In an era that seems to be full of ‘smart’ this, ‘smart’ that, it’s easy to feel intimidated by the mere mention of smart TVs. Given all of the things that your smartphone can do that you haven’t even got to the bottom of yet, despite owning it for years, how complicated and overwhelming could a complete ‘smart TV’ be? Thankfully, the answer to that question is, “not very”.
How so? Well, much like smartphones, the basic premise of smart TVs is simple: they are TVs that connect to the Internet and as such, are capable of things that a conventional TV would never be able to do.
There are constantly news stories popping up about all of the weird and wonderful things that smart TVs could be made to do in our homes in the future. But for now, your smart TV may simply be what you use to browse Facebook and Twitter from the sofa.
What else can smart TVs do?
Your smart TV will, of course, do all of the things that you would expect any TV to do, such as giving you access to all of your favourite standard channels. But with so much of the best audiovisual content today now being online, a smart TV also gives you the option of logging into applications (apps) that stream further content, such as BBC iPlayer programmes.
Or maybe you’ve been following a video series on YouTube? When you have a smart TV, there’s no need to reach for your smartphone and watch it all on a tiny screen. Instead, you can simply switch on your smart TV and see the action unfold in glorious 32″, 40″ or 50″ Full HD glory.
With smart TVs also typically incorporating apps for Facebook and Twitter, you could even post a status update with your thoughts on the big game or new series of your favourite show, without leaving your seat.
It could even be said that smart TVs have revolutionised our home viewing nowadays. Apps such as the BBC iPlayer, 4 on Demand and other forms of ‘catch up TV’ means gone are the days of channel hopping, trying in vain to find something to watch. With smart TVs, the power of what programmes you want to watch is at your fingertips.
Shop for the best smart TVs at Ferguson
Purchase a smart TV from our impressive range here at Ferguson, and you can also look forward to such features and functions as a built-in Wi-Fi web browser, a USB input enabling the recording of digital TV channels and three HDMI inputs that you can use to connect the TV to your external viewing devices, players and games consoles without the need to swap cables.
You can even use a smart TV to view media that has been downloaded to your computer – so if you are in the market for a new TV, perhaps a smart TV should be your next big purchase?