Smart TVs have become the entertainment center of our homes, and the latest smart TVs have so many new features it can be hard to stay up to date. Have you ever wondered how to get the most out of your smart TV? Or if the newest features make it worth the upgrade from your regular TV? If so, I’m here to help. Here are some of the smartest features on modern-day smart TVs.
1. A smart TV command center for your smart home
When your smart TV has an operating system like Google’s TV and Chromecast you can use it to control all your smart devices in a single place. It’s easy because you don’t need to reach for your controller or smartphone to control all of your individual smart devices.
The value of smart devices lies in their seamless usability, and nothing is as seamless as having all of your devices right on the screen of your smart TV. You can see a feed of your indoor or outdoor cameras, turn off your smart lights, or unlock your back door, all from your TV. Your TV can be an intuitive entertainment center and smart home hub, all in one. Just make sure to check your smart device compatibility options before going choosing the type of smart TV you’d like.
2. Multi-tasking hub to boost your productivity
Most modern smart TVs have wireless casting capabilities, allowing you to easily connect them as a second monitor for your work setup. The portability of a laptop combined with the size and capabilities of a smart TV can create a great work environment for those that benefit from having two displays. I find having two displays increases productivity and allows for more customization of my workflow.
Samsung Smart TVs are one example of a device that comes with a built-in multi-view feature. It’s similar to Apple’s ‘Chromecast’, allowing you to seamlessly split your display from your connected devices to stream directly to your TV. With these devices, you can even watch multiple inputs at the same time. Imagine working on your computer while watching your favourite show or playing a video game while someone else in the house catches up on their weekly TV programs. A smart TV could end those nightly debates on who gets to pick what to watch.
3. All-in-one fitness studio with a personal trainer
Fitness is one of the newest features added to smart TVs. There are a lot of all-in-one fitness and health apps you can stream on your smart TV. Programs like Samsung’s Health TV allow you to simultaneously sync your health data with wearable devices and you can work out with numerous pre-recorded professional workout guides.
Other apps may also unlock the ability to get in contact with your very own personal trainer, all without leaving the house. They provide a well-rounded workout from the comfort of your own home. If this type of content sounds interesting to you, you can learn more by checking out the list of TVs or media streamers that can help you get fit.
Any TV can become smarter with the right device
One of the best parts of media streamers is that they are a budget-friendly option if you aren’t quite ready to commit to a brand-new smart TV. While a media streamer won’t have all the features that a more modern smart TV will, adding one will still be a great upgrade from a standard TV.
Which smart TV will you choose?
Beyond entertainment, what is your favourite use for a smart TV? If you have any apps or favourite features you’d love to try out on a smart TV, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
Whether you’d like to use your smart TV as a smart home hub, to work out with, or just because they are a fantastic entertainment hub, there are plenty of options available at Best Buy.