What is a Smart TV?

Everyone is talking about Smart TVs but if you’re not exactly sure what they are, then read on. In this short article we summarise the following:

  1. What is a Smart TV?
  2. How do Smart TVs work?
  3. What sort of apps are on the Smart TV?
  4. Benefits of Smart TVs.
  5. How does a Smart TV compare to the set-top boxes?
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What is a Smart TV?

A Smart TV allows you to access a whole range of content beyond live TV and lets you manage and view online content without needing an additional streaming device. These includes content from apps such as Netflix, YouTube, and many more, so you can enjoy quick access to media content on a big screen.

How do Smart TVs work?

Smart TVs show online content through accessing your usual broadband router and the wi-fi or ethernet network that you use to connect your own devices such as a computer to access the internet.

What sort of apps can you access through Smart TVs?

Most Smart TVs have many popular streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and YouTube already installed.

The amount of apps and services varies depending on the brand, but they usually have a huge variety of film and TV streaming services, catch-up TV services, and even social networking sites, ranging from Facebook to ITV Hub to Pandora.

Most Smart TVs come with apps already installed, and you can add more through the app store on the TV. Some apps require a monthly subscription fee to unlock the media content they provide. Classic examples are Netflix and Stan.

What are some benefits of Smart TVs?

The prime benefit of Smart TVs are the access they provide to a variety of channels that offer TV shows, films, and music without a cable/satellite service.

This is on top of the incredible viewing experience that technology such as ultra high definition 4K, 8K, OLED & QLED offers.

Smart TVs can also offer gaming, and access to web browsing off your computer.

Manufacturers are also starting to add support for voice assistants, such as Google Home, Apple HomePod and Amazon Alexa making it easier for people to access their TV. Some Smart TVs can also allow users to view content from a smartphone and other compatible devices onto their TV screen.

How do Smart TVs compare to set-top boxes?

Smart TVs are not the only way to stream content onto a big screen; set-top boxes and streaming sticks are another way that people can access online content. These work well but don’t offer the ease of use that Smart TVs do. However, if you’re not ready to buy a new TV, a set-top box or a streaming stick is a good idea.

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