The goggle box has come an awful long way since Scottish engineer John Logie Baird demonstrated the first mechanical television system in January 1926. Today, it has moved on greatly from the set that was encased in a wooden cupboard and made to look like a piece of furniture that sat in the corner of the living room and which everyone crowded round to watch just two channels. With hundreds of channels, multiple sets in houses, 3D capability and online streaming, television viewing has been transformed.
Smart TV is on the rise, bringing internet connectivity to your TV screen, allowing you to surf the net, chat on Skype or stream rental films directly onto your living room’s big screen.
You are able to hook your Smart TV up to the internet either through an Ethernet connection to your Broadband hub, or wirelessly, as most sets come Wi-Fi ready. To make the most of your online viewing experience the experts recommend that you have a minimum 2Mb internet connection.
Just like anything, the cheaper models will have more limited capabilities, while top of the range sets come fully loaded with all sorts of kit and their price will reflect this.
But why do we need internet on our TVs? Well, we’ve all done it; sat in our living room watching The Apprentice on the TV while our laptop sits on our knees plugged into Facebook and we chat to our friends about the latest escapades of those vying for Lord Sugar’s attention! Smart TV allows all of this to happen on your TV screen without the need to have your laptop sitting making your legs get hotter and hotter as it starts to overheat. Currently only some models are fitted with social networking functionality.
The TVs are also be able to ‘talk’ to some of the other gadgets and devices that are around your home. For example you can wirelessly send photos and music from your mobile phone to your TV screen.
So instead of shutting away your TV set in a cupboard, it looks like your TV will continue to be your window on the world and play an even more important part in your life going forward. A final question remains unanswered though: what will our TV be able to do next?