Vewd: What Is It and How Does It Work?

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

With smart TVs and media streamers, popular apps like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, or Pandora may come pre-installed. But there are hundreds more movie and TV apps that require you to download and install them from an "online app store."

Once you have installed an app, it may need to be periodically updated. The smart TV or device may do this automatically each time you turn it on. In some cases, you may need to wait for an update to complete before you can use the app.

With the Vewd OS or Vewd App, you can view content on additional apps without having to download and install them.

Vewd was formerly known as Opera TV or Opera TV App Store.

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What Is Vewd and Why Does It Make a Difference?

Vewd doesn't require you to download or install apps because content is run directly from Vewd's "cloud-based app store." This means the apps don't take up storage space on your streaming device or smart TV. 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 title to watch. Additionally, Vewd features a Recommended Videos category. To watch a video listed in the recommended videos category, select 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 select 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 your smart TV, the menu design and 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: This is your starting point. The main part of the screen lists various content categories. On the left side of the screen are the 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. There's no downloading necessary; just select the app you want to watch and follow any additional prompts if required. 
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. 
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  • Settings: Vewd provides additional settings options that you can use to tailor your experience. AutoPlay, for example, allow you to automatically play the next video in a playlist. Other settings 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

In some cases, a TV or media streaming device may include the Vewd Apps Store within its operating system. This means that some core apps may be accessible without going into the Vewd Apps store.

Two examples are Sony and Hisense; some TVs made by these brands 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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Vewd on Set-Top Boxes: TiVo

In addition to Smart TVs, Vewd is available on set-top boxes, such as DVRs and some Blu-ray Disc players with media streaming capabilities. Below is an example of how to use Vewd on the TiVo Bolt and Bolt OTA.

  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 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 Browser

Another feature that Vewd offers is the Vewd Browser, formerly known as Opera. Similar to browsers available on smart TVs, the Vewd browser allows 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 Enter button on the remote.

  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, you can use the Speed Dial Option to quickly visit a number of pre-selected or frequently visited sites.

    Vewd Browser – Speed Dial Feature
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The Bottom Line

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

The main benefit of Vewd is that instead of having to worry about installing, updating, or deleting apps, and keeping track of how much storage space you need for your apps, Vewd does everything for you in the background.

Check out the Vewd Enabled Page to see if Vewd is or will be available on your Smart TV or streaming device.