|These days, many brands are offering what they call Smart TVs promising functionality and convenience never before imagined in the world of technology and home living. Marketed as an accessory to an equally smart home, many individuals are wondering what does a Smart TV do and is it really worth the investment?|
Understanding the Concept of Smart TV
Smart TV is primarily like any other flat-screen television set out there. But it’s main difference is that it has a built-in Internet connectivity. That is why many referred to it as “connected TV.” It has built-in apps and features that can basically allows you to stream videos, websites, and all other things you usually do on your computer when connected to the worldwide web.
A smart TV can connect to Vimeo, YouTube, Netflix, Vudu, and all other sites where one can stream movies, music, and all sorts of videos. Topnotch brands also integrate web browser and apps for social media like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn just to name a few. It also allows viewers to play online games and, recently, development is under way for it to be used on interactive games like COC, Minecraft and so on. In theory, it works as both a telly and a computer rolled into one.
How It Works
The most obvious thing about Smart TVs is the need for internet connectivity. If there is no internet connection, it’s nothing but you’re average old flat-screen showing episodes straight from your friendly cable network.
Access to the Internet, however, is done in 2 ways—wired and wireless. It can directly connect to a modem via a wired Ethernet cable (LAN). This type is common among old models and is considered less expensive. Most modern models today have built-in Wi-Fi or via a USB dongle plugged at the back both of which can connect to a wireless modem installed in a home.
All smart TV carry a set of online features which only vary depending on its model and make. Most new ones in the market today, however, allow access to various social networking sites particularly Facebook and Twitter. Other features like instant messaging applications vary from one brand to another. Some models allow Skype and other teleconferencing calls with the aid of webcam connected to the smart TV.
Recent models allow many online teleconferencing platforms with the use of a built-in HD camera. This somehow allows you to interact with friends, family, and work colleagues on a full screen video. Like watching television and talking to the characters on screen.
Smart TVs can also download apps like computers and smartphones do. This allows one to gain access not only to videos on demand but also to games, e-commerce sites, social media, and many other platforms that the Net provides. Some models also have innovative features which, with the help of optional accessories, make life a little edgier and spontaneous.
Perhaps, one of the most important aspects of smart TV is the absence of all other consoles and boxes. Apart from less mess, this helps save ample cash from buying separate items. Instead of buying a separate game console, you can now download same video games.
Television is also long used for leisure watching. Now, you can buy those 42-inch sensations and have access to videos on demand services and have a grand time streaming new and classic movies to your heart’s content. Want convenient video services? Feel free to live stream YouTube, Vudu, Vimeo and other subscription-based services that allow access to a vast online library of movies, television shows, music videos, news archives, lifestyle segments, history archives, and the like.
So, what does a smart TV do? It offers a handy and all-in-one experience that truly is revolutionizing the way people see and interact.