How to get the most out of your Smart TV

The 10 best uses for a Smart TV that every owner should know about.

A Smart TV is simply a television that has access to the internet, in much the same way that a smartphone is an internet ready phone. However, there is more to a smart TV than simply browsing the web, in fact, it opens up a whole new way of interacting with your TV.

We’ve created a list of the 10 things you probably didn’t know you could do on your TV. But before we dive in, you should also keep in mind that not all smart TVs are created equal, and different sets will have different requirements and capabilities. When you’re shopping for your TV, make sure the one you get will allow you to do what you want. Otherwise, it’s back to the smartphone.

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1. Watch TV

You’ll hardly call us original for telling you that you can watch TV on your TV, but this is so much more than that. Through your smart TV you’ll have access to Netflix, Amazon Instant, maybe even Hulu or HBO Go. It will open up a new world of some of the world's most popular movies and shows all entirely on demand. (Don’t forget though, these services don’t come free; for most of them you’ll need a separate subscription. If you’re unsure about which internet TV provider is the best for you, then be sure to check out our full reviews, complete with library listings for each one. Simply click the link below.)

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2. Music

Did you ever wonder if that state of the art sound system you bought for your smart TV is really necessary to watch Masterchef? Get a little more bang for your buck by playing some music on your favourite player. Whether it’s Pandora, Soundcloud or good old fashioned iTunes, you’ll have access to loads of music through your smart TV.
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3. Fitness

Okay, so TV and fitness don’t often go together, but they might find some common ground on smart TV sets. Through a host of great apps, including Yoga Guide, Upper Body and ABSerciser, you can have workouts delivered right to your living room. And the downside? Now you’ve got no excuse for not being fitter.

4. News

Again, hardly original, is it? But news on the smart TV is much better than you think. Download and access apps from your favourite news outlets, including CNBC, BBC or even the Associated Press. Don’t wait for the stories you care about to find you, have them delivered straight to your smart TV.

5. Web browsing

You can do it on your phone, you can even do it on your watch, so why shouldn’t you be able to do it on your TV? All you’ll need to access the worldwide web on your smart TV is a web browser and a remote. So forget squinting at a tiny screen, when you could be wasting time on a 42 incher.

6. Education

If you’re trying to convince your parents to buy a smart TV, or even if you’re trying to convince yourself, you could always tell yourself it was educational. A host of apps have been specially created to deliver educational content to adults and children, right to your TV. You don’t want to be left out, do you?
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7. Social networking

Come on, you know you love scrolling through your favourite social media sites for hours on end. In fact, the only thing a lot of people love more than watching TV is tweeting all about it. Don’t forget that you can access Skype, Facebook, Twitter and more straight through your smart TV.

8. Sports

If you love kicking back and watching sports on the big screen then you’re in luck. Smart TVs have a couple of options for the sports lover, including MLBtv, NBA Game Time and ESPN. So you’ll never have to go a night without watching a game. (Sorry, rest of the family).

9. Games

Obviously if you’re a serious gamer you’ll be plugging your console into your smart TV ASAP, but even if you’re not and just like to burst a few bubbles from time to time, the smart TV has a bunch of games available specifically for TV play — Including the incredibly popular Angry Birds.
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10. YouTube

The website that made Psye, Charlie bit my finger, and almost every cat ever born famous, is now available in widescreen, straight on your smart TV. Sit back for a moment and imagine the things you could have done, but now won’t because YouTube is available in widescreen. Ah well. Charlie bit my finger, anyone

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