7 Smart TV benefits and why your living room is incomplete without one

Entertainment | 21 September 2018

The television has transformed from a passive entertainment experience to a very active one. Yes, not long ago, the TV simply sat in the corner of the room and was only used for an hour or two every night. Today, it’s become a full-blown multimedia experience.

Smart TVs have helped usher in this new golden age of television, as they combine all the benefits of free-to-air and pay TV with the unlimited potential of the Internet and streaming content.

Smart TVs are designed to connect to your home Internet, either via Ethernet connection or wirelessly. From there, you’re able to enjoy an entertainment experience unlike anything else by downloading the appropriate entertainment apps. It’s why if you’re a serious TV or movie viewer, a smart TV is a must-have in your living room.

Here’s a look at some of the top Smart TV benefits:

#1. Convenience

While pay TV companies may offer “on demand” programming options, they generally pale in comparison to the content you’re able to watch at your convenience via your smart TV. What’s more is this content is all accessible from one general home screen, meaning you don’t have to change input channels or swap remotes to view it all.

#2. Smartphone compatibility

Even though smart TV’s come with remote controls, one of the nice things about today’s generation is their smartphone compatibility. Just simply downloading an app can put the smart TV’s control in the palm of your hand via your mobile phone. So forget about searching for the remote, the TV is easier than ever to control from your phone.

#3. Ease of use

Smart TVs are as easy to set up as they are to use. When it comes to setup, all you need to do is plug it into the wall and connect it to your home Internet network. Once you get it all set up, it’s as easy to use as a standard TV or streaming device.

#4. Reliability

Though streaming devices are able to help turn a non-smart TV into a smart TV, they’re generally far less reliable than a quality smart TV. This is especially true if you’re connecting to the Internet wirelessly, as dropped Wi-Fi signals and buffering can put a damper on the experience. Simply put, smart TVs are better overall products that can hold Wi-Fi signals, thereby offering a more reliable entertainment experience.

#5. Decluttering

So you have a pay TV box. Maybe a streaming device. A Blu-ray player. A DVD player. And that’s not even counting the HDMI cords that are plugging into your TV and the various remotes you have to manage. A smart TV doesn’t just enable a better entertainment experience, but it also allows you to declutter your entertainment centre. With a smart TV, you can ditch the streaming device, watch movies by purchasing them from apps and possibly even cut your pay TV bill if you’re able to stream your favorite content.

#6. More than just programming

We’ve already covered how smart TVs are ideal for a great entertainment experience. But they can also serve as a web browser as well. So if you’re searching the Internet with a friend or your spouse and don’t feel like crowding around a computer, you’re able to do it from your TV set. You can also update your social media and carry out other tasks you would have traditionally required a computer for.

#7. Affordability

Finally, smart TVs are affordable – and getting more affordable by the day. In fact, their price points today are very comparable with standard high-definition televisions. Noting this, and the previous benefits we’ve covered, it just makes sense to add a smart TV to your home.