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The term “Smart TV” describes the ability of your television to connect to the internet using a wired or wireless connection to your home’s network. Not only will your Smart TV deliver your standard TV programs, but once you’re connected to your online world, you’ll be able to watch online movies and videos from Netflix or YouTube, access Facebook and Twitter, view your online photo albums, make Skype calls, play games, get real-time weather and news updates, and so much more.
As you may have already gathered, a Smart TV keeps you connected to your digital world without having to leave your living room or entertainment area. No longer will your big screen be wasted display real estate. Consider it an extension of your computer, with its ability to perform functions that were once in the domain of laptops and other mobile devices. Check out some of the nifty tasks you can do with a
One way to “smarten up” your existing TV is through media streaming devices. If you just want access to free and fee-based channels like Netflix, as well as apps, a Smart Blu-ray player, media streamer, gaming console or Apple TV can do the job.
When you’re shopping for a Smart TV, you’ll want to be sure that you’re getting the right one for your home. Some things to consider include:
Whichever way you choose to get connected is completely up to you. Some people prefer the stability of a wired Ethernet connection, while others prefer the ease of getting connected via WiFi.
And Smart TVs aren’t just smart, some – but not all – are also loaded with some of best features you could ask for in a television including:
Once you’re connected to your home network, you’ll be greeted with a screen like this:
Keep in mind that how the screen looks and what’s on it will depend on the brand of Smart TV you choose. Samsung’s Smart Hub, Sony’s Entertainment Network, LG’s Smart TV Dashboard, or Sharp’s SmartCentral will all appear a little bit different, but one thing will remain the same: each one will be full of apps that will get you connected to movies, news, games, TV shows, Facebook, Picasa, Netflix, Skype, and more.
Smart TV apps are web-based programs that are similar to the apps you see on your smartphone or tablet. They’re designed specifically for your television and allow you to access web content. Most manufacturers even feature a link to their brand-specific app store where you can browse even more apps for your TV.
There are apps for everyone in the family too. Watch sporting events or the hottest movies on Netflix. View video clips on YouTube or catch the newest releases on CinemaNow. And for the kids, there are games, Facebook, Twitter, and more that will keep everyone entertained for hours.
Your Smart TV will truly become the centrepiece of your living room. It gives you the power to get connected in so many ways, as well as enjoy an enhanced home theatre experience with a variety of accessories:
One of the best things about a Smart TV is that many feature enough ports so you can get connected to other devices. HDMI ports let you connect to HD sources such as a Blu-ray player or home theatre system, while a PC port lets you plug into your computer or laptop and use the large screen as a computer monitor.
Want to chat with friends and family on the big screen? No problem. A Skype TV web camera and Skype app on your Smart TV are all you need to get connected. Most models feature a wide-angle lens so you can fit more family members on the screen, as well as built-in mics that will pick up your voices loud and clear.
A wireless keyboard and mouse might seem like an odd addition to your setup, but having these items next to your remote control will make it easier to navigate all your content and type messages with the same simplicity as you would on your computer. Just be sure your Smart TV has an available USB port for the transceiver.
If you’ve chosen a 3D compatible Smart TV, you’ll need to have a pair of 3D glasses in order to enjoy 3D content. It’ll take your entertainment experience into another dimension – literally.
For the ultimate viewing experience, add a Blu-ray player to your setup and you’ll be able to take full advantage of your Smart TV’s high-end specs. You’ll enjoy gorgeous videos and realistic HD sound from all your Blu-ray movies.
Great visuals are only half the equation. For the best entertainment experience, you’ll want to include a home theatre system so as you’re indulging in gorgeous eye candy, you’ll be surrounded by crisp, room-shaking sounds too.
A TV stand or mount will help keep your Smart TV and all your other home theatre components neat and organized in your living room.
If you don’t have a Smart TV, you can build one with LG’s Smart TV Upgrader. It works with any HDTV with an HDMI input, and is a cinch to use. Simply plug it in, get connected, and you’ll instantly have access to LG’s wide world of smart entertainment.
If you’re looking to do more with your television than simply watch TV, then a Smart TV could be just what you need. You’ll have the power to connect to your entire online world and access the latest movies, TV shows, news, weather, social network updates, and apps all from the comfort of your couch. Check out Best Buy’s wide selection online or in-store.
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