What is Smart TV?

What is a
Smart TV?

Have you ever wanted a TV that not
only has the content you love but
finds it for you? Let's see what a
Smart TV can do for you.
A mother and daughter are sitting on a blue rug with white patterns in front of a Samsung Smart TV. They are looking at the various apps installed on the Smart TV.

What does Smart TV mean?

Many people look around the web for the definition of "Smart TV". And while different sites may give different opinions, the general consensus is that a Smart TV has internet connectivity, runs on an operating system, and comes with its own app service.

In short, TV + internet + apps = Smart TV.

With the Smart TV in the middle, the internet icon is on the left and Apps icon is on the right, which means Smart TV features.
A computer rendering shows what a Smart TV is like. An internet icon moves to the left and an Apps icon moves to the right to the center of the TV screen and combine, and the term "Smart TV" appears showing that a Smart TV is a TV with internet and apps.

Five tips for buying a Smart TV

A checklist with checked boxes for buying a Smart TV. The boxes checked off are: various content, quick search, recommended content, convenient usability and easy connectivity.

One stop entertainment

The biggest value of a Smart TV is the ability to enjoy content beyond regular TV channels. A Smart TV provides your favourite 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 are available to watch on Smart TVs - you just need to install the app that the cable or satellite broadcasting company provides.

* An internet connection and subscription for content services are required. Subscription charges may apply.
A Smart TV displays a computer animated dragon on the ruins of a castle. Behind the Smart TV, many other screens are displayed with different images to represent the various other available content from different Smart TV Apps.

Quick Search

No matter how much content there is, the important thing is being able to find it right away. With the endless amount of content available online, choosing what to watch is no easy task. That's why having a convenient search function is important.

A Smart TV is displaying videos users can enjoy through various video streaming services.
A Smart TV displaying and scrolling through available content from different streaming services. The content is shown in categories of what to watch, what's new, and recommended videos to show how a user can quickly search and find desired content.

Recommended Content

Another important point is whether a Smart TV suggests the content you like before you even start searching. Wouldn't it be nice if a TV used your viewing and search patterns to find just the right content or let you know when a new season has started for the shows you like? The ideal Smart TV is one that knows you better than you know yourself and can provide services that match you based on your viewing data.

A summary of "This is us" and its current running time is displayed on a Smart TV. Various other TV content is also shown around the summary to demonstrate recommended video content suggested by the Universal Guide.

Ease of use

A 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 One Master Remote Control, you are able to control your connected devices.

Another feature that is gaining popularity is voice recognition. Instead of having to pick up the remote to change the channel, adjust the volume or navigate through settings, you can simply command Bixby* to do it for you.

* Bixby service availability requires Samsung Account login and data connection. Available functions and features may vary by country, region, and language. Bixby is limited to selected languages and certain accents/dialects. Not all accents, dialects, and expressions are recognised, and actual performance may vary depending on pronunciation, voice level, and the surrounding environment.
A woman is sitting on a white couch in a brightly lit living room watching a concert video on a wall mounted Smart TV. The woman activates the Bixby voice assistant by saying "Turn down the volume" into the One Master Remote Control she's holding.

Ease of connectivity

Connecting your smartphone to your TV to view content on a bigger screen is something you will definitely want to experience. Pictures and videos from your phone 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. 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.

* Requires installation of SmartThings app on compatible mobile device.
A mostly white open concept family room, kitchen and dining room containing various smart home devices such as a Smart TV, smart lamp and refrigerator located throughout the home demonstrating easy connectivity.

A world of entertainment
awaits you.

A wall of various content  of what you can watch on a Smart TV is shown in the background of a black translucent foreground. In the center is white text stating "Beyond TV channels. A world of entertainment awaits you."

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