Most of the TVs we test are now internet enabled. According to a recent survey however, smart TV services aren’t being widely used. Is this a surprise? We take a closer look…
What is smart TV?
A smart TV is one that can be connected to the internet via wi-fi or an ethernet cable to access a range of internet services. These services usually come in the form of apps. BBC iPlayer, Netflix, YouTube and Facebook are some well-known ones, but what you get depends on which TV brand and model you choose. Increasingly smart TVs are coming with full web browsers too.
Using these extras doesn’t seem to have caught on, though. A very large YouGov poll conducted recently said that just over half of smart TV owners don’t know what ‘smart’ actually means. Also, only a third of survey respondents said they are planning to buy a smart TV to use its internet functionality.
Why hasn’t it taken off?
The survey results aren’t hugely surprising. We think there are a few reasons…
- Accessing some forms of internet content, for example Facebook, Twitter and a lot of other interactive content, is usually easier on a smaller device like a smartphone, tablet or laptop where it’s easier to type
- Not all smart TVs have wi-fi capability built-in, meaning the extra expense of a wi-fi dongle, or an inconvenient ethernet cable trailing to your router, is necessary
- Equipment such as a Blu-ray player or games console with smart functionality can be cheaper to buy than a smart TV
- Although manufacturers are coming up with smart remotes, keyboards and other devices to make controlling your smart TV easier, touchscreens on tablets and smartphones are still easier to use
On the other hand, some internet content, such as video on deman,d lends itself well to a smart TV – watching on a big screen is a more immersive experience.
What would make you use a smart TV? – our poll.
Do you currently use smart TV services? What do you do with it? Tell us in the comments section below!
Built-in wi-fi (38%, 691 Votes)
Better ease of use (eg better remote control) (26%, 471 Votes)
Better web browser (19%, 353 Votes)
More/better video apps (8%, 155 Votes)
Other (8%, 144 Votes)
More/better games (1%, 22 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,837