The word ‘Smart TV’ is fairly new and the concept is really very similar to a ‘Smart Phone’ apart from being a TV, obviously
In a nutshell, Today’s smart TV is basically the integration of internet, along with web2.0 features, such as social networking, into modern TV sets. However, don’t confuse a Smart TV with the older internet TV’s such as IPTV.
The smart TV generally has a greater focus on internet services, such as online media streaming and interactive media, internet TV, video on demand and less focus on the convectional broadcast methods that traditional TV’s have used in order for you to watch your programmes.
Today we are seeing more television sets with integrated internet functionality.
What does a smart TV do?
With all the functionality of a smart TV, it really allows you to do anything you can on a computer. You can browse the Web, watch YouTube and catch up on social networking.
One of the attractive features is video-on-demand (VOD) services that allow you to watch what you want when you want it from the comfort of your living room. With these features, smart TV channels are quite specialised, showing movies, sports, music and any other interest that you can think of.
Smart TV’s also allow you to other ‘smart’ things, such as
- Allow you to directly watch personal media, such as family photo’s / videos and music from another computer, external hard drive, cloud storage or attached network storage device.
- Install and run software applications (apps), very similar to the way you do on a mobile smart phone of today.
- Free conferencing with family and friends using Skype and a webcam to another computer or Smart TV in the comfort of your living room.
- Social Networking intergration with the popular services such as Facebook and others.
When it comes to top brands leading the smart TV technology, you’ll find manufactures such Samsung, LG, Toshiba, Sony and Panasonic are at the forefron
Do You Really Need A Smart TV Remote?
Most Televisions come with a remote control as you would expect. But , to be honest, you probably don’t need it for the day to day operating as there’s some other extremely cool features available in most Smart TV’s, which include: Voice Control, Hand Gesture Control and Face Recognition.
Watch this video for the features and functionality of a Smart TV:
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