What Is A Smart TV & How Is It Changing Home Media?

By SmartHomeBit Staff •  Updated: 12/29/22 •  5 min read

The term Smart TV is becoming more and more common these days, but the concept of a smart TV has been around for some time.

That said, the smart TVs of the past few years are light-years ahead of the first models that hit the market.

While old-fashioned cathode ray tube sets are becoming rarer, not all LCD or LED TVs are under the umbrella of “smart TVs”, and just because a TV is flat doesn’t make it smart.

We’ll take a look at what does.


What Is A Smart TV?

A smart TV has a way of connecting to the internet for a variety of reasons.

While smart TVs have been around much longer than many people realize, they haven’t always been as “smart” as they are now.

However, just like many other aspects of modern life, they have evolved at a rapid pace and are now redefining the way that many individuals and families interact with the media they consume.

Streaming services have continued to change and develop over the years, which has fundamentally changed how we consume our media.

During the height of the pandemic, for example, streaming services had access to many new releases that were scheduled for theaters but couldn’t debut due to the restrictions on public gatherings and business openings.

TVs have also changed, and have added more features than most people would have ever thought we’d see in a TV.

Most flat-screen TVs today are technically smart TVs because they can connect to various media services and stream movies and shows.

However, just like any other piece of tech, there are smart TVs that are far more capable than others, running smoother, operating more nimbly, and experiencing fewer errors and bugs than other brands.


What Is A Smart TV & How Is It Changing Home Media?


How A Smart TV Connects

Older smart TVs had connectivity through ethernet cabling or early wifi connections such as 802.11n.

Most modern smart TVs utilize 802.11ac wifi connections, which facilitates much higher bandwidth throughput.

There are also newer smart TVs that are beginning to use the new wifi 6 standard, though they are relatively rare still at this point.


Pros & Cons Of A Smart TV

Smart TVs are complex, and while they seem like they are the perfect evolution of the TV, there are some drawbacks to them.

Here are the most common pros and cons of smart TVs.






In Summary

Smart TVs might sound complicated, but at their core, they’re simply a TV that allows the user access to a wider variety of media.

They can also provide additional voice commands and smart-home functionality, for those equipped with such features.

Just be aware of what you’re buying, many budget-level smart TVs only include basic functionality.


Frequently Asked Questions


Will My Smart TV Update Automatically

In most cases, your smart TV will update automatically, provided it has power and a constant connection to the internet.


Do Smart TVs Have Web Browsers

Generally speaking, a smart TV will have a web browser on it.

They usually aren’t fast, or considerably good, but they are there in a pinch.

SmartHomeBit Staff