Cannot afford a new smart TV at the moment due to squeezing budget? please do not worry, now you can convert your old television set into a Smart TV with the help of this inexpensive streaming devices. Read more here.
The fashion of Smart TVs is threading in the marketplace but they are beyond the budget of the common man or middle class people. The thing here is, everyone wants it but all cannot afford it after all once you have the Smart TV you can watch all your program online on the U-TUBE. But now if the Smart TV is not fitting in your budget no worries because there is a streaming device is available in the market starting from just Rs. 2,399 that will turn your old television set into the Smart TV.
According to the news published in the Business Standard now there is no need to spend huge amount of money on the Smart TV. Just invest in an most affordable LED Television Set and convert in into the Smart TV with the help of inexpensive streaming devices. By doing this you will not only save lot of money but also get better features and interfaces with devices that can stream the internet on your set. The minimum difference between a regular LED set and Smart TV is Rs 4,000 for a similar-sized model. And as the size and functionalities increase, the cost difference can be significant, over Rs 20,000, claims the sources.
Today with the boom in social media people are more interested in going online than watching the old style programs on the regular TV and hence the demand for the Smart TV has substantially increased. According to the sources, a Smart TV is essentially the one which is connected to the internet. Options to convert your regular set into a Smart TV are aplenty. Depending on the ecosystem (Apple or Android) and your interest in technology, you can convert the existing device into a Smart TV by spending anywhere from Rs 2,399 to Rs 13,500.
WHY TO INVEST IN DEVICE RAHTER THAN ON SMART TV?
This is first question that will flash in across your mind but don’t worry we have an explanation for the too. The idea of this article is to save some money of consumer and make them the viewing of smart contents at an most affordable rates. According to the sources,
The manufacturers while making the smart TV use their own operating system and hence your are stuck with single operating system and cannot upgrade/change it if you feel to do so. Another thing is some sets offer only a handful of apps that are rarely updated. The lower-priced models may not let you stream popular platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, online music, etc. “Many proprietary operating systems that power smart TVs may not be as intuitively designed, or have adequate app support as Apple or Google’s offerings. If a person is buying a smart TV, he should opt for the one that runs Android,” says Rohan Naravane, an independent technology (tech) reviewer.
HOW YOU CAN CONVERT YOUR NORMAL TV INTO THE SMART TV?
According to the sources, to convert your set into a smart TV, you can choose between one of the following options.
- A simple streaming stick or media players. Explains Abhijeet Mukherjee, founder of personal technology blog guidingtech.com “A cheaper streaming device acts as a medium to bring content from another device to the TV. A person can stream content from a laptop or mobile to the TV via Wi-Fi router. They are small, light-weight and set up quickly. But, the speed quality can be erratic as it uses a Wi-Fi and they also don’t have any storage.”
- Streaming Box have full-fledged interfaces and apps with the ability to shop for music and movies, play games and more. Many of them come with remote control and have a built-in storage for media files. You can directly plug the internet cable into their Ethernet port for better connectivity and don’t need a smartphone or computer to operate it. But, they are bulkier than “sticks” and also costlier.
CHEAP BUT FEATURE RICH STREAMING DEVICE
Most tech experts prefer Google’s Chromecast 2, costs Rs 3,399, for its pricing, features and ease of use. “It’s the easiest way to mirror your android smartphone or tablet to your TV,” says Raju PP, who runs personal technology blog, techpp.com. Setting up is a breeze. A cheaper alternative is Teewe 2 that has similar functionality and costs Rs 2,399. But it’s evolving and not as good as Chromecast 2. Tech experts says that it cannot play streaming apps like Netflix or Hotstar and a person has to use Teewe app to operate it.
If you still need the better feature and quality you can go for this device called ‘Amkette EvoTV2’ which is priced at Rs 6,500 and it can play content in 4K resolution. It’s one of the best options if you want to stream locally stored multimedia on TV. It runs apps such as Netflix, Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video. “The user interface isn’t the best and there are occasional crashes but when it works, it works great,” says Raju.
THE BEST OPTION IS YET TO COME
If you are not happy with any one of the above and you want convert your television into APPLE TV it will cost you around 13,500 (still much cheaper that original APPLE TV Accprdig to the sources, It works out to be the best option if you already own an iPhone, iPad or Mac. But this device is not advisable for windows or Android users. It’s a step up from Chromecast with a much powerful processor. You can use Apple devices to beam content on the TV. There are plenty of iOS applications and games available on the device and it also supports Siri. You can also access your media on iCloud and play it on the TV. Unlike Chromecast 2 and Teewe 2, which are slightly bigger than a pen drive, Apple TV and Amkette EvoTV2 are bulkier.
OH, YOU ARE TECH SAVY AND WANT MIX OF ALL, GO ONE STEP AHEAD WITH THIS
If you are tech savvy, you can opt for Raspberry Pi 3 that costs Rs 3,000. But it’s a bare motherboard. You need spend extra to make it fully functional. The cases can cost another Rs 300-350. A Bluetooth keyboard and mouse would come for Rs 1,350 and a 32GB memory card for Rs 900. The total would work out to be Rs 5,600. It then becomes a low-cost low-power computer that lets the user do everything he can on a mobile phone or a computer. There are additional hardware modules that you can add to increase its functionality such as adding a camera for video chats. You can also load different operating systems (OS) on it if you don’t like the original OS Raspbian. You need to know a bit of programming and need to read or watch tutorials to make it fully functional.
THE FINAL NOTE
Don’t go for cheaper alternatives of streaming devices that you can buy at online shopping website. They have bugs and keep crashing, according to tech experts. Also, avoid buying devices from abroad as you will not get international support in case something goes wrong with them.