Jul 27 2013
Can i connect my Apple iPad to a Samsung Smart TV?
It depends what you mean by that. There is an iOS app to control your Samsung TV named "Samsung SmartView".
Apr 12 2013
Can I get rid of cable if all I want is the local channels? Will I need an antenna or a converter box? I have a Samsung Smart TV.
If all you want to watch is broadcasted local channels, yes you can get rid of cable. You will need an antenna but do not need a converter box. Converter boxes are for old, analog only televisions. Check out this
for the list of available channels in your area.
Mar 01 2013
Do smart TVs make good computer (Mac) monitors?
All TVs can make a good computer monitor, smart TV or not. The only requirement is to have a HDMI or DVI input.
Sep 24 2013
I do not plan on buying cable for my new place, but do plan on purchasing a Smart Tv. With that, I understand I must purchase Internet. If Netflix is already programmed on the tv, do I still have to purchase Internet AND pay for a Netflix subscription?
Yes, you need Internet + Netflix subscription + a player.
Dec 27 2012
My vizio smart TV did not come with a qwerty keyboard remote. It just came with a basic remote. Can I use a basic wireless keyboard with it? It's really annoying to use the on screen keyboard.
It depends on the model. Not all Vizio Smart TVs comes with Bluetooth. You can verify your model by going on the Vizio website and looking up the specifications for it or you can also send us an email with your exact model and we will help you.
Feb 20 2013
How can I surf the web on my vizio lcd smart tv?
You can't. Vizio 2012 models don't have a full web browser.
Sep 07 2013
Is there any risk of virus on the smart tv's if you go to a website and download or watch something?
No. A Smart TV is even more closed than a smartphone, so there isn't any virus that exist which can easily get installed on it.
Jan 03 2013
I do not have internet at home. If I buy a Smart TV, will I be able to use it without an internet connection? As a shop said, they had to take one customer's TV back to update it then return it to the customer.
If you do not have an internet connection at home, you will not be able to use the Smart TV features; it will only behave as a normal TV. You can update the firmware without an internet connection though, via a USB key. Go to the manufacturer website and put the new firmware on your USB key, then plug it in your TV. The TV should have an option to update itself from a USB key.
Aug 29 2012
I cannot watch Amazon Prime videos with my Hisense Smart TV, why?
The web browser in a television like HiSense doesn't support every website. More specifically, it doesn't support Adobe Flash yet, which is what Amazon uses to play in a browser. Also, Amazon doesn't have yet a standalone app in HiSense Smart TV.
May 07 2013
Is s smart tv payable or free?
It depends on which app. Some are free, some aren't and some require a subscription like Netflix.
Nov 30 2013
As 21st century consumer, I am concerned about privacy. Do smart tv's come with built in cameras and microphones?
It depends which one, but the top models yes. They have a visual cue to know when they are recording though. For example, on Samsung, the camera pops out from the top of the screen.
Jul 14 2013
I have a Vizio smart tv. How can I surf the regular web? I have a modem with at&t hard line. Do I need any other devices to surf the web?
You cannot browse the web with only a Vizio TV. You will need to plug into another device like a Google TV or a computer.
Nov 28 2012
Can you access more apps on Roku stand along box than a Samsung tv?
A Samsung TV has way more apps, but Roku has some apps that are not found on a Samsung Smart TV. You can find the full list of Roku's apps (called channels) here
. We will add to this article a table comparing the apps available in the next few days, stay tuned. Update:
we added a table including the comparison with Xbox and PS3.
Jul 03 2013
We just bought a Samsung smart TV and we do not know how to type in the website that we want to search because we do not know if it requires a computer keyboard plugged to the back. Does it have any feature on the remote that would enable us to do this.
It doesn't require a computer keyboard but it is easier with one. You can still use the on-screen keyboard, but it is really harder to use.
Jul 15 2013
I am shopping for new TVs and had a question. What is the advantage of getting a smart tv over getting a Google TV set-top box and connecting it to a dumb TV? Its a lot cheaper to get a dumb tv and a set-top box over a smart TV so I was wondering if there is any advantage. Also, if you have a smart TV, can you connect a set-top Google TV to it for enhanced functionality? How does the wifi from my DVD player (I have a DVD player with wifi access), my Google TV box and Smart TV merge together?
Beside having one less box to worry about, there is no real advantage to a smart TV compared to a dumb TV + smart box. On that subject though, do not forget that the manufacturers put the Smart TV functionalities on their best TVs, so you kinda indirectly get a better picture quality. Yes, you can use a set up Google TV box on a smart TV. The WiFi won't merge, they are just separate devices. You will have to choose which one will display on the screen.
Dec 25 2012
Can my wifi connected smart TV give internet to my Xbox?
No, a WiFi Smart TV cannot give internet to an Xbox. Even if a TV has both WiFi and a Ethernet port, it cannot serve as a router and give internet to a device via the Ethernet port.
Feb 11 2013
I have a lot of digital content on my laptop's iTunes (music, videos...). Could I get it all into a smart TV smoothly, or do I need an apple TV for that? I mean: would I be wasting my money buying an apple TV + a Smart TV?
You are better off using an Apple TV. It is possible without it, but it is less straightforward. iTunes does not have a DLNA server feature, so you would need to download a separate server application to have it streamed to your Smart TV.
Dec 02 2013
Is it better to buy a tv that has built in wi-fi or one that is wi-fi ready and needs a dongle to connect through your wireless?
It doesn't matter, but now most TVs have built in wi-fi anyway.
Jan 06 2013
Is it possible to use the LG magic motion remote for the models that do not have the remote as standard in their package, for instance LM6200?
Yes, the LG's magic motion remote is compatible with all of LG's Smart TVs of 2012.
Dec 01 2013
I plan on purchasing a new tv and want to surf the internet with the browser. What type of television or television plus gadget do I need to do it efficiently? I would like to use a wireless keyboard for efficiency.
If you plan on surfing the web often on a smart TV, you definitely need to buy a wireless keyboard and mouse. This is supported on most (but not all) smart TVs. Some higher end TVs come with a fancy remote. While this is better than a standard remote to navigate, it is nowhere near the mouse/keyboard combo.
Dec 23 2013
I just bought a Samsung UN55F6300
and I have a tablet, can I use a wireless internet provider for both?
If you mean a 3G/LTE connection, no the TV doesn't have that. You need a WiFi router if you want to connect your TV to internet wirelessly. Depending on your tablet though, you can also share your tablet 3G internet to the TV via WiFi.
Apr 21 2014
I have a 60" Vizio Smart TV is there any way I can give it Bluetooth capabilities?
Reason I ask is because of the following scenario:
I want my Samsung Bluetooth Wireless sound bar and subwoofer to pair wirelessly to my Vizio Smart TV.
End result I want wireless connection between my sound bar and my tv, is there a way to do this, as I am currently using a Y cable to connect the two?
If your TV doesn't have Bluetooth built-in, then no, or at least not easily. If you really want it though, there are some aux/digital audio to Bluetooth transmitter which could work.
Nov 19 2012
How can I get my Smart TV full potential with satellite internet?
You will need to connect your Smart TV to the internet. To do this, you need to have already a router. Depending on your actual TV model, you will either need to connect to it via WiFi, or via an ethernet cable. Once this is done, you should be able to go in your Smart TV menus to have access to all functionalities.
Mar 12 2013
I have a 2012 Panasonic Viera hooked up to the internet via Belkin router. The icons on the TV (Netflix, Twitter, etc) don't highlight when you toggle over them. Any thoughts as to why that may be? How to fix?
It looks like it couldn't connect to the internet. Is it connected via Ethernet or Wifi? If Wifi, make sure you entered the correct password. Additionally, you can verify if the router actually sees your TV by logging in your router (for Belkin, it is usually http://192.168.2.1/).
Sep 05 2013
I have Sony bravia smart tv. Can I use apple tv on it, or is it necessary to buy an apple tv so I could use smart functions like browsing the net?
I am not sure I understand your question. You can use the Sony smart TV features without buying an AppleTV. You can also buy one and use it with your TV.
Feb 09 2013
I bought the Toshiba Smart TV as it was a good price. Is it possible to still buy an apple TV and use that with the Smart TV to have more options? Also it gets 'stuck' - the remote is aweful to use. Could that be my internet connection, or the TV?
Yes, you can even use an Apple TV on a dumb TV, in the same way you can use an Xbox with any TV. As for your problems, it is the TV. Smart TV apps, mostly on TVs with limited options like Toshiba, are not very stable and buggy. The Apple TV is a lot more stable.
Jul 29 2013
Wireless internet signal is weak in my girl cave, I can barely access my Ipad. I just purchased (yet to be delivered) an LG Smart wifi TV, could this take the place of a Netgear or belkin router so that I can use my Ipad?
No, Smart TVs cannot act as a wireless router. You should get a WiFi repeater to increase the signal strength.
Jan 25 2013
Does the LG LM7600 web browser support flash?
Yes, up to version 10 of Flash.
Feb 03 2013
I have a LG 3D TV non smart and want to buy a LG 3D smart blu-ray player. Will I be able to access the internet via the player or must the TV be smart too?
Unlike 3D, the television does not need to be smart if you want to use a smart blu-ray player. Just make sure that a web browser is available on the smart player that you want to buy.
Feb 14 2013
I connect to the internet through a 4g wireless usb , do I need to buy any other device to connect to the net with smart tv's with built in wi-fi?
You cannot connect a Smart TV via a 4G USB receiver. You will need to use a 4G-Wifi router, but verify with your internet provider if they support one.
Dec 25 2013
We have LG smart tv, Apple TV, Wii, CD player and cable box. How can we plug the Wii in as all the cable spots are taken?
You will need a small device called HDMI splitter, which will select the HDMI input to display based on which one is powered on.
Jan 04 2014
I am in the market for a new tv. I currently have cable with DVR. I will only watch tv on it, but I want to subscribe to netflix or hulu. I have a laptop that I could connect to the new tv. What is the most efficient and least expensive way for me to go?
The least expensive way is definitely to get a dumb TV and connect your laptop to it. If you don't want to plug in your laptop each time, you can also buy a Chromecast for about 30$. It is very limited, but it does support Netflix and Hulu.
Apr 05 2014
If I buy a smart tv do I have to connect to the internet? I just want to watch tv on it but I do want 120Hz for sports.
Yes, you need the internet if you want to use those features. There is no video source of 120fps for sports (or TV for that matter). The best is 60i but you can turn on motion interpolation on your TV if you want it to be converted to 120.
May 31 2014
I have a Samsung smart tv. The place it is situated has not got wifi. What do I need to do to connect the tv?
Either connect it via an Ethernet cable or buy a WiFi router.
Sep 03 2014
Why are flash players not supported on smart televisions? I ask because we tried watching shows on myabc.com but it said "this device doesn't support adobe flash player", which is needed to watch the shows.
It depends on which brand of smart TV. Some do support flash. LG's WebOS on the other hand doesn't.
Jan 13 2013
Can I use any wifi dongle to connect smart tv on home hub? I can't get a proper answer and prices seem to range from £3-£100 for dongles.
Most Smart TVs nowadays do not need a dongle to connect to WiFi, they already have that built-in. If your television does not, but have a Ethernet plug, you can buy any WiFi to Ethernet bridge. However, do not
buy a WiFi to USB receiver. TVs do not support receiving an internet connection through their USB, they only support Ethernet port.
Feb 28 2013
I have LG LM7600. Is it recommended to buy ROKU? Do I get free channels in LG smart world?
It depends on your need; not everyone needs a Roku. Roku does offer a few things that a LG Smart TV cannot, and vice versa. Checkout the full list of Roku channels here
Apr 01 2013
I use the net via my phone which I can plug into my computer to access the net through the phone. Can I also do this on a smart tv?
Most likely no. TVs only accept an internet connection via WiFi or an Ethernet cable. They cannot get access to internet over USB (which is probably how your phone works). However, if you really want to, you could plug your phone into your computer and then your computer into the TV via Ethernet. You will just need to set the computer to act as a router.
Jul 13 2013
Are there any Bluetooth keyboards made that work with the Sharp LC-90LE675U?
(I am assuming that you made a typo and you mean the Sharp LC 90LE657U). Yes, 99% of the Bluetooth keyboards will work with it (you do not need to get one from Sharp).
Nov 13 2013
How will I know if my smart tv has built in wifi?
Check the specifications. Nearly all 2013 models have built in wifi now.
May 05 2014
I am thinking of getting a smart 3D television, could you please tell me what extras I have to buy with it such as NOW TV,NETFLIX, etc. I subscribe to sky do i need to carry on with sky or just have a basic package.
It all depends on what you want to watch. You will never get as much channels if you cut cable, but it might be enough for you. A good place to start is with Netflix only (+ internet connection) and to add from there.
Aug 17 2014
I have a split screen (side by side) when trying to watch 3d movie from cable provider. It is a Samsung TV.
You need to tell the TV what TV of 3D it is receiving. Press the 3D button on the remote, and select Side-By-Side.
Mar 15 2013
I purchased a Vizio Smart TV and I want to access the new Red Box subscription but can't figure it out. Can we do this?
No, you cannot at the moment on a Vizio Smart TV alone.
Apr 26 2013
I just bought the VIZIO E3D470VX, I have wireless internet connected on the TV itself but I can not access the web. Is there something I'm missing? When I bought the TV I was planning on getting rid of my home computer and use the TV for everything. I have the apps but no where does the TV show web access.
The E3D470VX does not have a web browser, so you can't.
May 08 2013
Is it possible that some smart tv doesn't have a wifi connection or ethernet port?
No, they all at least have an ethernet port.
Nov 15 2013
I just bought a Vizio smart tv. My question is how do I tape programs without the use of cable or a VCR player? I was using cable but wish to discontinue this service.
You can't using the Vizio smart TV features. You will need to buy at third party device for that.
Dec 01 2013
What is the best wireless keyboard and mouse to use with Samsung smart TVs for web browsing?
Any bluetooth one will do (assuming your Samsung Smart TV does have bluetooth support). It is more a matter of personal preference, depending on the size/weight that you want.
Jan 29 2014
I am thinking of buying a smart tv. I don't have a mediaplayer or dvd player at home. Would it be better to buy a "dumb" tv and a media player than a smart tv that wouldn't let me play dvds and Blu-ray discs?
Yes, a dumb TV + media player is a great combo. There is also a lot of Smart Blu-ray players which offers the same functionality as the smart TVs.
Feb 15 2014
I have a VIZIO VOJ320F1A TV. It has neither an Ethernet nor a USB socket. It does have 3 HDMI inputs. How can I get Netflix from my computer. I have Netflix on 2nd TV set via Ethernet.
If your computer supports it, you can connect a cable between it and the TV. Otherwise, you will have to buy a device for this like a Roku.
Feb 25 2014
I have a Philips smart TV that depends on the manufacturer's server availability. When the server goes down if I press the smart TV key it shows a message like "server not found. Try later". My question is: does another smart TV brand have this same dependency?
It is the first time that we heard of such issue, so it is probably not common (although we never tested a Philips TV yet).
Feb 27 2014
I am so far behind on the new TVs but it is time for me to catch up to the rest of the world. My projection TV has finally ran its course and I am now in the market for a new TV. This maybe a dumb question but bear with me since I know nothing about Smart TVs. So what I gather from some of the questions above, if I purchase a Smart TV and have WiFi capability, I will no longer need the cable box/DVR I have for my "dumb Tv" through AT&T Uverse?
It depends on what content you watch. A smart TV does not replace all the content available through traditional cable. Most shows can't be found on services like Netflix or Hulu, so you will have to verify for the channels you are watching.
Apr 07 2014
We would like to purchase a smart tv for our RV. We really want to access news and sports. Is this possible?
If you have internet in your RV, then yes. However, not all news and sports channels are available.
May 25 2014
I have a very weak internet signal as i live out in the sticks. Will a smart TV work properly with a weak signal?
By weak signal, do you mean a slow internet connection or a weak WiFi signal? A slow connection could be a problem because streaming video requires quite a bit of speed. If you mean a weak WiFi signal, you can just buy a repeater or connect it via an Ethernet cable.
Jun 02 2014
Is there anyway to plug my HTC one x smartphone to my Vizio 60 inch smart tv to view the internet?
The HTC One X supports MHL, so just buy a MHL cable and it should work.
Jul 06 2014
Do you have to have an antenna to watch local channels?
Yes, but it is easy to make your own from a coat hanger (google it to find good designs).
Jul 26 2014
I am thinking about buying a smart TV and in order to use the netflix and hulu apps, do I need a box of some kind? I have wifi internet already.
If you have WiFi with internet, you are good to go.
Aug 19 2014
What operating system does the TV use? And is there storage available for downloading and using XBMC?
Most smart TV manufactures use their own custom OS. For example, LG bought WebOS to put them on their TVs. You can't really change the OS on them.
Sep 01 2014
I just bought my LG smart tv and I can't watch news which website use adobe flash player. What do I need to do?
You just can't. LG's WebOS doesn't support flash based website.
Oct 13 2014
Can I transmit from smart DVD player to smart TV without a wire connection through their Wifi abilities?
Feb 09 2013
How do I block ads on the LG (as you would use Ad Blocker on a laptop) Smart TV?
Unfortunately, you cannot. The LG Smart TV platform does not have a way to author third party plug-ins like Ad Blocker.
Mar 22 2013
Can I get rid of cable because of the amount of apps on smart TVs?
Very unlikely, unless you watch very little cable. The amount of content isn't yet up par with cable.
Mar 30 2013
Does the Visio E60li-A3 support flash player?
No, it doesn't even have a web browser.
Jul 10 2013
Can I record Xbox 360 Gameplay with any of the Smart TVs?
No, there are no recording feature in any smart TV as of today. You will need to buy a separate recording unit.
Jul 22 2013
I have an LG Smart TV and want to start downloading and watching downloaded tv series and movies. Am I better to get Apple TV or get Netflix? I also have an iPad and an iPhone.
It really depends on where you want to get your content. Apple TV is really great if you want to access iTunes database of content. Netflix has another business model (subscription based instead of a la carte). It is cheaper if you plan on watching a lot of stuff but the selection is not as wide.
Aug 23 2013
What is the purpose of having a smart tv when you can have an apple tv?
Not much, unless there is some extra functionality that you want like skype. They do about the same thing.
Sep 03 2013
I have a smart tv and am considering buying an apple tv. One apple employee told me I should definitely do it, because then all the billing for netflix, etc. is through itunes. Another employee didn't know what the advantage would be having Apple tv with a smart tv. What do you think?
Don't do it just for Netflix, because you can already do that. The main advantage of the AppleTV vs a smart TV is to access the iTunes database of movies/music as well as interactions with Apple devices (like iPhone or iPad). If you do not own any Apple devices or do not plan on using iTunes, it is not worth it.
Sep 06 2013
Thank you for answering my question. I'm about to install wifi at home and my computer is old (hp-2007 model),and it's not wifi ready. Can I possibly install wifi using my old computer/laptop. If not, is there any other way so I could have internet in my smart tv.
Yes you can. If you want to configure your router, you can always plug it by wire via Ethernet to your computer.
Nov 15 2013
I have a Panasonic Smart TV 2012 and am not sure what the advantages are. I do not think we are getting the best out of it. Can you tell me what we can do with it?
At the end of the day, it is mostly a gadget and few people uses it besides the streaming apps like Netflix and YouTube. Browsing the web is not as practical as on a tablet or smartphone. There are very few apps (especially compared to smartphones) and a lot of them are buggy.
Dec 26 2013
Which Smart TV is best for Skype video calls?
One that has a built-in camera, like the Samsung F8000
Jan 13 2014
Is there a way to watch free movies by using YouTube on my Vizio smart TV without google?
Besides the movies already available on YouTube, no.
Jan 13 2014
If I have a Samsung Blu-ray with WiFi connected to my Samsung Smart TV without WiFi (2011), do I need a dongle for the tv itself? They connect using AllShare.
Yes, if you want to use the smart interface of the TV. You can use the one of your Blu-ray though.
Jan 14 2014
What channel do I use to play a CD on a LG 42ln575V smart tv?
It is not a channel that needs to be set. Press the Inputs button on your remote instead.
Jan 25 2014
Do I have to buy a special wire for my Vizio smart tv to be able to watch Netflix? I already have my Ethernet cable connected as well as having my cable connected.
The Ethernet cable should be enough.
Feb 02 2014
I just bought a Samsung Smart tv and a Samsung Smart Blu-ray. Do I need to upgrade my basic High Speed Internet, I have a Apple Aiport Express Router?
An internet speed of 2-3 Mbit download should be more than enough for streaming normal HD content.
Feb 05 2014
We have a Vizio M Series. We are having trouble hooking up a DVD player to it. If we use the HDMI cable all the Inputs says No Signal. However if we use a different cheaper DVD player with the red, white, yellow connections it will play a movie. We don't understand what we are doing wrong.
This is most likely an issue with your DVD player not outputting to its HDMI. Read the DVD player manual, it could be because the DVD player uses another output by default.
Mar 31 2014
I am having an LG smart tv but don't have 3D built-in, is there any way I can install 3D in it?
Apr 02 2014
I have a vizio tv, and a vizio streaming box. But no internet. Will the box still work?
No, it needs internet for most of its features.
Apr 21 2014
I recently bought LG 47LA660S. I updated the firmware to last version. Smart is so slow, I was never expecting something like that slow! When I click YouTube it sometimes takes 5 minutes to start the video! And it is buffering very slowly but WiFi is fast. Internet apps are unacceptably slow! Why is it so slow, can you answer to me please? And I would also want to know what is the speed of dual-core CPU in it?
It should definitely not be that slow. A few seconds top to start a video. This is not due to the speed of the processor, but the speed of your internet. You mentioned you have a fast internet, so the problem maybe is with the WiFi reception of your TV. If possible, try to see if the problem replicates using an Ethernet cable directly. If the problem disappear, it is indeed the WiFi. In that case, try moving your WiFi router closer to your TV.
Jul 21 2014
I have no internet. What is the cheapest way to get smart tv working?
You do need internet, there is no way around it.
Aug 01 2014
Can i connect my ps3 to any smart tv?
Aug 04 2014
What is the difference when some say smart tv and others only say wifi?
Some TVs don't have apps, but still can connect to a DLNA server on your network to stream content.
Aug 14 2014
When watching my smart tv, there is a banner at the bottom that pops up about every 2-3 minutes. It is very annoying. How do you get it to stop?
Very few smart TVs does this. What brand/model do you have? Some, like Panasonic, have ads but just on the main menu. It can be disabled in the settings in that case. Alternatively, you could filter out the ads server in your home router.
Aug 24 2014
I have a Linux server with media tomb as the back end streamer. Is the Sony W850B
and Samsung's H7150
able to connect and play my local video content?
Yes, they all support UPnP (although we haven't tried it).
Aug 26 2014
I am planning to buy a Samsung smart tv. My internet services is Verizon DSL. I have a modem connected to my telephone. Will I
be able to use the smart tv capability? If not, what is the better way to go. I want to use the wireless connection mainly for
streaming (Netflix, Hulu etc.)
You need to have a wireless router. Your Verizon modem might have a wireless router built-in already, call Verizon to verify.
Oct 12 2014
If I have a smart tv, is the youtube videos free?
Assuming you have an internet connection, yes.
Oct 20 2014
I need a tv that has bluetooth built in along with wi-fi, takes a keyboard and mouse so I can surf the web. Does such a tv exist?
Yes, but few have bluetooth. Nearly all TVs accept USB wireless keyboard/mouse though.
Oct 22 2014
Which brands support Adobe Flash player?
Sony and Samsung. But keep in mind that future updates won't necessarily be supported.
Oct 23 2014
I am looking to purchase a Samsung smart TV. In the event I find its streaming capabilities are inadequate, will an aftermarket streaming device such as a roku integrate with the internal device, or will there be compatibility issues?
No compatibility issues at all. Roku works via HDMI, so it is compatible with every TV.