What The Heck Is a Smart TV Anyway?

So, everyone’s talking about their new smart televisions, and you’re sitting there thinking “Cool…. What’s that?” Here are some important facts you should know about smart televisions to get you in-the-know and help you out if you’re looking to purchase one.

What Is It?

First of all, it’s just like a regular television, except it has Internet access already built into it. This means you can access stuff like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, social media, video on demand, online video streaming, and YouTube on your television without buying any other external devices.

What Can I Do With It?

Most smart televisions have built-in apps you can download, like Netflix or YouTube, so you can use your television as you would use a smart phone or tablet. You can instantly stream movies, browse Facebook, and surf the web. Some smart TVs even have a full web browser built in so you can use your television just like a computer. Depending on which TV you buy, you can also download games. If you add a webcam, you’ll be able to Skype with your friends and family through your television. You’ll be able to check the weather, tweet, or watch the news, all on your smart TV.

How Much Do They Cost?

These TVs are usually more expensive than a regular television, but it really depends on the brand you want to buy. Once you buy a smart TV, be sure to keep in mind that apps may cost money to download. Also, even if the app is free to download, you may have to pay for a subscription or pay per movie/show you want to watch.

Is It Worth It?

It really depends on what you’re looking for. If you don’t want to buy an additional device to access the Internet on your television, then yes, it would be worth it for you. If you would rather buy an additional set-top box, then it may not be worth your money. However, keep in mind that your television won’t be “new” in about five years, so if you invest in something expensive you may not be able to afford to buy the next big thing when it comes around and turns your smart TV into an antique. It may be cheaper to buy a set-top box for less money that you can connect to any television you buy in the future