3 Things to Consider When Buying a New Smart TV

Ah, so you want a new TV? Great.

There’s an unlimited amount of choices available to the consumer today and the quality has never been better. If you’ve chosen to buy a Smart TV for your living room, expect to be confused about what to do and how to do it. With that mind, you might ask yourself, “What do I need to look out for when buying that new Smart TV?” Well, here are 3 important things to consider.

1. Internet Connectivity

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It might seem a bit obvious, but the internet connectivity of your new television is extremely important and often forgotten about.  About 40 percent of Smart TVs in the United States aren’t connected to the Internet, proving just how new this technology really is. To maximize its full potential, knowing where your router is in proximity to your TV isn’t enough.

Before doing anything else, check with your Internet supplier. Downloading large films and series can seriously eat into your download allowance. If you want to stream, you need to make sure your home Internet speed is fast enough to cope. Also, be sure to know whether your Smart TV connects via cable or Wi-Fi. The former offers faster speeds, but if your router is nowhere near your TV you’ll have long and ugly cables to contend with.

Not only will adjusting your Internet capabilities enhance your TV’s efficiency, it’ll also reduce stress from having to sit through stuttering movies. Be aware of your Smart TV’s abilities and take that into consideration when setting it up.

2. Additional Features

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Next, you need to know what you want from your TV.  If you just want to watch your favourite show every week, then perhaps Cable-TV.com will fulfill your needs without spending a lot of money on an expensive Smart TV.  If, however, you want to spend your time making Skype video calls, playing games, or accessing apps such as Netflix and YouTube from your living room, then a Smart TV is probably the best choice for you.

Remember, though: you can get a lot of features from external boxes, so make sure you know exactly what you want before you make a purchase.

3. New Technology

Losing the remote is a pain. Searching for it is a hassle, and that’s why some of the new Smart TVs come equipped with built-in gesture and voice control. Not only does this feature help you find your remote, it also allows you to change channels with a swipe instead of inputting the number.

Other TVs had tried to compete with this technology, some get around it with apps for mobile devices where you can use your phone as a remote, but they haven’t really made it comfortable for the user. The Smart TV remote technology changes this.

There are a lot of options to consider when shopping for a new TV. In the end, it’s about your personal preferences, how you’ll use your TV, and how much you’re willing to spend. Take everything into consideration before making a purchase.

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