What is a smart TV?

Smart TVs explained

A smart TV is a TV that can connect to the internet. This lets you stream on-demand content from apps like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and My5, as well as subscription services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Certain models can also connect to your smartphone or tablet.

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What do I need before I get a smart TV?

To get the most of a smart TV, you need a reasonably speedy internet connection. On-demand shows and movies are streamed using your internet connection, so the stronger your speed, the smoother your viewing experience will be.

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How do I connect a smart TV to the internet?

You can connect your smart TV to the internet wirelessly, or with a wired Ethernet cable. Smart TVs have built-in Wi-Fi and you should be able to connect to your home wireless network during the setup of your TV, or through network settings. A wired connection can be more stable, but requires your TV to be connected to your router with an Ethernet cable.

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How do I get apps on a smart TV?

Some smart TVs will have a set of apps pre-installed, ready for you to use. Others have an app store, where you can download the apps that are of most interest to you.

What apps are available?

All smart TVs enjoy access to free on-demand apps such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and All 4. Netflix should be available across all Smart TVs, although you’ll need a subscription to start streaming. Other apps vary depending on the make of TV, so if you’re particularly interested in an app, such as Amazon Prime Video, Now TV, YouTube or Facebook, make sure to get a TV that has them. Availability of apps can change over time. Apps can be removed and added from each TV or app store.

Can I connect my smart TV to my mobile phone or tablet?

Yes, it’s called remote access and many smart TVs can connect to your smart phone, tablet or wireless home cinema system. TVs with the remote access feature usually have an app for your device that lets you use your phone or tablet as a remote and share your screen with your TV.

What is Miracast and Apple TV?

Both of these are services for displaying your smart phone or tablet screen on your TV. Miracast is for Android devices and Apple TV is iPhones and iPads. These features should be available on most smart TVs and are ideal for sharing photos, videos and presentations.

Can I make a normal TV smart?

Yes! With a smart TV box, streaming stick or games console. All of these devices have access to the same apps and services as a smart TV and will either plug straight into your TV or connect wirelessly.

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