All the leading manufacturers such as Panasonic, Vizio, Hitachi, LG, Sony and Samsung have launched their Smart TVs. These TVs are available in Plasma, LCD and LED technology and come in different screen sizes as well. Most Smart TVs come with built-in Freeview HD capabilities and some new models also feature 3D content.
How does it work?
While normal TVs only have the capability of receiving and displaying a broadcast, a Smart TV is armed with the latest computing and connectivity features. A Smart TV has an advanced operating system/software and a powerful microprocessor similar to that of a smartphone or a computer.
The internet has become an essential part of our lives whether we want to watch news or weather updates, chat with friends, have fun watching silly video clips or do some serious movie watching. Earlier this could only be done on computers and smartphones but the small size of the screen was a real wet blanket for both the computers and the smartphone. A Smart TV on the other hand merges computer functionality with the wide screen of the TV thus making internet access all the more enjoyable. Besides streaming movies and accessing archived and current TV shows, a Smart TV also enables you to browse the web, watch clips on Youtube and access social networking sites such as facebook and Twitter etc. The App Store which is a rage these days can also be downloaded on a Smart TV. The unlimited number of entertainment options is a big plus of the Smart TVs.
Connecting Smart TV
Most Smart TVs are “easy to use”; they can be connected to the internet through the ethernet cable and an alternate wireless Wi-Fi connection is also available with these sets. Most Smart TVs are Wi-Fi ready meaning that you can connect your TV to the Wi-Fi home network through a wireless dongle ( you need to buy the dongle); however newer models of Smart TV are being manufactured with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. If you are using the ethernet connection, make sure that the router and the TV are placed near each other.
The Smart TV Remote Control
Every TV comes with a remote and the Smart TV is no exception. Each Smart TV features a remote best suited for its use; mostly QWERTY remotes are shipped with Smart TVs. Generally one just needs to follow the instructions on the screen to download the apps; the typing is done on the on-screen keyboard which pops up. Different manufacturers have introduced different types of remotes; for instance the remote control of the LG Smart TVs works on the pattern of a computer mouse. Samsung has gone a step ahead by introducing the LCD touchscreen remote which features a small LCD screen that displays a channel other than the one being shown on the TV screen. However the best news is that many Smart TVs can be controlled with a smartphone or an Android handset which also minimizes the chances of misplacing the remote.
Broadband Required for Smart TV
The performance of the Smart TV largely depends upon the speed of the broadband. A fast connection is needed for a Smart TV to ensure efficient online streaming and improved buffering speeds. Usually a broadband connection of more than 2Mbps is recommended for glitch free performance from Smart TVs.
Smart TV is the next generation gadget all set to revolutionize TV viewing. Almost all manufacturers of television have jumped on the bandwagon of producing Smart TV with each manufacturer “claiming” to offer “something different”. All Smart TVs have one thing common, they are capable of delivering online content. Applications (Apps) can be downloaded on Smart TVs enabling the viewer to access games, social networking sites, movies, TV shows and other content. Content from portable storage devices can also be downloaded on the Smart TV.
Akila Madusanka the author of the above article Smart TV: A New Era in Entertainment and the owner of Best LCD TV Reviews web site is an expert on TVs. For useful reviews on LED/LCD TVs visit LED/LCD TVs at his website if you need guidance in selecting the right LED/LCD TV.