Smart TV’ really just means content delivered via the internet – there are lots of ways to go about it.
Not so smart TV
Smart services on a television usually have a poor user interface. It’ll show the content but the experience of getting there isn’t good. We hate that, and you will too.
Then, TVs get less smart over time – if Netflix or another service change their protocol, it’s cheaper to just drop the service. That can happen as little as two years after you buy it.
Finally, it’s a fast-moving market – the chances of new services arriving on older smart TVs are about zero.
You get a much better experience with a dedicated device, such as:
Perfect if you have iPhones and iPads. The latest version can also act as hub for Apple Homekit smart devices.
Google chromecast / amazon fire tv
If you’re an Android user, or have Amazon Prime, one of these will do very well.
Really good streaming devices – Apple TV for people who don’t do Apple.
The smartest choice
The very best way to do this is to download your content, especially films.
If your internet service is less than perfect, or the network has issues, the ‘spinny thing’ is really annoying when trying to watch a film. Far better to download things at leisure and watch them any time – with full-fat sound and picture. Now add the very best, easiest user interface we’ve ever seen.
This system exists and is called Kaleidescape.
All the quality of a disc – even true 4K resolution – and all the convenience of streaming TV. Now that’s smart.
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