What is Smart TV

In search of the perfect
smart TV

Have you ever stopped to wonder what’s so smart about “smart TVs”?
Is the TV that you currently own a smart TV? And what value does a smart TV really give? I had to find out.

The first step was to look around the web for the definition of smart TV. After looking up Wikipedia and a few other dictionary definitions, the consensus was that a smart TV has internet connectivity, runs on an operating system, and comes with its own app service.

But now the question was, out of all the smart TV brands out there, which one makes the best smart TV?

Smart Hub UI is displayed over a nature background image on TV screen; The UI contains various content, such as, 'What's New', 'Watch Next', and several applications like Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play Movies & TV, YouTube, Spotify, SmartThings, Internet, DEEZER.

How to choose the right smart TV

Various content

The biggest value of a smart TV would be the ability to enjoy content beyond regular TV channels. A smart TV with your favorite VOD services such as Netflix, Amazon, YouTube plus music streaming services like Spotify, and even various games and sports content to enjoy as you please. Even paid cable and satellite broadcasting that used to only be available with a set-top box are now available to watch on smart TVs – you just need to install the app that cable or satellite broadcasting company provides. And if you’re already subscribed to those services, you can skip the tedious installation process.

* An internet connection and subscription for content service is required.

Quick and easy search

Another good tip to remember when looking for the best smart TV is to find one that lets you search through content with ease. With the endless amount of content available online, it’s gotten a lot harder to choose what to watch so having a convenient search function is important.

Personalized content recommendations

And if you can’t be bothered to search for something to watch, you would need a smart feature that recommends content based on your viewing and search history. Take a second and imagine this – you’re just counting down the days for the new season of your favorite TV show to drop. How convenient would it be to have your smart TV make recommendations based on that show for you to enjoy in the meantime? And when the new season finally arrives, it notifies you. What a pal.

Smart TV on the wall and Smart Hub preview screen with the caption "Make your Smart Hub. Add your favorite apps to create your own smart hub."

Usability

But no matter how great the features are, everything becomes pointless if the Smart TV is inconvenient to use.

A great smart TV should automatically detect any device you connect via HDMI and eliminate the need to use several remote controls. Gone are the days of frantically searching for your remote controls. With just the TV remote, you should even be able to play/pause content streaming from your set-top box.

Another feature that is gaining popularity is voice recognition. It’s a lot more convenient than typing or using motion sensors to control your smart TV. It comes in handy when you search for content or information.

Easy connectivity with other devices

Checking to see if a smart TV can easily connect to other devices is another important requirement when choosing a new smart TV. Trust me, you will want to connect your smartphone to your TV to view content on a bigger screen. Pictures and videos from your phone can feel totally different when you see them on a big screen.

IoT is gaining widespread popularity, so naturally, easy connectivity with various internet-enabled devices around the home is becoming a requirement.

SmartThings UI on Smart TV with IoT icons; mobile phone, washing machine, camera, switch, refrigerator, light.

Think about it, you can watch a movie on your phone on the way home from work and effortlessly continue watching it on your TV screen as soon as you get home. That level of high-tech capability would make you feel like a character in a sci-fi movie.

At the end of the day, it’s about what consumers want. The best smart TV is easy to set up, with simple connections to other devices. It needs to be easy to browse content, and offer personalized recommendations with more content variety. And above all, it needs to have easy usability all around. Learn more about everything Samsung smart TVs have to offer and what features make them stand apart from the crowd here.