Smart TV: Changing the way we watch television
Technology has come a long way since Moss of Bath began selling televisions in 1962. Back then there were only two channels to choose between (BBC & ITV), you had to leave the sofa to switch on, switch over and switch off and the only net in the room was the one that my Mum wore to keep her rollers in place. We had little choice of what to watch too, the most exciting programmes launched in 1962 were 'Z.Cars' on the BBC and 'The Saint?' on ITV.
Compare that with the 480 or so channels we have today (not including on-demand content) and approximately 27,000 hours of content per year and it's surprising that we find the time for anything else!
Recently the way we are watching television is changing, driven mainly by the introduction of Smart TV. Smart TV refers to any television that is capable of connecting to the internet, either by connecting to your router and broadband via an ethernet cable or wirelessly with wi-fi.
Some Smart televisions will have wi-fi built in and others will be termed as 'wi-fi ready' which means that a separate dongle has to be purchased and plugged in to the television in order for it to connect with your wi-fi home network.
Once connected, the Smart TV enables you to use the television as a portal for all manner of online services, effectively bringing the internet into the living room on a high quality screen. It will allow you to access many of the features currently available on your computer or mobile phone; you can surf the web, share email and even make free video calls via Skype. *
Social networking using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube is set to become more popular with Smart TV owners as people chat, share and comment on media content whilst watching television.You won't have to wait until you are in the office at work the next day to discuss the previous night's football match or latest episode of The Apprentice as it will all have been shared as it happened on the big screen.
Smart TVs allow you to download apps to them in the same way that you do with smartphones and tablets. Individual manufacturers offer a variety of their own apps but the most common ones at the moment are BBCi Player, YouTube, LoveFilm, NetFlix and Skype. It has been estimated that currently 39% of the UK population watch BBCi Player at least once a week.
Owning a Smart TV could potentially mean that you have a single 'device' that meets all your home entertainment needs. 'Smart' owners can watch what they want, when they want, whenever they want and I bet that you could still find episodes of 'Z.Cars' and 'The Saint' in the television schedules!
Moss of Bath stock a wide range of Smart TVs and will be happy to give you an in-store demonstration.
*In order to get the most out of Smart TV, it will rely on having good internet connection*