A Smarter TV

4:31 am Apr 14 - by Amanda Steelman

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Like it or not, we are living in the age of ‘the smart phone,’ and it is an age full of apps, QR codes and things that I, a proud owner of a simple flip phone, still don’t fully understand. I’m working on it but unfortunately for me, it looks like phones aren’t the only devices getting ‘smarter’. Smart TVs are starting to make their ways into our lives as well.

But what makes a smart TV any different from other TVs? In a nutshell, smart TVs essentially have a computer built-in. Combine that with integrated Internet capabilities, and your TV experience just got a lot more exciting.

You can view content from other computers or storage devices. Smart TVs allow you to use software like Windows Media Player or iTunes to play your music or videos on the TV. Most smart TVs have Digital Living Network Alliance Certified Streaming that allows you to play these files from your PC, smart phone, or other devices connected to your home wireless network. You can also connect

some devices the old-fashioned way: directly, via cable.

Web apps are another key feature of smart TVs. Most video streaming apps like Youtube, Hulu Plus and Netflix are available, along with information apps with sports, news and weather updates. You can browse the Web on your TV. In some cases you can also connect a webcam and have video chats through your TV.

Smart TVs also have traditional broadcast, but at the same time they place a lot more emphasis on on-demand streaming media. Whether it’s just normal video-on-demand or using methods such as the Internet, external hard drives, and cloud storage to watch what you want, when you want it, smart TVs make it much easier to do so.

All in all, these features sound really convenient and maybe even slightly cool. But for a person like me who still doesn’t really get the big deal of smart phones? It’s going to take some getting used to.

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