Tech Essentials for Connected Home Theatre

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Smart TVs & your connected home

What is a connected home?

A connected home is similar to—but slightly different from, a smart home. Whereas a smart home can “think” for itself and make adjustments on the fly, a connected home is also linked together, but it’s fully controlled by you using a device such as a universal remote. Both smart and connected homes make use of a network of devices that are interoperable in such a way as to add significant convenience to your life. As such, when choosing a smart TV, it’s important to ask questions like how many HDMI ports there are, so you’ll know how many other devices you’ll be able to connect.

Smart TVs features and capabilities

Smart TVs have a number of useful features, including the ability to act as a control hub for your other smart devices. This is especially true of devices related to your broader home theatre setup (i.e., sound bars, digital streaming devices, smart lights, etc.). Of course, everyone’s needs are different, so you can create your own home theatre in any way that you wish. Whichever devices you choose to incorporate, you can set them up to all work together, and you can even incorporate a smart assistant like Alexa or Siri for voice based control. Imagine telling your TV to play a particular movie with a specific lighting scene (such as movie theatre lighting) and having it happen automatically. This is what’s possible with a connected home theatre.

Smart TV operating systems

Today, there are more smart TV operating system choices than ever before, but not all of them are created equally. Systems such as Roku, WebOS, Android TV, Tizen OS, and Fire TV are among the most common names, with the first three listed being the most popular. The truth is, however, that each system has its own strengths and weaknesses. For instance, Roku TV has compatibility with televisions from a variety of different manufacturers, whereas WebOS is specifically LG’s operating system. Another option, Android TV, is favoured for offering built-in Chromecast support, but its service may perform differently on TVs from different manufacturers. It is therefore advisable to do some research on smart TV operating systems before you make your selection.

Smart TV compatibility and creating your connected home

One of the great benefits of smart TVs is their compatibility with a variety of other devices. This allows you to build a home theatre setup that’s perfect for you and your family. Potential devices to incorporate include a home theatre projector, a smart TV and receiver, smart lights, a universal remote control, a smart speaker or display, speakers and/or a sound-bar, wireless headphones, a Blu-ray player, and special streaming devices such as Roku TV. Each of these products has its own features and benefits, but when linked together in just the right combination, you can have one truly amazing home theatre setup. And in many cases, the smart TV itself will be the hub that controls it all.

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Smart TVs & your connected home

What is a connected home?

A connected home is similar to—but slightly different from, a smart home. Whereas a smart home can “think” for itself and make adjustments on the fly, a connected home is also linked together, but it’s fully controlled by you using a device such as a universal remote. Both smart and connected homes make use of a network of devices that are interoperable in such a way as to add significant convenience to your life. As such, when choosing a smart TV, it’s important to ask questions like how many HDMI ports there are, so you’ll know how many other devices you’ll be able to connect.

Smart TVs features and capabilities

Smart TVs have a number of useful features, including the ability to act as a control hub for your other smart devices. This is especially true of devices related to your broader home theatre setup (i.e., sound bars, digital streaming devices, smart lights, etc.). Of course, everyone’s needs are different, so you can create your own home theatre in any way that you wish. Whichever devices you choose to incorporate, you can set them up to all work together, and you can even incorporate a smart assistant like Alexa or Siri for voice based control. Imagine telling your TV to play a particular movie with a specific lighting scene (such as movie theatre lighting) and having it happen automatically. This is what’s possible with a connected home theatre.

Smart TV operating systems

Today, there are more smart TV operating system choices than ever before, but not all of them are created equally. Systems such as Roku, WebOS, Android TV, Tizen OS, and Fire TV are among the most common names, with the first three listed being the most popular. The truth is, however, that each system has its own strengths and weaknesses. For instance, Roku TV has compatibility with televisions from a variety of different manufacturers, whereas WebOS is specifically LG’s operating system. Another option, Android TV, is favoured for offering built-in Chromecast support, but its service may perform differently on TVs from different manufacturers. It is therefore advisable to do some research on smart TV operating systems before you make your selection.

Smart TV compatibility and creating your connected home

One of the great benefits of smart TVs is their compatibility with a variety of other devices. This allows you to build a home theatre setup that’s perfect for you and your family. Potential devices to incorporate include a home theatre projector, a smart TV and receiver, smart lights, a universal remote control, a smart speaker or display, speakers and/or a sound-bar, wireless headphones, a Blu-ray player, and special streaming devices such as Roku TV. Each of these products has its own features and benefits, but when linked together in just the right combination, you can have one truly amazing home theatre setup. And in many cases, the smart TV itself will be the hub that controls it all.

Want to learn more about Smart TV's and connected homes? Check out these other resources.

Learning about Smart TV operating systems 
Explore the latest smart home tech
Smart lighting for your home theatre