With the many advancements that have been made in recent years concerning LED TVs it is understandable that most consumers are a little confused. New speaker technology and of course the introduction of 3D capabilities has seen a raft of additional options available. Then there is the new Smart technology, which has helped to muddy the waters further. So what exactly does a Smart LED TV have to offer?
Access the web
The most obvious and also innovative feature that Smart TVs offer is the ability to go online without the need of a laptop or desktop PC. Built-in WIFI allows your TV to connect directly to the home network. Users are able to browse the internet, check email and login into social networking accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.
Content on demand
The ability to access the internet provides consumers with wider viewing options. They are able to access the sites that contain streamable content and catch-up on any shows that they have missed. Likewise, videos on such sites as Youtube are also available.
Another feature that you can expect from a Smart LED TV is the ability to record shows without the need of a separate DVD or VHS recorder. This is because they come supplied with an inbuilt personal video recorder that saves programmes onto a hard drive in digital format.
The acronym EPG stands for electronic programme guide and allows the user to browse programme listings on screen. Whilst this feature is available on some TV models that do not boast Smart technology; it comes as standard on Smart TVs.
Smart phone integration
The numerous smart phones on the market, such as Apple’s iPhone and also Android models, provide the option of downloading all manner of applications. Some of these can be used in conjunction with your Smart TV to make life easier. It could be that you have an app that allows you to set the TV to record a show whilst you are away from your home. Or perhaps even one that turns your phone into a remote control as backup for when you can’t find the original – or can’t be bothered to get off your settee and collect it from the coffee table.
Ability to share
The final feature that you can expect for an LED TV is the ability to share your content with other devices situated in the home. Videos and photos can be displayed on laptops and mobile phones; removing the need to copy files from one device to another.