Help Guide: Which Internet-Ready TV Is Best for Me?
When it comes to the collection of apps available on an Internet TV platform, the usual philosophy is "the more the merrier." And why not? Increasing the variety and availability of programming is exactly the point.
But when you break it down, many potential owners have two very specific interests: sports and movies. Although manufacturers are constantly adding more content, here's the current crop for those two categories, along with a quick note about room brightness.
Internet-Ready TVs for Sports Fans
Sports fans always want more: more stats, more scores—more sports. For the fan who wants to tailgate with his/her Internet-ready TV, here's a breakdown of which platforms have which sports apps/widgets.
• Panasonic (Viera Connect): FOX Sports, MLB.TV, MLS MatchDay Live, NBA Game Time, NHL GameCenter LIVE
• Samsung (Samsung Smart TV): ESPN ScoreCenter, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, Samsung ESPN Next Level, RallyCast
• VIZIO (Vizio Internet Apps): FOX Sports, NBA Game Time, Yahoo Widgets (fantasy football, sports scores)
• LG (NetCast): FOX Sports, Yahoo Widgets (fantasy football, sports scores)
• Sony (Bravia Internet Video/Widgets): Golflink.com, USA Today Sports
• Toshiba (Net TV): Yahoo Widgets (fantasy football, sports scores)
• Mitsubishi (StreamTV): NoneInternet-Ready TVs for Movie Buffs
Most Internet-Ready TV platforms come with a slew of video content: full-fledged movie services such as Netflix, TV show services like Hulu, how-to videos, web standards like YouTube, and plenty more. But the movie fans are likely wondering which platform will get them the most options for full-length movies, subscription or otherwise. Here's the list:
• Samsung (Samsung Smart TV): Alphaline Entertainment, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster, CinemaNow, Netflix, VUDU
• VIZIO (Vizio Internet Apps): Amazon Instant Video, BLOCKBUSTER On Demand, CinemaNow, Netflix, VUDU, Showtime
• Sony (Bravia Internet Video/Widgets): Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, FEARnet, Netflix, Qriocity
• Panasonic (Viera Connect): Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, Netflix
• Toshiba (Net TV): Blockbuster, Netflix, VUDU
• LG (NetCast): Amazon Instant Video (2011 models), CinemaNow, Netflix, VUDU
• Mitsubishi (StreamTV): VUDUOne More Thing…
When making your decision, you should also consider the room your TV will end up in. Is it a bright room sun-lit? Or is it a room with thick curtains or no windows?
Those with bright viewing conditions may want to consider an LCD TV. These screens are generally ultra-bright and glare-resistant, and the newer technologies like LED backlighting are resulting in color and detail that's on par with plasma displays.
Those with more dim, theater-like conditions may want to take advantage of a plasma display. Plasmas offer rich, warm colors and high contrast for your movie viewing, along with ultrasmooth, natural motion that's well suited for sporting events.