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Internet Connected TV
Thinking About an Internet Connected TV?
If you are shopping for a new television, you have likely discovered there are many features to consider. With more and more homes having broadband connections and wireless networks, there has been a realization that being able to access the internet from your TV would be convenient and desirable. There are now many internet connected TV sets available. These televisions give you access to websites on the screen.
Internet connected TV can certainly provide significantly more information and entertainment content by virtue of this connection. On this page you can learn more about the services these televisions can add and whether or not there are other options.
So What Does an Internet Connected TV Offer?
An internet connected TV can give you access to content online. In most cases, these television sets will give you access to streaming video from select free and paid services as well as providing widgets to give you access to information such as weather reports, stock information, traffic, and so forth. Some also provide access to sites such as Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter. They are also offering more apps for gaming making them a well rounded entertainment device. Increasingly, these sets are connecting people, not only through online social networks but through services like Skype video calling.
They allow you to control all of this with your television remote. Some of these remotes are much better suited to web browsing. Some have full QWERTY keyboards, others have touchscreens, wands, and so forth for easier navigation.
Access to YouTube, Amazon on Demand, Pandora, and Netflix are common, but there are many other providers as well. Providers are added periodically. While there is quite a bit of free content, some of it requires a subscription. Netflix and Amazon on Demand are examples of the paid services.
Sony, Samsung, and LG are the leading providers of internet connected TV models.
What are My Options for Getting Internet on My TV?
As described above, some internet connected TV sets provide access to select online content, both free and for a fee. Some TVs have the necessary technology built-in. There are some however, that require an additional, separate device to connect and stream such content. The TVs below have the technology built-in.
In addition, there are a few external devices out there that can connect to your HDTV and provide a full internet experience. Some are good for browsing the internet and sending e-mails, while others have a faster connection and can do a better job at displaying video content in addition to basic web browsing. We have a few of these devices below.
Of course another option is to connect your laptop directly to your TV. There is a video posted below to show you how this is done.
Certainly there are also a number of set top boxes that can help. There set top boxes which give you access to streaming movies from a variety of services online using your broadband connection. Learn more about them below.
Internet connected TV models are becoming more and more prevalent. You may see them called other things. For instance, web enabled TV or perhaps smart TV. But in reality they are all the same thing. A TV that provides access to internet content.
This 47" LED TV is energy efficient with local dimming. It offers 1080p resolution, 120HZ motion, and 8,000,000:1 contrast ratio for great detail and color. This 3D set allows you to enjoy 2D and 3D viewing and with 2D to 3D conversion you can enjoy any movie in 3D if you like. It comes with 4 pairs of lightweight, comfortable 3D glasses.
It features an intelligent sensor which automatically adjusts the picture based on room conditions and offers 4 HDMI and 2 USB ports.
This web enabled TV provides movie streaming, games, live sports, and web browsing as well.
This 1080P, 240Hz LCD TV lets you view photos, music, and video by connecting your camera or USB-enabled MP3 player or enjoy online content with the Bravia Internet Video. See content from Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, Sports Illustrated, Slacker, Sony Pictures, Sony Music, Epicurous and more. The Bravia Internet Widgets will also give you easy access to real time news, stock, weather and other information online.
This Samsung is another internet connected TV. It features a 58" 1080p screen, that provides 3D and 2D viewing. It has SRS TRuSurround HD sound and customizable widgets for gaining access to sites like Blockbuster, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and more. It even has flash memory to allow you to store pictures and video for playback. It boasts 600Hz subfield motion for great looking action scenes and a "real black filter" to reduce glare. This TV has 4HDMI, 2 USB, ad 1 PC input as well as 2 component video, 1 digital audio, and 1 PC audio input.
More About These Internet Connected TVs
Other Devices to Stream Internet Content to Your TV
This option has been around for more than 10 years but can be effective and affordable for those who simply want internet access on their TV. You can not download with this device and it uses a 56Kbps V.90Softmodem. It gives users internet access and e-mail straight from their TV. The included remote provides control although a keyboard can be purchased as well. It includes LineShare technology that allows incoming calls on phones with call waiting.
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How To Connect Your Laptop to Your TV
Introduction Photo By Rory Cellan.