Many people have a hard time grasping what a “Smart” TV is and how they are different from traditional TVs. To help you better understand and become more knowledgeable about smart TVs, I have broken down everything you need to know into an easy to understand guide. In this guide, I hope to provide you with everything you need to know about a smart TV.
Some Models have Internet Access
To check if you can connect to WIFI, you can go into the menu (or settings), and look for a “network settings” option to see if you are able to connect to your home’s WIFI router. If so, just type in the password and you can get connected.
Online Streaming Services
Most Smart TVs support a range of popular online streaming services. These include Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and others, and will show up on your screen as soon as you set up your TV. You can also see what services are provided with your Smart TV while shopping just by looking for the icons on the box.
Resolution and HD: What Do They Mean?
The quality of the output on a Smart TV is determined by the number of pixels in an image. Pixels are combined to form the images on a Smart TV. The more pixels, the sharper the image quality will be. The resolution is how many pixels are in the display and is shown in width x height format. The letters “HD” that you might see on most TVs stand for high definition.
For many years, full HD was standard on all TVs. It has a 1920 x 1080 resolution and is still the most common resolution, however, TV manufacturers are now rapidly changing to Ultra HD (also called 4K). These 4K models have four times the number of pixels as current HDTV screens and are mostly available on larger models.
What is Bluetooth?
Bluetooth technology is wireless, fast and enables you to stream content from your other devices (computer, phone, etc.) to your Smart TV without needing any other software or cables.
Bluetooth-enabled Smart TVs can also connect to Bluetooth enabled headphones, speakers, and remote controls.
Most Smart TVs can be mounted to walls or stands. This saves a lot of space and allows you to have a more comfortable view of the screen.
HDMI ports (high definition media interface) are one of the most used and most useful ports on your TV. HDMI can transmit high-quality streams of audio and video between your devices and allows high-definition electronic devices to communicate. The HDMI technology is used with devices such as a projector, an HDTV, a computer, game systems, Blu-ray players, and DVD players.
I hope this guide has been helpful for you to better understand how Smart TVs work and what makes them so smart!