If you have a high definition television that you’ve purchased in the past two years, it’s likely that you also have a smart television.
A smart TV, simply defined, is one that can connect to the Internet through a direct, wired Ethernet or built-in Wi-Fi connection, to access streaming media or run entertainment apps, access web browsers or on-demand video rental services.
Basically, it can be used as the screen of your computer, allowing you to watch movies on Netflix, access social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, listen to your favourite radio stations through your television, while still being able to use it traditionally to watch and record your favourite television shows on cable.
As technology goes, smart TV’s are getting smarter every day, with major manufacturers including more and more features like built-in video cameras, microphones, even gesture recognition so you can control your television without a remote control.
They can also be connected to a home automation system if you have one, and can be programmed to turn on or off and record simply by programming your smart TV into your automation system.
Most smart TV’s support many popular services and apps, while others only come with certain apps that are not interchangeable. A lower-priced television usually offers only set apps and services, while the higher-priced models will support a wider array of apps and services. This means, when you are buying your smart TV, you have to do the research to see which one is best suited for your family’s needs.
While the capabilities are tremendous with a smart TV, you have to remember that like with all technology, there are some setbacks. For example, if you have a smart TV hooked up to Internet cable, if your Wi-Fi has a disruption, this means your television will as well. Smart TV’s are prone to many of the glitches and disruptions your PC may experience.
Weigh the pros and cons and decide if a smart TV is right for you.