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What’s in a smart TV ?

Prince Osuagwu
Home entertainment manufacturers are showing more swagg these days in a bid to catch the fancy of the next customer and probably stay far ahead of competition.
This, has, for instance shown prominently on televisions which are shedding considerable weight and becoming flatter over the past few decades.

However, that’s not the only innovation the TV has evolved. The history of television is littered with practical innovations which have changed the way humans watch the screen.
There was the ‘rabbit ears’ television antenna, which   improved reception and was credited for stoking the television boom in the United States of America in the 1950s and ’60s. Then there was also the ‘lazybones’ remote control, followed by the colour and interactive and multi-platform TV, culminating in the convergence we see today.

Now, the latest development in TV technology is the Smart TV, sometimes referred to as internet TV because of its access to the World Wide Web. This trend has seen up to 60% of large screen TVs such as LED TVs having ‘Smart’ capabilities, just shows how faint the line between technology and entertainment becomes by the day.

Although televisions throughout history were not invented by one single inventor, but many people working together and inventing different things made the evolution of television possible. It has been nearly 80 years since the first public demonstration of television took place in a crowded laboratory in London. Since that time television has advanced from blurry black and white pictures to stunning high-definition images with life-like depth, realism, color and resolution. How were these achievements made and how will they affect our technology?

It has become a widely used telecommunication medium for transmitting and receiving moving images, either monochromatic (black and white) or colour, usually accompanied by sound. Commercially available since the late 1930s, the television set has become a common communications receiver in homes, businesses and institutions, particularly as a source of entertainment and news.

Since the 1970s the availability of video cassettes, laser discs, DVDs and now Blu-ray Discs, have resulted in the television set frequently being used for viewing recorded as well as broadcast material.
A visual display device which lacks a tuner is properly called a monitor, rather than a television. A television system may use different technical standards such as Digital Television (DTV) and High-Definition Television (HDTV).

Television systems are also used for surveillance, industrial process control, and guiding of weapons, in places where direct observation is difficult or dangerous.
To begin with content and connectivity, a smart TV offers great connectivity plus, smart features plus and an intuitive interface making the LG Smart TV king. Ultimately, this equals superb lifestyle flexibility.

In other words, LG Smart TVs hand over control to the customer to watch great events whenever, and however, they want it.
LG Electronics, Global Consumer Electronics giant earlier in 2013 introduced the LG Smart TV that allows owners to use the clever Time Machine feature to record live TV Programmes such as football matches and play them whenever convenient.

Even better, consumers can search for movie contents online and stream them by using the voice recognition button on the Magic motion remote control. The in-built two tuner Picture in picture (PIP) enables LG Smart TV owners record a TV program while watching another programme simultaneously.

Additionally, there’s no need to worry if the match turns into an epic five-hour battle; simply connecting an external hard drive will ensure that every minute of the heart -pounding action is recorded. Once the recording is over, additional content can be accessed through LG’s Smart Home platform. For example, users can hop on to You Tube to check out some of the highlights from other matches or post-game interviews.

They can also access sports apps to read analyses and compare player statistics. Impressively, the expansive Smart Home experience can be navigated intuitively with the LG’s highly praised Magic Motion Remote control. The controller uses four distinct input options – voice, pointing, wheel and gesture – to facilitate content and connectivity management.

The TVs smart share capability has changed TV viewing, enabling content sharing from Smart phones to the TV through six different ways which include; Mobile HD-Link (MHL), Miracast, Wi-Di (Wireless Display), Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), 2nd Display, and Tag-on.


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