What is Smart TV?

Smart TV is any TV that has Internet access built in allowing it to access a range of online services including video on demand, social networking and instant messaging. Some TVs even feature a full web browser to allow access to most websites.

These days, most mid to high range TVs will have Smart functionality and even budget models and brands are starting to include some online features.

In order to access the extra features offered by a Smart TV, you will need some sort of Internet connection. Most Smart TVs will feature an Ethernet port on the back allowing you to plug it directly into your home broadband router. Some models are also capable of accessing Wi-Fi either using built in hardware or a USB dongle (usually an optional extra) that plugs in the back. Either way, once your TV is connected, you will have access to a whole range of online services. BlingStallation provides Internet Connection services to ensure that your home network and Smart TV are secure from would be hackers.

The features available on your Smart TV will vary depending on the make and model of your TV but most will allow access to popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Some feature IM applications like Skype and, with the addition of an optional webcam, some higher end TVs will even allow you to do full screen video calling with your friends and family.

Probably the best feature of a Smart TV is the ability to access Video on Demand services. This could range from free services like YouTube for watching the odd video clip, movie trailer or music video, to subscription based services like Netflix that give access to an online library of movies and TV shows to stream whenever you want.