This Year’s Smart TVs
These days most TVs today are going to have some form of smart functionality allowing access to a range of online services. So whether your next TV choice is big, small, curved, flat, HD or the has the latest 4K UHD it guarantees to get you connected. Simply connect to the web via ethernet or built-in Wifi adapter to open up a whole world of digital media directly on your TV. Brands will have their own budget to high-end models offering a different platform of apps including sport, weather, video-on-demand and movies, 3D content, games and social networking.
Connected TVs will allow access to a host of content some of it free like YouTube and some subscription-based services like Netflix. Online features will vary depending on the make and model but the level of performance and multimedia content has never been greater. Each brand has its own gateway to the internet some better stocked and is easier to use than others. There is a wide range of games to down with regular apps being added to keep content fresh and updated.
LG Smart TV with WebOS
Looking at the major connected TV platforms you’ll find user-friendly home screens sporting a modern user interface along with separate screens for Apps, TV and Video. LG intuitive smart TV platform – WebOS is one of the best and is simple to use. Accessing entertainment is seamless just like changing channels simply click on the home button access the launcher menu. This will appear at the bottom of the screen so as not to interrupt what you are watching. You can then navigate through recently accessed programmes apps and connected devices.
Panasonic Smart Viera
Panasonic Smart Viera the new and updated TV Platform with improvements such as TV Anywhere that allows access to your TV content from anywhere in the world. Excellent catch-up EPG delivers endless viewing from the previous seven days and shows what’s on in the next seven days. Thanks to Panasonic’s Viera Remote you will also be able to control your TV from a smartphone or tablet also stream videos wirelessly to enjoy on a larger screen.
Samsung Smart TVs
Samsung’s Smart Hub is a well thought out TV platform that makes light work of getting to your favourite content options. Newer models from 2014 onwards have had a makeover and feature a set of icons that you can select to take you to the main multi-screen Smart Hub interface. Choose between On TV, Movies & TV Shows, Multimedia, Apps and Games to find something for everyone.
Sony Entertainment Network (SEN)
Sony’s new models feature an updated Smart TV system; SEN. A well-organised interface with handy viewing history and a long list of apps available. Impressive Video and Music Unlimited services, BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, Lovefilm, Netflix, BBC News, Sony’s Entertainment Television library, BBC Sport, a Sony-branded channel of 3D content, Sky News, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Picasa and Skype.
Toshiba Cloud TV and Smart TV Ranges
A refresh in the Toshiba camp now gives you two connected packages to make your viewing more personal. Toshiba Smart TV Cloud is available on a select number of higher-end models and features a new faster more content-rich system. You can interact using a smartphone or tablet – and enjoy a huge selection of other intelligent features including automatic programme recording. Toshiba Smart TV offers all the essentials you need to enhance the way you watch TV allowing you to watch the latest movies and browse the web.
Which Smart TV Brands are there?
All major manufacturers are now producing TVs that are “smart” in addition to brands already mentioned the following also have their own line up of connected TVs: Philip, Sharp, Linsar, Cello, Hisense, JVC, Loewe, Digihome, Finlux, Hitachi, John Lewis.