Many televisions come equipped with smart features that enable users to stream TV shows or movies, play games and access social media services.
Determining whether you own a smart TV can be as simple as looking for an ethernet network cable connection (commonly known as a "CAT5 port") at the back of your television set - however, this method only works if your television supports internet capability.
Check the Remote Control
An easy way to identify your TV type is by looking at its remote control. If it contains buttons for different streaming services like Netflix or Hulu, such as Roku or Amazon Prime Instant Video, it may be smart. Also check your manufacturer's website as some have specific names for smart TV models; TCL for example partners with Roku streaming service so their TVs are commonly known by this name.
Search your TV's serial number on its manufacturer's website to obtain detailed specifications and details that will allow you to decide whether it's smart. Furthermore, this method enables you to contact them if any additional questions arise and it may take some time before they respond, and even longer before their phone lines open in case there are many customers calling in at once.
Check the Model
TV models are defined by an identifying series of letters and numbers that identify its unique version. Usually included with packaging and user manual, model numbers may also be accessible online via manufacturer websites.
If you can't locate the model number of your TV, look for a sticker displaying its serial number and other pertinent details on its backside - this sticker should usually provide more info than can be found elsewhere.
Google can be an excellent way to gain more information about your television model. Simply type its model number into the search field, and it should provide plenty of details - including whether or not it is smart.
If you're uncertain of whether your TV is smart, take a closer look at its remote control and apps to determine whether there are logos for streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video on them. If this is the case for your set-top box, chances are it is smart. Likewise, smart TVs often monitor usage data to improve functionality; you may be able to manage this tracking by visiting its settings menu and searching for "Terms & Privacy."
Check the Connectivity
If you're having difficulty with determining whether your TV is smart, take a closer look at its back panel and look for an ethernet port and WiFi symbol; if that is present then it is most likely a smart TV.
If your smart TV features WiFi capabilities, connecting to the internet should be simple and its apps readily accessible. Just ensure your router provides enough bandwidth speed so videos stream smoothly without interruption.
Your TV should also meet certain specifications to support its smart features, including sufficient memory and storage. Some older models may need external devices like streaming media players or set-top boxes in order to gain access to those capabilities; additionally, certain smart TVs have specific operating systems or require specific processors in order to function optimally; generally speaking, major manufacturers regularly issue firmware updates that add new features while fixing existing ones.
Check the Apps
Once your TV is connected to Wi-Fi, look for an extensive list of apps on its screen. If you see small squares featuring television shows or logos for popular apps like YouTube and Netflix as well as settings to manage them then that indicates you own a smart TV!
Some smart TVs run specific operating systems such as Android TV, webOS or Tizen. You can check your television's specifications to determine what operating system it uses; otherwise, Google can be an invaluable source of research information online.
Smart TVs feature a host of advanced features, from voice recognition software such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, built-in apps, streaming services and voice search, making them essential components of any home entertainment system. Furthermore, many work with other home devices like smart speakers. Camryn Rabideau specializes in fashion, beauty, home and smart technology content writing - particularly new products which allow convenient hands-free media consumption.