Today’s internet TVs, or internet-enabled TVs are TV’s that, in addition to being fantastic HD or 3D TV’s, are also factory-designed to be able to connect directly to the web and display internet content such as weather forecasts, YouTube videos, news, streaming movies from Netflix or other services, television shows, music and more. Internet TVs come in all the latest TV formats including LCD, LED and Plasma. Many manufacturers produce internet TVs, so it’s important to note that viewable internet content varies by manufacturer.
Different manufacturers also have different names for their Internet-enabled TVs. For example, with Sony it’s Google TV or Bravia Internet Video, Panasonic has Viera Connect, Samsung and LG use Smart TV, and Sharp calls theirs Aquos NET. Because of this wide variety of terminology, you’ll want to talk to an expert who can explain the differences and help you decide which one is right for you. American prides itself in not only carrying the best selection of internet TV’s, but our displays are wired to the internet and actually working – so you can truly see the difference for yourself. In addition, our HDTV experts are some of the most knowledgeable and best trained in the industry today – we’ll make learning about these new technologies fun!
To take advantage of Internet TV functionality, you’ll have to make sure your new television is connected to the internet. In many cases, this can be done wirelessly, but some televisions require a wired ethernet connection. American can also assist you with the complete set-up of your new internet TV through our professional installation services. Normally, there is no charge for basic internet functionality, but some services such as Netflix movie streaming do require a subscription or operate on a pay-per-view basis.
Will my Internet TV replace my computer?
Likely no. Today’s internet TVs offer a significant amount of web content, and focus on bringing some of the most popular and latest features into your home. The experience will be comparable to using the apps on a tablet computer. But they’re not really intended to replace your computer. The internet-based features of these TVs are mostly targeted towards entertainment and news.