A smart TV is a modern TV integrated with internet access enabling online interactive media access as well as on demand streaming media and access to content stored on USB drives or external storage devices. The Smart TV, sometimes referred to as connected TV or hybrid TV, integrates the Internet and Web 2.0 features into television sets, as well as the technological convergence between computers and these television. The devices have a higher focus on online interactive media, Internet TV, over-the-top content, as well as on-line streaming media, and less focus on traditional broadcast media.
Like a smartphone, a smart TV has the equivalent of a computer built into it, giving you a greater number of services. These televisions offer apps, media streaming, Web browsing, and games. It can take the form of short clips or continuous “live” channels.
With the Smart TV, you can do a lot more than the ordinary TV. Some of the things you can do include the followings:
- Ability to search online and personal content as well as broadcast programming all from the same TV interface. It enables you to browse the Web, watch YouTube and catch up on social networking.
Access to downloadable applications (apps) very much like the apps available for mobile phones.
Connection to social networking sites while watching your favourite programs or movies on the same TV interface.
- Smart TV’s are generally able to access an infinite amount of entertainment possibilities.
- The biggest advantage of smart TV over standard connected TV’s are the smart TV’s abilities to enhance viewing with real time data-related content and the interactivity of the web all without the need of a computer. For example, with the addition of a Webcam, you can skype with friends and family on your TV.
The most popular Smart TVs brand in Nigeria are LG and Samsung. The LG products are popularly marketed Fouani Nigeria Ltd, with offices located in popular cities and towns in Nigeria. Samsung are sold in Samsung Shops spread across the country. Some of these shops (LG and Samsung) offer after sales services. Other stores such as Jumia and Konga offer other variety of Smart TV brands such as LG, Samsung, Hisense, Toshiba, Sharp and Panasonic.
So, if you are planning on changing your TV (even if you are not), you may just want to consider getting yourself and family a Smart one. Good thing is that most Smart TVs are 3D ready. So, you are not only being smart when you get it, you are also being prudent.