How is Smart TV different from an ordinary TVA smart TV, like a Smartphone, can connect to the internet and run various apps whereas ordinary TV cannot do that. Thus a smart TV can play a large number of TV channels, show movies and music, show programmes and streaming services available via the internet. Many such channels are free and you can also have subscribed channels too. Smart TVs can facilitate web browsing, games and also access compatible media contents stored on a computer. "A smart TV is just one way to add internet streaming and related features to your TV viewing experience"
What is the need for a smart TVOrdinary non-smart TVs are almost on the way out. Smart TV s are becoming much popular. At present those who do not have smart TVs connect to the internet using a smartphone, desktop computers, tablet PCs and Laptops. They use their ordinary TVs just to view the TV channels given to them by their cable service providers or Dish TV services with a set-top box. As a smart TV can connect to the internet it facilitates viewing a large number of channels and media content from the internet. With a good Smart TV, users can have a single large screen device for their TV viewing, You tube, Web browsing, Email, Social media and various other uses for which they are now using their Laptops, Desktops and Smart media sources in their computers, flash drive, SD card, etc.
How can we have a Smart TV
Why to convert old TV instead of buying new smart TV
All these make it imperative justifiable and reasonable to convert a well functioning ordinary TV to a smart TV with minimal budget and additions rather than going for a new Smart TV. This is also apt when one needs a Smart TV in another room too without spending much.
How to convert old CRT TV to a Smart TV with Android TV boxAndroid TV boxes are much popular these days. It is a small square or other shaped boxes with various input and output ports like HDMI port, AV port, USB ports, etc and having inbuilt Wi-Fi integrated to it. Android boxes are based on the Android operating system and functionality is almost like our familiar android smartphones. They are manufactured by many and they come cheaper than smartphones. They give a wide range of uses from surfing the internet web, to streaming video to our TV. Android TV boxes are based on the Android operating system and give the familiar interactive experience too. What we need is a working TV set and an internet connection and, Lo!, the Android TV box can turn the TV into a smart TV by access to various online live TV channels, movies-on-demand, Netflix, etc and other media and web surfing without the need of TV antenna, Dish or set-top box. (We can say that they are mini PCs without a screen to display. Our old TV when connected to the Android TV box becomes its screen)
MXQ Pro 4k,7.1 Android TV box I have used the ZAMPEQ MXQ Pro 4K Android TV Box 2GB RAM/16GB ROM 64 Bit Quad Core Wi-Fi UHD Smart TV Box to convert my 20-year-old CRT color TV. The installation itself is very simple and easy. It is just a child's play. You need to connect the device to the TV, to the internet and to power. Once that is done, the operation is so easy and convenient especially for all those who use android smartphones or tabs. Even for an unfamiliar person, just a few clicks on the remote will give confidence and expertise in navigation and operation.
Installation and connectionAs said earlier installation or connection is very easy. The connection ports are named in the MXQ Pro 4k box.
By exploring My Apps, you can come to YouTube, browser, email, music online videos, etc and enjoy your smart TV. You can download and add any other apps needed from the Google Play store just as you do on your smartphone. You can play the media in your USB or SD card by connecting it to the respective port on the box. The same will be sensed and displayed in 'Local". You can navigate and view the choice.
ConclusionI am satisfied that my two decades old TV is a neo-Smart TV. So the conclusion is: for those who still have to function non-smart HDMI TVs or old CRT TVs, and wish to buy smart TVs within a tight budget, they should buy and install the (Zampeq) MXQ Pro 4k,7.1 Android TV box and convert their non-smart TVs into smart TVs easily. I wish you a happy Smart TV experience.
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This is very useful information. Many people nowadays go for new gadgets and discard the old ones without any second thought and those who can financially afford to take that route often. Companies are also motivating and encouraging the customers to do so and luring them with exchange programs where some deduction for the old TV or any other gadget would be provided by the seller. So it makes sense to upgrade the old TV with some adapters and accessories as detailed in this article. In some cases we might face a problem of getting some connector or adapter as there are always issues when we want to connect an old device with new setup. In such cases what I would suggest is that there are some TV and electronic repair shops in almost all places which have large accumulation of chords, connectors, adapters and things like that and just a visit to those shops can sometimes solve our problem.