The screens we watch are getting better and brighter every day. A new feature shows up in the television industry in every few years, signaling a paradigm shift and fundamentally moving the goalposts for manufacturers. In recent years, 4K Ultra HD resolution (display is one with at least 8 million active pixels) and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) color have both become commonplace in TVs.
A smart TV sometimes referred to as connected TV, hybrid TV, or internally (intelligent and telly), is a television set with the integrated Internet and active “Web 2.0” features (World Wide Web websites that emphasize user-generated content, usability, and interoperability for end users). Smart TV is a technological convergence between computers and flat screen television sets.
What is a Smart TV?
A smart TV is a set that incorporates an operating system/platform that allows consumers to access, manage, and view the internet and network-based media content without the need to connect to an additional box/decoder.
How Smart TVs Work?
The way smart TV works accesses this content is by providing the ability to connect to the same broadband router via Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection that you use to connect your PC to the internet. Ethernet provides the most stable connection, but if your TV is located in a different room than your router, or a long distance from your router even if it is in the same room, Wi-Fi is more convenient. Once connected and turned on, you enter any needed login information required by your ISP (Internet Service Provider). After signing in, the smart TV will display an on-screen menu that includes a list of available internet channels, which are provided in the form of apps (similar to the apps on your smartphone). Some apps are pre-loaded, while others can be downloaded and added to the TV’s “app library”. When you click on the icon for a specific channel/app, you are taken to their content offerings, which you can select and view. Depending on brand and model, there may be differences on how to navigate through the smart TV menu and manage your apps. One would wonder what type of an Operating System does those smart TVs use, well they use webOS, Tizen, Firefox, and Android.
The Benefits of Smart TVs
The main benefit of a smart TV is the ability to access a large number of “channels” that offer TV programs, movies, music, without having to connect a TV antenna or subscribe to a satellite service. Also, in most cases, a smart TV may provide web browsing, gaming, as well as access to compatible media content stored on your PC.
In addition to accessing internet streaming content, some smart TVs may provide additional capabilities, such as Miracast and Screen Sharing which allows users to view content from compatible Smartphones and Tablets right on that big TV screen.
Our best feature on smart Tv is that a smart TV may be able to do the reverse send content from the TV to a compatible smartphone. After sending, the user can continue to view that content on their smartphone away from the TV.
Smart TVs May Be Able to Spy on You.
Using a smart TV may result in privacy issues. Smart TVs and/or the content app providers, usually track your viewing habits in order to provide you with viewing suggestions. For example, every time I log into Netflix, the menu shows me what I have watched recently, as well as updated suggestions for related movies or programs that I might like based on my, watched recently, list.
You might think that this type of tracking is a good thing because it cuts down spending time search for movies or programs to watch, but a smart TV may be doing more than just track your viewing habits. If your smart TV has a webcam or voice control, there is a possibility, although remote, that someone can hack in and see or hear you. Also, any credit card purchases you make using your TV may be track-able by third parties. If your voice control or webcam is ON don’t say or do anything that you wouldn’t do or say in public and, just as with your PC, be cautious with your online credit card purchases.
If you already have a smart TV, make sure you have reliable, stable, fast internet connection. When you go shopping for a TV these days, just about all brands/models you will find offer some level of smart functionality that expands your viewing options, If you already own a TV that doesn’t have smart features, but you are satisfied with its picture quality and other features, you don’t necessarily need to buy a smart TV. Just as in the previous suggestion, you can opt to add a media streamer, streaming stick, or internet-enabled Blu-ray Disc player to your current TV.