Smart TV also known as hybrid TV is an amalgamation of integrated internet based services and television set that not only gives access to users the traditional broadcasting services, but also gives access to online interactive media, over the top-content, on-demand streaming movies and shows. Apple was the first contender in global Smart TV market that gained worldwide popularity in 2007. But with the advent of Android TV Box, which is developed by Google is all set to take the viewing experience a notch higher by giving fulfilling and rich user experience in much better way.
There are wide range of options when it comes to Smart TVs. Smart TV either comes with preloaded operating system or requires installation of smart set-top box for access to web streaming contents. In Smart TVs, software or apps can be downloaded or updated from app stores, just like the way we update our high-end smart phones. Smart TVs usually runs on integrated technology that relies on external devices like set-top boxes, game consoles, smartphones which give the rich experience of television type display outputs. It enables users to view and play movies, shows, photos and other forms of online and offline content as per your convenience.
So before we proceed further about the nitty-gritties of Android TV Box, here we outlined a timeline of Smart TV and how it gave birth to various technological platforms like Apple TV, Android TV Box, Fire TV that changed the world of entertainment in a major way.
- Birth of Smart TV
- TCL 32S305 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
- Samsung Electronics UN50MU6300 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
- How a SMART TV works?
- What is a Smart TV Box?
- QBox TV Box + Wireless Keyboard, 4K 2GB 16GB Dual Wifi 2.4GHz
- 2017 New Model Android 7.1 Smart TV Box X PRO Amlogic S905X 2GB RAM
- How a Smart TV Box works?
- Advantages of Smart TV Box
- Disadvantages of Smart TV Box
- Smart TV vs. Smart TV Box
- Final Verdict
Birth of Smart TV
With the advent of 1980s, the first television receivers were developed in Japan. It underwent certain changes and a LSI chip with memory and character generator was added to television that gave access to host of programmes and information via broadcast television signals. Then the patent for the first Smart TV was claimed in 1994. One of the main highlights of the initial plan was figuring out various means to auto download various software applications and web-based content through a common platform as per users requirement.
Soon the world of television witnessed a surge in popularity in late 2000 and 2010 led to the development of Smart TV’s. With the growing popularity of Netflix, an online streaming services in 2007 which focused on user demand based contents like shows, movies, interactive services etc available exclusively on a common platform. It popularized the concept of ‘on demand services’. Then Apple launched its ‘iTV’ also known as Apple TV in 2007 that gave users a single console to stream high-definition shows, videos etc available in iTunes and App Stores.
However, several TV manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG, TCL etc started coming up with Smart TVs which is not limited to a specific platform to access a particular content. It opened doors to multiple platforms using specific operating systems like Android, Firefox OS, Roku, Kodi, Boxee etc to explore web-based content along with local broadcast programmes in late 2010.
According to Nielsen Report in 2016, around 29 percent of global population with income above $75,000 year are the major buyers of Smart TV.
TCL 32S305 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
Samsung Electronics UN50MU6300 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
How a SMART TV works?
Every Smart TV comes with an ethernet connection port at the back to set up an internet connection or you can access internet through WiFi.
There is no fixed or permanent operating system for Smart TVs. Every Smart TV comes with a specific software and graphical presentation. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Pandora etc are few popular services offered by the majority of Smart TV makers. While there are few models that gives access to social network like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter , etc.
Apart from accessing different types of content, Smart TV gives you facility to explore innumerable applications like weather, internet radio, games, checking emails etc that can be easily downloaded from the individual app stores.
Some of the popular Smart TV platforms are Android TV, Roku, Firefox, WebOS, Google TV, etc.
What is a Smart TV Box?
Smart TV Box is a portable box that connects to internet through WiFi or Ethernet. It is like a small computer which is connected to any TV using a HDMI cable and transform it into ‘Super Smart TV’ to enjoy online streaming services. Android TV Box is the most popular option among all. However there are other systems as well like Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Windows TV, etc.
QBox TV Box + Wireless Keyboard, 4K 2GB 16GB Dual Wifi 2.4GHz
2017 New Model Android 7.1 Smart TV Box X PRO Amlogic S905X 2GB RAM
How a Smart TV Box works?
Smart TV Box, also known as set-top box connects a TV to an external source. It compresses external signals and converts it into online content which is finally projected on the television screen.
Smart TV Box popularly runs on Android as an operating system due to the presence of ARM processors that facilitates easy connectivity with any device having similar hardware. Android is easily available and an open source operating system which makes it easy to produce affordable hardware.
Android is usually used on smartphone. However, it is used in TV Box sets for improved input and output facility.
For example, Android TV box can easily enhance viewing experience to high quality HD into any TV using just a HDMI cable. It is also compatible with various types of can output remote controls, keyboards, or mouse for easy input.
Smart TV vs. Smart TV Box
Smart TV Box are more convenient option in terms of constant drive for change and better performance. Imagine a situation, where you have to discard your Smart TV and replace it with new one for better functioning due to advanced software applications or processor. This would mean an entire new user interface. However, with Smart TV Box this won’t be a problem as it constantly focuses on upgradation, in order to give better user experience.
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