Getting the most out of your Smart TV in Spain
Smart TV is the catch-all term for internet TVs. For many new TVs this means access to a collection of apps, an app store for adding more, a web browser and access to home network files all rolled into one interface.
However very few people in Spain ever connect these TVís to the Internet as all the content is restricted to Spanish TV services. But once you have connected your Telly Connect box to your Smart TV youíre now in the UK, so by using your TVís web browser you will now have access to all the UK TV content and services such as BBC One, ITV, Channel 4, Five, Dave, CBeebies, 4 Music, Film4..and may more.
To do all this, the TV has to be able to connect to the internet. This is done by connecting your TV to the Telly Connect box via WiFi, simply scan for your Telly Connect box, put in the Key and your TV is connected, works just like the connection to your Ipad or mobile phone.
Some smart TVs have WiFi built-in, others are 'WiFi ready'. WiFi ready usually means that you need to buy a separate WiFi dongle costing around €30 for the wireless connection to work. This then just plugs into the USB socket on your Smart TV.
What will you get when your TV is connect
This depends on the brand of TV you buy. All smart TVs launched in the last couple of years offer a series of apps, such as YouTube, Facebook, Skype and BBC iPlayer. There's also access to an app store for adding more.
Many smart TVs, particularly more expensive ones, also allow you to surf the web using a remote to control and the TV to view your pages.
What are apps?
Smart TVs, like smartphones, are usually micro-websites to make accessing and using them easier. Two of the most common pre-loaded apps on smart TVs are BBC iPlayer and YouTube. (UK TV's)
YouTube on your TV looks slightly different to the web version and the exact layout and design depends on your brand of TV.
Lower quality YouTube videos don't look good as the TVs big screen emphasizes picture quality flaws. However there are plenty of high-definition clips to choose from too.
The BBCís iPlayer app lets you access seven daysí worth of BBC radio and TV programmes, including HD (high-definition) channels, but you canít record any of this to a DVD or hard disk.
On-demand video through film rental services, such as LoveFilm and AceTrax let you stream films directly to your TV. Itís a virtually hassle-free way to watch films, although you pay for what you watch. Picture quality, though, is not quite on a par with that produced by the DVD.
Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter both produce Smart TV apps and photo-sharing apps by Picasa and Flickr are fairly commonplace, too.
Most brands come with a similar line-up of pre-loaded apps, usually including some or all of the above but the quality of the apps on offer can vary by brand and depending if your TV was purchased in the UK or Spain. Always consult your user manual or local dealer before purchasing a Telly Connect box for the purpose of connecting to you TV.
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