– Smart TV: how it works
– Smart TV options and benefits
– The prerequisites of home automation TV
– Price of a smart TV
The smart TV: your connected and the centralized multimedia screen.
A home automation installation allows you to connect, command and control domestic devices, called connected objects, to facilitate and centralize your daily tasks and leisure activities. TV home automation, also called video home automation, concerns the smart TV and, more generally, any connected multimedia screen. It is the video complement of home cinema automation.
The smart TV allows you to use all your multimedia devices in all the rooms of the house.
Smart TV: how it works
Home automation consists of connecting your various multimedia devices (televisions, video projectors, screens, smartphones, etc.): you thus create a network. This connection can be:
– wired: it is an Ethernet network, by cable and RJ45 port;
– wireless: it is a WiFi network.
You can then command and control each of your devices from a home automation hub, a control panel or simply remote control, or from your smartphone or tablet.
There are several technologies for connected TV; these are the communication protocols: the languages that allow your devices to communicate with each other. Some protocols are developed and used by several brands. These are the most widespread, and they are also called non-proprietary protocols. This is the case, for example, of ZWave, X10, Zigbee, PLC Bus, etc. The other protocols are called proprietary and therefore developed and linked to a single manufacturer: Somfy, Leevez, Legrand, etc.
Options and benefits of smart TV
Thanks to TV home automation, all your multimedia devices can be controlled and monitored from the same control panel: smartphone, remote control, tablet, etc. You can synchronize them with each other.
For example, it is possible to watch the same movie on two different screens.
They can also use the features of other equipment.
For instance, it is possible to watch a movie on one screen using connected speakers for sound.
The ease of access to the content you want to watch is one of the significant advantages of smart TV.
If you have photos or movies stored on any of your connected devices, you can watch them on any of your connected screens. Similarly, if you have one of your devices connected to the Internet, you can view (stream, for example) the content from the connected screen of your choice.
The remote controls are programmable, so it is possible to turn on your TV on a program of your choice or turn it off at a specific time.
When you control your smartphone or tablet, you can view its contents, including your notifications, on your screen. You also have access to your downloaded applications.
Your smart TV is a television connected to the Internet, also allows you to watch a movie or a show in the replay, browse and use social networks on the Internet, and communicate in audio and video via Skype or other instant messengers, etc. By connecting a joystick to your TV home automation system, you can enjoy your games on the screen of your choice.
TV home automation requirements
To be connected and controlled, your multimedia devices must be compatible with home automation standards. Your TV must be DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified: it guarantees the interconnection between the different devices. Your multimedia device must have an Ethernet RJ45 socket (for a wired network) or a WiFi module (for a wireless network).
Beyond these basic requirements, your devices can also be compatible with specific networks such as web services (Surf TV, SmartTV inter@ctive, etc.), Android TV or even voice recognition. These options can be helpful depending on the type of control you want to use.
Price of a smart TV
Compatibility with different protocols for home automation TV does not impact the price of a TV. From $300, you can find TVs with DLNA certification and a WiFi module.
Even if the technology evolves quickly and new players appear regularly on the market, most home automation boxes cost between $120 and $300.