Do you know everything about your Smart TV or do you have some questions from time to time? To prevent you from any hassle of looking for answers regarding anything here and there, we have come up with a solution. We researched, made a list of common questions about Smart TV, and found answers for them.
Let us find answers to your common questions about Smart TV below.
- Can Smart TVs be hacked?
Yes, Smart TVs are always at risk of hacking. Since the Smart TV functions on software like your phone and laptop, it is also prone to hacking similarly. Also, its connection to the internet poses a risk. Hackers can use the internet/wifi connection to hack into the system and steal information. The hackers can use your Smart TV to hack into your other smart devices and control the voice system and camera of your TV.
However, there are many ways in which you can keep your Smart TV safe from all these risks. You just need to follow some simple steps to ensure the safety of your Smart TV. You also need to check into the TV settings menu and turn off any setting that can allow any third party to access or listen through your system.
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- Can a Smart TV work without any internet connection?
Yes, a Smart TV works even without any internet connection. Without the internet, it functions like any regular TV, and you can use apps that don’t need the internet to run. You can play games that don’t need the internet and even watch content that you have already downloaded.
- Do Smart TVs need antivirus?
Though a Smart TV can get infected by a virus, it does not need any antivirus in its system. A Smart TV is like a computer that runs on software and software is always prone to virus risks. A virus can only affect a system when it gets access to a web browser and an OS platform for the commands to be executed. Since the Operating System (OS) of a TV is designed as ‘read-only’, it makes the chances of a TV being affected by a virus a rarity.
Also, to deal with these types of risks, Smart TVs come with all the necessary apps pre-installed in them. You can download any other app only through authorized updates provided by the TV manufacturer.
- Can Smart TVs crash like a computer?
Yes, Smart TVs can crash like a computer but it is not a very common or long-term issue. A Smart TV performs many functions at the same time like connecting to the internet, responding to commands, running apps, etc. This can cause the TV to temporarily crash and it can be solved by properly turning it off for a bit. The latest models don’t encounter this issue as much. Also, the software updates provided by the manufacturer keep the Operating System up-to-date and minimizes the risk of crashing or any other such issue.
- Can you surf the internet on a Smart TV?
Most Smart TVs come with pre-installed apps, including a web browser that allows you to go online and surf the internet. You can use the TV remote or a wireless keyboard to browse and enjoy the internet.
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- Can Smart TV access the local channels?
Yes, a Smart TV can access the local channels like any other regular TV. You just need to have a cable or satellite connection to get access to the local channels.
- Is it true that Smart TVs provide better picture and sound quality?
No, it is not necessarily true. The picture and sound quality of a TV vary as per the technology and features that are used in it. Even some lower-priced regular TVs can have a better picture and sound quality than Smart TVs. However, the manufacturers generally use the latest technology and add higher-end expensive features in the Smart TV. Due to this reason, Smart TVs provide better sound and picture quality.
- Is it possible to attach a webcam/camera to Smart TV?
Yes, you can attach a webcam to your Smart TV and connect to others via video calling on your TV directly. You can connect the webcam to the empty USB port of your TV via a USB cable. If you have an external web device connected to your TV via a USB cable, you can connect the webcam to that device as well. Just make sure to adjust your webcam to a proper place and angle so that you can see yourself on the screen of your Smart TV.
Some recommended webcams for Smart TV:
a) Webcam with Microphone, DEPSTECH 1080P HD Webcam with Auto Light Correction
b) 1080P Web Camera, HD Webcam with Microphone, Software Control & Privacy Cover, NexiGo N60 USB Computer Camera
- Do I need broadband or a cable for my Smart TV?
The answer to whether a Smart TV needing a broadband or internet connection is a definite yes. You will always need to be connected to the internet to use any of its apps and services. A TV is called a Smart TV only if you can stream online content, browse the internet, etc. on it.
While in the case of cable or satellite connection, you only need it if you want to access the local channels. However, many of these channels also have their own streaming apps for you to watch their shows online. Also, streaming apps like Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, etc. allow you to stream most of the best and famous shows. You just need a steady internet connection to stream the shows.
- Can a Smart TV be used with voice assistants like Alexa and Google home?
Yes, most of the Smart TVs are compatible with smart speakers or voice assistants like Alexa, Google Home, etc. With the help of these devices, you can control your TV simply with your voice.
Voice assistant and Streaming devices recommendations for TV:
- Echo Dot (Black) bundle with OakRemote for A/C & TV control
- Fire TV Stick 4K streaming device with Alexa Voice Remote
- Roku Streaming Stick+ | HD/4K/HDR Streaming Device with Long-range Wireless and Roku Voice Remote with TV Controls
- NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Pro 4K HDR Streaming Media Player, Works with Alexa
- Fire TV Cube | Hands-free streaming device with Alexa
Here we have tried to answer the most common questions about Smart TV. You can also check our blogs at Mr. Right Ideas and know more about TV and other appliances.