Vewd: What It Is and How to Use It

The TV app store is used with smart TVs and set-top boxes.

On most smart TVs and media streamers, there are a number of popular movies, TV, and music apps that may be pre-installed (such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, and Pandora). However, there are also hundreds or thousands of movie and TV apps that require you to download and install them to your device from an "online app store."

However, once you have downloaded and installed an app, it may need to be periodically updated. In some cases, the smart TV or device may do this automatically each time you turn it on. However, if there is an app you haven't used in a while, the next time you want to watch something with it, you might have to wait for it to update. 

VEWD OS – Three Screens
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What Vewd Is and What Makes it Different

Vewd was formerly known as Opera TV or Opera TV App Store. The letters "Vewd" is a moniker for "viewed".

If you have a smart TV or streaming device that incorporates the Vewd OS or Vewd App, you can view content on additional apps without going having to download and install them.

The reason that Vewd doesn't require you to download and install apps is that they run directly from its "cloud-based app store."

This means that the apps don't take up storage space. In addition, as the apps are updated by content providers, Vewd places any new update into their service so you don't have to worry if you have the latest apps or if you have the latest version of a specific app you want to watch.

Vewd also automatically adds new apps as they become available or removes apps that it may no longer be able to provide.

If you want to watch something, just select the app and choose a video to watch. In addition, Vewd features a Recommended Videos category. To watch a video listed in the recommended videos category, click on it and watch without having to download an app first. 

Not all apps are free. If a subscription or pay-per-view fee is required, the first time you click on the app you will be prompted to set up an account for that specific app and provide payment information. 

TV and streaming device manufacturers have the option of including the entire Vewd OS or provide their own core Apps using another OS, such as Android TV, which may include the Vewd app as one selection option. When users select the Vewd app, they are able to access video and game content through additional apps provided by Vewd. 

Apps That Vewd Offers

Some of the apps offered by the Vewd OS or within the Vewd App include:

  • Movies and TV – Crackle, TubiTV, AcornTV, Viewster, YuppTV, and Plex.
  • Sports – Red Bull TV, Motorcyclist, Nitro Circus, Play Sports TV
  • Lifestyle – TED, Wired, Mashable, Bon Appetit
  • Kids – Kids News, Kidoodle TV, Toon Goggles
  • Music – Deezer TIDAL, Radioline
  • News and Weather – CBS News, Newsy, CNBC, The Weather Network, Accuweather

The number and names of apps that Vewd provides may vary across specific brand/model TVs and streaming devices as well as by geographical region.

Vewd OS on Smart TVs

Depending on the brand and model of smart TV or other device that uses the Vewd apps platform, the exact appearance of the screen and the steps required to find and select apps might vary.

If you have a smart TV that runs the Vewd OS as its core platform, here are examples of the types of screens you will see. 

The Vewd Homepage - Here is your starting point. The main part of the screen lists various content categories. On the left side of the screen are main categories which aid in navigating the Vewd OS.

VEWD Home Page Start Screen
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Videos - This page spotlights top video picks and any live TV programming that you can select without having to open an app first.  

VEWD Videos Selection Example
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Apps - This page is where you can see and select apps (including TV and movie apps) that you would like to access. No downloading needed, just select the app you want to watch and follow any additional prompts if required by the app. 

VEWD Apps Screen

Games - In addition to movies, TV, and other video categories, Vewd also provides a selection of online games.

VEWD Games

Favorites - This page is where you can place your favorite Vewd apps and videos.

VEWD – Choosing Favorites Example
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Search - If you know the name of the app or content you are looking for, you can use the Vewd search page's virtual keyboard to see if it is available through the service. 

VEWD – Search Feature
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Settings - Vewd provides additional setting options you can use to tailor your experience. Show in the image below is the AutoPlay setting option. Other settings that can be accessed by clicking on the icons on the top right corner of the screen include Temperature Units (f or c) for weather info, Vewd Reset, Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, ID for Developers, and About (VEWD OS version, device ID, and support contact info).

VEWD Settings – AutoPlay On/Off Example
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Vewd with Android TV

As mentioned previously, in some cases, TV or media streaming device maker may include the Vewd Apps Store within its own operating system. This means that some core apps are accessible without going into the Vewd Apps store while the Vewd Apps store provides direct access to additional apps.

Two examples are Sony and Hisense, in which some of their TVs use the Android TV platform, but run Vewd in the background providing select Apps managed by Vewd.

Vewd on Android TV
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Sony Android TVs also include the Vewd Browser, which is discussed later in this article.

Vewd on Set-Top Boxes – TIVO Example

As mentioned previously, in addition to Smart TVs, Vewd is available on set-top boxes such as some Blu-ray Disc players and DVRs that include media streaming capability.

Below is an example of how to use Vewd on the TIVO Bolt and Bolt OTA, which can be applied to other Vewd-enabled devices.

  1. Press the TiVo button (looks like a TV with rabbit ears) on the top of your TIVO remote.

    TIVO Remote – Top Portion
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  2. This takes you to the TiVo Central Menu. Scroll to the Apps option and select it.

    TIVO Home Screen – Select Apps
  3. In the TIVO Apps menu, select the Vewd App Store.

    TIVO Apps Screen – Select VEWD App Store
  4. Within the Vewd App store, find a video or app you want to view or game you want to play.

    VEWD Apps
  5. Select the App you want to view (remember, if the app content isn't free you will be prompted to set up an account for payment). 

    VEWD Apps – Select Tubi TV

The Vewd (formerly Opera) Browser

Another feature that Vewd offers is the Vewd Browser. Similar to browsers that may be available on other smart TVs, the Vewd browser enables users to browse the web on their TV in an easy-to-use manner (no keyboard or mouse required). 

If your smart TV uses the Vewd apps store, you can also look for the Vewd browser icon.

  1. Open the Vewd Browser

    VEWD Browser Logo
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  2. Press the up arrow button on your TV or device remote until the cursor reaches the address bar in the upper part of the screen.

  3. Press the remote's Enter button.

  4. Type your search term or website url using the on-screen keyboard.

    VEWD Browser – Keyboard
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  5. Select GO, Enter, or Submit to go to your chosen site.

    VEWD Browser – CNN Webpage
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  6. In addition to search, if you use the Speed Dial Option, you can go to a number of pre-selected sites or sites that you visit frequently directly.

    Vewd Browser – Speed Dial Feature
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The Bottom Line

There are several streaming platforms used in smart TVs and other devices, and Vewd is definitely one that you may run across. Other streaming platforms include Samsung Apps, Roku, WebOS (LG), SmartCast (Vizio), Fire Edition TV (Amazon), Chromecast Built-in (various brands), and more. 

The main benefit of Vewd is that instead of having to worry about installing, updating, and/or deleting apps, and keeping track of how much storage space you need for your apps, Vewd does everything for you in the background - All you have to do is watch what you want on your TV!

The Vewd OS, Vewd App, and Vewd Browser are available on a select number of smart TVs and other streaming products but is available for others to use. To find out if Vewd is or will be available on your Smart TV or streaming device, check out the Vewd Enabled Page.