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Smart TV - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Smart TV
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A smart TV, sometimes referred to as
connected TV or hybrid TV, (not to be
confused with IPTV, Internet TV, or with Web
TV) is a television set or set-top box with
integrated Internet and Web 2.0 features, and
is an example of technological convergence
between computers and television sets and settop boxes. Besides the traditional functions of television sets and set-top boxes provided
through traditional broadcasting media, these
devices can also provide online interactive
media, Internet TV, over-the-top content, as
well as on-demand streaming media, and home
networking access.[1][2][3][4]

A smart TV

The software that runs smart TVs can be
preloaded into the device, or updated or installed on
demand via an app store or app marketplace, in a
similar manner to how the Internet, Web widgets,
and software applications (in this context commonly
just referred to as "apps") are integrated in modern
The technology that enables smart TVs is also
incorporated in devices such as set-top boxes, digital
media players, Blu-ray players, game consoles,
Examples for external hardware which supplies
digital signage hotel television systems, and other
sources for media which can interact with a Smart
network connected interactive devices that utilize
[10][11][12] These
television type display outputs.
devices allow viewers to search, find and play
videos, movies, photos and other content from the Web, on a cable TV channel, on a satellite TV channel, or on a local storage drive.[12]

1 Background
2 Definition
3 Functions
4 Technology
4.1 Social networking
4.2 Advertising
5 Restriction of access
6 Market structure



Smart TV - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

7 See also
8 References
9 External links

A first patent was filed in 1994[13] (and extended the following year)[14] for an "intelligent" television system, linked with data processing systems, by means of a digital or analog network. Apart from being linked to data networks, one key point is its ability to automatically download necessary software routines, according to a user's demand, and process their needs.

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

Smart TVs on display

Smart TV platforms or middleware have a public Software development kit (SDK) and/or Native development kit (NDK) for apps so that third-party developers can develop applications for it, and an app store so that the end-users can install and uninstall apps themselves. The public SDK enables thirdparty companies and other interactive application developers to “write” applications once and see them run successfully on any device that supports the smart TV platform or middleware architecture which it was written for, no matter who the hardware manufacturer is. "Smart TV"s:

1. Deliver content (such as photos, movies and music) from other computers or network attached storage devices on a network using either a Digital Living Network Alliance / Universal Plug and Play media server or similar service program like Windows Media Player or Network-attached storage (NAS), or via iTunes.

2. Provide access to...
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