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What is a Smart TV?

Smart TV

So What is a Smart TV Exactly?

A smart TV is a technological convergence between computers and a flatscreen television and set-top boxes. These TVs can provide internet TV, on-demand streaming media, home networking access, home networking access, as well as over-the-top-content (OTT).  So essentially you can stream programming directly through your TV set rather than having to connect third-party devices such as a Roku, Google Chromecast or an Amazon Fire Stick.

A smart TV is not the same as Internet TV, Internet Protocol television (IPTV), TV or Web TV.  This refers to receiving television content over the internet rather than traditional systems such as terrestrial, cable and satellite.  IPTV is one of the internet TV standards used by television broadcasters.  Web TV is a term that is used for programs that are created by a wide variety of companies and individuals for broadcast on Internet TV.  So as you can see, these are not to be confused with what a smart TV can do.

With smart TVs, the operating system is already preloaded or is available through the set-top box.  The software apps can be preloaded into the device or installed on demand via an app store or marketplace in a similar way that apps can be downloaded onto smartphones.

While this technology that enables smart TVs is also incorporated in external devices such as the examples listed above (Roku, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, Blueray Player, etc.,) these devices cost money and you have to buy them separately unlike a smart TV where the technology is already built into the TV set.  This allows you to avoid spending the extra money on an external device for your TV set.  This also means the place where you have your TV has a simpler, cleaner look since less devices means less cords.

History of the Smart TV

The Smart TV patent was published in 1994 and described a “intelligent” television system linked with data processing systems by means of a digital or analog network.  Apart from being linked to data networks, one key point is its ability to automatically download necessary software routines, according to a user’s demand and process their needs.  The mass acceptance of digital television in the late 2000s and early 2010s greatly improved the demand for smart TVs. Major TV manufacturers have announced the production of smart TVs originally for their middle-end to high-end TVs.  Now, most of the TV sets sold are available as a smart TV.  

The Future of Smart TVs

Smart TVs are expected to become the dominant form of television in the next few years because of it’s convenience and easy to learn user interface.  Don’t make $75,00 a year? Well, now you can have a smart TV with no credit needed by making affordable weekly payments.

Ready to Purchase a Smart TV?

So now that you’ve read about how important smart TVs and how cool they really are, be sure to stop in to your nearest 5 Star Rental Purchase location to pick a set up for your home today.


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