It all began with those grainy black-and-white boxes, but TVs have continued to evolve over the past three decades. From colour picture to LCD to LED with HD resolution, to 4K and now, even 8K resolution, the picture quality kept getting better, coming closer to life.
That said, LED TVs today aren’t just used to watch cable channels, or channels using set-top boxes. A smart TV now connects your appliance to the internet that can help you stream music and videos on the screen. This blurs the line between a TV and a personal computer.
How does a smart TV work?
Every smart TV comes with an operating system. TV manufacturers like Samsung and LG have their own operating systems, while other smart TVs usually come with an Android operating system. By connecting your TV to the internet, you can personalize your smart TV, and enjoy whatever content you like on the internet.
Access to the App Store
Smart TVs come with preloaded and pre-installed apps, but you can also download whichever app you like on your smart TV. Just like in your smartphones, you can download apps from Google Play Store. There are streaming apps like Netflix, Disney + Hotstar, Apple TV, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, etc. that can be downloaded on your smart TV. Samsung smart TVs come with their own app store as well.
Stream movies and songs
The days of watching movies on DVDs ended with smart TVs. You can now directly stream your favorite Netflix shows and movies, and enjoy them on your TV screen.
Play high-quality games
You can also play interesting games on your smart TV. Even basic devices like the Amazon Fire Stick can do the job pretty efficiently.
Smart home integration
Another thing that smart TVs do efficiently communicates with other smart appliances and devices. You can now switch on the smart lights at home, change their colour, or switch them off with just a touch of a button. Even smart locks in your house can be linked to your smart TV.
AI voice assistants and voice recognition tools
The smart TV industry has attracted a host of customers because of the TV’s smart speaker feature. Android TVs from Sony come with Google Assistant, while Alexa is compatible with its own Amazon Fire TV edition. The Samsung smart TV, however, has models that are compatible with both. The new Samsung models like 2020 8K, 4K QLED, and 2020 Crystal UHD TVs are all compatible with Google Assistant. This way, you can control your home lights, search for a random fact, or play your favourite song, all from the comfort of your couch.
Built-in sound system
Now you would no longer need a separate home stereo to get a lavish cinematic sound experience at home. Most smart TVs from brands like LG and Sony now come with a built-in Dolby Atmos sound system. The all-new LG NanoCell TV that hit the stores in 2020 is already a sensation in the market. Sony has also integrated the Dolby Atmos system in its X950G model!
Stream content from your web browser
By purchasing Google Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra, you can also stream content from your web browser directly on your TV.
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