Smart TV

Smart TV
For the Danish company, see SmartTV A/S.

Smart TV, which is also sometimes referred to as "Connected TV" or "Hybrid TV", (not to be confused with Internet TV or Web TV), is the phrase used to describe the current trend of integration of the internet and Web 2.0 features into modern television sets and set-top boxes, as well as the technological convergence between computers and these television sets / set-top boxes. These new devices most often also have a much higher focus on online interactive media, Internet TV, over-the-top content, as well as on-demand streaming media, and less focus on traditional broadcast media like previous generations of television sets and set-top boxes always have had.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] Similar to how the internet, web widgets, and software applications are integrated in modern smartphones, hence also the name ("Smart TV" versus "Smart Phone").[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

The technology that enables Smart TVs is not only incorporated into television sets, but also devices such as set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, game consoles, hotel television systems, and other companion devices.[23][24][25] These devices allow viewers to search and find videos, movies, photos and other content on the web, on a local cable TV channel, on a satellite TV channel, or stored on a local hard drive.[25]



The reception of digital TV and, in particular, high definition broadcasting in the home is well established across Europe. Internet TV and the delivery of multimedia content to the home user via the Internet are also becoming increasingly common, although such content is often viewed on a PC or fed to a TV screen from a PC via a media player connected to a home network.

SmartTV TV systems is intended to extend the reach of multimedia content directly to the television set in a seamless, viewer-friendly manner and to enable the TV viewer to more conveniently access both broadcast digital content and Internet multimedia content (including Internet TV and IPTV) on a TV set using a single remote control/box and a single on-screen interface.


A Smart TV device is either a television set with integrated internet capabilities or a set-top box for television that offers more advanced computing ability and connectivity than a contemporary basic television set. Smart TVs may be thought of as an information appliance or the computer system from a handheld computer integrated within a television set unit, as such Smart TV often allows the user to install and run more advanced applications or plugins/addons based on a specific platform. Smart TVs run complete operating system or mobile operating system software providing a platform for application developers.[1][24][26][27][28][29][30][13][31][32][22]

The two main services of "Smart TV" are to deliver content from other computers or network attached storage devices on your network like photos, movies and music using either a DLNA service program like Windows Media Player on your pc or NAS, or via iTunes. The second is internet based services including traditional broadcast TV channels, catch-up services, video-on-demand, EPG, interactive advertising, personalisation, voting, games, social networking, and other multimedia applications.[33][34][35]


Smart TV devices enables consumers to view all of these advanced services on their flat screen TV, via a single device. In addition to a broader range of content from TV providers – ranging from traditional broadcast TV, video on-demand and catch-up TV services, like BBC iPlayer – Smart TV also provides consumers with access to user-generated content [either stored on an external hard drive, or cloud storage, and to a range of advanced interactive services and Internet applications, such as YouTube.[36]

Smart TV set-top boxes are increasingly commonplace amongst pay-TV operators, as they look to meet the changing media consumption trends for more video content, advanced interactivity and internet applications, like social networking.[37]


While the concept of Smart TVs is still in its incipient stages, with up and coming software frameworks such as the proprietary Google TV and the open source XBMC platforms getting a lot of public attention in the news media within the consumer electronics market area, and commercial offerings from companies such as Logitech, Sony, LG, Boxee, Samsung and Intel have indicated products in the area that will give television users search capabilities, ability to run apps (sometimes available via an 'app store' digital distribution platform), interactive on-demand media, personalized communications, and social networking features.[38][14][39][40][15][41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50][51][52][53]

Operating systems

There are a multiple array of mobile operating systems currently available, and while most are targeting smartphones, nettops or tablet computers, some also run on Smart TVs or were even designed specifically for Smart TV usage.[54] Most often the operating system of Smart TVs are originally based on Unix, Linux, or other open-source software platforms.[26][27][28][29][55][56][57]

Interface Design

Designing and developing a Smart TV interface is a complex challenge, and not simply a matter of integrating the different input sources. The consumer experience must be optimized so that all media sources are integrated seamlessly and accessible through a single Electronic Programme Guide, something which requires very advanced software programming.[58]

Social networking

A number of Smart TV platforms come prepackaged, or can be optionally extended, with social networking technology capabilities, with which users can both glean updates from, and post their own updates to, existing social networking services (like for example Boxee's social networking features which other then their own interfaces with Facebook,, Tumblr, and Twitter, among other similar services[59]), including posts related to the content currently being played. The addition of social networking synchronization to Smart TV and HTPC platforms may provide an interaction with both on-screen content and other viewers than is currently available to most televisions, while simultaneously providing a much more cinematic experience of the content than is currently available with most computers.[60]

List of notable Smart TV platforms

Following list encompasses notable Smart TV platforms that are used as framework by more than one manufacturer:

Vendor's specific Smart TV platforms

Middleware provider for TV set or TV companion box available to multiple third-parties


There have been several controversies surrounding the Smart TV concept and on-demand internet streaming media in general, especially in the United States.[85] Cable providers as well as content providers have been slow to warm to Smart TV platforms and devices, and some broadcast networks even been accused of using broadcast syndication against Smart TV platforms. NBC, ABC, CBS and Hulu have for example blocked Google TV enabled devices from accessing their web content since Google TV's launch.[86] As of November 22, 2010, Google TV devices are blocked from accessing any programs offered by Viacom’s subsidiaries.[87] Of the cable providers, only Dish Network has embraced Google TV. Dish Network is promoting Google TV, offering customers a discount on the Logitech Revue.[88]

See also


  1. ^ a b What Is A Smart TV?
  2. ^ Future of television is online and on-demand
  3. ^ After 14 years, FCC Tries Again To Bring Competition to Cable Access
  4. ^ Contentinople interviews Avner Ronen, Boxee CEO & Founder
  5. ^ The Battle for the Future of TV Sets SXSWi On Fire
  6. ^ Why Connected TVs Will Be About the Content, Not the Apps
  7. ^ Internet TV and The Death of Cable TV, really
  8. ^ Smart TV competition heats up market
  9. ^ Smart TV Shower Opens Smart Life
  10. ^ Sony: There's a Smart TV In Your Future
  11. ^ Intel: Smart TV revolution 'biggest since move to colour' - The wonders of widgets?
  12. ^ Intel and Smart TV - A new vision of television
  13. ^ a b Intel Consumer Electronics introducing Smart TV
  14. ^ a b Poll: Smart TV or dumb monitor?
  15. ^ a b Smart TV also pushed by Samsung at IFA 2010
  16. ^ Google, With Intel and Sony, Unveils Software for 'Smart' TVs
  17. ^ Google “Smart TV” launch at IO confirmed by press site
  18. ^ The Next Smart TV – On it’s Way!
  19. ^ Windows Media Center Embedded gets Acer Smart TV STB demo; Intel CE4200 unveiled
  20. ^ Apple TV… Google TV… Smart TV… What About My TV?
  21. ^ Samsung Pitches Smartphones, Smart TV
  22. ^ a b Samsung D9500 is 75-inches of Smart TV
  23. ^ Panasonic's 1.4 GHz dual-core Smart TV chip is industry's fastest, should load Netflix quicker
  24. ^ a b Intel and Smart TV. Retrieved on 2010-11-11.
  25. ^ a b Roku 2: Same Old (But Still Good), Same Old
  26. ^ a b Android Holds the Key to Samsung’s Smart TV Plans
  27. ^ a b Google Introduces Google TV, New Android OS
  28. ^ a b Google Android Smart TV Patent Images Surface
  29. ^ a b Google TV is Smart TV
  30. ^ ARM conference draws eyes to Internet TV
  31. ^ Intel launches Atom chips for smart TV and cars
  32. ^ What Smart TVs Need to Succeed
  33. ^ A first look at Google TV’s new apps
  34. ^ Video: Logitech Revue Receives Second Honeycomb Leak, Market Receives Apps Made For TV
  35. ^ Could Google TV get its Kindle Fire moment?
  36. ^ Netgear unveils NeoTV Streaming Player, takes another shot at the smart TV market
  37. ^
  38. ^ Why your TV is the new app battleground
  39. ^ BBC News - Google launches smart TV service. (2010-05-20). Retrieved on 2010-11-11.
  40. ^ Google, Intel and Sony to Introduce Smart TV
  41. ^ Why Google's 'Smart TV' Will Succeed
  42. ^ Google Unveils Web TV
  43. ^ Plex and the Future of Television
  44. ^ Technologies like LG Smart TV will kill HTPCs
  45. ^ LG Partners with Plex to Bring XBMC Goodness to LG NetCast HDTVs and Blu-ray Players
  46. ^ Logitech Revue - Welcome to Smart TV
  47. ^ Microsoft’s Well-Timed Entry into Smart TV May Herald a Turnaround
  48. ^ Opinion: Will Google’s Smart TV Finally Bring Apps and Web Browsing To The Living Room?
  49. ^ Google launches smart TV service
  50. ^ Google TV review
  51. ^ Boxee CEO Avner Ronen talks about the Boxee Box, programming, Netflix, Hulu, and an industry revolution
  52. ^ Google TV shows off new Honeycomb UI, plans for Market, SDK; opens up remote app source code
  53. ^ Investors are Watching Nyxio Technologies (OTCBB: NYXO) Smart TV
  54. ^ "Smart" TV - Have It Your Way (Intel Blog post by Bill Kircos)
  55. ^ The Linux Foundation Announces MeeGo TV Working Group
  56. ^ Google TV Gets Android Market And Android 3.1 Honeycomb
  57. ^ Google TV getting Android 3.1 and Market this summer; Sony, Vizio, Samsung and Logitech onboard
  58. ^
  59. ^ Boxee Box Grows Into a Size 1.1
  60. ^ TVs get smart with Internet access in 2011
  61. ^ [1]
  62. ^ LG Smart TV – Access the World of Entertainment using the LG Smart TV
  63. ^ LG Smart TV – Easily Connect, Stream and Share with the new LG Smart TV
  64. ^ Internet-Connected TV Apps System Renamed to "Smart TV" by LG
  65. ^ [2] Philips NetTV Homepage
  66. ^ [3] Open IPTV Forum Homepage
  67. ^ [4] Samsung 2011 CES Wrap-up: Products for a Smarter Life
  68. ^ The Wonder of Samsung Smart TVs
  69. ^ Samsung Smart TV Challenge
  70. ^ IBC 2011: Smart TV Q&A with iomega’s Olivier D’Eternod
  71. ^ Google TV 2.0 gains Honeycomb, Android Market
  72. ^ Microsoft Mediaroom: IPTV gets a makeover
  73. ^ Microsoft unveils all new time shifting, interactive features for Mediaroom IPTV
  74. ^ New Mediaroom clients to bring Microsoft's TV platform everywhere this year
  75. ^ MeeGo for Smart TV
  76. ^ "AMD to contribute to MeeGo development". The H open. 2010-11-15. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  77. ^ MeeGo Smart TV for Trimslice
  78. ^ XBMC + MeeGo hardfp on trimslice - nvidia tegra2 (MeeGo TV)
  79. ^ XBMC + MeeGo hardfp on trimslice - nvidia tegra2 (MeeGo TV)
  80. ^ xbmc-gles
  81. ^ TVBLOB Srl - The Platform
  82. ^ TELE System Electronic Srl
  83. ^
  84. ^ Yahoo! Connected TV
  85. ^ Tim Arango, New York Times. "Time Warner Views Netflix as a Fading Star." December 12, 2010. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  86. ^ "Big Networks Block Web Shows From Google TV". New York Times. October 21, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  87. ^ "Comedy Central, MTV now blocking Google TV". November 22, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  88. ^ "Dish Network Google TV Overview". 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 

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