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What is Smart TV?

TV makers use the term “Smart TV” to describe a range of sophisticated new features. These features fall into three categories: an advanced graphic user interface (GUI); ergonomic features intended to simplify operation; and basic streaming media platforms.

Types of Smart TV interface

More sophisticated smart TVs have all the features of a TV with a streaming media platform, but layer on the ability to aggregate content from across apps and services to streamline your search for shows or movies. For example, your smart TV may display cover art for recommended movies culled from all the available streaming services on a single screen, while another screen for live TV might have a grid that mimics your local cable box guide and allows you to select cable channels right from the TV. Most manufacturers now have a method for quickly sharing content from your phone or tablet on the big screen, often referred to as screen mirroring.

These smart interfaces are evolving constantly, and every smart TV maker has unique features and tools aimed at simplifying your viewing experience. The way you interact with your smart TV is determined by its operating system. Firefox, webOS, Tizen and Android are the four main platforms used by the top smart TV manufacturers, each one offering a slightly different smart service. Learn more about each brand’s unique technologies on our product pages and find the right content and display for your smart TV.

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Smart Operation

HDTV manufacturers have gone well beyond the traditional (and often intimidating) multi-button remote. These days, your smart TV remote might be a compact wand with just a few buttons and the ability to control an onscreen cursor to make menus selections; just point it where you want to go. Additionally, remotes with touchpads that let you substitute a thumb swipe for arrow keys are becoming popular.

Beyond the remote itself, top HD Smart TVs often have a built-in camera that pops up from the top of the TV, to facilitate video chats with loved ones and, for some TVs, to allow the use of facial recognition. When this feature is active, the Smart TV will recognize each family member and pull up their own customized favorites screen, for example. Additional sensors included in some high end TVs allow gesture control of basic functions. Some manufacturers also offer a library of voice control commands the TV will respond to, along with a built-in microphone in the remote to make sure these commands are well understood from across the room.

Streaming Media Platforms

Virtually all of the leading television brands offer Internet connectivity across much of their line for streaming movies and shows directly to the smart TV set from services like Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu, VUDU, and others. These services are typically accessed from a dedicated screen interface from which the viewer can navigate among onscreen icons to launch an app for the service they wish to use. On the other hand, you may find that some TV brands go the opposite route, choosing to keep prices low by electing not to include a streaming platform in the hardware. The assumption is that you will add your own streaming media player such as an Amazon Fire TV, Roku, NOW TV Box (/dp/B013SGAU8E/), Apple TV, or other options. A streaming media player operates much like a streaming media platform, but instead of being built into the TV you simply connect the device using a cable.

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Smart TVs from Amazon.co.uk

Smart TVs bring all your entertainment choices together in one place. If you subscribe to a streaming service, a smart TV means you're only ever a few clicks of the remote control away from accessing the entertainment you want. With high definition options available, a smart TV is an intelligent choice to keep all your favorite TV shows and movies in one handy location.

Ideal for the modern household, these smart TVs allow you to surf the web, check Facebook and Twitter and stream video from Lovefilm or Netflix. Use your remote control to move through interactive menus that are simple enough for the whole family to use. Here you'll find some of the best smart TVs from Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and LG, so you can choose the right set for your home.

Many of these smart TVs also feature outputs for your Blu-ray player and speakers, allowing you to create the ultimate home theatre system. Immerse yourself in the beauty of a 1080p high-definition picture. Watch your favorite sports team with a clarity that'll make you feel like you're at the game.

Our Online Guide will give you hints and tips to help you choose the best model for you. Get ready to enjoy the gorgeous picture, easy-to-use search function and user-friendly menus. Connect your media player or gaming system and you'll have a one-stop centre for all your entertainment needs.

A smart TV is an excellent choice for a household that wants all its streaming services in one place. At Amazon.co.uk you'll find a smart TV to fit your budget that will arrive on your doorstep within a few days.