Smart TVs explained @ Powerbutton

Smart TVs explained @ Powerbutton

Sony have always been at the forefront of the latest technology and this years LED TV lineup is no exception. Featuring Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos technology for improved picture and sound, the latest W75 series does not disappoint. We stock three screen sizes including 43", 50" and 65" models. This range features the latest "Google TV" software giving you the latest smart apps and features.

Once installed, the Google TV will present you a range of popular apps delivered on the main "home" or menu screen. From here you can use the remote control to navigate through the pre-installed apps and functions of the TV. Being a Google TV, the Sony W75 series will already have popular services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube, Britbox, BBC iPlayer, ITX, 4, My5, Apple+ and Disney. However, if you are missing an app such as Discovery+ or Paramount+, these and other apps can be easily added to the Home Screen using the free Google play store search.

To simplify the search and use of the smart apps, Sony have developed a stylish voice remote control. You can use the remote to search by voice for an app or programme. There are also predefined buttons including Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and Youtube (some remotes) whereby you can press and the TV will instantly switch and load to these services.

Integrated Wi-Fi as standard. With this technology, the TV will connect to your existing internet router or modem without the need for running cables around the home. This will allow you to watch and use the apps through the TV. However, although Wi-Fi presents a "wire, clutter free" solution, there are potential issues using this method.

For instance, if you have solid brick walls or if there is poor Wi-fi reception in the room where the TV is being used, then this may cause "pixelating, buffering" or poor sound. Ideally we would recommend having a minimum Wi-Fi speed of at least 5mbps but for 4K streaming content you would need a minimum speed of 15.6mbps.

For the best performance, we would always recommend using an Ethernet cable directly from the router into the TV. This would override the Wi-Fi and give the TV the best possible signal based on your internet speed. For internet speeds and checks, we would advise to consult your internet provider.

We are often asked if a smart TV will allow you to watch "live" TV. Unfortunately the standard Freeview channels such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4, 5 and others still require a terrestrial aerial or satellite dish in order to be able to watch "live" TV. Yes there are some services such as the BBC iPlayer which will allow you to watch a lot of "live" programming but not fully. At the current time, most streaming apps are for the facility of "catch-up" rather than "live" TV viewing. The latest 2023 models from Sony feature both Aerial and Satellite* connectivity offering multiple solutions for "live" tv reception.

*Satellite reception is determined by model - see our website for details.

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