What is a Smart TV?

Paul at Linsar offers some advice and gets his head round the question what is a Smart TV?…

What is a Smart TV?

What is a Smart TVThis is a question I get asked all the time from customers who are further confused by terminology that exists within this industry. When referring to a TV that is “Smart” in simple terms this means it will connect to your home Internet connection. That’s it.


Content is built into a Smart TV through a selection of apps. There are a wide range available giving you access to lots of content including TV, Movies, Music, Weather, Sports, Videos and much more. One of the best features, and most frequently used, are the Video on Demand and Catch up Services. These range from free services such as BBC iPlayer and YouTube to subscription services like Netflix and NOW TV giving you access to a whole library of content.

Also some of the other apps available include:

  • Social networking sites Facebook and Twitter
  • Web browsers for surfing the web
  • Music streaming services
  • News apps like BBC News and BBC Sport
  • Weather updates

The list could go on!

A common misconception when talking about a Smart TV having Catch Up Services is that all of the services, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All4 and Demand 5, are available and unfortunately that is not the case.

Not all apps are available on all TV’s, the selection will vary by brand and model, so the most important thing to remember as a consumer when buying a new Smart TV is to take a look at what features each brand has – and work out what’s important for you.



features-channelsTo give our customers as much entertainment as possible we have teamed up with Roku, the market leader in streaming entertainment, to offer exclusive promotions and also with select Linsar models a Roku Streaming Stick, packed full of channels, is included in the box!




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