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How to Make Any TV Into a Smart TV

Updated on October 18, 2017
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Cameron Eittreim has been a licensed Bail Bondsmen for five years, and he is the author of American Bondsmen ISBN: 978-1-365-49244-0

How To Make Your TV Into A Smart TV

The way that television is watched has completely changed over the last decade, with new technology flooding the market and making it easier than ever to stream TV. There are many different methods for enjoying steaming television, with the most common option being the Smart TV. Unfortunately many people cannot afford a Smart TV or they still have an older model TV that works perfectly fine, so how do you get the benefits of a Smart TV? Well, there are quite a few options and they are more affordable then you might think.

Streaming Blu-Ray Player:

There is a surprisingly easy method for enjoying all of the major streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, and that is a streaming Blu-Ray player. These models which are manufactured by LG and Sony just to name a few, feature network connectivity and streaming services built right into the unit. With the advances in video game consoles and personal computers the need for an actual Blu-Ray player is minimal, but if you have an older television and you want to enjoy streaming compatibility these is definitely worth looking into.

Another great aspect of the streaming player is the fact that it can also play media off of a USB stick as well. This is a great option if you have a good collection of videos on your computer that you would like to enjoy, and many older television sets don’t play videos straight from a stick. Using the Streaming player from LG or Sony is a great way to enjoy all of your digital media, and the best part is that the unit is less than $60 bucks.

The Streaming Stick Option:

Another great option for an inexpensive smart TV is the streaming stick option. The streaming media sticks have been around for about five years now, and they really make enjoying the streaming services pretty easy. A Streaming stick is a multimedia device that plugs right into the HDMI slot of a compatible television, allowing the television to not only play the latest streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, but also allowing the casting of a phone screen right onto the TV. Streaming sticks has revolutionized the way that we enjoy TV, because they allow you to have access to thousands of different streaming services with nothing more than a wireless internet connection.

These streaming sticks have paved the way for Smart TVs and they have changed the way that we watch our favorite shows. There is nothing better than being able to use and enjoy your mobile phone right on your television screen, and streaming sticks can also allow access to other apps such as Spotify and Pandora. The Google Chrome Cast especially is a stellar option, not only is it exceptionally cheap but it is also very feature packed. Watching all of your favorite shows right from an inexpensive stick can seem like a dream, but trust me it is a reality and it is very easy with one of the many steaming options.

Stream Your Favorite Shows With Video Game Consoles:

If all else fails and you have access to a modern video game console you are in luck as well. Streaming the latest TV Show services such as Netflix and Hulu can also be done right from a video game console, even a unit as old as an Xbox 360. This is something that many people already know, but if you don’t have a smart TV and you want to save on space the PS3 or Xbox One offer everything built into one unit. These consoles can also play DVD and Blu-ray disks, and even audio CDS making the modern video game console the be all and end all of home entertainment.

If a streaming stick or a streaming Blu-ray player are not a viable option for you, the current lineup of video game consoles can be a stellar option for all of your home entertainment needs. If you are already a gamer and a smart TV is not an option the video game console is a stellar choice. There have been so many recent advances in the video game business, and today’s consoles also have access to thousands of apps as well.

That’s about it:

Smart TVs are a great piece of technology that has made enjoying your favorite movies and shows easy. However if you cannot afford a smart TV for whatever reason, these are the cheaper alternatives to making your current setup perform like a smart TV but for half of the cost.


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