An Internet-enabled TV set that supports free and paid streaming apps such as YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu. A smart TV eliminates the need for a separate set-top box, such as Apple TV or Roku, that features the streaming apps. If cable TV is desired, a cable set-top box is still required however.
Also called a "connected TV," a smart TV may include a browser for general Web surfing and also be able to execute games and other applications. A QWERTY keyboard may be built into the remote control; however, some smart TVs allow tablet apps to work simultaneously with the TV to display the program guide, control the set and offer additional information.
The Convergence Everyone Talked About
For years, people touted the convergence of computers and entertainment. With the smart TV, it arrived. However, there is no universal platform, and extra set-top boxes may still be required if a new content provider enters the market or a new feature is invented. See Android TV
, Fire TV
, Apple TV
, digital media hub
, HDMI ARC
Samsung Said It Succintly
The ad for this Samsung Blu-ray player makes it very clear that the functions of a smart TV can be housed in an external player that also acts as a set-top box.