Over the past 20 years, SMART technology, also referred to as connected tv or hybrid tv, has gone from a patent, to, as Apple CEO Tim Cook put it, “a game changer“. Smart TV’s look the same as non-smart or “dumb” TV’s, but integrate the internet and web 2.0 into its software, making it much more versatile.
What makes a SMART TV Smart?
The main attraction to SMART TV’s is its ability to access the internet. But take note, this is in no way a one trick pony. In addition to being able to access a web browser, Smart TV’s (such as the one offered by Hisense) are able to launch video streaming services such as Netflix and Vudu, offer built in games, as well as wireless content sharing.
The ability to access streaming videos has been huge for Canadian RV dealers. In the US, TV antennae’s are able to pick up a multitude a channels, however Canada does not have this luxury. Instead of receiving ten to twenty channels, they are often times lucky to get one, this is where the smart TV comes in. All the user has to do is activate their phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot (no router or modem necessary) and connect the TV to it. After that the camper has everything from every episode of The Office, to movies the whole family can enjoy.
The wireless content sharing is really catching on as well. When on a family trip everyone takes photos and wants to show them off, well gone are the days of huddling around ones phone to see them. Hisense Smart TV’s have a free app called “Twonky”, and with this free app, as long as the phone and TV are on the same network, showing pictures, videos, and music is as simple as clicking the picture and having it show up on the TV screen. It really is that simple.
Growth of the SMART TV
According to a report from the researcher NPD In-Stat, only about 12 million U.S. households have their SMART TVs connected to the Internet, although In-Stat estimates about 25 million U.S. TV households own a set with the built-in network capability. Also, In-Stat predicts that 100 million homes in North America and western Europe will own television sets that blend traditional programs with Internet content as soon as 2016.
When asked about the Smart TV technology, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that after using a Smart TV and then using his regular TV, “When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years. It’s an area of intense interest.”