In the era of OTT, a Smart TV is a must to enjoy some mind-blowing content of different genres. But, if you don’t have a Smart TV and do not want to invest in a new set, then here is a quick fix for you. You can easily convert your existing set into a web-enabled entertainment system by spending a few thousand rupees.
If you are wondering how to convert ordinary TV into s Smart TV, then invest in either of the following:
Portable Media Players
In case you do not wish to spend a lot of money and are looking for a pocket-friendly option, then a portable media player is the safest bet. These thumb-sized sticks, quite similar to USB pen drives in appearance, and are capable of streaming content – pictures, music, videos – wirelessly from a PC or a smartphone to the TV screen. All you need is a good Wi-Fi connection and you can enjoy all your favourite Netflix shows without any interruptions.
Google’s Chromecast is available for ₹3,499 on Flipkart. This one is the cheapest option.
With 15% higher hardware speed, the new Chromecast supports 1080p and is Google Assistant-enabled. Chromecast plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and works with iPhone, iPad, Android phone and tablet, Mac and Windows laptop, and Chromebook.
Apple TV is a small box that connects to your TV via its HDMI port. It is a streaming media player and gives you the ability to watch streaming services from the Internet on your TV, and it allows you to “mirror” the screen from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to your TV. Apple T allows you to watch videos, listen to music, play games, and use other types of apps from the Internet on your TV.
There are two models available for Apple TV – Apple TV 4K (Rs. 12, 900), which supports 4K Ultra HD and HDR video, and Apple TV HD, which supports 1080p is available for Rs. 8,295.
Amazon FireTV Stick
You can easily connect to the world of online entertainment with Amazon FireTV Stick. It is built on It’s built on the Android platform and it converts your ordinary TV into Smart TV. It has over 200 apps in its kitty; you can easily watch thousands of shows and moves on your HDTV.
Fire TV Stick is easy to set up and comes pre-registered to your Amazon account so you can just plug it into your HDTV and enjoy favourite titles. It has Alexa- Voice assistance and also offers parental controls settings. The voice remote is Bluetooth connected and can be operated very easily and you can binge-watch everything available online through Amazon Prime or Netflix or any other website. It is priced at Rs. 3, 999 and is available on Amazon.
Airtel Xstream Set Top Box
Supporting the latest Dolby ATMOS technology for a better experience, the Airtel Xstream Box is a 4K, android-TV based set-top box with Airtel TV integrated from Airtel that offers access to 10000+ movies, shows, and a lot more. It is priced at Rs. 2499 in India.
Airtel Xstream not only offers regular DTH services, but also provides access to internet-based services such as YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, and more. It has an inbuilt Chromecast for casting and screen mirroring your phone’s content and also has a Bluetooth remote control that allows you to use your phone as a smart controller for playing Games and use it as a remote also.
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