Technology is always on the move and that’s especially true when it comes to the world of televisions. The digital switchover has meant that everyone now has access to a far greater range of channels and most people have upgraded their televisions as a result. High Definition television content has become commonplace, with major broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV and Channel Four all putting out an increasing amount of high definition content.
The internet has revolutionised the way that people communicate with each other. Computers are now a feature in most homes, with the vast majority of people connected to the internet via broadband. What’s more, the technology that has allowed this to happen is now available through many television sets too. People can connect to the internet and stream or download content using just their TV – something that was pretty much unimaginable not so long ago.
What kind of content is available?
In 1997 there were only four channels available until March of that year when Channel 5 came on the scene. Fast forward 16 years and there are now literally hundreds of channels available through digital television channels and now through the internet. There are radio stations, streaming video services, movie streaming companies such as LoveFILM and much more besides. While digital channels are now available through all televisions thanks to the digital switchover, many televisions are still unable to pick up internet content on their own…until now!
The smart box
Smart TVs have undoubtedly revolutionised the world of television, but people don’t necessarily need to rush out of the door to update their current television so it will connect to the internet. There are a number of options people can turn to, such as Sony’s PlayStation 3 games console or Microsoft’s Xbox. It is also possible to go online through a television with the help of devices such as the WD TV Play box, which brings high definition content to ordinary digital televisions. As long as there is a broadband internet connection in the house it is perfectly possible to get online with ease.
The monthly charge
The good news that will help to convince many people to turn their ordinary television into a smart television is the fact that it is not necessary to pay any kind of monthly subscription fee in order to access online content through a set-top box or a games console. Of course for some services, such as movie streaming, a fee is payable, but for a lot of content such as YouTube videos or movie trailers there is no monthly charge.
The technical bit
Thankfully you won’t need any specialist technical knowledge to be able to use your current television to connect to the internet. In many cases it is simply necessary to either plug a device into your home’s internet router or alternatively, connect using a Wi-Fi network. There are plenty of options out there when it comes to upgrading your television – just search online to find the best solution for your home.
This post was contributed by Lauren Jones. Lauren is an avid technology watcher who regularly blogs about all things tech, from tablets & smartphones right down to technological advancements & gaming. Lauren loves the technological world we live in today. In her job, Lauren also works with Wireless Access Points at BT Business Direct.