tuesday, October 27 at Alexander North Chapel Funeral Home, 4200 Stringtownroad, Evansville, IN. Officiating will be Pastor Randy Anderson with entombment in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.


Colleagues Mourn Ernie Jones After Tower Death


Ernie Jones succumbs following tragic tower elevator-related accident in Oklahoma

Chairman Election Results

Brian Ryel has been elected Chairman of SBE Chapter 85 in our regular monthly meeting held today at Hideaway Pizza in Edmond.

Out going Chairman Rick Hartford has agreed to become Program Coordinator for the Chapter.

Our next meeting will be 8:00 Friday morning the 28th of March at the OAB/SBE Convention being held at the Skirvin Plaza in Downtown Oklahoma City.

Please invite anyone you think might be interested in joining us for fellowship and sharing information.