Vizio got a new $80 Roku competitor with second-screen functionality

Vizio launched a new, lower-priced version of its CoStar streaming player Wednesday. The new player, dubbed CoStar LT, will sell for $80, and offer access to apps like Netflix, (S NFLX) Hulu Plus and YouTube, (S GOOG) as well as second-screen control capabilities similar to Google’s Chromecast. The original CoStar, which Vizio continues to sell for $100, is based on Google TV, but its new sibling uses Opera’s SDK instead. Both devices combine live TV viewing with apps, but Vizio CTO Matt McRae recently told me that consumers are starting to watch more streaming content than traditional TV.