WHAT IS A SMART TV?
One may be wondering what exactly is a smart TV? Well the term “smart” in front of any form of technology generally means that the device is linked to the internet. Think about your smartphone that can access your email, the, web, GPS, and other functionalities that require internet connectivity. That is exactly what a smart TV is, a TV that is connected to your home’s internet whether it be wireless or wired.
All Smart TVs have an operating system that manages the pre-installed apps on the TV. Some Brands like Samsung and Panasonic have their own proprietor software. Some brands like Bruhm and Nasco use an operating system based on android. Inspite of the fact that Samsung and Panasonic’s systems are not based on the android operating system they are all called smart TVs because of the WiFi connectivity and the other features.
Smart TVs can also have an app built in which allow it to access the information on the internet. These apps also allow the TV to stream content without the need of any additional equipment, as long as it has access to the internet. It also ideally comes with a built-in web browser, which allows one to access content on the internet.
Additionally, a Smart TV may also provide Internet TV, that is, TV shows and videos that are distributed on the internet, over-the-top content (OTT), which includes audio, video, and other media over the Internet, as well as on-demand streaming media, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, YouTube, and other TV shows and movies that can be streamed over the internet. A Smart TV may also have home networking access, which allows it to become the media center of the home.
A Smart TV may also feature online interactive media, where the users can interact with the television either through a remote or another device, or directly by touching the screen if the device has a touch screen.
It can be said that a Smart TV is something of a hybrid between a TV and a computer, as it serves the basic functionality of a TV, while also having technology and services that are typically associated with a computer.