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Old 02-21-2012, 09:12 AM
 
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Default Tell me about smart tvs

I mentioned to a friend i was going to pick up a ps3. When he asked me why i told him for dvd player, the internal storage, that I can play videos via USB, and the streaming capabilities like netflix.

He told me i should get a smart tv instead. I know nothing about them. Any info would be helpful
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:43 AM
 
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A smart TV is basically small computer that can be connected to network. You'd have to research capabilities for each. They are limited.

The one I have which is LG can connect to a lot of services like youtub, netflix, picassa. If you're registered for these services you can sign in. Another example is it can connect to MLB.com and if you have account you can stream whatever content they have, I haven't seen one for the NFL. You can also stream video, images or music from any other networked device. It even has some games. There is applications that can be downloaded, some are free and some you pay for.

The biggest issue I've found is you have to use the remote, especially problematic for something like youtube if for example you want to do a search. There is proabaly a keyboard available but I'm not that interested in getting one.
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:29 PM
 
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I think the answer is a bit simpler. A "smart TV" is simply a TV that can connect to a network/the internet and stream content from a variety of sources. Samsung actually labels their better TVs "Smart TV."

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Many DVD players can do the same thing, but these TVs can play Netfix (for example) on their own.
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:23 PM
 
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we bought one over a year ago. It is one with a query keyboard and we stream movies thru netflix as well as telvision shows.One other great use to to confortably sit in livingroom and view internet sites with others at same time that are not computer savy like her older relatives. much easier ;more confortable with large screen ;sitting confortably in living room often with realaives who are older especially.
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:14 AM
 
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I think the answer is a bit simpler. A "smart TV" is simply a TV that can connect to a network/the internet and stream content from a variety of sources. Samsung actually labels their better TVs "Smart TV."
Dano is almost 100% on here except that every manufacturer makes TV's they call SMART TV's. It is an effort by the TV manufacturers to make it easier for Joe Consumer to understand.
A Smart TV basically means the TV has 2 things: a wifi card to connect to your wireless network and a simple computer built in that can handle simple app-type programs like a Netflix app, the Pandora app, a simple web browser, Slacker Radio, Hulu and other such things.
Some have more advanced remotes that have a keyboard built in.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:09 AM
 
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Thanks for the info. I think Ill probably just buy a ps3 instead
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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can u wach tv and seach at the same time
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:41 PM
 
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So do I understand that I can search web sites with the new Smart TV's such as doing Google searches
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:44 PM
 
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Yes you can but web searching kinda sucks on most of them because you need a wireless keyboard. Some TVs have a "keyboard" on the remote. But they suck.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:11 PM
 
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One point of clarification-not all "smart" TVs have WiFi. Some just have an ethernet port to allow for a wired connection to a router.
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