A Smart TV is modern TV integrated with internet services enabling online interactive media access as well as on demand streaming media and access to content stored on USB drives or external storage devices. Smart TV works by accessing the internet either wirelessly of hard wired utilizing an embedded operating system or software and processor much like a computer, mobile phones or similar devices. The focus of this new breed of television sets is the delivery of online content and less focus on traditional broadcast, as was the case with previous generations of televisions. Smart tv service combines different information about viewers presence and preferences and TV programs data to elaborate a list of recommending pages. Smart TV, which is also sometimes also referred to as "Connected TV", (not to be confused with Internet TV, Web TV or LG Electronics's upcoming "SMART TV" branded NetCast Entertainment Access devices), is the phrase used to describe the current trend of integration of the internet into modern television sets and set-top boxes, as well as the technological convergence between computers and these television sets / set-top boxes. These new devices most often also have a much higher focus on online interactive media, Internet TV, over-the-top content, as well as on-demand streaming media, and less focus on traditional broadcast media like previous generations of television sets and set-top boxes always have had. Similar to how the internet, web widgets, and software applications are integrated in modern smartphones, hence also the name ("Smart TV" versus "Smart Phone"). The technology that enables Smart TVs is incorporated into devices such as television sets, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, game consoles, and companion devices. These devices allow viewers to search and find videos, movies, photos and other content on the web, on a local cable TV channel, on a satellite TV channel, or stored on a local hard drive. A Smart TV device is either a television set with integrated internet capabilities or a set-top box for television with a 10-foot user interface that offers more advanced computing ability and connectivity than a contemporary basic television set. Smart TVs may be thought of as a information appliance or the computer system from a handheld computer integrated within a television set unit, a such Smart TV often allows the user to install and run more advanced applications or plugins/add ons based on a specific platform. Smart TVs run complete operating system or mobile operating system software providing a platform for application developers.
WHAT IS SMART TV
The term of smart TV used describes the integration of internet into a television set or a set-top-box, in order to gain interactivity and to add advanced features to the traditional television . According to the “interactive TV dictionary and business index” , the definition of the smart TV is “A set-top box with advanced hardware and features. It might be capable of video on demand, e-commerce, internet browsing, e-mail, chat, etc”. Recently a large number of global companies like LG , Samsung , Sony , Panasonic, etc, are adding a layer of improved web features to the traditional television viewing experience using web connected applications that are specifically built for the TV in order to show the users favourite digital contents . For example Google together with Sony and Logitech , have announced new services for The smart TV that can also be controlled from a mobile phone running on the Android operating system. This kind of TV solution offers new functionalities that were not present in the old TV, like Mail, social networks, TV channels, and web search, etc. . These features make the smart TV a suitable device to be implemented in a smart home environment in the context of digital entertainment.
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