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Internet Connected TV

Updated on August 20, 2014

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.

LG Infinia 47LW5600 47-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 120 Hz LED-LCD HDTV with Smart TV and Four Pairs of 3D Glasses (2011 Model)
LG Infinia 47LW5600 47-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 120 Hz LED-LCD HDTV with Smart TV and Four Pairs of 3D Glasses (2011 Model)

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.

Sony BRAVIA XBR Series KDL-52XBR9 52-Inch 1080p 240 Hz LCD HDTV, Black
Sony BRAVIA XBR Series KDL-52XBR9 52-Inch 1080p 240 Hz LCD HDTV, Black

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.

Samsung PN58C8000 58-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV
Samsung PN58C8000 58-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV

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

Philips Magnavox MAT965A1 Webtv Classic
Philips Magnavox MAT965A1 Webtv Classic

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.


Set Top Boxes That Stream Movies to Your TV

More About Movie Streaming Set Top Boxes

How To Connect Your Laptop to Your TV

Introduction Photo By Rory Cellan.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I donât want to waste my money just to buy a separate internet TV. I would love using my 5m HDMI cable to watch my favorite movie clip from my laptop unto the big screen.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I would love to have an internet ready TV. I see no reason that all our devices should not interact and communicate.

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      uktvbrackets lm 6 years ago

      found this to be an interesting lens. Don't think my TV will be internet ready for a while yet though.

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      laef 6 years ago

      I think the future is for connected and smart TVs. The experience of browsing the web using a remote control or making a skype video call on a wide screen is really amazing. thanks for these infos...

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      homeaudiovisual 6 years ago

      @anonymous: agreed

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      homeaudiovisual 6 years ago

      We can only expect internet TV to grow and grow

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      cherangelry lm 7 years ago

      With money so tight lately, we decided to do the unthinkable and cut our cable bill. But you know, we haven't missed it at all really. We've figured out how to connect our tv to the internet, and of course subscribe to Netflix to ensure a broader array of options. Looking back on our experience, it's actually allowed us to more actively choose what we watched instead of passively flipping through an endless circle of channel after channel hoping for something good to come on. Thanks for the lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago


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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I think we can not run away from Internet TV. It's will be new hottest trend soon. Love this lense :)

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      My hubby recently became obsessed with this, but he has it all worked out now.

      Your info will help others as they explore this new option.