A smart TV is a TV that offers downloadable apps so you can watch programs on cable, if you have it, as well as any streaming services you subscribe to. The basic requirement is the ability to access the internet and download apps. However, it doesn't have to function like this and can also be used as normal TV.
While it's true that smaller TVs are a little cheaper, you want to get a large enough size that you can see the prompts on the screen. A screen distance ratio of 1:1.4 is a good measure to use. This means that if your couch is 4 feet away, opt for a screen size of 32 inches minimum. If you want a 65-inch screen, your couch should be around 8 feet from the screen.
At Collinwood Assisted Living and Memory Care in Fort Collins, CO, we provide our residents with access to free Wi-Fi. Some smart TVs are set up with Wi-Fi wizards, which means they auto-detect a Wi-Fi network and start connecting on their own. In this case, all you'll need is to put in a password, if necessary. You can also use your own internet network if you have a smartphone or a hotspot device.
Smart TVs offer additional accessibility functions such as voice controls and remote control. This means you can turn the volume up or down or change channels by simply talking to the remote, so you don't have to worry about pushing buttons or remember which button does what.
Smart home integrations ensure all your devices are interconnected. This means you can control your TV from a device like a smartphone or laptop. The connection is wireless and relies on your home network. The simplest way for your TV to connect to other devices is through a wireless internet connection or Bluetooth. This can work well if you have dexterity issues and typing through the remote is a little tricky.
Your smart TV apps don't only have to include entertainment content. You can also download apps to suit your lifestyle and interests. There are fitness apps you can program according to your goals, hobby apps and educational apps that can help you learn new skills.
Some smart TV models now have access to video calling apps that let you contact your family through the TV. Before you buy, check that your TV has a microphone and webcam.
Your smart TV has access to the internet, which means some unscrupulous people may try to access your home internet network through your TV. To prevent this from happening, it's important you have the right security measures in place:
With each additional device, it seems like there's another remote. This can lead to frustration and confusion. Streamline this process for yourself by clearly marking each remote by what it's used for. Consider keeping all your remotes in a specific place, such as a basket, so they're always right where you need them and don't slip under the bed or between the cushions.
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