The next time you turn on your Vizio smart TV, it may have some very good news: You could be getting paid.
The on-screen message is currently being displayed to Vizio customers as part of a class-action settlement related to the company’s admission that it spied on TV watchers without their knowledge.
Vizio spying settlement: Your TV may tell you if you could get paid
Here’s them message Vizio customers are seeing, according to CordCutters.com:
— CordCutters (@CordCutters) February 12, 2019
How much will you be getting paid? Between $13 and $31, according to the message.
Here’s the thing: You could get more money or less, “depending in part on how many class members submit eligible claims,” according to VizioTVSettlement.com, the website set up in conjunction with the settlement.
The free money stems from a lawsuit filed by the U.S. government in response to Vizio not disclosing to customers that its internet-connected “smart” TVs were collecting information from viewers without their consent.
In February 2017, Vizio agreed to pay $2.2 million and to get consent from consumers before collecting their information.
According to court documents, a judge ruled that the company wouldn’t be able to get off so easily and could face claims of violating the Wiretap Act among other infractions.
That’s when Vizio agreed to establish a $17 million settlement to pay people who bought their internet-connected TVs between February 2014 and February 2017.
Vizio class action settlement: How to get paid
- Watch your Vizio smart TV for a notification: A message received by some TV owners says: “If You Have Purchased A VIZIO Smart TV That Was Connected To The Internet Between February 1, 2014 and February 6, 2017, You Could Be Eligible for a Payment From A Class Action Settlement.”
- Go to the claims website to make a claim: To make a claim online, click on this claim form.
- Or submit a claim via mail: Send all correspondence to the following address:Settlement Administrator
P.O. Box 170500
Milwaukee, WI 53217
- Make sure to submit your claim before the deadline: The claim filing deadline is April 29, 2019. Any claim submitted after that is null and void.
If you’re not sure you’re a class member…
Uncertain as to whether you qualify for this settlement? Call the Settlement Administrator at 877-252-4685 for more information.
You may decide that upwards of $31 is not worth your time to make a claim, but if you take no action, you get nothing and in effect give up your legal right to sue Vizio.