Smart TV

A smart TV is a traditional television set with integrated Internet and interactive Web 2.0 features. As a result, they allow users to stream music and videos, browse the internet, and view photos. A smart TV is also known as a connected TV (CTV).

Smart TVs are a technological convergence of computers, televisions, and digital media players. Besides the traditional functions of television sets provided through traditional broadcasting media, these devices can provide access to over-the-top media services. They are streaming television and internet radio, along with home networking access.

Smart TV is different from Internet TV, IPTV, or streaming television. Internet TV refers to receiving television content over the Internet instead of traditional systems such as terrestrial, cable, and satellite. IPTV is one of the Internet television technology standards for use by television broadcasters. Streaming television is a term used for programs created by a wide variety of companies and individuals for broadcast. In smart TVs, the operating system is preloaded into the television set’s firmware. It provides access to apps and other digital content.

In contrast, traditional televisions primarily act as displays and are limited to vendor-specific customization. The software applications can be preloaded into the device, updated or installed on demand via an application store or marketplace. It is a similar manner to how applications are integrated into modern smartphones.

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