Tuesday, 17 December 2013

How to transform any HDTV into a smart TV?


HDTVs have completely changed the picture of entertainment. Nowadays, modern HDTVs can be used to run apps, browse Internet, handle games and other stuff. With some easy to connect devices, you can use your old HDTV for smart features.


Cast away

With Google’s Chromecast HDMI dongle ($35), you can enhance the capabilities of your TV. By installing Chromecast app, you can send content from various sources like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Pandora, Google Play Music & Movies to your HDTV. Also, you can send content from Google Chrome browser on Mac or Windows to a Chromecast device. For setting it up, plug it into an HDMI port on your TV and then plug in the Chromecast’s power cable. You have to select the correct HDMI input on your TV so as to see what the Chromecast is displaying onscreen. Then run the Chromecast app on your mobile device to complete the setup. Now, Chromecast displays some important identifying information onscreen which you need to enter into the Chromecast app. After the completion of configuration, stream content to your TV just by tapping Chromecast button. 

Dongle Style

Apart from Google Chromecast, Android-based HDMI dongles like Tronsmart CX-919 and the Measy 'U' line of products are available. These dongles have ARM-based SoCs attached to a bit of memory, flash storage and network controllers. On the HDTV, plug the device in to an available HDMI port. Now, this dongle will convert your TV into a computer running Android. To complete the setup, you need to connect the mouse or keyboard with dongle. After this, you can access everything.

Going all out

In order to get all the smart features on your HDTV, you can connect your home theater PC to it. With HTPC, you can run various operating systems and access content over web. Using an HTPC is complex than a dongle. You can find HTPCs in various shapes and sizes.

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