Everyone wants to know the features of a smart TV, here we will give you all you need to know about it.
But first, you need to understand what it means, and then, its features will be clearer to you.
WHAT IS A SMART TV?
According to Wikipedia, it is also known as a connected TV (CTV), which
is a traditional television set with integrated Internet and interactive Web
2.0 features that allow users to stream music and videos, browse the internet, and view photos.
Toms Guide wrote that it is easy to stream movies and shows, and newer models offer voice control and smart home integration.
Now that you have a little idea of what it actually means, let us take you to its features and why its better than “Dumb TV”.
Features of a Smart TV.
A lot of Television claims to smart in a way or the other, knowing fully well how messed the so called “built-in smart features” really are.
A smart television is all about accessing the internet with your tv and more cute smartness that makes viewing interesting.
it contains many features but we are going to discuss the 6 relevant ones here. which are
Fast User Interface, A robust recommendation engine, Over-the-top content, The ecosystem, Second screen compatibility.
Fast User Interface:
The main or rather one of the biggest problems with televisions and the cable boxes attached to them are their interfaces.
Most of it is so ugly and not well arranged, and the rest clunky and outdated. It needs a big change and update.
A lot of the Smart TVs platforms haven’t fared much better.
Like Google TV that was shunned in 2010 for having an awful and unintuitive interface.
Google eventually took the criticism to heart, updating and improving Google TV’s interface with its upgrade to 2.0.
It was a an amazing and a welcoming change.
A robust recommendation engine
The term “Smart TV” as the name implies is a bit misleading. Many televisions given the branding aren’t, particularly that “smart”–
at least not in the sense that they exude any intelligence via features like recommendation engines.
They can, of course, connect to the Internet and run apps, but a true “smart”
platform would be one that would take your watching habits and use them to find you new things to watch.
Google TV and Samsung’s Smart TV currently feature
a less sophisticated version of this, but there is clearly a lot of room for development.
Funny enough, the most important feature desired in Smart TVs is the most difficult to obtain: Internet-based television programming.
The grip networks and cable companies they have on television content is a strong one.
As much as cable customers want to see changes in the way cable packages are structured, the balance of power is shifted unequivocally against them.
Cable companies and networks have a good thing going on and see no real reason to change their business models.
Like the smartphone, apps play a big role in the feature set of the Smart TV.
Manufacturers of Smart TV platforms are going to make a big deal over how their own app ecosystems measure up with its competitors’.
That may be a bit of a problem for consumers, who may find out in time that their favorite app isn’t available on a particular platform.
That’s the strength in Google’s approach, which is marked by the goal to be standard for a variety of television models.
But until a clear frontrunner emerges, the battle of ecosystems won’t get any easier to navigate.
Second screen compatibility
Tablets and smartphones have given rise to a new evolution called “the second screen.”
The term describes any device that a user interacts with while watching television and includes tablets, smartphones, and laptops.
Leveraging the second screen is going to be an increasingly significant component of Smart TV ecosystems.
From acting as a remote control to providing supplementary programming
information, the smartphone, and tablet are greatly expanding the TV-viewing experience.
EXTRAS: Connecting your smartphone to the Television
The smart television contains an option known as WIFI Direct which can help you connect your smartphone to your smart television.
Before knowing how to use WIFI Direct to connect your TV, you need to understand it means and how it works.
When you use WIFI Direct to connect your TV, it shows every activity on your phone to the TV, which simply means you can see your phone screen on your television screen. Click on the link to know more.