What Is A Smart TV?
In the modern world, there are so many different types of technology out there designed to make our lives easier and more enjoyable. Even TVs aren’t simple anymore, with smart TVs taking over the market from the traditional TV. Perhaps you’re due an upgrade and want to know what the benefits are of a smart TV, or maybe you’ve already got one and don’t understand what it can do. In this blog, we will run down what a smart TV is and all of its features to help you take advantage of them.
The Difference Between a Regular TV and a Smart TV
A smart TV is defined by one major factor – internet connectivity. They simply connect to your home network using either wired Ethernet or built-in WiFi connectivity using your network name and password.
While a standard TV is used purely for the purpose of displaying sources, such as the antenna or cable inputs, a smart TV can do all of these plus a multitude of other things thanks to WiFi. This means that a smart TV is actually much closer in function to your tablet or phone than your old TV.
A smart TV can connect to streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube and display these using the remote it comes with (often with dedicated buttons for specific apps) or voice-activated technology. Most smart TVs come with their own voice assistant which can help you find shows or movies without having to manually search for them. This can often be connected to your existing smart speaker, like Alexa, so you can ask these to turn on Netflix without moving a muscle as well as control your house with your other connected smart gadgets.
Smart TVs also come with a raft of other features and downloadable apps, such as music streaming and games, meaning your living room TV can become a one-stop shop for many things.
What Are the Benefits?
There are clearly lots of benefits to the features listed above. Increased functionality means you can use your TV more and get your money’s worth out of it while reducing the need to use a tablet or computer to stream, for example. The convenience of voice-activated technology makes it accessible for all ages and compatibility with your existing smart speaker makes things like losing the remote or struggling to find the channel you need problems of the past. Modern interfaces are often a lot easier and smoother to navigate, plus you can download and delete apps at your leisure.
Because of the nature of being connected to the internet, smart TVs can also benefit from regular updates from the manufacturer. While old TVs were stuck with the same issues since release, smart TVs can be improved with software updates that eliminate bugs or security gaps and add new features.
Are There Any Drawbacks?
Because modern TVs have so many built-in features, they tend to take a step back with inputs and outputs, phasing out old technologies like RCA connectors. You may want to take this into account if you use retro games consoles that use these types of cables.
Plus, with so many additional features, your smart TV can crash just like your phone does sometimes, or struggle to connect to WiFi if your bandwidth is not strong enough to deal with so much activity. These days, technology issues are easier to solve with a quick fix so these are unlikely to hinder your overall experience, but they are things that you wouldn’t get with a traditional TV.
Another drawback is that the functions it comes with vary on which smart TV you opt for, and there are so many on the market that it can be confusing to decide which is best. We advise that you do your research into which smart TV can do the things you need it to do without compromising on quality.