conected tv

Many models of recent televisions, PVRs and Blu-ray/DVD players are what the industry calls ‘Connected’ or ‘Smart’ devices. These are devices which can be connected to your home broadband to allow you to use applications on your TV like BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport App or the BBC News App.

Information and advice about how to connect your TV to the internet.

These applications stream video to you over the internet. Some broadband packages only include a certain amount of data per month, so you might want to check your package first. Some broadband providers will charge an additional fee if you go over your included amount of data in a month.

There can be two ways to connect your TV to your broadband connection: with a cable or wirelessly. Smart TVs allow you to plug one end of a standard Ethernet cable into your TV and the other end into your broadband router. There should be a socket on the back of your TV labelled ‘Internet’ or ‘WAN’ for this purpose. This might be impracticable if your TV and broadband router are in different rooms.

Some TV manufacturers additionally include Wi-Fi in their devices, or allow you to purchase a Wi-Fi dongle. It is best to check the instructions which came with your TV or ask your manufacturer if you need help selecting a Wi-Fi dongle.

Wi-Fi signals suffer from increasing interference the further away you are from the router or if there are thick walls in-between. As a result getting a fast-enough connection to stream high-quality television is not always possible wirelessly.

Once your device is connected to your broadband router you should be able to start using the great apps from the BBC.

More information about 'Connected TV' from BBC Webwise

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