Internet Connected TVs – The Idiot Box Smartens Up


Smart TV evolution

The expectation of our TVs have changed – we now expect our set is much more than just a transition for broadcast television channels. Consumers already have a taste of a variety of Internet content on TVs, allows you to display programs that may be missed through apps like Plus7 and I-view, and “renting” of new release streaming video straight from the TV from apps like Bigpond TV. Content that we traditionally only accessed on our PC is now available to close to us on our TV devices, Blu-Ray players and home cinema systems – the gap between Internet and TV.


One of the most attractive features of a smart TV the ability to stream movies via the Internet directly on our big screen. This radically changed the way many people access to your films, video-store-Bicycle-industry to feel the pressure. Actually Samsung just announced that they have signed up to bring a deal with blockbuster, more films on Samsung devices. The new blockbuster streaming service is expected in the United States and Europe in the spring of 2012 and in Australia from September.

Bigpond movies on Samsung and LG TV’s for several years, and this is a collection of thousands of new releases and back-catalogue title, which will be broadcast on television via the Internet. In order to get out of the house to save a video, or to summarize, late charges on the glass you forgot the return.

Quickflix has been available on Sony TVs and Blu-Ray players previously and thanks to a recent offer Samsung join Sony in partnering with the online DVD subscription service and to develop an application that will allow Australian users to stream video content to your Samsung Smart TV.

Sony also bring us their own streaming service and Video-on-Demand offer later release movies in HD or cheaper SD version – for those of us who have not the fastest Internet speeds available or just tightening our wallets.

Consumers also take in the beginning to services like Telstra T-box and Optus’ similar service FetchTV, on traditional cable or satellite connections, Foxtel and Austar. It turned into a billion dollar industry in Australia – nothing but growth in the near future.

There is also an abundance of multimedia devices on the market such as Apple TV, Boxee and WD Live now, we have the widest ability to view Internet content provided to watch us on our television screens than ever. Two powerful media centres have emerged from Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox, with the latter recently even able to stream a wide selection of Foxtel channels including movies and sports via the Internet. Both also have movie streaming services.


Smart connectivity also opens up many opportunities for us associated with the channels. Almost all the major TV manufacturers have loaded ABC’s popular I-View app pre-in their menu. ABC iview is a catch up service with the best ABC-TV. You can watch your favourite programs in full-screen mode in your free time. Most shows within 14 days and new programs are added every day.

The other is always present app in Smart TV’s Arsenal is PLUS7. Plus7 Yahoo and channel 7 provides live streaming video of full length episodes as seen on Seven, 7mate and other content partners. High quality, full-screen videos are available for immediate stream. New episodes are added every day and up to 28 days in the air. You can pause, fast and watch back programmes, and all on the TV in full screen. PLUS7 includes email service reminders so you don’t miss out on shows before they expire. There is also the possibility to share their videos with friends via email and Facebook.

BBC Iplayer is another Video-On-Demand service start access to most of the BBC’s massive TV archive with more than 1000 hours and “hours” additional material “on a regular basis “”. The contents include BBC News, documentaries, entertainment, drama, science and nature, family and children, culture and music, and Comedy, and lifestyle. There is also a collection of BBC exports like the best doctor who, Little Britain, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Absolutely fabulous and many more.

Bigpond TV on LG Smart TV and Samsung connected TVs (with Internet radio function). It also supplied the same service available using the Telstra T-Box. Bigpond TV channels streaming service that us with channels like AFL TV, NRL-TB, Bigpond News, Bigpond Sport and Bigpond music and more. According to the study, an independent Telecom research firm, Telsyte, ten ABO-TV services in Australia are delivered via broadband, and they predict that by 2015 a third of all pay-TV services through a broadband network.

This is an obvious value for cable subscription companies Foxtel and Austar. Austar, in particular, was a big jump in assets from the growing competition from cheaper Internet TV-the competition like FetchTV, iiNet and Internodium, from $10 per month. With listen to streaming Internet TV content, from smart TVs, as new versions of films and television shows, as well as many new free-to-air digital television as opposed to cable subscription, which starts at $45 per month plus any fees for the box, consumers are voting with their wallets EN masse.


TV giants Sony and Samsung both have music streaming services on your Smart TV, Samsung soon to be released “Music Hub” to revolutionise the connection between our music and our equipment like never before.

Samsung’s Music Hub allows you to access shared music, without having to download and transfer content from one device to another, with the service available on Samsung smart TV, Samsung smart home theater and smart Blu-ray until mid-December. Music hub.offers owners of smart TVs, smart home theatre and Smart Blu-Ray access to more than 10,000 music videos with the premium subscription

The technology stores music playlists in a cloud, and music can be accessed from every device anywhere in Australia where there is an Internet connection. Good function “follow me” feature which allows users to begin listening to stored music through a mobile phone that you comes to get to the same playlist if home, via television.

Sony Music unlimited for the past few seasons, on phones, Bravia Smart TVs, PlayStation 3 and Sony laptops and tablets. More than 10 million songs available on call, independent artists to the block busting superstars. Thousands of new songs are added weekly, and you can create and edit an unlimited number of playlists, and I want to hear any song you want, as often as you. There are Internet radio channels sorted by genre, Era or mood. You can configure a “Like” or “Dislike” tracks to the channels on your personal taste, and you will also have the opportunity to create a new channel based on your favorite artists.

How Smarter will smart TVs be this year?

The audience will be able to take control of your TV with the function of face recognition, plus gesture and voice controls and move away from the traditional TV remote control – in the same shovel for Microsoft XBox Kinect. LG and Samsung both showed voice and gesture checks in the next generation of televisions at CES 2012.

The new Samsung series 8 TV ES8000 can be replaced on the spot, gesture recognition integrated – via a camera which awakens recognize the hand gesture to change channels, volume adjustment move the cursor on the screen and much more.

Samsung and LG both voice control present in some models in the 2012 line-up. Current LG-Smart-TV-owner may be familiar with Magic Motion remote control that allows you to control the cursor on the screen just like a Nintendo Wii controller works. This year, upgrade to Magic Motion remote control, voice detection functionality, not less I will now. The microphone in the remote sends your voice to your Smart TV to users of web search, tweet and make Facebook posts all with spoken words.

Panasonic new “flick” technology has evolved, and believe me, it will open up completely new possibilities of presentation of content from our mobile devices in perfect picture quality on a Viera TV. It revolutionairy communication between our devices so that we can pass on to us easily “flick” content to remotely, photos, videos and web pages on your phone and on your tablet or Apple products directly to TV.

Another important feature is the ability to update your TV with future functionality, without the need to buy a new TV. This will mainly be in the form of an upgrade slot at the back of the TV and you will be able to purchase upgrade “kits” as it is necessary and available.


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