Smart TV Operating Systems Explained

Before buying a Smart TV, you should know a list of key things about them; for instance what size do you want, how many HDMI ports do you require, do you need any extra feature or not, etc. But many a times, people often tend to ignore the most important areas related to buying a Smart TV, i.e., Operating Systems and which one should you opt for! Let us explain the workings of various Smart TV platforms, compare their Operating Systems, and help you narrow down on the most befitting Smart TV for you!

Why it is important to pick the right Operating Systems

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Much like Computer systems, each Smart TV operating system has its own strength and weakness, and is optimised for different kinds of users. Some have a wider choice of apps, some have better user interfaces; some are better suited with third-party devices, and so on. So, you have to know which one is perfectly suited for you so that you do not spend a lot of money on a Smart TV that you later find, fails to serve your purpose at all.

Some of the most popular Smart TV Operating systems are

  1. Roku TV – The best thing about Roku TV is that you can connect an HDTV antenna to a Roku TV and enjoy an electric program guide (EPG) from the Roku system. Also in Roku TV you can find most popular apps from all the providers. Other notable features include a universal search option, a private listening mode, and a feed of upcoming feed of content that would be customised for you.
  2. WEbOS – WebOS is LG’s Smart TV operating system which emerged as the frontrunner in its field due to its flexible interface.  Other important features include live apps, 360-degree video playback option and a slick OLED image gallery. The drawback is that the content is extremely limited and often does not include all the latest movies and TV shows.
  3. Android TV – It is probably the most popular and convenient Smart TV operating system, however it is not the best in terms of content or features. The main problem with Android is that you will not a consistent user experience with diverse TV brands, and chances of the operating system stopping altogether are extremely high. However, any TV with Android TV installed in it will have a built in Chromecast which makes streaming content from your Android tablet or phone extremely easy.
  4. Fire TV- It is the newest addition to the Smart TV OS market, an operating system version of the Amazon Fire TV. Fire TV gives you access to Alexa, the Amazon assistant who will control your Smart activities, update you on the news, and engage with other apps as part of your daily work. But with respect to Content, Fire TV is limited to apps that are available on the Amazon Appstore. Most mainstream apps are available though, with the notable exception of YouTube.

Having compared all the Smart TV operating systems with several parameters, we are inclined to choose between Roku TV, Android TV, and WebOS. If you want a slick interface, go for WebOS; if you are looking to make the largest selection of apps then pick Roku; and if you need Smart Assistant capabilities, you may go for Android TV.

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About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

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