5 Things To Know About Smart TVs

The technological innovations have been taking large steps in the past few years and the smart technologies have moved from our phones to tablets and TVs.

Although the market for smart TVs is still relatively small there are more and more affordable options now available to choose from. Here are five things you should know before you get a smart TV.

1. What Makes A TV Smart?

Now you might be wondering what these smart TVs are really all about. The definition is quite simple. Smart TV is a TV that provides you internet connected services, pretty much similar to your smartphone.

There are apps, media streaming and web browsing available in smart TVs, with the most important and exciting function being the Internet Protocol Television (IPT).

2. Wired Connection Works Best

For smart TVs to work to their full capacity you naturally need to connect it to the internet. There are usually two ways to go about it. Either you can use the Ethernet cable to connect it or use the wireless connection many TVs offer at the moment.

Although another cable might not be a pretty sight in your living room it is still the best way to provide you with a reliable connection. So if you can it is preferable to use the wire at least until the TVs develop a little bit further.

3. The World Of TV Apps

Apps are a big part of the smart TV experience. Currently all of them are free and you are able to use a lot of different apps across all brands but this might very well be changing in the future.

There aren’t that many apps out there for TV either. But the number is steadily growing and will probably keep doing so as more and more people buy smart TVs. What is possible with many TVs is to get an app for your smartphone that allows you to remotely control your TV. This is a really nice feature and you should consider it when you get a smart TV.

4. Games For Keeping Fit

There are now more advances being made in bringing games for smart TVs as well. Although there aren’t many options available yet, for instance Panasonic is really focused on developing exercise games to their TVs.

At the same time gaming consoles, like the new Xbox One are focusing more and more on providing full entertainment for users in terms of video streaming services.

For the customers this battle might be the most beneficial in terms of new innovations. It is a good idea to keep your eyes open and see what sort of innovations will appear next.

5. The Price Range

Although more and more companies are bringing out smart TVs there is still a relatively hefty price you need to pay for getting one. The more you want from your TV the more you need to be prepared to pay.

There is a good guide at the Tech Radar website about the best smart TVs out there. You can read this guide to help you see what might be the right choice for you to make.

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