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In the ever changing technology landscape, TVs are becoming internet based. A Smart TV is one with a built-in computer, Operating Software and Internet connectivity.
How to get Internet On TV - Internet ready TV
There are several ways to get internet content on your TV. This content includes Netflix, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, TV shows, Skype, Pandora, VUDU, Amazon video-on-demand, News, Sports and more.
The following shows the ways to get internet on your TV
1) LAPTOP/PC connected to internet and displayed on a TV.
PROS: Unlimited web access. The TV is just used as a big screen monitor.
Diagram - internet on HDTV
2) SMART TV - Internet ready with apps.
No computer required but web access limited to TV's installed software apps (substantial but still limited). Some differences from computer browsing may occur (examples: HTML 5 and Flash video may not be supported by the TV, some text may not display as intended)
Note: not all apps are available on every TV manufacturer.
Additional purchases may be required, examples: storage such as USB drive for apps or remotes with keyboard for surfing web.
Smart TV Manufacturers include :
Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, LG, Vizio, Toshiba and Sharp. Each markets under a different name.
Samsung - SMART TV + Apps, TIZEN OS
LG - Netcast, WEB OS
Sony - Bravia Internet Entertainment, SONY Apps
Panasonic - Viera Cast
Vizio - Vizio internet apps
Toshiba - NET TV
Sharp - AQUOS Net
A few apps are offered across the board by most TV makers like Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora.
Samsung SMART TV HUB
Diagram - Smart TV with built-in Wi-Fi and internet apps
*Some internet media boxes only have HDMI outputs while others have a full compliment of outputs which allow hookup to older TVs.
ROKU and Western Digital internet media players have wi-fi and HDMI as the above connection diagram shows. The players have a remote to control your selections from internet sites.
ROKU: Connect to your HDTV with HDMI or connect to your older TV with composite video cables. ROKU boxes have wi-fi (b,g,n) to transfer data to/from a wireless router. Cost is $50 to $100 retail depending on model.
Television is going online.
More and more,
TV and internet are merging.
Your cable or satellite TV provider has been the source of TV content
but the internet is opening up a wide range of information and
entertainment not seen before. Some TVs are now internet capable with
Samsung Apps is a growing collection of premium web-connected apps specifically built for your TV that connects you to your favorite digital content such as movies from Netflix or Blockbuster, TV shows from Hulu Plus, videos from YouTube, Next Level sports information from ESPN, music from Pandora, and social updates from Facebook or Twitter.
These apps let you download and or stream content in real-time from movie and TV libraries. Miss your favorite Thursday night TV show? With Hulu Plus™ you can watch recently aired TV shows from networks like ABC, Fox, and NBC—on your own time.
Internet Connectable (WiFi Built-in). Smart TV with web connected applications and web browser
Through Flickr(R), Yahoo!'s online photo management and sharing application, consumers can enjoy their latest family and friend photos on the big screen. Accessible through a Yahoo! TV Widget, consumers can access this unique photo sharing site to run slideshows and view individual photos.
YouTube: Access to Millions of User-Generated Videos
As a leading online video community for people to discover, watch, and share originally created videos, YouTube allows consumers unlimited access to web based videos. Through LG's alliance with this prolific online video community, consumers can instantly stream millions of Web videos directly from the Internet for viewing on their television.
Netflix: Instant Streaming Directly Through the TV
LG's HDTVs with NetCast Entertainment Access will join the LG BD300 Network Blu-ray Disc Player as an industry first, providing the ability to stream movies instantly from Netflix, offering consumers a variety of ways to enjoy more than 12,000 choices of movies and TV episodes. Netflix members owning one of these devices pay as little as $8.99 for a monthly subscription for unlimited streaming and DVD rentals. Instant streaming content from Netflix to the HDTV will rely on a broadband connection and Queue-based user interface. Netflix members will use the Netflix Web site to add movies and TV episodes to their individual instant Queues. Those choices will automatically be displayed on members' TVs and available to watch instantly through the HDTV. Once selected, movies will begin playing in as little as 30 seconds. With the accompanying remote control, Netflix members will be able to browse and make selections right on the TV screen and also have the ability to read synopses and rate movies. In addition, they will have the option of fast- forwarding and rewinding the video stream.
VUDU HD Movie Service on Broadband HDTVs
LG will be the first to introduce broadband HDTVs with the instant-access high-definition (HD) movie service from VUDU Inc., a leading provider of digital on-demand entertainment services. VUDU on-demand movies will be available on LG's LH50 1080p LCD series and PS80 Plasma 1080p series with "NetCast Entertainment Access".
The VUDU service allows consumers to instantly buy or rent from an extensive library of movies and TV titles, including an industry-leading catalog of more than 2,000 high-definition movies - with no monthly fees and without having to buy, install, or connect any additional hardware. VUDU's streaming movie service delivers a near-instant viewing experience - movies start immediately, including high definition HDX movies, and viewers can fast forward, rewind and browse chapters without the delays or the frustration associated with slow buffering. The VUDU catalog is updated weekly, and newly released movies from major studios are typically available months before they are available on subscription-based services.
VUDU on HDTV
PC Content Sharing
Users can also choose to incorporate the NetCast-equipped HDTV into a home network to access JPEG photos or MP3 music files stored on their home PC to create slide shows and listen to music on their big screen.
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. http://www.LGusa.com.
YouTube is the world's most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube, LLC is based in San Bruno, Calif., and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.
Buying an Internet Connected HDTV
2009 is the model year that internet connected HDTVs hit the market in a big way. You can also expect the availability of more and more useful widgets, since most vendors offer programming toolkits that allow people to develop their own. As the technology becomes more popular it will evolve and users will have more options to choose from in regards to Internet content and widgets.
TV Widgets change what it means to Watch TV.
TV Widgets deliver a Cinematic Internet™ experience by converting your favorite Web services like Yahoo!® Finance, eBay®, CBS, Flickr®, USA Today®, and Twitter®, for the TV. View episodes of your favorite CBS TV shows, watch a movie, check the latest news and sports scores, shop on eBay or catch up with your friends on Twitter. It’s easy—just grab your remote, lean back and stay connected.
Enjoy Internet content while watching your favorite TV programs.
TV Widgets allow you to interact with your favorite Web services while you watch TV. Press one button on your remote to bring up the TV Widget Dock, select a TV Widget, and view content without missing a moment of your favorite TV show. No more arguing over the remote, as everyone gets to enjoy what they want at the same time! You can check out the latest news from the New York Times®, while other family members are still enjoying the TV show.
Personalize your experience with a selection of TV Widgets.
Every member of the household can create a profile of their personal selection of TV Widgets. Go to the Yahoo! Widget Gallery and add widgets to your profile for Mom, Dad and the kids. With each TV Widget you can also create a Snippet or shortcut for quick access to the content you want. By pressing your remote, you can connect directly to your friends' photos on Flickr, buy an item on eBay or see an episode of your favorite CBS TV show.
Easy access to the best of the Web.
It’s easy to enjoy Internet services, information and community through TV Widgets—compact Internet applications that deliver the best of the Web to your TV.
View movies, video clips, news updates, photos, messages, and more with TV Widgets. Go to the Yahoo!® Widget Gallery and choose from a growing list of TV Widgets; soon to include Yahoo! properties such as News, Weather, Sports, Video and Flickr®, as well as popular providers like The New York Times®, eBay®, CBS, and Showtime®.
More TV Widgets:
The New York Times®
Get access to top headlines, photos, and stories from The New York Times, on your TV. Send news stories from your TV to your mobile phone.
Browse, find and enjoy great movies with the Netflix widget—a personalized, convenient way to rent and watch movies on your TV.
View thousands of movies—from new releases to the classics—in DVD quality; on demand and on your TV.
It’s easy to rent or buy the best of movie, TV, and music video entertainment on TV with the CinemaNow TV Widget.
RallyPoint Fantasy Sports
Track fantasy league scores, standings, and player stats in real time, while you watch the games on TV.
USA Today Sports
Get the latest sports scores, stories, and snapshots, as the news happens from USA TODAY on your TV.
Accedo Funspot Games
Play popular interactive and multiplayer games across the Internet through your TV—QuizMaster trivia, Texas Hold'em Poker, and Sudoku—with Funspot.
Share photos with family and friends, browse the latest photos posted by the worldwide Flickr community, or watch a slideshow; all on your TV screen.
Get breaking news, headlines, and top stories from leading news sources, designed for the big screen.
Get stock quotes, business news, and market updates—plus fast access to your Yahoo! portfolio, on your TV.
Choose a location and get a snapshot of current weather conditions, the 5-day forecast and more, on your TV.
Watch TV and get information from the web at the same time
Get updated sports scores, updated stocks, even view full-screen photos from family and friends.
Available soon will be widgets from Accedo Games, Twitter, Yahoo Video, eBay, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, Showtime, CBS Entertainment, the New York Times, and CinemaNow. Others that have announced plans to develop widgets include Disney/ABC, MySpace, Viacom/MTV, Netflix, Amazon, Blockbuster, Associated Press and Joost. The Samsung TVs also come with a built-in "content library" containing "photo art gallery, games, workout routines, recipes and other interesting digital content."
Despite being called widgets, which are generally defined as snippets of general-purpose code, Yahoo's widgets are actually proprietary mini-apps like Vista's Sidebar gadgets. It's an icon and a little bit of software behind the icon to connect to the Internet, sitting on your TV. Most widgets will be free. Nobody just wants the Internet dumped on the TV. Samsung TVs have no general-purpose Internet browser.
What is a Widget?
A TV Widget is a small web application that allows you to easily access your favorite site using the remote control. You can enjoy various types of information, such as the latest news, weather information, and stock information, etc. on your TV along with your friends or family members.
Some widgets may not be supported depending on the regulations of the corresponding country.
Some widgets will only support limited services depending on the regulations of the corresponding country.
The color buttons may work differently depending on the widget.
The operation may not be smooth depending on the network condition.
The Snippet is a symbol of Widget.
What is a Snippet?
A snippet shows a part of the Widget contents such as weather and stock information that the user wants to view.
The snippets are automatically updated in real time.
It may take a few seconds to load the snippet.
How do I connect the hdtv internet components?:
You can use a wired or wireless connection on many HDTVs. Wired uses the RJ-45 jack in the HDTV and connects with an Ethernet cable while wireless uses the USB port in the HDTV. A wireless dongle fits in the USB port and sends data to your wireless router.
Samsung LinkStick USB LAN Adapter
Wirelessly connect to your broadband router to:
Eliminates necessity of running LAN cable to TV and/or BluRay DVD Player
Right Angle Adapter Included
Be careful with compatibility as typically the USB wireless adapter is proprietary and will only work on the same manufacturers HDTVs and even then, only some models.
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