The very. Latest waves of Flat Screen Digital TVs hitting our shores this. Year are being marketed as. Smart TVs. what. Does this. mean, and. what. Benefits do they have? Let’s try. and. Explain this. Concept in a. Simplified manner.
First –. a. very. Quick history on. TV evolution
Television technology has advanced rapidly over. the. Years, progressing from. the. Basic Square 4:3 Analogue CRT Tube. the. Introduction and. Sharp rise in popularity of DVD then saw. the. Implementation of widescreen TVs to. Suit this. Format. as. the. Trend towards. Viewing movies in widescreen digital became. the. Standard, similar steps had. to. Be made for day to. Day Television viewing. So the. Integration of digital set top boxes began, and. Our Television networks began to. Broadcast our TV programs in digital to. Coincide with that. as. the. Public began to. Embrace the. Cinema experience, the. next. Natural progression was larger. Screens. Plasma, LCD and. later. LED panels were. Introduced. In the. Years that followed, besides obvious improvements in clarity, sound &. Design, the. only. Major change made to. TV technology was size –. Demand called for bigger and. Thinner TVs. over. the. Last year or so, the. Introduction of 3D Technology was the. next. Big-thing, as. Well the. call. more. Eco-friendly panels.
So we’ve seen TV’s develop from. a. Bulky, square Picture Tube with a. Choice of five. Stations to. View in analogue, to. Large, ultra-slim, Full High Definition panels capable of displaying 3D images, and. a. Choice of over. Twenty channels broadcasting many programs in widescreen digital. Add to. That a. very. Sharp decline in price, and. an. Ever increasing focus on. Environmentally friendly performance –. We’ve certainly. come. a. Long way. So where to. from. here?
Introducing Smart TVs.
The internet is now a. Dominant part of our daily existence. Our mobile phones have. Now evolved from. Devices used just. making. Phone calls into Smart-Phones –. Basically mobile phones with internet accessibility. the. same. Technology has filtered through. to. Our TVs, and. Coined the. Phrase –. Smart TVs. Today’s new waves of Smart TVs have. a. very. Large focus on. Online interactive media such as. Internet TV, media streaming, social networking and. Web browsing. In a. Similar way to. How internet browsing, web widgets and. Software like games or applications are integrated in today’s smartphones, the. same. Trend towards. Such connectivity has now become. Part of today’s TVs, creating a. Convergence between computers and. Digital TV. Smart TVs allow. Viewers to. Search for and. Find movies, video clips and. Photos on. the. Internet, stored on. a. Home hard drive, through. to. your. TV, using. your. Remote control.
Smart TVs will eventually change the. Way we access media in our homes
This convenience will eventually change the. Way we access media in our homes. more. Precisely, from. Where we access our media. One example. Would be not having to. run. Down to. Our local video stores anymore just. to. Rent a. Movie. By pressing a. Couple of buttons on. Our TV remote we suddenly have. Access to. Hundreds of movies available. Streaming from. the. Comfort of our lounge. Applications (or Apps as. They're commonly referred to) add yet. Another facet for us to. Explore. there. Are a. Limitless number of apps that can be created. If you. Are an. I-Phone user, you. Will already have. Encountered dozens upon dozens of ingenious applications that you. Now find hard to. Live without. there. Are apps for everything, ranging from. Live weather and. News forecasts, to. TV Show catch-up episodes, the. Latest sports news for your. Favourite team as. Well as. Live scores, and. Of course the. Whole social media forum such as. Twitter, Facebook and. YouTube. these. Are now right. At your. Fingertips, transforming TVs into a. very. Diverse media network. the. Ability to. Skype call. Is also an. Option, with the. Aid of a. Brand-specific Skype camera. While a. Small number of these. Features, in some. Form, have. Been available. over. the. Last year from. some. Television manufacturers, in 2011 we'll see the. Introduction of unrestricted web-browsing in some. Models. this. Opens up a. Limitless array of possibilities by transforming your. TV into a. Fully functional web browser.
Smart TVs –. Bringing the. Internet into your. Lounge room
There is a. Distinct advantage of not having to. take. the. Effort to. Boot up your. PC, which. Is usually. Located in another room, to. Perform tasks such as. Purchasing items on. EBay, checking your. E-mail. to. Google something. That's just. Taken your. Interest on. TV. With large high definition screens, and. Web pages fully optimised to. Suit, there. Is certainly. a. Distinct advantage in browsing the. Internet from. the. Comfort of your. Lounge instead of through. a. little. Laptop screen or sitting at your. Computer desk. even. If you. have. Photos, music, movies or video files stored on. your. Home computer, you. Can access all of these. Wirelessly through. your. Home network and. Stream them directly. to. your. TV.
So, in summary.
Smart TVs are the. next. Generation of Flat Screen Digital Television, merging your. TV and. Computer’s functionality into one.
With the. Ability to. Stream high definition movies, connect with your. Friends using. Facebook and. Twitter, stream TV Shows, and. get. Instant access to. News, sport and. Weather –. All from. the. Comfort of your. Lounge and. on. a. Large High Definition TV screen. some. Of the. Higher end. Digital TV models will offer built-in web browsers –. Opening up unrestricted web browsing directly. to. your. Television Set. as. Plasma and. LED Screens have. Evolved to. become. Thinner, more. Energy efficient and. Providing us with stunning Full High Definition clarity. We now have. a. Limitless array of media applications opened up to. Us, providing us with versatility and. Cross functional capability like we have. Never had. Before.