These devices can make your TV smarter

  1. Are you bored with what’s currently coming in through your antenna, or cable system?
  2. Do you want an easier way to watch Netflix, YouTube, or other video streaming services?
  3. Are you jealous of those with “smart” TVs, who automatically have those abilities?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, keep reading because today we’re going to make your television a little less “dumb!”


What is a Smart TV?

It’s a television set with integrated Internet and interactive features.  Smart TV is a technological convergence between computers and a television. Besides the traditional functions, provided through traditional broadcasting media, these devices can also provide Internet TV, online interactive media, as well as on-demand streaming media, and home networking access.

Is your TV already “smart?”  Well, if you’ve bought it in the past 4 years, it probably is, but in case yours isn’t, let’s make it that way!


Digital Media Player

Your TV is going to become “smart” by plugging a fairly inexpensive device into it called a Digital Media Player.  It then connects to the Internet via your home network, and voilà, your television is now “smart!”

Lots of choices!

We’ll be looking at the 4 most popular digital media players out there right now.

Which one is better?

It really depends on how much you want to spend, how you like your digital media delivered, and what you’d like to get out of the Player.  Then there’s the different types of devices from each brand.


So, to keep this simple we’ll only be looking at each brand’s “base” models.

Roku Express

  • $44.99
  • 1080p HD streaming
  • Simple setup
  • Access to over 100,000 movies and TV episodes across 2,500 paid or free channels
  • Ability to play games
  • Remote control
  • Connects to home network via WiFi or Ethernet
  • No internal storage or memory card slot

Google Chromecast

  • $45.00
  • 1080p HD streaming
  • Controlled through your mobile device.
  • Cast endless videos, TV shows, movies, music, or games from your favourite apps, and discover new apps, features, and recommendations through the Chromecast app.
  • Connects to home network via WiFi
  • No internal storage or memory card slot
  • Guest mode

Amazon Fire TV Stick

  • $49.99
  • 1080p HD streaming
  • Remote control
  • Accesses content from Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and over 4,000 apps and games. Plus, millions of websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit with browsers like Silk and Firefox.
  • 8 GB of internal storage

Apple TV

  • $199
  • 1080p HD streaming
  • Remote with Siri voice control
  • Plays TV shows, films and games from iTunes and your favourite apps.
  • 32 GB of internal storage



If you still don’t know which digital media player is best for you, take a look at this Wikipedia article comparing all the key features in each of these devices, because we’ve only just scratched the surface here!

Dave Nelson
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