What is a smart TV?
It's not just about buying the latest TV. Discover all the ways you can make your TV smarter.
Enhance your TV experience
Want to take your viewing experience to the next level? Discover how to add to your TV's content with a streaming device or set top box or upgrade to a smart TV that has it all. Making your TV smarter has never been simpler.
Need help with WiFi?
Before you begin, to get the most out of your smart TV or streaming device you'll need an internet connection. For help with getting your internet up to speed, check out our networking guide.
Binge to your smart content
Smart TVs explained
A smart TV is a TV that can connect to the internet without the need for a set-top box or streaming device. While both of those devices provide a whole host of new content, most smart TVs will have the same content available in their built-in app store. This allows you to just download the content that is most relevant to you. Be it streaming on-demand content from apps like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and My5; or subscription services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. If that isn't enough amazing technology, certain smart TV models can also connect to your smartphone or tablet.
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Set top what?
What is a set top box?
A set top box is a device that you purchase for a one-off fee which gives you access to multiple digital channels via an aerial or satellite dish. They enable you to make your current TV smarter and are a key way to connect older TVs to digital channels. Most modern TVs tend to have some form of Freeview built-in, however, a set top box is a great way to unlock even more content, as well as giving you the opportunity to record, rewind and catch up on demand.
There are three types of set top box - Freeview, Freesat or YouView.
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What is streaming?
From Netflix to NOW TV, streaming uses the internet to deliver content, such as television shows or music, to your device. Any device that is connected to the internet can stream content, such as your phone or your smart TV.
How does streaming on my TV work?
Connecting an external device to one of your TV ports, such as HDMI, makes your normal TV smarter. Adding this device gives you access to numerous channels and apps via your internet connection.
The faster your internet speed is, the smoother your viewing experience will be. Streaming downloads the content as you use it, so the quicker your speed is, the less likely you will be faced with irritating buffering symbols!
What do I need for streaming with a device?
A fast internet connection. That's it! All streaming devices come with the cables they need to get set up. So all you need to do is plug it in, connect it to the WiFi, get comfy and enjoy!
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Why buy at Argos?
If you’re getting a new smart TV you might want to explore our other entertainment technology and take your movie watching experience up a level. Our selection of home cinema kits come with everything you need to create a truly immersive movie night. Multiple speakers allow you to setup your own surround sound system, with booming bass and punchy highs that make you feel like you’re in the middle of the movie. Blu-ray players are also a must for any cinema buff. Not only do you get higher quality visuals but today’s Blu-Ray players also come loaded with apps that allow you to browse the internet and stream content from platforms like Netflix and YouTube.
If you’re into second screening then maybe you could do with a new tablet? Whether you want the latest iPad or a more budget friendly android tablet, we’ve got something to suit all tastes and pockets. And when it’s time to drop the lights for the big show you can control smart lighting directly from your tablet.
For those of you who prefer your entertainment interactive we also carry the latest gaming consoles, including the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. Basically, we’ve got everything you need to turn your living room into an entertainment centre.