The best smart TV apps for Samsung TVs
To get the most from your new Samsung TV, you’ll need to find the smart TV apps that are most suited to you and your tastes. Because there are plenty of great apps and streaming services on offer these days – you don’t need to just stick with Netflix.
Over the past few years, there have been many new additions to Samsung’s smart TV apps, including new streaming service contenders Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus.
This is great news for viewers who want to flick between different platforms. Maybe you like to visit Netflix for its originals, like Stranger Things and Shadow and Bone, then head over to Disney Plus for its selection of classic TV shows, like The X Files and 24.
Although this gives you lots of choice, it does make it tricky to find which are the best smart TV apps for you. So where do you begin?
On the Samsung smart TV platform, you’ll find all of the obvious staples you need, including Netflix, Hulu (for those in the US), Amazon Prime Video and YouTube. However, the Samsung Smart Hub is bursting at the seams with all kinds of other great smart TV apps – all of which are available to download from the Smart Hub store right now.
We’ve tested many of the best Samsung TVs over the years, which means we’ve had the chance to narrow down a list of the must-download Samsung TV apps on the platform to keep you entertained, whether you’re looking for TVs, movies, documentaries or sport.
Below you’ll find our pick of the best Samsung TV apps for your new Samsung smart TV you can download right now. If you want the entire, exhaustive list of every app available, you can find that on Samsung’s website, though our roundup should save you some time.
If you’re looking for a new TV, check out our new Samsung TV guide, which gives you the lowdown about every new QLED and LED Samsung TV coming this year.
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1. Samsung TV Plus
At the top of our list of the best smart TV apps has to be Samsung’s TV Plus app that offers you free live-streamed TV without a subscription right out of the box.
Similar to bunny ears of yesteryear, TV Plus puts free TV back on the menu, and while it’s missing a few of the key local channels (for which you’ll need an indoor antenna to receive) it has a ton more specialty channels for gamers, chefs, music-lovers and more that cater to select niche audiences. Also, the fact that it comes pre-installed on every new Samsung TV pretty much gives you no reason not to try it.
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When it comes to online video streaming services, Netflix has been the gold standard since it invented the whole concept nearly a decade ago.
As well as having an impressive selection of existing TV shows and movies Netflix is also investing heavily in its own exclusive productions including Stranger Things, Sex Education, Black Mirror, and Bojack Horseman.
In terms of sheer amount of content, Netflix is the largest streaming service around, although there are significant differences in the content available on the UK versus the US store – even if Disney Plus may have taken some of the best gems out of the library.
If you’re new to video streaming, then there’s no better starting point than the Netflix smart TV app – check out our round up of the best shows on Netflix for some inspiration.
Read more: Check out our Netflix review
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3. Disney Plus
Disney Plus is the streaming service where you can watch classic Disney animated movies, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and even 20th Century Fox content like The Simpsons.
It’s still relatively new, but over time Disney Plus will have original content from Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar, putting it in a good position to take on its biggest rivals like Netflix and Apple TV Plus. Baby Yoda and The Mandalorian, then, are just the beginning.
Read more: Check out our Disney Plus review
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4. Apple TV Plus
Apple TV Plus is the tech giant’s first venture into the world of original content streaming, with notable titles including The Morning Show, Jason Momoa epic See, Sesame Street spin-off Helpsters, teen fantasy Ghostwriters, Hailee Steinfeld’s Emily Dickinson biopic, and NASA drama For All Mankind.
As a fledgling service that’s only offering original content, the shows and films are a little sparse – but you can expect the Apple TV Plus library to fill up over the next year, and with support for 4K and HDR streaming, those new shows will look great on your Samsung TV.
Read more: Apple TV Plus review
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5. Amazon Prime Video
Amazon may not be the original streaming service, but it’s no slouch when it comes to piping you the best TV has to offer, and that’s why it deserves a place among the best smart TV apps of 2020. Recent years have seen a steady supply of exclusive shows, such as Good Omens, The Man in the High Castle and Vikings.
Besides exclusives, Amazon also has an impressive selection of movies, recently adding darkly comic biopic I, Tonya, and the second installation in the John Wick series.
Fortunately, unlike Netflix which forces you to have an account in order to view available titles, Amazon makes its Prime listings available directly on its website, meaning you can check that your favorites are available before paying for a subscription.
You can also read our round up of the best shows on Amazon Prime Instant Video for a taste of what’s on Prime this month.
Read more: Check out our Amazon Prime review
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6. Hulu (US only)
When Hulu finally updated its subscription tiers in 2017, it brought the service into line with competitors Netflix and Amazon Prime. It had previously offered two tiers, a free service supported by ads and a limited pool of content, and a paid service which offers an expanded selection (on which ads are still present).
Now, you can subscribe to a cheaper tier that keeps commercials, a more robust premium tier that cuts out commercials or the Hulu with Live TV bundle that offers limited commercials for on-demand content plus some live TV channels.
What really sells us on Hulu, though, is its exclusive offerings that includes shows like The Mindy Project, Bob’s Burgers, and The Handmaid’s Tale. Just be warned that no matter which tier you end up subscribing to, a small number of shows and series will still display ads – even when you’re on the service’s premium tier.
Read more: Don’t miss our Hulu review.
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7. BBC iPlayer (UK-only)
The BBC has a reputation for producing some of the best TV shows in recent years such as Killing Eve, Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Luther, and, lucky for Samsung TV owners, they’re available through the dedicated iPlayer app.
A few years ago, the BBC only made shows available for 30 days after their first broadcast, but that has since changed and now offers full seasons of most shows and the complete runs of its most popular series.
Even better, iPlayer has the widest selection of shows of any of the streaming services on this list, since it covers (with some small exceptions) everything broadcasted on the BBC. That means tentpole dramas such as Sherlock can be streamed alongside today’s episode of long-running soap Eastenders or Sunday evening favorite Antiques Roadshow.
And yes, you legally need a TV license in the UK to use the service.
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8. All 4 (UK-only)
All 4 is Channel 4’s version of iPlayer, and covers content from Channel 4, E4 and More 4. Unlike the BBC’s iPlayer, however, more popular shows are available indefinitely on the service.
What this means is that if you want to sit down and watch every episode of the excellent Peep Show since it was its first broadcast in 2003, then there’s nothing stopping you.
Other top picks include The IT Crowd, Black Books (both written by the excellent Graham Lineham) and guilty pleasure Grand Designs.
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Our next pick is a little different from the other smart TV apps on this list. Instead of streaming videos from a service, PLEX allows you to curate a collection of your own on a media server and stream it to whichever device you want.
That said, while PLEX is available on nearly every device, it looks darn good on Samsung Smart TVs.
So why install PLEX if you have Hulu, Netflix, Amazon or any of the other streaming services on this list? Because PLEX is free. There are no monthly fees for the base version of the app, which allows you to build and maintain your own local video server.
If a DIY video streaming service sounds like a lot of work and a less-than-ideal experience, it will surprise you to know that PLEX has really improved in the last few years making it ultra-easy to setup and incredibly versatile as a streaming service.
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10. HBO Now (US-only)
HBO Go and HBO Now are both streaming services from the television network behind such classics as The Sopranos, The Wire and more recently Game of Thrones. No other network has produced quite as many classics as the Home Box Office has.
Many of HBOs top shows, such as the aforementioned The Wire or the sublimely crafted True Blood are available on Amazon Prime Video, but HBOs own apps get access to shows immediately after they’re broadcast rather than when the boxset is available to everyone else. Put simply, if you want to stream Game of Thrones the day it’s released, you’re going to have to pay for either HBO Go or HBO Now.
So what, exactly, is the difference between the two services? HBO Go is the streaming service available exclusively to HBO cable subscribers, while HBO Now is available to anyone regardless if you pay for the premium channel or not.
Which one you opt for is likely to be a decision driven by whether you already have a cable subscription to the service, but the HBO Now app is generally reported to be a slightly more responsive piece of software.
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YouTube used to be the place to get your fill of amateur footage of everything from skateboarding fails to cat videos, but in recent years the site has become host to a range of content, from scripted comedies to reality TV shows to documentaries.
It’s a platform which is no longer defined by its amateur production values. Now content creators use teams of professional video production staff to produce a dizzying amount of content catering to every possible niche.
We’re personally a massive fan of the PC hardware channel LinusTechTips (as well as our own TechRadar YouTube Channel) but there are channels catering to every possible interest from beauty and fashion to video games.
YouTube also carries full movies which can be rented for 30-days or bought outright.
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12. Spotify / Pandora
The first major player in music streaming, and a go-to app for anyone wanting to play or find music through your TV. Here you can sign into your Spotify account and access all of the same songs, playlists, and library as you would on your laptop or smartphone. With over 40 million songs, and thousands more added every day, this is the most cohesive music streaming service out there.
While Spotify still has the crown for music streaming apps though, you’ll only find it on Samsung smart TVs post-2015. For those with older sets, what you can access something called Pandora.
While you might remember Pandora as the internet radio station service, it’s actually a much more interesting and versatile service than a lot of folks give it credit for. First off, calling it internet radio isn’t quite right. It’s like algorithmically generated personalized music stations. No need to shuffle in between stations as Pandora learns from your feedback: dislike a song and Pandora will skip it. Like a song and Pandora will play more like it.
Read more: Spotify review
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13. VUDU (US-only)
VUDU is another video streaming service, however unlike Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu, this smart TV app doesn’t offer an all-you-can-eat monthly streaming subscription.
Instead titles are rented or bought on an individual basis, and the site runs frequent sales where you can grab a bargain. Rentals run from between $0.99 and $5.99, and purchases from $4.99 to $24.99.
While VUDU’s library of movies is much smaller than Netflix’s, its model relies on having titles available to stream as soon as the home release hits. This is opposed to Netflix who tend to feature older films in their library.
We would struggle to recommend that users exclusively rely on VUDU for all their streaming needs, but as a supplemental service to Netflix or Amazon Prime VUDU works well to fill in the gaps.
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We wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to fill your new Samsung Smart TV with all the best entertainment apps, like streaming services chock full of your favorite movies and TV shows. But it might make for a refreshing change to balance out the binge-watching with some TED talk wisdom too. The TED app brings mind-blowing, informative TED talks to your Samsung TV. Sure some are better than others, but it’s a welcome change of pace. It’s also cool to see some of the most popular TED talks of all time, which you might have watched on a phone or tablet years ago, on a big screen.
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50+ Samsung Smart TV Apps You Must Have in 2021
Looking for some cool Samsung Smart TV apps? Yes, then you have come just in the right place. In this post, I’ll tell you about over 50 amazing apps that you must have on your Samsung Smart TV in the year 2021. Just patiently go through this list of apps, and you’ll learn what you need to get the best out of your leisure time. You can also look at this post as a guide to learn what apps you need to install on your Samsung Smart TV.
15 Basic & Must-Have Samsung Smart TV Apps
We’ll begin with this list of the 15 Must-Have Samsung Smart TV apps. You should definitely install these to get the best enjoyment out of your television. A quick-intro of these apps is available with their names so that you may understand why you need to have them on your TV.
1. Pluto TV
Pluto TV offers on-demand movie streaming and Live TV. It has a good range of content in various categories like horror, comedy, thriller, romance, and science fiction, etc.
2. HBO Now
HBO Now is the official video streaming app of HBO. It also provides an on-demand video service. The other robust reason why you must have this app on your tv is that it has the most popular series in history, the Game of Thrones. If you start watching it, you’ll definitely this app to binge-watch the entire show.
Youtube is a very common app that you must have. Also, most of the users have it as their first choice for their leisure time. It has a massive collection of videos for the audience of any age group. Nowadays, Youtube is even releasing its own web-series which are becoming instant hits. All this is enough to land Youtube a spot on this list.
Spotify is the most popular music app that you must have on your television. It is going to fulfill all your music needs. You can enjoy more than 3 Crore songs using Spotify. Also, you can create your playlist, play it on loop, and relax. You can access all unblocked music in premium version.
Hulu is the next must-have app for your Samsung Smart TV. It is an American entertainment company that offers a quality collection of content. However, you’ll need a subscription for getting a good range of movies and series. You can also cancel the plan you purchase anytime if you don’t wish to pay them further.
Netflix is the second most popular app among the Samsung Smart TV users, only Youtube is ahead of it. It is an amazing option to enjoy your leisure time with a good variety of movies and shows available on the platform. You can also download the videos you wish to watch later. Make sure you sign in to the app using your account. The cross-platform syncing is another remarkable feature of this app.
7. PlayStation Now
PlayStation Now or PSN is the favorite app for gaming freaks. This app allows you to play all your favorite PS 2,3 and 4 games on your Smart Hub. It manages the heavy loaded games by streaming them directly from the Sony Servers. You just need good quality and fast internet collection to get the maximum benefits of this application.
8. Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is a very popular video streaming platform owned by Amazon. It offers an extensive collection of movies and TV shows to its audience. The subscription plan is also not much costly. And the Amazon originals make this app a must-have for your Samsung Smart TV.
9. Amazon Prime Music
Amazon Prime Music is the music-streaming app owned by Amazon. The best part is that your Amazon Prime Subscription will cover the benefits of this app also. You can listen to your favorite songs using this app, and even create your own playlist. It has millions of songs available to be played in different genres and languages.
PopcornFlix is s free movies and video streaming app for your Samsung smart TV. It has a good collection of more than 1500 movies in various genres like comedy, horror, drama, etc. There is also a feature of creating customizable GIFs using the scenes from the movies.
Karaoke TV is a great app to watch HD karaoke videos on your Samsung Smart TV. It is a must-have app to chill with your family and friends on the weekend if you enjoy having Karaoke games. If not, you can still use it to listen to some of your favorite songs with their lyrics on the screen.
The UFC app is an amazing way to watch all sorts of UFC-related content like the latest news, exclusive videos, and Pay-Per-View events. It is considered as the world’s largest digital fight library. You can also check fight cards, broadcasting time and the player profiles using this app. So, this app is a must-have for MMA freaks.
Vimeo is another great app to find videos from the most interesting creators around the world in HD quality. You can also upload your videos on this app, and interact with other viewers. It is a very good app to watch some cool stuff in your free time.
14. National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids or NGK is a must-have app if you have kids watching television at your home. This app will help them to learn a variety of things about animals, entertainment, science, technology and cultures from around the world with wonderful photography. It is a very interactive app for good learners.
Plex is basically a media player. It gains access to all the content via the remote servers. Using Plex, you can also stream the content stored on Samsung smart TV with Plex Media Server. It is a must-have app for your Samsung Smart TV if you are much into streaming movies, music, shows and even documentaries.
Category-Wise Samsung Smart TV Apps
Here are some more Samsung Smart TV Apps separated on the basis of their categories. If you are looking for some good apps in either of these categories, you can check these apps and install them on your television.
Kids-Related Samsung Smart TV Apps
- Dibo’s Playground Plus
- English Kindergarten
- Three Little Pigs
- Solar System Planets
- Gingerbread Man
- Sticker Theatre
Education-Related Samsung Smart TV Apps
- Millennium Maths
- Awesome Glasses
- 7Wonders of the World
- ABC Monster Fun
- Alphabet 2012
- Baby Beetles
Sports-Related Samsung Smart TV Apps
- WWE Network
- Cricket DL Calci
- Workout Time Recorder
- Sports Score Board
Info-Related Samsung Smart TV Apps
- Web Browser
- Euro News
- ABP News
- All About Hairstyle
- The Dating Theory
Entertainment-Related Samsung Smart TV Apps
- 3D Smart TV
- Digital Theatre
- Tubi TV
- FilmBox Live
- Yupp TV
- College Humor
These were the Top 15 Must-Have Samsung Smart TV apps, and some more apps that you might need accordingly. If you feel I missed some good new or old applications, don’t forget to inform me using the comment box. Also, if you don’t feel like googling stuff when you are stuck while setting up any of these apps, you can catch up to me using the comments section. I’ll be glad to help.
19 Of The Best Apps For Samsung Smart TV To Download 🤴
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Smart TV is one of the most prominent and trending technology in the realm of electronics and the consumer durable world for the past two decades. With every passing day, newer and better features are incorporated into the tech device.
With Samsung entering the Smart TV war, the scene has totally changed since then. Not just a smart television but play stores are flooded with the best apps for Samsung Smart TV.
The TV was actually typed cast as idiot-box for years. They just used to receive signals and broadcast on the screen, with the user having no control over the type of program to see. They were left to view what is being aired.
Smart TV is an amalgamation between the internet and a normal cable TV. Initially, a wired cable service provider or the satellite channel service provider used to deliver multiple channels and you were bound to watch what was being streamed.
With the handshaking of the internet with a normal TV, you have the ‘real’ remote control in your hands. One can now easily access various programs and content that are available on a huge network of the internet on the same TV device.
This content ranges from streaming services of videos like Amazon Prime and Netflix, digital photo-sharing platforms like Instagram and Picasa, networking websites for socializing including Twitter and FB, and lot many other features like sports, news, weather with many other programs.
With Smart TV, one can now enjoy the plethora of online content on a big screen which was limited to just handheld devices and laptops only.
Benefits of Smart TV
Owning a Samsung smart TV is not a luxury anymore but a lifestyle. It gives easy access to the entire world of the internet on your TV screen while you enjoy your couch.
It does not need too many devices, wires, and other stuff as compared to media boxes or Blu-ray players and such.
In fact, few smart TVs are compatible with advanced features that are yet to be out in the market. These users will enjoy those new updates without exchanging their existing sets for new ones.
Being the proud owner of a new smart TV, you must also be aware of the best apps for Samsung smart TV that can make your life sail smooth. Samsung platform has upgraded to Smart Hub embedded with various high-end apps and programs.
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With new apps getting approved and released almost every day, it becomes difficult for one to filter the finest apps for download. This article gives a concise list of the finest apps for smart tv that you can download and use for best use.
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With regards to services for online streaming video, Netflix has been the best name since it created the entire idea almost 10 years back way back in 2018.
Not just the streaming service, Netflix is investing heavily in its exclusive shows and series in English and many vernacular languages. With respect to the content quantity, Netflix is the prime leader with no nearby second competitor.
However, as Netflix serves globally, the content quality varies from the nation. If video streaming is a new thing for you, look for no other place and simply subscribe to Netflix. It is undoubtedly one of the finest online video service providers. The Netflix app ranked number 1 in our Best Apps For Samsung Smart TV list that you should download.
2. Amazon Prime Video
Amazon was never into video streaming before but was into B2B and B2C selling. With the trend and growth in this field, it decided to jump in. Very soon, it captured a large portion of the market and giving good competition to Netflix.
Apart from exclusive shows, this app from Amazon is a hub of wonderful collections of movies, dramas, and web series. Shows for audiences from different countries vary.
However, the good point is that it does not necessarily make you have an account in order to view the videos. All Amazon Prime members are entitled to log in to the Video are and access the entire library.
The entire collection is available on the official website and one can browse the titles before opting for paid subscriptions. The Amazon Prime Video app ranked number 2 in our Best Apps For Samsung Smart TV list that you should download.
In 2017, the subscription for Hulu was updated and this move placed this app for Samsung Tv at par with Amazon Prime and Netflix.
It had recently offered two levels, free assistance bolstered by advertisements and a limited content pool, and a payment-based service that offered an extended service. However, ads still appear on that version too as of now.
The user has multiple options to select the service from Hulu. First is the free subscription that airs lots of commercial ads. Another one is the robust one that provides limited advertisements to the users. Finally, the Live TV bundle offers an ad-free zone and provides pure entertainment.
What Hulu truly sells, is, however, its elite contributions that incorporate shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, Bob’s Burgers, and The Mindy Project.
Simply be cautioned that regardless of which level you end up buying into, few shows and webcast series will in any case show advertisements – irrespective of the fact which tier you opted for. The Hulu app ranked number 3 in our Best Apps For Samsung Smart TV list that you should download.
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There are many apps that one can install on their smart TV for full-day entertainment. Vudu is one of them. One may think why Vudu when there are apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.
The basic difference lies in the fact that Vudu does not ask to pay for any subscription. One can enjoy hundreds of movies and drama shows for free or can even rent a movie for a high-quality picture.
The best part is that it does not have any subscription offer and neither binds under any commitments. The Vudu app ranked number 4 in our Best Apps For Samsung Smart TV list that you should download.
5. BBC Media Player
The BBC has a special repo for delivering probably the best shows of TV as of late, for example, Doctor Who, Killing Eve, and others for Samsung TV users. These programs are easily accessible through the devoted Player application.
An important note here is that the BBC just makes shows accessible for only 30 days, once they are broadcasted. This means you’re probably not going to ever have the option to go through an evening watching a whole series at one go. The BBC Media Player app ranked number 5 in our Best Apps For Samsung Smart TV list that you should download.
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Our next pick is somewhat not the same as the other available video streaming service providers on this rundown.
Rather than streaming recordings from assistance, PLEX enables you to create your very own assortments of videos on a media server and stream it to whichever gadget you need. All things considered, while PLEX is accessible on almost every gadget, it looks great on Smart TVs offered by Samsung.
So why introduce PLEX in the case that you have likes of Amazon and Netflix or any of the other such service providers on this rundown? One simple reason, PLEX does not charge a penny.
There is no month-to-month expenses for the basic application, which enables you to create, store and stream your own localized video streaming server.
In the event that a DIY video service seems like a ton of work and a not exactly perfect understanding, it will astonish you to realize that the PLEX has truly improved over the most recent couple of years making it ultra-simple to install and inconceivably flexible as one of the finest service provider in the field of video streaming. The Plex app ranked number 6 in our Best Apps For Samsung Smart TV list that you should download.
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A smart TV is not smart until it has installed the YouTube App. In its initial days, YouTube was limited to personalized videos of dance, cat-love, or winter picnics, etc., but with time, it has become one of the largest databases of videos on the internet with the full movie, drama, and documentaries being streamed on its server.
It is no more a platform for novice to upload their general videos but people have started to hire highly paid professionals to create a good quality of videos to put on YouTube channels.
You name a topic, and one will find a dedicated channel for the same, be it cooking, gardening, science tutorial, self-help, or ways to earn online. It also has a section for movies on rent apart from free service. The YouTube app ranked number 7 in our Best Apps For Samsung Smart TV list that you should download.
Spotify is the first variant of any music streaming service provider and a go-to application for anybody looking to play music on their smart TV.
Here, one needs to sign into their login account and access the entirety of similar tunes, libraries, and playlists as if you generally play on your computer or cell phone.
Covering over 40 million tunes, and thousands of songs included each day, Spotify is surely the most strong music streaming app available for smart TVs.
Spotify has however still retained the crown for the best app for streaming music. It comes pre-installed with most of the Samsung smart Tv and in case it isn’t with any of the models, one can get it from the Samsung hub.
Prior to Spotify, Pandora ruled the Hub as the web radio station. It is not justice to these apps to call just streaming apps as they are smart to play as per your mood, choice, and feedbacks. Once you skip a song, it will remember and not play often.
However, if you play a song a few times, it will be considered among your favorite, and similar songs of that type will be played quite often. The Spotify app ranked number 8 in our Best Apps For Samsung Smart TV list that you should download.
In the case that you appreciate TED Talks, presently you can easily watch all the talks from the solace of your sofa or most loved seat utilizing the TED application meant for smart TV.
The application is not subscription-based and is absolutely free of cost. With the ted Account, one can get hold of over a thousand recordings of business pioneers, performers, technical geeks, restorative specialists, and a lot more who offer edifying bits of knowledge and points of view on an incredible scope of subjects.
The Ted app ranked number 9 in our Best Apps For Samsung Smart TV list that you should download.
10. Facebook Watch
If you are bitten by the Facebook bug and loves to watch videos and feeds of live news, then Facebook Watch is the perfect app made for you.
On the similar lines of Insta Video and YouTube videos, this app too permits users to see videos generated by users. It’s fun to enjoy these videos on the big screen of your smart tv.
The recordings are categorized into simple to-explore classifications which incorporate Live Videos, Videos You’ve Shared, Videos Shared by Friends, Videos You’ve Uploaded, Videos from Pages You Follow, Facebook Watch Originals, and that’s just the beginning.
You can likewise watch plenty of live news channels from sources too. The Facebook Watch app ranked number 10 in our Best Apps For Samsung Smart TV list that you should download.
11. Shout Factory TV
If by any chance, you are a die-hard fan of movies and such entertainment stuff, install Shout Factory TV App immediately.
Shout Factory TV gives access to incredible substance films, documentaries, science fiction, and works of art. It has a collection of vast web series too.
You can even marathon watch old TV shows. There is additionally a lot of unique programming and other extraordinary substance. Watch it for nothing.
However, the main drawback is that movies move in-out intermittently, so if you discover something you like, simply watch it before it’s out of the list. The Shout Factory TV app ranked number 11 in our Best Apps For Samsung Smart TV list that you should download.
Veoh is the perfect alternative solution to the YouTube app. It not only has a similar UI but a lot many features to resemble the same. One can smoothly navigate, select and play the videos available on the Veoh server.
It contains content submitted by its global audience and other selected sources. The filter option available on Veoh for narrowing down the selection is very strong with features like video length, video quality, and even language. Veoh is gaining popularity as currently, it shows no sort of advertisements.
13. Pluto TV
Pluto TV comprises 2 novel highlights that are lacked in most of the other similar applications. First on being, on-request streaming of movies and the other one id option to watch Live TV for multiple channels.
With such an option, you can begin the movie from any point or watch it live again. On-request motion pictures highlights will encourage you to view movies instantly of your choice.
You can observe a wide range of topics including comedy, science fiction, romance, comedy, thriller, and so forth.
14. NAT GEO
The introduction of the NatGeo TV app for smart TV was one of the coolest things in favor of kids. One can now watch the entire episodes in the full length of most liked shows. All the shows are free.
One can keep himself abreast with the latest info in the field of science, wildlife, and general knowledge. All the wildlife series that you were waiting to see at the scheduled time hour is now on your app on a smart TV to be watched at your will.
Watching science documentaries on a large screen of smart TV enhances the overall experience.
15. The ESPN
The ESPN App for TV has revolutionized the concept of smart tv. One can watch a live stream of games, check the latest points tally of ongoing league matches and replay the highlights again and again.
Quick access to scores for your preferred teams is what will get hooked to this app. It keeps a record of the top rounds of the day so you can keep up on the NBA end of the season games or the MLB’s most recent contentions.
One can get access to Streaming games on ESPN systems, including MLB, NFL, College Football, NBA, College Basketball match-ups and that’s just the beginning. Sign in with your TV Provider to begin! You can likewise buy into ESPN+ for significantly progressively content.
16. Dish World
DishWorld App holds the position of number 1 for live service for International TV. This free application, enables you to watch the finest games anyplace, whenever on your Samsung gadget, your TV, tablet, telephone, or PC.
One can Watch DishWorld Sports for just a minimal subscription of $10/month. Highlighting beIN Sports, Willow Cricket, One World Sports, Trace Sport Stars, and the sky is the limit from there.
Besides! With DishWorld Sports, one will additionally get a free module of Entertainment Extras, which includes 15 channels of famous International TV.
Interesting highlights incorporate DishWorld’s 8-day Replay that auto-records contents from every channel so you never miss any game and a Family Plan option that permits concurrent review on up to three gadgets.
At the time of free subscription, the app does not ask for any SSN, credit card check or minimum period.
17. Flag Story
Do you realize what number of nations exist globally? As per Wikipedia, there are around 196 nations. This flag app known by the name of FlagStory is an application that helps you relate the country with its national flag.
Kids can play games, take quizzes, and learn the names of different countries along with its flag. Currently, the app is available in English and Korean language.
Very soon, the app also plans to roll out the capital city names along with country and other features. Very easy to use interface for kids to learn and enjoy the app on a large screen.
18. Math Magic
If you are unable to remove your kids from the idiot box screen then install this app. Math Magic uses a mix of your decision of dynamic hues, basic interface, and a reward arrangement of stars to support and show kids between 3 years and 8 years to play around with math.
The kid basically needs to tap on a query to take care of the issue. Math Magic gives you a chance to modify the levels to tweak them for your kid. This app is sure to generate the love for math in your kids with its colorful and interactive user interface.
Certainly, better to learn some match in front of the TV and wasting time the entire day when they watch the same repeated episodes of cartons.
Get the exact and local climatic forecasts directly from your Samsung TV with the help of the AccuWeather app. Utilize your remote control to get to 5-day forecasts, serious climate alerts, satellite pictures on request and switch between numerous areas, so regardless of where you are or where you are voyaging, you can get the climate you need.
Though this may be a perfect app for your mobile device while traveling, it is equally important to check the app during your free time to enhance your knowledge about the climatic conditions of various places sitting on the couch.
These forecasts are available in 12 popular languages of the world so as to provide benefits to maximum people.
An additional feature that one can use of Smart TV
Internet streaming is not the only difference between and dumb TV set and a smart TV. Some of the most recognized features include Screen sharing and the Miracast option that enables the user to handshake their compatible devices and share the screen.
One can see the content displayed on mobile or tab to a large screen of a TV. However, there are better models of TV that are capable to do the reverse as well where the TV content can be viewed on smaller compatible gadgets.
Don’t Let Smart TV Spy on you
There may be some privacy issues every time you use the smart feature of smart tv. It keeps a log of internet sites you visited or the type of movie you recently watched on Netflix.
This info can be visible to another member of the family having access to the same tv. Make necessary changes and tweaks that keep the video cam off, and do not record in case of any unauthorized hacking of the gadget.
One shall always make a purchase of apps via a controlled hack-proof device and sync the data with smart tv rather than providing the credential data over tv which is less secured as compared with your laptop or mobile.
No matter how advent mobile apps become, but when one sits in front of a TV on a couch with a bowl of popcorn, the world seems the best place to live.
What can one expect more from life if you have the Best Apps For Samsung Smart TV installed and spending good quality time with your friends watching the finest program of your choice? So chill and have a great time.
Samsung Launched the Web Version of TV Plus on the Down Low
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For those of us who don’t have a Samsung TV or mobile device, like yours truly, the offerings of the company’s TV Plus streaming service have been a mystery—until now. It turns out that Samsung launched a web version of its free, ad-supported TV Plus a few months back, but just didn’t tell a lot of people about it.
According to a new report in Protocol, the web service for TV Plus appears to have soft-launched in May. Besides making TV Plus available to nearly everyone, Samsung also updated its mobile app with the ability to project its streaming service to Google Chromecast devices in July. Considering the insular nature of TV Plus until now, these moves represent the company’s big, although timid, steps into the free streaming wars.
A Samsung spokesperson told the outlet that TV Plus had indeed launched in Q2 but did not specify a date.
Samsung TV Plus offers free live TV and linear programming, which is what traditional scheduled TV is referred to as. The company explains on its website that the service does not require a subscription, introduce new fees, or ask for a credit card. It isn’t exactly new either. Samsung launched the service, which resembles what you would expect from cable TV, in 2016. This gives users access to broadcast networks and TV Plus offerings, Protocol noted.
Users in the U.S. can access about 170 channels from a variety of genres, from news and game shows to gaming and reality TV, among others. There’s even a channel with South Korean dramas, called AsianCrush, which are my current bread and butter.
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TV Plus has been a hit among Samsung users, executives said last year, accounting for billions of minutes watched every month. It is one of the five most-used apps on Samsung smart TVs and has been installed on nearly 50 million TVs worldwide.
Whether TV Plus will be a success with users outside the Samsung ecosystem is an open question. It enters a crowded space, with free competitors like Peacock, the Roku Channel, Pluto TV, and Tubi. While TV Plus’ channels are eye-catching, looking at the listing and considering all the other services available reminds me of how I felt when I was younger and went into a Forever 21 store—overwhelmed, exhausted, and happy to stick with what I have.
10 Best Samsung Smart TV Apps 2021
You probably know what a smart TV is, why else would you be here? Either that or you want to know what a smart TV is. Either way, you can stick around to know what it is.
Also called ‘Connected TVs.’ A smart TV combines the connectivity of smartphones and other connectable devices to the television.
Just like a smartphone, smart TVs offer specific services that connect you to the Internet, services that traditional television cannot provide. It is merely like building a computer into the TV so a more significant number of things can be done and carried out.
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Smart Televisions have certain functions that normal, traditional televisions do not, and this include the following:
- Web browsing
- Application installation
- Media streaming
- Also, most importantly Internet Protocol Television (IPTV).
The Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) is the standard for internet video particular to Smart TVs. It is also currently used as a shorthand for the videos that are streamed via the internet to your television. These videos can be one of either continuous “live” channels or short clips.
There are several features on Smart televisions that seek to revolutionise the way we see, use and experience our TVs.
There is the Personal Video Recorder (PVR for short) which brings about the idea of “time shifting.” The primary function of this recorder is to enable you to engage in other things even while a program you are interested in is being aired. It does this by saving and recording that program for you to view at a later time and date.
A good number of these connected TV models have tools for voice recognition, such as Amazon’s Alexa. This enhances switching channels as well as searching for programs.
Smart TVs also use a system christened DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) that enables you to stream media content from your phones or computers directly onto your television screen. If you download lots of video or music now from the internet, the right connected TV will be able to access the content directly without you copying it onto any form of disk or USB stick.
Samsung is an excellent maker of these smart TVs, and several apps make the use of these TVs interesting, but the following seven apps are the best smart TV apps you should definitely have on your smart TV.
This is definitely going to be on the list. Netflix has more or less been the standard for online video streaming ever since it’s creation. The franchise has an impressive selection of current movies and TV shows you can choose from and also, Netflix is heavily invested in its own exclusive productions.
These productions include popular political drama (you might have heard of, or even seen it) House of Cards and comedies like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Netflix is one of the largest streaming services in existence today although there is a significant amount of difference in the content available on their UK store and their US store.
There is no better place to start streaming on your Samsung Smart TV than on Netflix.
2. HBO Go
Well, why do smart TVs exist if apps like HBO do not live on them?
HBO like Netflix is also a movie streaming app, and the television network is the reason why great classics such as The Soprano and world’s favourite Game of Thrones exist.
HBO (known as Home Box Office) probably has produced the most number of classics which makes it an essential application to have on your Smart TV.
The HBO apps get access to the shows they stream immediately after these shows have been broadcasted and not until when the box is made available to everyone.
Simply put, if you desire to stream Game of Thrones the day it was released, then you will have to pay either for HBO Go or HBO Now.
The difference between these two is that HBO Go is the streaming service that is made available exclusively for HBO cable subscribers while HBO Now is the streaming service that is made available for anyone regardless of their paying for the premium channel or not.
This used to be the go-to site for amateur footage of everything, from skateboarding or ski fails to cat videos. It has however in recent years become the host of a range of contents, from documentaries to reality TV shows to scripted comedies.
Its amateurish value of production can no longer define YouTube as its content creators make use of professional video production staff, whose job is to produce a significant amount of content that caters to every niche possible.
Well, you would wonder why you want to have a Facebook app for your smart TV. The answer is not so farfetched. It gives you the chance to spend more time on Facebook, updating your status, commenting on the several posts, both weird and not and also liking the hilarious ones.
Facebook apps for the smart TVs are functional except they do not give the complete experience your smartphone would.
Movies are of course not the only things that run through the internet. There is also music, and many people enjoy listening to music, nonstop. That makes it purely normal that the industry that pioneered streaming of music content would be on the list.
You not only have access to the favourite music stations you have selected out of your TV and conveniently too, but it also allows you to take advantage of the powerful speakers your TV has and gives you a real and completely immersive experience.
This is slightly different from the other streaming services that have been made mention of on this list. Instead of giving you access to stream videos from a service, PLEX enables you to curate your own collection on a media server and then allow you to stream it to any device of your choosing.
The most exciting thing about PLEX is that while other streaming services like Netflix, Hulu are charged, PLEX is actually free, you do not have to pay any fee for the base version of the app as it allows you to build your own local video server and also maintain it.
7. Amazon Prime Video
Amazon may not be the pioneer in the streaming service, and they are however no slouch when it comes to giving their viewers the best that TV has to offer.
Amazon Prime Video has been substantially improving in the past years with the introduction of their own list of exclusive shows like “The Man in the High Castle” among others. The franchise also has an impressive selection of content from other providers.
Unlike Netflix however, this app does not make it imperative that you have an account with them before you can view the available titles as they make their prime listings available on their website, which means you can make sure that your favourite movies are available before you make a subscription.
All the Reasons to Still Buy an Apple TV In 2021
It’s 2021 and there are fewer reasons to buy an Apple TV streaming box. That’s because Apple has partnered with many of the biggest TV manufacturers, such as LG, Sony, Vizio and Samsung, and integrated most of the Apple TV’s best features – HomeKit, AirPlay 2 and even iTunes – into their TVs. The reason is simple: Apple wants as many people to have access to Apple TV+.
To watch Apple TV+ you need to have access to Apple’s TV app, which had previously only been available on Apple hardware: iPhone, iPad or Apple TV (it’s now available on Macs). But now it’s available on pretty much every smart TV and operating system. This has left Apple’s streaming box in a tricky position. Is there any reason to get one?
The answer is: yes. There are still a number of reasons to buy one of Apple’s streaming boxes – either an Apple TV 4K ($179+) or an Apple TV HD ($149) — because there are a number of things that Apple’s TV streaming box can do those new smart TVs with Apple TV-esque features can’t.
Apple TV HD
$129.98 (13% off)
The Apple TV HD comes with the redesigned Siri Remote.
Apple TV 4K
The 2021 Apple TV 4K is available in two storages: 32GB ($179) or 64GB ($199).
Siri Remote (2nd Generation)
The new Siri Remote has a more traditional D-pad controller, as well as dedicated buttons for power and Siri.
Siri Remote (2017)
If you want the older Siri Remote, you can still buy one from Amazon.
is an Apple TV? (And what does it do?)
An Apple TV is a streaming media that plugs into your TV and allows you to stream apps (such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max and Disney Plus) so that you can watch your favorite shows and movies. It effectively turns any dumb TV into a smart TV. If you already have smart TV, it allows you to run Apple’s tvOS as opposed to your TV’s smart interface.
Apple TV vs your smart TV: What’s the difference?
Pretty much all new TVs are smart TVs these days, meaning that they come with one of a variety of operating systems (such as Tizen, Roku or WebOS) that allow you to stream movies and shows from your favorite apps without having a separate dongle. But if you have an iPhone users — or other Apple devices — that are extra advantages of an Apple TV.
If you have an iPhone, an Apple TV allows you to easily cast music or a move/show to your TV. It gives you access to Apple’s gaming and fitness services (Apple Arcade and Fitness+). And it allows you to use your HomePod(s) or HomePod mini(s) as TV speakers (more on that below).
Apple TV 4K (2017) vs Apple TV 4K (2021)
Apple just updated the Apple TV 4K (but not the Apple TV HD) so now you might see 2017 and 2021 models. So, what’s the difference? And if you have a 2017 model, is it worth upgrading to a 2021 model?
The Apple TV 4K (2021) is very similar to the older version. In fact, they look identical and have most of the same capabilities, including access to Apple Arcade and Fitness+, and support for immersive video and audio technologies, such as 4K HDR, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
The difference is that Apple TV 4K (2021) has a faster processor (A12 Bionic), as well support for HDMI 2.1 and Wi-Fi 6. This also allows the Apple TV 4K (2021) to support 4K TVs with higher frame rates : 4K at up to 60fps. Basically, if you’ve bought a new 4K TV within the last year or two, the Apple TV 4K (2021) will likely be able to get the most out of it.
Maybe the most obvious difference is that the Apple TV 4K (2021) comes with redesigned Siri Remote. It scrapes the old touchpad in favor of a more traditional D-pad controller, and it has dedicated buttons for power and Siri. Also, it’s a little thicker, more ergonomic and not as symmetrical (so it should be easier to navigate in the dark).
If you have an older Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD, you can purchase the new Siri Remote for $59. If you buy any new Apple TV (4K or HD) from Apple, you’ll get the new Siri Remote (not the old one).
9 Reasons to Buy an Apple TV in 2021
1. Apple’s Dolby Atmos Experience
If you have a HomePod or HomePod mini, an Apple TV lets you use them as speakers for your television, which makes for a sneakily good surround sound system. Two ‘Pods — either HomePods or HomePod minis — can be configured in stereo. If you have an Apple TV 4K and a HomePod, this system will support Dolby Atmos audio, but you need the Apple TV 4K; the HD doesn’t support Dolby Atmos and neither does the HomePod mini.
As of March 2021, Apple has rolled out a tvOS update that brings support for HDMI ARC and eARC to your Apple TV 4K, meaning you can now use a HomePod (or HomePod mini) as a TV speaker when watching any input — not just the one that the Apple TV is on. So if you frequently watch cable or play a game console, you can get the HomePod to work with those as well.
2. A Private Listening Experience with AirPods
If you have an Apple TV, it’s really easy to connect your AirPods, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max for private listening — press and hold the Play button on your Apple TV remote and a drop-down menu should allow you to connect them. With tvOS 15, Apple will finally bring support for Spatial Audio to the Apple TV when used with AirPods Pro or AirPods Max. To turn it on, open the Control Center on your Apple TV, touch and hold the volume button on your Siri Remote, and the turn on Spatial Audio. Right now, the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max are the only two wireless headphones that support spatial audio.
The public beta for tvOS 15 is available now. The full software update is expected to roll out later this year (likely in September).
3. The Multi-User Experience
Similar to how services like Netflix allow you to switch between different profiles, offering individualized experiences split between different members of the household, so too does the Apple TV. For example, if you watch a lot of action movies, and your wife watches dramas, and your son or daughter watches cartoons – all those movie and TV show suggestions don’t get muddled together. The Apple TV app that’s built into other smart TVs does not offer this multi-user experience.
4. Apple Arcade on the Big Screen
Apple Arcade is the company’s new subscription gaming service which lets subscribers play original games and they will be playable across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. If you have a smart TV that supports the Apple TV app, however, it will not support Apple Arcade. If you’re somebody who plans to subscribe to Apple’s new gaming service and you want to play games on your big-screen TV, you’re going to need an Apple TV streaming box.
5. The Apple TV Remote and a Superior Siri for Search
The redesigned Siri Remote scraps the old touchpad in favor of a more traditional D-pad.
The Apple TV’s Siri Remote only comes and works with Apple TV streaming boxes, and it’s actually a very powerful navigation tool. Not only does it offer a super-easy way to scroll between thousands of Apple TV apps, as well as quickly get back to the Apple TV’s home screen, but it’s integrated with Siri so you can use your voice to quickly find content. Since the Apple TV streaming box is a completely “Apple experience,” Siri is actually a way more powerful tool.
6. Epic Screen Savers
A relatively minor feature of the Apple TV that has ardent fans is its screen savers. When your Apple TV is idle for a certain number of minutes, its display switches to a screen saver, typically featuring beautiful videos. To date, Aerial screen savers have been super popular; these Aerials have been shot from places all over the world and from space. If you like these screen savers enough, you can also tap “Menu” button on Apple TV remote while in the main screen and initiate these screensavers whenever you like. Apple constantly rolls new screensavers, such as underwater, aerial and satellite shots. These Apple-specific screen savers are only available on Apple TV streaming boxes.
7. The Smart Home Hub
The Apple TV streaming box, HomePod smart speaker, and any iPad can be designated as smart home hubs for an Apple smart home. The advantage of this is it allows you to control your HomeKit smart devices remotely. For example, if you want to use your iPhone to issue a HomeKit command, either through the Home app or using Siri on your iPhone (like “shut the garage door” or “I’m close to home, get the AC running”), the Apple TV or the HomePod is the thing that receives the command and executes it within the house. Since the Apple TV and HomePod are both always on, it also allows you to run smart home automations; a good example is that through HomeKit, you can have your smart lights turn on at sunset. It’s true that there is now HomeKit on non-Apple smart TVs, but they are essentially acting as HomeKit accessories – not as a Home hub. It’s not always on and they won’t let you issue a command remotely; you can’t say “turn on my lights” when you’re at work, for example.
8. A Powerful Processor Means No Lag
The truth is that even though more smart TVs will have more Apple TV-esque features, there’s a good chance that they won’t run like one. All Apple TV streaming boxes have dedicated processors that are designed to make things run as smoothly as possible. Smart TVs that are running Apple’s software have a lot more going on and, the reality is there might be more lag if you don’t have an Apple TV streaming box. It’s still worth trying the built-in option if your TV supports it, but you can always spend the $179 if you aren’t happy.
9. It’s the Best Portable TV Streamer
Yes, they are expensive, but the Apple TV streaming box (HD or 4K) are still arguably the best portable streamers that you can buy. Most people don’t think of them or use them as portable devices – it’s true – but the Apple TV is actually a great gadget to take on vacation or a work trip. It has 32GB or more or storage, which is room enough to store a great number of apps or games. Or you can easily connect the Apple TV to Wi-Fi and stream any of your favorite shows or movies, across various apps.
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Best TV for 2021 – CNET
After more than a year of COVID-related restrictions, many people are looking to make the most of their home entertainment space. This may entail upgrading your couch, rearranging your living room or tricking out your binge-watching setup for ultimate enjoyment — perhaps investing in a soundbar or upgrading to a bigger and better TV in order to better enjoy your favorite shows or perhaps a much anticipated Netflix original.
If you’re looking to enhance your TV-viewing experience, we’re here to help you pick the best TV for your needs. There are a lot of TVs on the market, but generally speaking the best TV is the one that will fit your space and budget. An OLED television will give you the best picture quality, but it’s expensive and might not be available in the size you want. That’s where this list comes in. I’ve gathered the best TVs I’ve reviewed at different prices, sizes and technologies — models with HDR, Ultra HD 4K, QLED, 120Hz, HDMI 2.1 and more — based on my years of experience and side-by-side comparisons in CNET’s test lab (for the foreseeable future, that’s my basement). My focus is on finding the best picture quality for the money, regardless of brand.
In my comparisons I look at things like contrast ratio, local dimming, brightness, color and uniformity, gaming input lag and refresh rate, as well as the number of HDMI ports. All of these TVs have great picture quality and while 4K resolution is nice, 4K TVs with Ultra HD are not necessary for an excellent viewing experience. The other critical factor is how well the television supports your streaming service app (or apps) of choice, like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV and Disney Plus. This doesn’t necessarily mean a TV with smart features, but we do want to be sure that it works well with streaming devices (including gaming systems) that allow you to easily access your streaming service of choice. Here are my recommendations for the best TV to watch your favorite TV shows, movies and more, with the following notes to keep in mind:
- Unless noted otherwise, all of the prices you’ll see are for 65-inch models.
- Looking for a specific screen size? Check out: 32-inch TVs, 43-inch TVs, 55-inch TVs, 65-inch TVs and 75-inch TVs.
- Some of the TVs below came out in 2020. New 2021 models are now available and we’ve reviewed a handful so far. For the 2020 TVs on this list I’ve included a “2021 outlook” section with everything I know (so far) about the new models.
- If you’re worried that new 2021 TVs will have some great feature or picture quality enhancement you’ll miss out on if you buy a TV now, relax. TVs are generally a mature technology and our advice is that if you need a new TV now, you should get one.
- This best TV list is updated periodically.
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No TV I’ve ever tested offers this much picture quality for this little cash. The 2020 TCL 6-Series has even better image quality than its predecessor, thanks to mini-LED tech and well-implemented full-array local dimming that helps it run circles around just about any other TV at this price. It also has gaming features that make it a solid choice for a gaming TV, with a new THX mode that combines low input lag and high contrast. As if that’s not enough, the Roku TV operating system is our hands-down favorite.
Sizes: 55-, 65-, 75-inch.
2021 outlook: TCL says this HDR TV will remain on sale through most of 2021. I don’t expect it to be replaced until at least the fall, and it might stick around the entire year. An 85-inch version will be released “in the coming months.” TCL will also sell an 8K version of the 6-Series, but I don’t think it will be worth the money.
Read our TCL 6-Series (2020 Roku TV) review.
What’s that you say? You just want the best TV and can afford whatever you want? Here you go. In my side-by-side tests, the LG G1 OLED TV is the best TV I’ve ever reviewed, with world-beating contrast, perfect wide viewing angle and excellent uniformity. This OLED TV beats the picture of the LG CX above, barely, and offers a slimmer, more wall-friendly design. If you can afford it, this is the TV to get.
Sizes: 55-, 65-, 77-inch.
Read the LG G1 series (2021) review.
Currently available for hundreds less than the G1 above, and with picture quality that’s almost as good, the CX from 2020 is a better choice overall for people who want a really nice OLED TV but don’t have money to burn. The G1 was slightly brighter in my measurements and has slightly better video processing, but it was really hard to tell the difference. The only real advantage to the G1 is that slim styling, but the CX is pretty slim itself.
Sizes: 48-, 55-, 65-, 77-inch.
2021 outlook: The new model, designated C1, is currently available for a few hundred more than the CX. I haven’t reviewed it yet. It adds a new 83-inch size, some minor new features and improved processing but I expect image quality to be largely the same as the CX.
Read our LG OLEDCX series review.
Looking for a high-end TV with spectacular image quality, but don’t want an OLED? The Samsung QN90A is your best bet. This TV uses QLED tech augmented by mini-LED, for a brighter image than any OLED TV. The spectacular contrast of OLED still won out in my side-by-side tests, but the QN90A QLED screen comes closer than ever. It’s also a bit cheaper than 2021 OLED TVs (but not cheaper than the 2020 CX) and available in a wider range of sizes.
Sizes: 50-, 55-, 65-, 75-, 85-inch.
Read our Samsung QN90A series (2021) review.
Roku is our favorite platform for live TV streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, and it’s even better baked into the TV. This TCL 4-Series can’t beat any of the models above on image quality — its 4K resolution and HDR performance don’t do much to help the picture — but it’s perfectly fine for most people, especially at this price.
Sizes: 43-, 50-, 55-, 65-, 75-, 85-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 43-inch size.)
Read our TCL 4-series Roku TV (2021) review.
Aside from the TCL 6-Series above, this is the best TV for the money we’ve reviewed. The TCL has a better picture and better smart HDTV system so it’s a superior TV overall, but it’s also more expensive. If you can’t afford the 6-Series, this Vizio is a very good choice.
Sizes: 50-, 55-, 65-inch.
2021 outlook: The successor to this TV is the MQ7-J series. It looks very similar on paper — the major difference is a new voice remote and a larger selection of sizes. It ships in July and initial list pricing is significantly higher than the 2020 version, ranging from $200 to $300 more depending on size.
Read our Vizio M7-Series Quantum (2020) review.
Vizio’s V-series is our favorite budget alternative to the TCL 4-Series Roku TV. We liked Roku’s smart TV system better (sound familiar?), but the V-series has some advantages, including a better remote with voice and more advanced picture settings. Picture quality between the two was basically the same, so if you don’t have a preference, it makes sense to get the cheapest one.
Sizes: 43-, 50-, 55-, 58- 65-, 75-inch
Read the Vizio V-Series (2021) review.
With excellent picture quality, anchored by full-array local dimming and plenty of brightness to make HDR content shine, the X90J is Sony’s answer to the TCL 6-Series and step-up Vizio models. Sleek looks and the Google TV operating system score additional points, as does its next-gen console support (it has 4K/120fps inputs and Sony promises VRR… sometime) and built-in NextGen TV tuner. If you want an “S” brand, this is one of the best values we’ve tested.
Read our Sony X90J series (2021) review.
Samsung is the TV brand that sells more TVs than anyone and one of the most popular is the Q60A series. Its sleek OLED screen design stands out compared to the other TVs on this list — although the ultra-thin OLED models are even sleeker — it offers better features and image quality than budget models like the TCL 4-Series, and it comes in a vast array of sizes. The TVs above are all superior values, and the Sony X90J has a better picture, but if you want a Samsung TV and can’t afford the QN90A, this is a great choice.
Sizes: 43-, 50-, 55-, 60- 65-, 70- 75-, 85-inch.
Read our Samsung Q60A series (2021) review.
For sizes smaller than 55 inches, and for people who value smarts over image quality, these non-4K Roku TVs make a lot of sense. The picture is “good enough” and the built-in smarts are superb — just enough to watch the final season of “The Office” or “Friends” content. And the price is perfect for a kids’ room or secondary room where you don’t need a massive screen.
Sizes: 28-, 32-, 40-, 43-, 49-inch. (The price shown below is for the 40-inch size.)
2021 outlook: The newest version of the 3-Series has a “335” model number and is available in a 32-inch size now, but TCL says image quality is the same as the 325 reviewed here. My advice is to simply get the least expensive one.
Read our TCL S325 series (Roku TV) review.
Other stuff to know about buying a new TV in 2021
I’m pretty sure you’d be happy with any one of the TVs above, but a new set can be a big investment, so maybe you’re looking for a bit more information. Here’s a quick and dirty list.
- In my opinion, bigger is better. Big TVs are cheaper than ever and your money is best spent on large screen sizes rather than a slight upgrade in image quality.
- If you don’t like the built-in smart TV system, you can always add a streaming device from Roku, Amazon, Google or Apple. They’re generally cheap and easy to use for streaming service options — and receive updates more frequently than most smart TVs. See our picks of the best streaming devices here.
- The sound quality of most built-in speakers is terrible, so it’s worthwhile to pair your new set with a sound bar or other speaker system. Good ones start at around $100. See the best soundbars here.
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Finding the best Smart TV apps is essential if you want to get the most out of your new Samsung TV.
This is because there is a lot more to choose from these days than just Netflix, and new additions like Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus only make it harder to find the best Smart TV apps for your needs.
Last year, Samsung’s Smart TV platform received a significant update with the new Smart Hub operating system, Samsung introduced its high-end flagship series of QLED and 4K UHD TVs….
Aside from offering the obvious staples of Netflix, Hulu (for those in the US), Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube, Smart Hub is bursting at the seams with great apps for Samsung TVs – all of which can be downloaded right now from the Smart Hub store.
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With so many Samsung Smart TV apps being released all the time, it is difficult to determine which apps are worth downloading ..
After testing dozens of the best Samsung TVs over the years, we’ve narrowed down the must-download platform for Samsung TV apps that will offer entertainment at their peak.
That’s why we’ve rounded up the 12 best Samsung TV apps for your new Samsung smartphone. If you want a complete, exhaustive list, you can find it on Samsung’s website, although our review should save you some time.
If you also want a new Samsung Smart TV, check out our 2020 Samsung TV Guide for information on all the new Samsung QLED and LED TVs coming this year.
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When it comes to online video streaming services, Netflix has been the gold standard since it invented the whole concept almost a decade ago.
Along with an impressive selection of existing TV shows and movies, Netflix also invests heavily in its own exclusive productions, including Stranger Things, Sex Education, Black Mirror and Bojack Horseman.
In terms of sheer volume of content, Netflix is the largest streaming service, although there are significant differences in content available in the UK versus store in the US – even if the ghost of Disney Plus might pick up some of the best gems from the library.
If you’re new to streaming video, there is no better starting point than Netflix – watch our best shows on Netflix for inspiration.
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2. Disney Plus
Disney Plus is a streaming service where you can watch classic animated films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and even 20th Century Fox content like The Simpsons….
This is still relatively new, but over time, Disney Plus will have original content from Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar, giving it the opportunity to outperform its biggest competitors like Netflix and Apple TV Plus. Baby Yoda and the Mandalorian are just the beginning.
Plus, we just learned that Frozen 2 has landed on Disney Plus ahead of schedule, making it all the more compelling.
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3.Apple TV Plus
Apple TV Plus is the tech giant’s first venture to stream original content, with famous titles such as The Morning Show, Epic Jason Momoa, Sesame Street Helpers, Teenage Ghost Writers “, A biopic about Hiley Steinfeld” Emily Dickinson “and a NASA drama. For all of humanity.
As a new service offering only original content, screenings and movies are a bit scarce, but you can expect the Apple TV Plus library to fill up over the next year, and with 4K and HDR streaming support, these new shows will look great on your Samsung TV …
Read more: Apple TV Plus
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4. Amazon Prime Video
Amazon may not be the original streaming service, but it’s not reckless when it comes to showing you the best TV has to offer. In recent years, there has been a constant supply of exclusive shows such as Good Omens, The Man in the High Castle and Vikings.
In addition to exclusives, Amazon also has an impressive selection of films, recently adding the darkly comic biopic I Tonya and the second installation from the John Wick series….
Fortunately, unlike Netflix, which forces you to have an account to view available titles, Amazon makes its Prime Lists available directly on its website, meaning you can check that your favorites are available before paying for a subscription. .
You can also read our roundup of the best shows on Amazon Prime Instant Video to see what’s on Prime this month ..
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5.Hulu (US only)
When Hulu finally renewed its subscription levels in 2017, it brought the service in line with rivals Netflix and Amazon Prime. It previously offered two tiers, a free ad-supported service and a limited pool of content, and a paid service that offers an extended selection (which still has ads).
You can now subscribe to a cheaper tier that hosts infomercials, a more robust premium tier that excludes ads, or the Hulu package with Live TV, which offers limited on-demand infomercials plus some live channels….
What really sells us on Hulu is its exclusive deals, which include shows like The Mindy Project, Bob’s Burgers and The Handmaid’s Tale. Just keep in mind that no matter what tier you subscribe to, a small number of shows and series will still show ads – even if you’re on the premium tier of the service.
Learn More: Don’t miss our Hulu review.
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6.BBC iPlayer (UK only)
The BBC has a reputation for producing some of the best TV shows of recent years, such as Kill Eve, Doctor Who, Sherlock and Luther, and luckily for Samsung TV owners, they are available through a dedicated iPlayer app.
A few years ago, the BBC only made the show available for 30 days after its first broadcast, but this has changed since then and now offers full seasons of most of the shows and complete episodes of the most popular TV series….
What’s more, iPlayer has the widest selection of impressions of all streaming services on this list, as it covers (with a few minor exceptions) everything that aired on the BBC. This means tent dramas like Sherlock can be streamed alongside today’s episode of the long-running soap series Easter or Favorite Antiques at the Roadshow.
And yes, you legally need a UK TV license to use the service.
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7. All 4 (UK only)
All 4 is the Channel 4 iPlayer version that covers content from Channel 4, E4 and other channels. However, unlike the BBC iPlayer, more popular shows are available on the service an unlimited number of times ..
This means that if you want to sit down and watch every episode of the great Peep Show since its first broadcast in 2003, then nothing will stop you.
Other major accomplishments include The IT Crowd, Black Books (both by the excellent Graham Linham) and Grand Designs, who delighted in the guilt.
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Our next pick is slightly different from the other streaming services on this list. Instead of streaming video from the service, PLEX allows you to create your own collections on the media server and stream them to any device you want….
However, while PLEX is available on just about every device, it looks pretty darn good on Samsung Smart TVs ..
So why install PLEX when you have Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, or other streaming services on this list? Because PLEX is free. There is no monthly fee for the basic version of the application, which allows you to create and maintain your own local video server.
If DIY video streaming service sounds like a lot of work and not exactly a perfect experience, you would be surprised to know that PLEX has really improved over the past few years, making it extremely easy to set up and incredibly versatile as a streaming service.
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9. HBO Now (US only)
HBO Go and HBO Now are streaming services from the TV network behind the likes of The Sopranos, The Wire, and most recently Game of Thrones. No other chain has produced as many classics as Home Box Office ..
Many of HBO’s finest shows, such as the aforementioned The Wire or the sublimely created True Blood, are available on Amazon Prime Video, but HBO’s own apps get access to the show as soon as they air, rather than when the box set is available to everyone else.Simply put, if you want to stream Game of Thrones on the day it launches, you’ll have to pay for either HBO Go or HBO Now ..
So what is the difference between these two services? HBO Go is a streaming service exclusively available to HBO cable subscribers, and HBO Now is available to anyone, whether you pay for a premium channel or not.
Which option you choose will likely depend on whether or not you have a cable subscription to the service, but the HBO Now app is reportedly slightly more responsive software….
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Previously, YouTube was the place to go for amateur videos on everything from skateboarding to cat videos, but in recent years the site has become a place to host a wide variety of content, from comedy scripts to reality shows and documentaries.
This is a platform that is no longer defined by amateur production values.Content creators are now using teams of professional video production staff to create a dizzying amount of content for every niche possible.
We personally are a big fan of the LinusTechTips PC hardware channel (as well as our own Ditching YouTube channel), but there are channels catering to all sorts of interests, from beauty and fashion to video games.
There are also full movies on YouTube that can be rented for 30 days or bought directly….
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11. Spotify / Pandora
The first major player in music streaming and an app for anyone looking to play or find music through their TV. From here, you can log into your Spotify account and access all the same songs, playlists, and library as you would on your laptop or smartphone. With over 40 million songs and thousands added every day, it is the most cohesive music streaming service….
While Spotify still has the crown for music streaming apps, you’ll only find it on Samsung smart TVs after 2015. For those with older sets that you can access the so-called Pandora.
While you may remember Pandora as an Internet radio station service, it is actually a much more interesting and versatile service than many people think. Firstly, calling it Internet radio is not entirely correct. It’s like algorithmically generated personalized music stations.There is no need to shuffle between stations as Pandora learns from your feedback: you don’t like the song and Pandora will skip it. I liked the song and Pandora will play more like.
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12. VOODOO (USA only)
VUDU is another video streaming service, however, unlike Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu, it does not offer an all-you-can-eat monthly streaming subscription.
Instead, titles are leased or bought on an individual basis, and there are frequent sales on the site where you can close a deal.Rentals range from $ 0.99 to $ 5.99, and purchases from $ 4.99 to $ 24.99.
Although VUDU’s movie library is much smaller than Netflix’s, its model is based on the fact that titles are available for streaming as soon as a home release is released. This is in contrast to Netflix, which tends to show old movies in their library.
We would try our best to recommend that users rely solely on VUDU for all their streaming needs, but as an add-on to Netflix or Amazon Prime, VUDU works well to fill in the gaps.
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90,000 TOP-10 best applications for Smart TV
TOP-10 best applications for Smart TV
The best apps for Smart TV help expand the functionality of your TV, making it smarter and more useful. A smart TV can do a lot more than we’re used to. True, to expand the capabilities of Smart TV, you need to add new applications to it.We have already described how to install applications on SMART TV in one of our previous articles. There are a lot of such programs on the Internet, and most of them are paid, of little use or not suitable for our region.
Want to manually search for good Smart TV apps? If not, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are 10 of the best and most useful applications for Smart TV or regular TV with a set-top box according to experts and ordinary users.
This is not really a program for a TV, but rather for a smartphone or tablet running Android.The main essence of the application is the emulation of the remote control via a mobile device. With the TV remote control program, we can easily switch channels from a smartphone. There are other similar applications, but they are less popular and have a smaller list of supported TV models. The TV remote is suitable for all common TV models from Sony, Sharp, Samsung, Panasonic and other well-known brands.
Install and configure the application:
- Connect to the Wi-Fi network from your smartphone and download the program from the official Google Play page.
- Set up the connection of the TV to the Network.
- After a short search, the application will find the TV on its own and adapt to it.
Already today the TV remote control successfully works with more than 200 thousand TV models. Combined with a clear interface and precise work, the application becomes the best in its niche. The only condition is the presence of an IrDA on the phone.
Free Smart TV Apps tops Twitch TV in all ratings.The program should be given its due, because it opens access to viewing streams and competitions in any computer and console games. The application allows you to save broadcasts to a file (if there is enough TV memory). Has a built-in chat for communicating with the streamer and other viewers. Installing the application costs nothing, but if you wish, we can subscribe to the channels of your favorite streamers. Nobody obliges to this.
This is one of the best streaming services and applications in the CIS countries.If for some reason there is a desire to switch to another popular service, read on, we will touch on this topic later.
Application for watching movies and TV series IVI
Almost always included in the pre-installed Smart TV applications of Samsung and other manufacturers. This is the largest service for the legal viewing of films. The cinema library has access to tens of thousands of films, cartoons and TV series. Most of the movies are paid, but there are many free movies as well.The main advantage of the virtual cinema is the constant updating of the content. There are both Soviet films and recently released films. The service provides access to your account, where we can debug films for later or study the viewing history.
Often included in Philips Smart TV applications by default, but often found on other TVs. The service also has a free mode, but the amount of content in it is limited. Much more film production becomes available after paying for a subscription (not expensive).
The app takes a place in the ranking due to its practicality, wide selection of films, access to online broadcasts and cross-platform. The main advantages of the application are the ability to select different voices and enable or disable subtitles. It is especially convenient to use the application from a personal account, which has access to hundreds of TV channels.
LG Smart TV applications such as IPTV provide access to viewing various videos from most sites on the Internet.Among all programs of this type, we chose SlyNet IPTV due to access to 800 TV channels and over 1000 terrestrial radio stations. The application also has its own storage with movies and music. I also liked the service with its thoughtful Russian-language interface and support for high-quality content. True, to download content in 4k, you have to install XMTVplayer.
Many of us know this player from the computer or mobile versions. It can also work on Smart TV Tizen OS, Android TV.We recommend this application for installation due to the huge number of pre-installed codecs for playing video of any format. VLC also has filters for adjusting sound, an equalizer and a performance adjustment function.
Did you like the VLC player? We still have something to surprise you further.
365 Body Workout
A unique application in concept, it is actively used by supporters of a sports lifestyle. Tired of looking for sports videos on the Internet? Everything you need is in the library of this application.Here are courses on workouts, useful tips on weight gain, drying, nutritional supplements, daily regimen and other points important for the athlete.
Great for beginner athletes, because all the exercises presented are animated, this helps to better understand the range of motion and starting positions. There is paid content here as well, but the free version is enough for most of us.
A comfortable TV keyboard is a dream for many, but now it can become a reality.The application speeds up the entry of names, titles and numbers in special fields. Additionally, it allows all buttons on the remote to be used as shortcut keys for functions or individual menus.
A kind of analogue of a computer web browser developed for Android TV. Controlled by both remote control and voice. The application is interesting due to the correct display of site pages on the big screen. Like other browsers on PC, TV Bro supports downloading any content.
We decided to finish the review of Smart TV applications with one of the most famous applications for watching video, music and streams. YouTube is the largest video hosting site, where fresh and interesting videos regularly appear, which can also be downloaded through the program. The service maintains synchronization with other accounts and retains all the capabilities of the PC version of the site.
Important! There are some minor problems on Samsung Smart TV with YouTube, the application cannot be installed on TVs before 2012 release.
All of these apps are the best of the best on Smart TV. Each of them has tens or hundreds of thousands of fans and users. They will definitely help make your Smart TV even more functional.
Do you know any other Smart TV application that can be included in the rating of the best? Write about it in the comments.
Best Apps for SMART TV
For most modern TVs, it is quite natural to have Smart TV technology, but at the same time, most owners use its useful functions to a minimum.You can use additional popular applications to unleash the capabilities of a modern “smart” TV and turn it into a real media center. Our ranking of programs of the current year with all the necessary information will help you navigate the diversity.
# 10 – X-plore File Manager
If your plans include working with different kinds of applications, then X-plore File Manager is the first thing you need to download to your TV. The powerful tool allows you to work with all folders on your media box.You can copy, move and delete any files and manage the contents of the memory in general. The program has convenient controls, the ability to use archives and cloud storage. It is worth paying attention to the presence of advertising in the free version of the application, which disappears after purchasing X-plore.
# 9 – VLC Media Player
VLC Player is one of the most popular multimedia players. The merit of this demand is in its simple interface, versatility and support for most of the existing formats and codecs.It easily processes even the largest files, organizes and plays playlists, provides the ability to change video scaling, screenshot, connect subtitles, etc. The use of VLC Player is relevant with online cinemas, which we will talk about later. An important fact is that the file manager is completely free: no spyware or ads.
No. 8 – Tv Bro
Using smart TV, you can visit your usual Internet pages. To do this, it is enough to install a special program.Tv Bro is an open source web browser optimized for media consoles. It has everything you need for active “surfing”: high speed of loading pages, the presence of bookmarks and tabs, browsing history, a combination of hot keys and much more. Today it is the only browser with mouse speed control, as well as support and customization of the remote control.
In some cases, it may be difficult to install Tv Bro from Google Play Market, since not all devices will be among the supported ones.But you can always get out of the situation by downloading the APK file on another site.
# 7 – TuneIn Radio
The application will appeal to all radio lovers. It contains the largest collection of stations – sports, music, news, including podcasts and online streaming.
The disadvantages include not the most modern interface, as well as some moments with playback, which is possible only in active mode. But at the same time, the developers continue to gradually eliminate the shortcomings, and there are still no worthwhile alternative solutions for TuneIN.To find an application, just go to the Playmarket and Samsung Apps Store. The paid version of TuneIn Radio Pro does not display ads and allows you to record your favorite broadcasts.
No. 6 – Smart YouTube TV
One of the most popular applications on any smart TV is Youtube, a resource that millions of people use for their leisure time. But at the same time, many “smart” TVs had problems with video playback until the Smart YouTube TV application appeared.It differs from the usual YouTube client by its wide functionality, pleasant interface, high-speed performance and the ability to watch videos in a variety of formats. Management facilitates the presence of the Russian language and the use of “native” remotes of existing devices.
Users have the right to unlimited use of the software, so its distribution is absolutely free without ads and other nuances. It should be remembered that in the application it is impossible to change the region code, which is specified by default, so you will not be able to watch some blocked videos.
No. 5 – Torrent Stream Controller
The application is based on AceStream technology for online video stream playback. Now there is no need to wait until the desired movie is downloaded from the torrent. The loader built into the program selects the optimal version for the TV itself, and AceStream starts working automatically every time you try to play content using the Stream Controller. Therefore, AceStream does not need to be started manually. The list of channels is represented by a rather broad name – among them are entertainment, sports and news channels, film portals.
The disadvantages of the application include settings that may seem unnecessarily complicated for an inexperienced user. Buying the full version of the program saves the user from advertising, makes it possible to add favorite channels to bookmarks, monitor browsing history and much more.
№4 – Fry! TV
Application for free viewing of more than 1700 channels in high quality. The application is used without ads, with a convenient categorization.There is also a TV program for the week. Fry! TV content includes movies, cartoons, sports programs and much more. You can adjust playback, picture and sound quality using a standard remote control. Installing Fry! TV is possible by downloading the APK file with further playback using a third-party player.
No. 3 – Kodi
Talking about the most useful applications for smart TV, we cannot fail to mention Kodi. It is a free cross-platform media player that allows you to work with music, videos, pictures, as well as their transfer and storage on other devices.The software can work on different platforms with the support of a large number of formats. The use of add-ons will contribute to the expansion of the program’s functionality.
Along with positive reviews about the latest version of the application, problems with functioning on some devices began to appear. But at the same time, Kodi continues to be on the list of the best applications for the “advanced” TV. You can install it through the Google Play Market for Android users. Owners of other devices will have to use the manual from the Internet.
Among the many programs for free online viewing of multimedia content, HD VideoBox video service for smart TV deserves special attention.
HD Videobox –– a video content catalog with the function of searching for the desired material in various resources. By clicking on the image of the film, you can see its description, make a choice among the proposed characteristics. According to the established criteria, the program starts searching on popular sites. In addition, using the application, you can download videos for offline viewing, but for this the user will need special utilities.
The most basic version of the application contains ads, and in order to get rid of it, you need to buy an advanced version, in which search by torrents and creation of playlists will be available. The software in question does not have a built-in video player, so it will need to be installed additionally.
# 1 – ForkPlayer
ForkPlayer is a popular video service for free online watching of movies, videos, broadcasts from various sources. The main advantage of the application is its multiplatform nature.ForkPlayer works great on Android TV, Samsung Smart TV and LG Smart TV. There is also support for IPTV broadcasting programs in high quality.
Thanks to its simple interface, the application resembles a browser with built-in bookmarks for a media set-top box, the list of which is constantly updated. The best way to download ForkPlayer is to go to the developer’s site. To fully enjoy the functionality of the program, you will have to deal with its settings. In this case, the Internet will come to the rescue, where there are all the necessary instructions.
We hope that this small rating has helped you to identify the best Smart TV apps for yourself.
Best Smart TV Apps
Hello dear readers! In this review, you will find out about the best Smart TV apps according to users’ opinion.
Every day all home appliances are getting smarter and TVs are no exception. Now even the most inexpensive smart TV bought in the funduk store is able to fully satisfy all the needs of the user.
You can easily install popular applications such as: Skype, Facebook, online services for viewing news, weather services, online magazines, etc.
Free Smart TV Apps
- Netflix – this application will allow you to watch online streaming video, in some countries it is possible to watch 4K video. You can change the country in the TV settings and enjoy watching high-quality video.
- MegoGo is a smart TV application that is popular in Ukraine.The service allows you to watch movies, cartoons, TV series and TV shows for free. To watch new films, you will have to pay and subscribe, if you do not want to pay, you can continue to use the application for free. The app has a convenient sorting by genre and year. In general, the free features of this application are more than enough.
- DivanTV – very similar to the previous application in functionality, added IPTV. TV channels are also available by subscription, otherwise there are many free old films.
- Fork Player is a zest that is available for popular models of inexpensive smart TVs from such manufacturers: Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Bravis, Sony, Sharp.
Fork Player lets you ditch your cable TV altogether (ditch it altogether). Fork Payer is a kind of multimedia harvester, 90% of the content is completely free.
It is not possible to install the application through the built-in software market in Smart Tv, since this application is not entirely legal to use.You need to install Fork Player yourself in developer mode (there is such a function in every smart TV), the installation is easiest on Samsung TVs.
Please note that the installation of third-party software is possible without loss of warranty and if everything is done according to the instructions.
Since Fork Player is my favorite application, I will describe in detail the process of installing it on a Samsung Smart TV.
Installing and configuring the Fork Player application on a Samsung TV
First, I recommend removing all unnecessary applications and widgets in order to free up more space, especially if you have an inexpensive smart TV with little memory for programs.
- Turn on the TV using the remote control, then click on the red button and get into the input / output menu. We clear the fields and enter in the login menu “develop” in the password field you need to enter “123456” for an F series TV you need to use the password “sso1029dev!”
Please note that on some TV models, the password field must be left blank.
- After you have successfully entered developer mode, you need to enter the service (the lower part of the TV screen), then settings, then development (you need to accept the terms of the agreement and click OK).
- Server IP address setting and user application synchronization are the main settings that we need to change.
To install OVP, use the IP address “126.96.36.199” to install the fork of the player, use the IP address “188.8.131.52” or “184.108.40.206”.
- After you have specified the ip-address, you can go to the item “Synchronization of user applications” and start synchronization, it takes a little time, on average, up to 5 minutes.
- After successful synchronization, some sources recommend exiting developer mode, I did not do that, everything works and so well.
Recommended video “How to install ForkPlayer in a smart TV”
Digging deeper, the forkplayer is just a browser designed specifically for Smart TVs. It takes video, photo and audio content straight from the Internet and adapts it for viewing on your TV.
Please note that the quality of the material depends on the site from which it was taken by the application.
Forkplayer can be controlled via any connected device – smartphone, laptop or remote control.
Read also about installing and configuring forkplayer on Samsung and LG TVs.
# 2 – Traveling with WebCam World
This is the best Smart TV app if you love to travel. It was created in order to contemplate the beauty of our planet right at home. So, in order to watch TV shows and films, you will have to find another program. By opening this application, you will discover a whole world that you can admire through thousands of cameras installed around the world.
Internet travel you can make through the centers of beautiful cities and famous natural attractions.
You can see all the wonders of the world – architectural monuments, famous streets and natural beauty. For example, you can walk right from home along Wall Street, and then take a trip to the Grand Canyon.
One of the shortcomings is that not all cameras are updated as often as we would like.
Megogo is one of the best Smart TV apps for watching TV series, movies and cartoons.You can also watch TV shows that are shown on classic TV.
This program is distinguished by high quality video content, the presence of subtitles and a system of smart viewing recommendations.
All the hits and novelties of the film industry are available almost instantly, so you will always find something to watch.
The user can set a filter by genre or rating, read reviews or find the desired movie through the search.
# 4 – Rostelecom for Smart TV
First of all, this application was created for Rostelecom users.If you are a subscriber of this provider, you will have to download this application anyway. The main advantage will be the ability to watch TV channels even without a special set-top box for Smart TV.
However, those who already have a set-top box should also download the app from Rostelecom. Since it has many useful services and services for the user. In addition, it will fit absolutely any TV.
The application is free for all interested people who have a prefix available.If you do not have it, then for full use you will have to use the Interactive TV service from Rostelecom, and this is already for a fee.
Despite the fact that the application is extremely useful, it was nevertheless developed for Rostelecom clients.
# 5 – Browser TV Bro
TV Bro is a browser specially designed for Smart TV. It is extremely useful, since many standard browsers on Smart TVs are inconvenient and incomplete.Therefore, it is better to immediately install a third-party browser and enjoy the new technologies.
This browser gained its wide popularity thanks to free distribution, huge functionality and high-quality optimization. In addition, absolutely any person, even those who are far from modern technologies, can figure it out with its setting and operation.
For advanced users, there is voice control, optimization of heavy Internet sites and a download manager.If you like everything the old fashioned way, then you can control it through the remote control or a connected smartphone.
Among the shortcomings, one can single out rare problems with the playback of video content. And the fact that the user is unlikely to use most of the fancy functions at all.
# 6 – Twitch TV Streaming Platform
Twitch TV is one of the most popular streaming services worldwide. Streams are live broadcasts where people do whatever they want.These can be games, cooking shows, watching movies with the audience, and so on.
TVs of all popular brands support this application and you can watch streams in the highest quality.
The main advantage of the application is video viewing without any delays or other problems. While on a computer, you often have to reload the page or reduce the quality of the broadcast.
The only drawback is the chat. It’s quite small, and it will be extremely difficult to send messages and communicate with the streamer or other viewers.For this, a computer or laptop is better suited. To be fair, not all viewers use chat during live broadcasts.
No. 7 – Gismeteo
Gismeteo is a weather forecast service. The coincidence of the forecast and real weather is almost one hundred percent. In addition to the temperature, you can also find out the percentage of air humidity, wind speed, atmospheric pressure, probability of precipitation, and so on.
The program has nice interfaces, which are quite easy to understand.You can choose almost any city and be aware of natural phenomena.
The daily weather forecast is divided into several parts – morning, afternoon and evening. The data is updated every 5 hours.
The only drawback, like any other weather forecast service, is that sometimes predictions do not come true, but this is characteristic of absolutely all similar programs and services.
No. 8 – SportBox Sports Paradise
SportBox is an application for all fans of any of the existing sports.It opens the user to watch live broadcasts of sporting events, cuts of beautiful moments from already ended matches, as well as a list of upcoming events. This application is a must for any sports fan to keep abreast of events from the world of sports.
Nice interface, tabs with various services, constantly updated information and high quality video and live broadcasts will not leave anyone indifferent!
The application is absolutely free for everyone and is available for download right on the home page of any TV with the Smart TV function.It updates to new versions automatically and does not load the system at all.
No. 9 – Telephone instead of a remote control with a TV remote control
This is the best Smart TV app that allows you to turn your smartphone into a TV remote control. Controlling through a smartphone using this application is much easier and more convenient than through a standard remote control.
The program works with all popular TVs and smartphones. You can download it on Google Play absolutely free.
There is no need to install any additional applications or programs on the TV. On your smartphone, the application will automatically take the form of a remote control with an intuitive interface.
Among the shortcomings, one can single out the fact that the version of the application for the iOS operating system has not yet been developed, that is, it will not work to turn an iPhone into a remote control. Also, an infrared port is required to work in the phone, which today is no longer in every smartphone, but it can be purchased separately.
The signal range is not the highest, so sitting far from the TV will not work.
№10 – Cinema Search
Cinema Search is the best Smart TV app for watching movies. With him you can learn about all the news and premieres of the film industry. You also have the opportunity to find out the schedule in all cinemas in your city, leave a review or read the reviews of other viewers for a particular film.
The program is free of charge, which attracts more and more users.The view of the application is the same as the official website, which you can access through a browser. The interface is easy to learn, but if you are already familiar, then there will be no problems at all.
If you already have an account, then you just need to enter your username and password on the TV, and all your settings and preferences will be in front of you on the big screen. The version developed for Smart TV is no worse than a website on the Internet.
All these 10 best Smart TV apps will make your life more colorful and interesting.You will discover many new features and never get bored.
Overview of Smart TV applications for watching TV
Smart TV apps for watching TV
Smart TVs are truly smart devices. With their help, you can enjoy watching the best TV channels with high-quality images, listening to music, playing games, watching your favorite videos on YouTube, and chatting on social networks. But not all users can independently find, select and configure applications, as well as other useful functions for their “smart TV”.How to do it?
First steps after purchasing Smart TV
Smart TV control is not much different from smartphone control. As a rule, the user is offered a clear and convenient interface with various functions:
- TV viewing applications
- Online Cinemas
- Web services for downloading and watching videos, such as YouTube
- Internet browsers
- Internet radio
- Games for Smart TV
The first time you turn on the TV at home, you will need to create an account.To do this, you need to have an e-mail or, if you do not have an e-mail box, you will need to create one. When registering an account, you will be asked to enter an email address, come up with a password, it is possible to enter a phone number and a verification code. After creating an account, all Smart TV functions will be available to you.
Apps for watching TV channels
All applications for watching TV channels can be conditionally divided into paid and free, as well as applications that have a limited number of free channels.When you open APPS on your TV, or another application manager, you will see a large number of applications. But not all of them have reached high quality, so we bring you our selection of the best apps.
MEGOGO is one of the most popular and high-quality applications. It is intended for viewing domestic and foreign films, cartoons, TV series, documentaries, television shows, music concerts. It offers both paid and free channels and movies.
By subscribing paid subscription (several package options are offered), you will get access to more than 200 channels in excellent Full HD quality. Also, many films will become available to you, viewing of which in online cinemas must be paid for.
Free subscription – 20 channels with excellent image quality, the ability to rewind movies and programs.
The app has a Parental Control function where you can specify your child’s age.This feature will protect your children from watching unwanted movies and shows.
Application with free access to 19 channels: Mir, Phoenix PLUS Kino, Gastrolab, ATV, Soviet Comedy, Children, Business, Humor, Travel, Our Siberia and others. Russian and foreign serials will also be available to you. The app has a useful “add channel to favorites” function. You can add any channel you like and watch your favorite programs several times.There is one drawback: every time you turn on the application, there are several commercials that cannot be missed.
This application provides over 800 TV channels and over 1000 radio stations for free. A large number of films, TV series, cartoons are available. The application does not broadcast channels, but works through links from open sources. Some functions may not work correctly, for example, “add to favorites”, search for channels, but the developers are trying to bring the application to a high level.Inconvenient sorting of channels. All the necessary information about finding a program and installing it on your TV is on the official website SlyNet.tv .
In this application, the most rated and high-quality domestic and foreign serials and films are available for viewing. It should be noted that the application is paid, but for an average price you are offered excellent image quality with translations of the best studios, fresh projects of HBO and other top studios in the world.
Online cinema IVI
It is rightfully one of the most popular online cinemas. Now you can find it and install it on your Smart TV. This video library contains, perhaps, the largest number of domestic and foreign films, cartoons, TV series, trailers and rental novelties. Recently, IVI offers several categories of TV channels for viewing: entertainment (360, NTV style, Retro), cognitive (H2, Our Siberia, Eureka, HD Adventures), children’s (Visiting a fairy tale, Children’s, Red), news, sports, music and other TV channels.You will be provided with the best image quality, good studio translation, high-quality sound. But it is important to know that the viewing of most films, especially new rental releases, must be paid for. For Sberbank clients, IVI offers to pay for the subscription with “Thank you” bonuses.
If the Internet speed in your home is high, from 30 Mbps, then you can increase the number of free channels on your TV using set-top boxes. Clear instructions for installing and configuring gadgets in the video
Apps with separate free TV channels
There are many such applications, they allow you to watch your favorite TV channels for free, and also offer a lot of useful information about movies, programs, actors, “not included in the frame”, etc.We’ll take a quick look at a few of the most famous apps.
In the application of the First Channel, you will have access to recordings of the best programs, sports matches, films and TV series broadcast on this channel. Convenient TV program, the ability to stop and rewind programs and many other useful functions.
This is a replacement for the standard TV channel. All films, programs, shows and sitcoms can be watched in the recording, added to favorites, stopped and rewound at will.Convenient search is available.
The Dozhd TV channel application is available on almost all TVs around the world, with the exception of several countries (China, Brazil). You will have access to all the programs and reports of the channel in excellent quality, live broadcast, lectures, a convenient and understandable broadcasting schedule. It is possible to add your favorite programs to your favorites, to subscribe for a fee.
Other Useful Smart TV Apps
This is the most popular video hosting service for downloading and watching videos.Thousands of free channels on various topics: fishing, humor, travel, hobbies, landscape, cooking, animal videos, cartoons, product reviews. If you already have a YouTube account, then you can log in to it through the TV. All playlists, videos you like, channel subscriptions will become available to you. YouTube is a free platform, but recently the developers have been offering a paid premium subscription with no ads.
Without this program, now available on TV, it is difficult to imagine the life of a moviegoer.The developers have fully preserved all the useful functions: a list of premieres, movie descriptions, reviews, trailers, ratings of the “best films” in different categories, news, interviews. Upon authorization, if you already have an account on “Kinopoisk”, all your personal settings and movie lists will become available to you.
Smart TVs have a huge number of programs and functions for watching your favorite channels, programs, videos and movies. Many of them are free and allow you to save money without buying additional set-top boxes, antennas, expensive TV channel packages.
Apps for watching movies on Smart TV for free
Watching digital TV is not the most convenient solution. Advertising constantly interrupts the broadcast. Therefore, users want to find a site that has films for Smart TV.
Smart TV technology is a full-fledged alternative to television. Owners of TVs who support this platform can access a variety of TV channels, programs, sports broadcasts, films and series.
LG and Samsung regularly update their software, expanding the base of new products available for viewing in the world of cinematography.Some films are even available for viewing in 3D. Please note that this technology must also be supported by the TV itself.
Another indisputable advantage of Smart TV is that the user can rewind or pause the movie. Before looking for a movie storage, you need to activate the Smart TV function. How to do it? Let’s figure it out now.
Smart TV setup for the first time
Almost all manufacturers place a special button on the remote control, by pressing which, the user activates the Smart TV option.Therefore, there should be no problems with switching on. Especially if you use Samsung, Sony, Philips, LV TV or a device from another popular brand.
Practice shows that it is much more difficult to enable the Smart TV platform on devices from lesser-known companies. You will have to go to the menu, and then find the appropriate command in the settings. A detailed guide on how to enable the function is in the user manual.
To use special applications for watching popular movies for free, you need to configure Smart TV accordingly.Connect your TV to the internet. Plug the cable into the LAN port or connect to your home Wi-Fi network.
The principle of connecting to the Internet is approximately the same regardless of the TV model. Take Samsung MU6400 as an example. Step-by-step algorithm for setting up Smart TV:
- As soon as you activate the Smart TV function by pressing the corresponding key on the remote control, a notification about the need to connect to the Internet will appear on the screen.Click on the “Next” button.
- Choose the method of connecting to the Internet that is convenient for you. If you want to set up a wired connection, then plug the Ethernet cable into the LAN connector.
- To set up a wireless connection, go to the network settings. Then select the connection type “Wi-Fi”. Click on the “Update” button.
- A list of networks to which you can connect will appear on the screen.Select your home network and then enter your password. Click Finish. Internet connection established.
Setting will take away the minimum of free time. It is not necessary to call specialists. Every user can handle this simple task.
Services for watching movies
Where can I watch the latest in the world of cinematography in good quality? There are many popular repositories. Let’s look at the main applications for Smart TV, listing the main advantages and disadvantages.
Why is it worth watching movies on Smart TV on this particular service? The main advantage of Zoomby is its extensive list of films available for viewing. Many of them were filmed by amateurs. Therefore, the quality is poor. However, this drawback is typical for absolutely all sites.
One way or another, here you can see absolutely all new items. Movies in 3D appear regularly. Therefore, it is definitely worth installing the Zoomby app.
This is the most popular Smart TV application in Russia.No wonder. The library of the repository has about 60,000 different films, most of which can be watched online for free.
To fully use the program for watching movies on TV, you need to subscribe. Owners who paid a subscription get access to all paintings. Films can be watched without ads, paused, rewound. The ivi application can be found in all Smart TV branded stores.
This application is designed to search and watch movies, series, as well as popular TV programs online.With Smart TV, you can play content for free, as it is stored in open sources. Each user will be able to create M3U (IPTV), XML playlists.
The program is popular among TV owners of various brands. This is especially true for Samsung TVs. Until recently, it was impossible to imagine a service that could compare to NstreamLmod.
The program was created specifically for owners of Samsung TVs.The NstreamLmod service differed from other applications in a wide range of functionalities. In online mode, you can watch not only films, but also videos on YouTube. The application provides access to many popular online cinemas. Many sites offer viewing of new products in HD quality.
By using IPTV television, each user will be able to get acquainted with the program schedule. Movies stored on torrent trackers are available for viewing without preliminary download.However, this requires the TV and computer to be synchronized.
The functionality of NstreamLmod does not end there. Installation of the application will provide an opportunity to play various content, but mostly it is paid. It is absolutely not necessary to pay for the installation of the program right away. Users are offered a 30-day trial version. If after a month the subscription is not completed, then the functionality of the application will be very limited.
The application is intended for TVs that support the Smart TV platform.The program is characterized by impressive functionality. To watch films you need to go to “Kinozal” .
In section “Television” you can find both paid and free channels. The user will be able to create their own playlists. To do this, you need to use your personal account, as well as the cloud to save bookmarks.
Another very popular service. The priority is Russian cinema. Here you can watch classic films made in Soviet times.For the maximum convenience of users, the pictures are divided into various headings. There are a total of 18 categories available. Viewing is free, no subscriptions required. However, there are a lot of ads in the app. You can install Tvigle through the Smart TV store.
This is a Ukrainian service that is very popular in all countries of the post-Soviet space. Megogo works with many online cinemas. The users are offered about 3500 films, 850 TV series, as well as 1800 cartoons.
Watching a movie is available free of charge. However, you will have to pay for certain films. This mainly applies to new products. In each app store, you can find the Megogo branded program for your Smart TV.
This service is a bit like Megogo. However, there are also certain differences. Through Oll.tv you can watch new movies in the world of cinema, but the main feature of the service is sports broadcasts. The program allows you to watch online the most prestigious football matches – the Europa League and the Champions League.
How does Oll.tv differ from ordinary TV channels that also broadcast football? The main difference is image quality. Through the application, you can watch the matches of your favorite team in HD format.
There are more than enough applications available for download. Each service has its own characteristics. Some programs are tailored for watching movies, while others are more suitable for sports broadcasts. Mostly, to get unlimited access, you have to subscribe to a paid subscription.However, there are also completely free services, but they have a lot of advertising.
TOP-10 best applications for Smart TV
Let’s not let the pieces of iron take over us! If a “smart” TV – Smart TV has settled in your house, do not let its “brains” sit idle (otherwise you never know what will climb into an electronic “head” 🙂). Load them with work, since there are plenty of programs that can be run on the TV today. I bring to your attention the best free apps for Smart TV and set-top boxes.Some of them are sharpened only for Android, as the most common tele-OS, but many are released for other platforms as well.
Twitch TV is an application for watching live broadcasts of esports and video games, as well as archived recordings of these broadcasts. Has a built-in chat for communicating with players and other users of the service. The chat works constantly, not only during streaming.
Twitch is free to install and use, but subscriptions to individual channels may apply.
If someone from your family proclaimed himself the master of the TV remote control and does not give it to you, install “ TV Remote ” on your smartphone. As you may have guessed, this application is not really for Smart TV, it is for controlling it from a mobile phone.
TV Remote supports over 200,000 TV models of various brands. Its design mimics a conventional push-button remote control, so you don’t have to get used to it for a long time. But for it to work, your smartphone must be equipped with an IR transmitter, which, by the way, can be purchased separately.
The ability to access the Internet is one of the integral facets of the “intelligence and ingenuity” of Smart TV. If so, he needs a good web browser like the TV Bro .
TV Bro Browser is specially designed for Android TV. It supports voice control and remote control, correctly displays web pages on a large screen and has a built-in download manager.
SlyNet IPTV is an application for watching terrestrial TV programs and any other video on Smart TV.And also – for listening to music on the radio. You do not need any subscriptions or payments, just connect the TV to the Internet.
SlyNet IPTV has more than 800 TV channels and 1000 radio stations around the world in its arsenal, several thousand films, free playlists. Almost all popular Russian channels are available to residents of our country: NTV, ORT, 1 + 1, STS, etc.
The program interface is Russian. For correct playback of content, you will have to additionally install the free XMTVplayer.
Few people do not know the multimedia player VLC , but not everyone is aware that it can work on Android TV, and on Tizen OS, and on WebOS. The main advantage of this product is support for almost all audio and video formats without installing additional codecs.
VLC for TV includes filters and equalizer for sound correction. It also implements hardware acceleration, support for custom playlists and subtitles. There are performance management settings.
Ivi – Movies and TV Series in HD and Full DH
Application Ivi and asks for every TV. After all, it is a grandiose video library – one of the largest among analogs. It contains almost everything: from cinema of any genre to rare television shows. And it is constantly updated with new products.
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Top 10 Smart TV Apps
Smart TV is a new technology that significantly expands the capabilities of the TV.And you can fully reveal all its possibilities with the help of various applications.
This is a smartphone application, by installing which you can control your TV using your mobile phone. Its interface is similar to a standard remote control, so it is easy to use. The TV remote works with more than 200,000 TV models that you don’t need to install anything on. The app is free and available for download on Google Play.
Application IVI is often included in the preinstalled applications. This is due to the fact that the IVI service is the largest platform for the legal viewing of films, TV series and cartoons. Here you will find both timeless classics and hot new items. You will have to pay for most of them, but quite a few films are provided for free viewing. You can also create your own account, where you will postpone watching movies until later.
Despite the fact that the most important function of Smart TV is Internet access, the standard browser usually does not do it well.Using TV Bro, it will be more convenient for you to use the Internet on the screen. This browser is specially designed for Smart TV and correctly optimizes the picture for the desired screen.
The application has all the functions necessary for an ordinary user. There is a download manager here, you can add the pages you want to bookmarks and create new tabs. Even voice search is available for devices that support voice control. The application is free and is designed for easy surfing the Internet on a TV screen, but it is only available for Android TV.
The application was created for viewing IP-TV. Its biggest plus is that you do not need to pay for it or subscribe to watch TV channels or listen to radio stations. In this application, about 800 channels and 1000 radio stations from all over the world are available. The largest Russian channels are also included in this list. Of the minuses, we can note the interface design, which makes you return to the beginning of the 2000s, and the picture on the screen is not always correct.This is usually fixed by XMTVplayer, which is free and easy to install.
HD VideoBox is an interesting search engine that will help you find what to watch in the evening or on weekends. Find a movie or TV series you are interested in, click on it, then you will have access to a description, a choice of resolution, voice acting and other characteristics. Taking into account the selected criteria, the program will select videos from third-party resources for you. You can watch the movie online, or, using third-party download managers, download the file and watch it later.
Please note that this software does not contain a built-in video player, so you need to install it separately to view video files. Of the features of this application, it is worth noting that it works only on Android, Windows and Mac OS. For Samsung with Tizen TV or LG with webOS, you will need to look elsewhere.
This media player is unique in that it supports most audio and video formats without installing additional codecs. That is, by installing it on your TV, you can be 99.9% sure that you will be able to watch the desired movie without any problems.I am especially glad that this player is available not only for Android, but also for Tizen OS. All the necessary functions for the player are also there: from the equalizer to the creation of playlists.
Another browser for displaying Internet pages on the screen. With it, you can view playlists in XML, M3U or IPTV formats. Using ForkPlayer, you can independently upload playlists to your own hosting. A nice feature of this application is that it has a built-in player and can play audio and video content.
LeanKey Keyboard – a keyboard that makes it easy to enter letters and numbers in specially designated fields. It also allows you to assign hot keys on the remote control for quick access to individual sections of the menu or to use various functions.
X-plore File Manager
Convenient file manager available only for Android TV. For PC users, the interface will be familiar and understandable. The screen is split into two parts, each showing a tree-like system of all disks, folders and files.They can be renamed, deleted, copied and moved from one column to another. It is possible to create an FTP server so that all files are available to other devices connected to the Internet.
Torrent Stream Controller
An application that allows you to watch about 500 channels for free. After you select one or another channel, the program will ask which player to use. A default player can be selected for each channel. All channels are categorized: sports, entertainment, news, adult and so on.In the paid version, the advertising banner disappears and it becomes possible to add channels to the “favorites”. In general, Torrent Stream Controller is a simple and convenient application, thanks to which it becomes possible to abandon cable or satellite TV over time.
We can already say that the era of conventional televisions is coming to an end. And soon almost everyone will have a TV with Smart TV. Therefore, these 10 applications will be a very useful find and will greatly simplify the life of Smart TV users.
TOP-7 really useful applications for Smart TV
Today, with Smart TV applications, modern television has reached a new level. To expand the functionality of a stationary TV, you can use various special programs, use all sorts of possibilities. You no longer need to spend a lot of time searching and installing. Our review lists the most popular Smart TV apps.
Browser dedicated to the digital Smart TV system.He is able to independently adapt to a television device. The Fork Player program collects content from existing web pages, after which it adapts itself to Smart TV. As a result, the viewer can more easily perceive the converted material on TV.
There are many browsers released today for smart TVs that do not support flash player. Fork Player browser solves this problem, as it is able to play video, audio.
Through this application you can watch a variety of movies, cartoons of any category.TV shows and series are placed in a separate tab. The program broadcasts video material in excellent quality. The films have subtitles, different soundtracks. An additional feature is intelligent tips recommending videos for viewing.
There are many new films on the market today. The application provides a wide selection of them for every taste. There is a convenient search filter by alphabet and rating, so a movie can be selected according to the genre.
This program helps not only watch movies, but also admire the world’s beauty while sitting at home.Through the application, it is convenient to watch the broadcast from webcams installed in any corner of the world. In real time, a person will see historical monuments. Natural beauty, metropolitan streets.
Most often cameras are located in the central parts of large cities. They also show amazing landscapes of some areas, and in real time. In other words, the WebCam World application is designed for travel in a virtual context.
Stable, accurate predictor of air temperature and weather conditions.You can watch the weather on any day of the week. In addition to the temperature regime, the service displays other indicators in degrees. For example, these are atmospheric pressure, wind direction and speed, moisture percentage, whether to expect precipitation and other subtleties.
The functionality is beautifully designed, which clearly shows the upcoming / current weather. In good weather, the screen shows a bright sun, cloudy – it is hidden behind clouds. Drawn droplets indicate rain, and snowflakes indicate snow.
The weather can be viewed in a specific region or city. All functionalities are available every time you start the program. The weather is updated in a few hours during the day. It can be watched all day at once and by the hour. By looking at the metrics, you can figure out how to dress for work.
With the help of the TwitchTV service, the viewer can watch streaming video at any resolution from 360p and higher, which is broadcast by various users living all over the world.
The main theme is the gaming industry, music direction, communication in real life, cooking. The application does not have as many additional functions as other computer or mobile versions. For example, it is inconvenient to scroll through the same chat. But this trifle blocks the opportunity to have fun with your favorite streamers.
Best Food Cooking App supporting Smart TVs from Samsung and LG.The program contains many step-by-step recipes. Each of them has detailed illustrations, videos and other wisdom are available to help.
The functions of the culinary academy are so easy to use that even small children will understand what and where to look. There is a convenient function – search by the name of the dish or a combination of products.
Cooking app is perfect for busy people. Even with a small amount of food in the refrigerator, it will give you a lot of options for preparing healthy and tasty dishes.
For Smart TV, Skype is an excellent application with which you can chat with friends, hold a voice video conference. You can also watch the video, send sms via the Internet. Skype services have free video calls. If you call a landline or mobile phone, the system will deduct the amount from the internal account.
Summing up …
Among the large list of applications for Smart TV, the leading position is taken by the digital program Megogo.net. With it, you can enjoy watching your favorite movie, TV series or TV show. We recommend that you add your favorite applications to the “Favorites” folder and always use them.
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He graduated from the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov. After that, he became an expert in a well-known online publication. After a while, I decided to try to write articles on my own.He runs a popular blog on YouTube and shares interesting information from the world of technology.
Overview of services and applications for Samsung Smart TV
Samsung Smart TV technology combines a TV, a multi-format file player and provides access to Internet sites, various services and applications. In this case, applications can be preinstalled, or downloaded from the Samsung Apps online store directly from the TV. To date, more than 200 global applications are available to users.
If you started reading our blog with this entry (by the way, in that case, welcome!), We recommend that you first return to the title article of the cycle, which tells about the concept of Smart TV itself and the key features of products based on it. We only note that today the Smart TV functionality in combination with 3D support is implemented in Samsung 6500 and older LCD TVs, as well as plasma TVs, starting with the 6900 family. In addition, in the summer, Samsung launched a whole galaxy of home theater box ”(HT-D7500W, HT-D6750WK, HT-D5550K, HT-D5530K) and Blu-ray players (HT-D7500W, BD-D6500, BD-D5500K, BD-D5300) equipped with a networked arsenal of Smart TVs.This is a step towards the buyers who have already purchased “simple” TVs and do not intend to change them yet, but would like to join Smart TV. The most “correct” format for Smart TV is the super-TV “all in one”.
Samsung Apps TV has over a thousand applications, and we will not talk about each one, since a gigantic list is formed not only by useful or simply fascinating solutions, but also by “harmless nonsense”. Let’s split the list into two: global and local, for consumers from Russia.The latter requires special consideration, so we decided to highlight it in a separate article, which will be published after this one. Well, now it’s time to go over the “global” applications …
Some applications are preinstalled, and after others you need to go to the virtual Samsung Apps store by clicking on the corresponding icon in the Smart Hub menu – the main desktop of the “smart” section of the TV.
It takes about seven seconds to download Samsung Apps, after which you can select and install applications of the corresponding categories.For all these operations, navigation keys are enough, as well as the “OK” and “Return” buttons. Everything is extremely simple and intuitive.
In fact, we have before us the most common computer browser – with support for Flash, correctly displaying the vast majority of typical Internet pages on a 1920 x 1080 screen. The most relevant of them can be entered into a structured “favorites”.
The only fundamental difference is that instead of smoothly moving the mouse cursor, there is a stepwise jump of the pointer from one element of the page to another. But this eliminates the need to “aim” at a link or a line, which is often a serious inconvenience when using the button joystick of the remote control.
It is suggested to enter information into the address bar from the complete TV remote control – in this case, graphic prompts appear on the screen, making it easier to find characters and switch layouts.
There is also an alternative option – the Samsung virtual remote for Android smartphones, with a QWERTY keyboard, which is more relevant in such situations. Communication between the gadget and the TV will take place via Wi-fi, if you do not forget to enable the network control function in the TV settings.
New English language service launched for 3D video lovers. Here you can find musical recordings, spectacular documentaries, trailers and stories for children. All of them are in 3D format and with high resolution.In essence, this is an opportunity to get additional 3D content. To become familiar with the beauty, you only need a “thick” (from 4MB) unlimited Internet channel and, of course, the corresponding active 3D glasses. The content itself is provided free of charge.
The app provides access to reports from the BBC news channel. The videos are broadcast in English. But those who are familiar with it will surely like the service for its simplicity of navigation and a good selection of material.
The resource is dedicated to health issues, and more precisely to fitness.Here you can find a good selection of video lessons for keeping fit. Both single videos and monthly courses are presented. You do not need to pay for viewing.
Needs no introduction. Despite the fact that the search capabilities and display of suitable options here are somewhat more modest than on the classic site, it is convenient to use the service. The interface is translated into Russian.
An analogue of YouTube, only in this resource it is customary to upload not just fragments shot in one fell swoop with improvised means, but their own conscious creativity – from artistic short films to animated scenes.Among the works there are very amusing, and sometimes even almost professional.
The interface and capabilities of Skype for Smart TV are not much different from their counterparts for a computer. The user can send text messages, voice and video communication.
To make calls of any nature, you need an optional webcam, and, due to the nature of the connection, only a special Samsung webcam is suitable. This camera serves not only as the eyes of the interlocutor, but also as his ears: it also houses a microphone.
Facebook, Twitter, Google Talk
Despite the fact that the interface of these applications is optimized for control using a TV remote control, in terms of structure and capabilities, all of them largely correspond to their “computer” counterparts that you are used to seeing on a laptop or tablet screen (therefore, with screenshots for these applications, we decided not to study).
In this implementation, the service is somewhat inferior to its computer counterpart, but everything you need is there.Display of a graphic card, satellite or hybrid; search function; change of scale. And due to the large screen size it is very pleasant to look at the maps. The interface is localized for the Russian user.
A fairly well-known service for displaying weather forecasts. The location is determined automatically, but you can also specify an arbitrary location.
World Clock graphically displays the current time in the largest cities in the world.The Today in History guide tells in English about important events of the current day in the past. And a lot of free games, although it may seem too simple to sophisticated hobbyists, will still not get bored due to their number.
90,000 Smart TVs: Which System Is Better?
It is difficult to imagine that someone will choose a TV using the Smart TV system – usually the diagonal, resolution, picture quality and cost of the device play the main role.Nevertheless, the presence of smart functions and the interface of a smart system are also important, although they often fade into the background when choosing a TV.
Today you can find TVs on sale based on the three main Smart TV systems – Tizen, WebOS and Android. Samsung models work on the basis of Tizen, the WebOS platform is a proprietary development of LG. Android does not have its own TV brand, but this system is installed on devices from Sony, Philips, Xiaomi, TCL, Hyundai and other lesser known manufacturers. It is generally believed that Tizen and WebOS are faster than Android, but in the end it all depends on the processor that is used in the TV.
Also, many companies use their own Smart TV systems for TV, but usually they are based on the same Android TV (or Linux, Firefox OS or Opera OS) and do not have the widest range of functions.
All popular streaming platforms can be used on Tizen, webOS and Android: YouTube, Netflix, Megogo, IVI, OKKO … They support the DRM protection standard that allows you to play licensed content. You can also connect flash drives, smartphones and other gadgets to these TVs to exchange files and play videos from external media.
Korean Samsung smart system is installed on all of their smart TVs. Its interface is intuitive and user-friendly – tiles with applications are located at the bottom of the screen: basic and frequently used.
You can control Tizen using a Bluetooth remote control, with which it is convenient to scroll through the menu and navigate through the content. Also, new Samsung models support voice control, and some are even equipped with Alice from Yandex.
To connect your phone to a Samsung TV, you need Screen Mirroring – it is installed on the manufacturer’s gadgets right away.For smartphones from other brands, you can download the Samsung SmartView app and also use it to connect to a TV. You can use AirPlay to communicate with iPhones and other iOS devices.
It is especially convenient that the Tizen-based TV remembers where you paused the video – and even after restarting the device, you can start watching the movie from the right moment. At the same time, the system also allows you to use multi-window mode: you can split the screen into two parts and launch two applications at once.
Samsung TVs have their own app store where you can install and play games without a set-top box. Models on Tizen support all domestic streaming services and can play content from external media. Unlike others, Samsung TVs can also record videos from TV channels to connected storage devices.
In the latest update, the Apple TV service was added to the Tizen system – previously it was only available on the set-top box of the same name and the American Roku consoles.So now Samsung users have access to the content of another media player and Apple Original projects from the TV + streaming service.
Another advantage of Tizen is the special interior Ambient mode, in which you can display artwork or information about the time and weather on the TV screen. In this case, the device will consume a minimum of energy, and if you hang the TV on the wall, you can disguise it as a picture.
- User-friendly interface
- Ambient Interior Mode
- Ability to record TV broadcast
- Apple TV Support
- Easy iPhone AirPlay
- Few applications in the company store
- To connect Android smartphones from other manufacturers, you need an additional application
LG’s smart system is in many ways similar to Samsung’s – except that it works on other TVs and does not support Apple TV.It also has its own application store, from which you can install games and additional programs; multitasking mode, access to most popular streaming services and a convenient menu.
Blocks with applications in WebOS even somewhat resemble Tizen (or vice versa – Tizen resembles WebOS) – a row with programs for quick access is located at the bottom of the screen and does not cover the main content. Most LG TVs also support voice control and come with a convenient remote control.The new OLED models come with a remote control with a gyroscope – you can use it to control the cursor simply by changing its position in your hand: the principle is somewhat reminiscent of a laser pointer.
To connect your smartphone to an LG TV, you can use Wi-Fi Direct (simply by adding devices to the same network) and LG’s proprietary Wi-Fi Remote technology – quickly and conveniently, without unnecessary applications. Branded smartphones of the manufacturer can be connected via the Smart Share app. New LG TVs also have AirPlay support for connecting iPhones.
- User-friendly interface
- Convenient remote control with gyroscope
- Android smartphones can be connected directly
- Easy iPhone AirPlay
- Few applications in the company store
Unlike Tizen and WebOS, the Android TV menu is far from minimalism.Here it occupies the entire screen – roughly speaking, you see not only the selected tiles, but all sections with applications, games, recommended programs and settings at once. If you need to go to the menu, you will have to pause the video and dig into the tiles – which is not always convenient.
But Android TV will be especially convenient for users of Android smartphones. Firstly, they are easy to connect – you can use screen mirroring and not download any additional applications.To connect an iPhone to Android TV, you will have to use a proprietary application from the TV manufacturer or an AirPlay “replacement” – for example, AirScreen.
Secondly, you can use your Google account, which means that all purchased games and programs will be available both on your smartphone and on TV. Another advantage of Android TV is the large selection of apps. Not all programs from Google Play are adapted for TVs, but there are still more of them than Tizen or WebOS. In addition, you can install the application on Android TV from a flash drive (in the form of an apk), and not from the built-in store.
It is also interesting that the system has a TimeShift function – you can pause any program from the air. Korean systems from LG and Samsung do not support this technology.
- Easy connection of Android devices
- Large selection of applications and the ability to install third-party programs from apk
- TimeShift Support
- Overloaded interface
- A separate application is required to connect iPhones
Why You Don’t Need Smart TV
The idea of combining a TV and a computer is not new.Moreover, if you look in detail, it turns out that a TV is just a monitor with a TV tuner.
However, in my youth, a stationary computer was more often used as a smart TV, for which a TV tuner was bought. Then the very idea of watching television programs on a computer seemed like something like that, convenient and interesting. It is not surprising, because the speed of the Internet and its availability were such that it was difficult to use the network for anything other than searching and downloading information, especially since there was essentially no content in the form of films and videos.However, geeks have always been famous for trying to combine as many possibilities as possible in one device, so the very desire to make a universal device is not surprising.
Along with the increasing availability of the Internet, new scenarios for its use appeared, among which viewing of entertainment content became the main one. However, watching TV broadcasts and today remains the main scenario for using TV for many, despite the fact that more and more often you can hear from people that they do not watch TV.
In this case, we are not talking about the denial of the device itself for the sake of something else. We are talking about television broadcasting. And I understand these people – it is difficult to maintain mental health, every day watching what the broadcast network of all channels without exception, including federal, or even especially federal, offers.
Down with despondency, back to the topic.
If you do not watch TV broadcast, then why then TV? The answer is obvious and simple, and you all know it perfectly well – for viewing content obtained from the Internet.The same smart TV can help us with this, that is, a TV that, in addition to the ability to broadcast television, can act as a kind of window on the Internet, thanks to the presence of its operating system and the ability to install (or the presence of pre-installed) applications.
And here lies the main risk and potential source of the disorder.
Closedness of the operating system
The fact is that many manufacturers that have been producing smart TVs for a long time use proprietary operating systems, for which they themselves create applications.Well, either applications for such TVs are written by the companies themselves, who want their services to be present on TVs of one or another manufacturer.
Therefore, if the manufacturer suddenly stops supporting a particular service or the relationship between the companies deteriorates, at best you can lose support for application updates, and at worst, after the next firmware (OS) update, find that your favorite service has disappeared and you cannot install it succeeds, since it is no longer in the list of available ones.
So at one time, in particular, happened with Samsung smart TVs, from the menu of which, after the next update, the YouTube application disappeared.
And given that neither the manufacturer’s app store nor the operating system itself really gives the opportunity to install applications from third-party sources, the owner of such a TV does not have any special options but to endure. And a once convenient function in the form of a smart filling becomes a source of negative emotions because of the understanding that nothing can be done.
Another, extremely controversial, but occurring phenomenon associated with smart TV firmware is performance, or, in Russian, brakes.
Yes, when you first buy a new TV with smart features, it usually pleases you with a nimble performance and a responsive interface, and it seems that it will always be so. But, alas, the capabilities of services are growing, which means that the volumes of applications of these services are also growing, and smart TV is still the same as it was three years ago at the time of purchase, and its processor and RAM can no longer cope with the increased appetites of applications.
In addition, the publisher of the application soon becomes less interested in supporting rapidly aging platforms, and now the overgrown applications on your TV begin to work more and more slowly, the interface is no longer so responsive, and the waiting time for the opening of a favorite service becomes almost longer than watching content from the very service. Well, what a pleasure it is, the main thing here is not to launch the remote control into the screen.
Roughly the same can be observed on old smartphones, which eventually cease to cope with new applications and with each update are getting closer to the second incarnation of Cinderella’s carriage.You can reset to factory settings, and for the first few minutes the old device will again please with speed and responsiveness, but this happiness will not last long, exactly until the applications are updated to the latest versions.
And here the choice is simple: either endure, using a tolerably working small part of its former splendor, or use third-party sources of digital content.
Incompatibility and lack of versatility
Do you think that the reasons for not buying a smart TV are over? But no.There is one more, not the most important, but it can spoil the impression of use a little, or rather, from the impossibility of this very use. This is the closed nature of the operating system or, more often, even the firmware, due to which you may not be able, for example, to synchronize your smartphone from one manufacturer with a TV from another manufacturer, for example, to broadcast the contents of the phone to the TV screen. Not the most used function, but sometimes it helps a lot. So, for example, it happened to me, when I came to visit my family, we took a lot of joint photos, and then decided to watch them on the big screen, for which, with the usual gesture, I turned on the broadcast mode and tried to find this mode on the TV, the presence of which is declared by the manufacturer …It was not so. It turned out that for this my phone must be of the same brand. But even if it were, it still would not, because the TV manufacturer closed its synchronization service, renaming it and changing the principle of operation, only the “smart” TV was forgotten to warn about it. As a result, I had to look for a cable.
Attempts to unite and create a single standard for such services are being made constantly and often even successfully. The trouble is that even if this happens, it is not possible to install support for the new standard on the old TV.And again we are left at a broken trough.
So what can you do? There is no unambiguous recipe, and everyone chooses for himself. For some, the reasons and limitations listed will not matter because of the use case. This is usually the case when smart functions are secondary and are used sporadically in a very narrow scenario.
Another controversial, but the way out is to buy a smart TV on a universal operating system, which today is de facto Android.But even here there is a risk of termination of updates and support by the TV manufacturer, and then even if not immediately, but you may again encounter the problems described above. This outcome is even more likely if you choose a smart TV with a pseudo-operating system, for example, Yandex TV, which is actually just a shell stretched over the same Android.
By the way, it is typical for Yandex to put its own skins on something and pass it off as a new independent product.It’s just that here you are not insured against the restrictions that the manufacturer can introduce. The scenario is not that very likely, but it should not be written off either. For example, a shell creator wants to launch his service and restrict the installation of competing services from other companies on your TV. And nothing can be done, you have to endure.
In this regard, the most logical way out of the situation with minimal risks is either buying a TV with an operating system without third-party commercial shells, on the so-called pure Android, or another option, which I see as the most logical and secure.This is the purchase of a TV without any smart features at all and the subsequent purchase of a set-top box or TV stick, with which you can turn any TV into a smart TV. Even if one day the set-top box or stick turns into a pumpkin, then you can simply change them to something more relevant and devoid of the flaws that have manifested itself, without having to change the entire TV.
In addition, if you choose a set-top box or stick with an open operating system with the ability to install third-party applications from third-party sources, you will significantly expand the capabilities of your device, and there will be no problems with synchronization.
Personally, I did just that, buying myself a panel without any smart functions, but with a good picture, and connected a TV set-top box and a phone to it.
It turned out that in my case, the TV in terms of smart functions went the way of progress and regression, at first it became smart (buying the first smart TV and disappointment after a couple of years), followed by the loss of built-in smart functions with the purchase of a simple panel.
Which option you choose is up to you. Write in the comments what you think about this.Do you need a TV with built-in smart features or not?
90,000 The “Look” app has been released on Apple TV and Android TV
The “Look” application has become available for Apple TV boxes, as well as TVs and media players based on Android TV. The owners of these devices can now appreciate all the advantages of the new VGTRK media platform, which last year became online and in the form of mobile applications for smartphones and tablets.
The new product allows users, by registering, to watch for free any content from the vast library of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company. Without switching between individual applications and sites, “Look” users can find out the latest news from the air of “Russia 24”, watch a humorous show, listen to an analytical program on Vesti FM radio or watch a new episode of their favorite series on Rossiya 1.
The appendix has four sections. The “Vesti” tab contains the content of an information portal with up-to-date news, “Movies and Shows” contains serials, films, documentaries, TV programs, humor and cartoons.”Ether” allows you to watch TV channels and listen to VGTRK radio stations online. And all the most interesting, not to be missed, is collected on the “Home” tab. Also, the “TV” version of “Look” implements convenient navigation and search.
The Watch app can be downloaded free of charge for Apple TV (HD and 4K models) with tvOS 13 or later, and Android TV devices. Android TV is used as a software platform by current models of smart TVs from Sony, Sharp, Philips, Haier, Xiaomi and other manufacturers.
Watch applications with basic functionality are also available for Samsung and LG smart TVs. In the near future, they will be updated, catching up in terms of capabilities and convenience of counterparts for Apple TV and Android TV. The developers plan to make the “Look” platform available to owners of devices from all popular manufacturers, including TVs with the Yandex.TV system and media devices from the Sberbank ecosystem.
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Apps for Smart TV for Samsung
Currently there are hundreds of apps for Samsung Smart TV, but which programs for Smart TV from Samsung should you choose?
With these apps, you get obvious streaming video feeds from famous TV brands like Netflix , Vudu , Amazon or Hulu Plus that integrate seamlessly into smart TVs.
But in addition to the main monsters of the television industry on the Internet, you will find many similar applications, most of which are absolutely free.
It will be useful
In addition to high-quality video content, programs will allow you to use game applications for multiplayer games online .
Here’s a short list to help you decide which are the best Samsung Smart TV apps you can try and pick the essentials.
If you enjoy a wide variety of video content, you can now watch it from the comfort of your couch or favorite armchair using the TED app. Distributed absolutely free of charge . You will be given access to over a thousand videos , business channels, music, tech directions, medical channels, and many others that offer educational and interesting videos that will interest any user.
The Samsung App Store offers free and paid versions of the Accuweather app to give you everything you need.
It is important to know
The difference between the free and paid versions depends on the country of residence. For those who live outside the listed cities, you will have to pay for the Accuweather app in the amount of $ 2.99 .
This Smart Channel displays a variety of business analytic forecasts and broadcasts hourly weather charts that continually provide alerts for upcoming weather.
FandangoNOW offers much more than fun watching TV and movie reviews. It is a full-featured video streaming service offering access to over 30,000 movies and TV shows without a subscription ie. absolutely free. Fandango recently bought the M-Go service and built the FandangoNOW smart TV channel on its basis. If you’ve used M-Go, all your purchases will be available in FandangoNOW . Of course, Fandango is one of the top 10 best Smart TV apps from Samsung.
Although the app is free, content is provided either for rent or for purchase.
Purchases received through the FandangoNOW app will earn you Fandango VIP Points, which can be used to discount future purchases.
Samsung Produce is an application which contains video tutorials for all Samsung products. Choose a specific model of cell phone, tablet or other gadget with which you can control your Smart TV, and learn not only the basics of using the device, but also get tips on how to get the most out of it.
Videos include how to connect your Blue-ray player to the Internet, how to troubleshoot Samsung, how to create macros on your Samsung TV remote control, and dozens more very helpful setup, operation and automation tips.
PLEX Media Player
If you are having trouble finding any content you want to watch on your Samsung Smart TV, then the PLEX Media Player app can be a lifeline for many tasks.
PLEX provides a practical way to organize your content on both your smart TV and any smartphone from Samsung . This means that you can access any compatible multimedia content that is stored on your personal computer or even a MAC device. To do this, you just need to make sure the PLEX application is installed on the TV and the PLEX Media Server software is installed on the computer.
It will be useful
Once you have installed the application and the media server, the devices are ready to work, and most importantly, the software is distributed absolutely free.
This wide range of features also places the program at the top of the list as the best Smart TV apps from Samsung. However, if you decide to upgrade to
PLEX Premium ($ 4.99 / month, $ 39.99 / year, $ 119.99 lifetime or unlimited) you will be able to watch and record live TV on your computer or the cloud. This will require additional equipment in the form of an antenna and a tuner, as well as the ability to synchronize your content with compatible mobile devices.
If you have a Samsung 4K Ultra HD TV that can stream 4K video, the Samsung UltraFlix Smart TV app is for you.
This program provides access to a variety of both free and paid 4K videos, and such an image will certainly find its viewer.
Many movies can be rented for $ 4.99, usually with a 48 hour viewing window.
Content offers change periodically, there are discounts, subscriptions, promotions, etc.
To use the app to its full potential, you only need a broadband connection speed of 4 to 5 Mbps and if you have an HDR TV, some videos will be available with more features such as online recording , video trimming and the formation of clips or previews of a future movie or a number of programs.
Everybody watches YouTube – but it is not the only source of free original downloaded video content on the vast Internet. Vimeo offers thousands of videos from many sources, including aspiring moviegoers and up-and-coming directors, as well as emerging web channels and studios. The best way to get started finding some brand new video on the web is to check out Vimeo’s choices and recommendations.
There are a lot of categories for viewing, the main ones of which include music videos, short documentaries, comedies, action films, science fiction and many other genres.
Standard Apps for Streaming Video Samsung Streaming Aps
Of course, Samsung TVs have familiar standards for streaming video subscription services like Netflix , Amazon Video, and Hulu .
You will also be able to download Samsung Smart TV apps for video services that allow you to pay for movies / TV shows / programs as they become available for rent, such as Vudu and CinemaNow. Most offer similar titles and actually run on the same platform. Vudu is known for its high quality video and audio , including the latest Dolby Atmos surround sound releases, Netflix is the latest top series of all genres and genres , and Amazon Video will give access to high quality licensed video content .
Using apps on Samsung TVs
How to use apps for Samsung smart TVs and install the above widgets on Samsung Smart TVs?
Important to know
Since 2015, Samsung has been implementing the Tizen operating system as the basis for its Smart Hub interface to access all of the TV’s functions, including the way to display and access Samsung apps.
With this system, when you turn on the TV, the main menu is displayed at the bottom of the screen.
Home screen (Smart Hub) includes access to general TV settings, players (physical connections), cables or satellite services, and web browsers. However, in addition to this, the screen also displays preloaded applications (may include Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and many others).
Here is a brief instruction on how to install the program you like:
This procedure will help you choose the best applications for your Samsung Smart TV.
Free apps to watch TV channels on Android device
The article provides an overview of services for watching TV on your Android smartphone. A feature of all selected applications is that they are absolutely free, work smoothly, are supported by developers, and are regularly updated.
Chas.TV is an online service that provides uninterrupted operation of the channels presented by it, collected in the program window in the list.The program is easy to use and has no settings. All you need to watch TV is to download Hour.TV, install, launch and enjoy watching TV on your favorite channels.
The list of channels of the program is quite wide, it includes film, music, children’s channels. When watching a video, it does not freeze, the image quality is good. The disadvantages of this program include a relatively small number of channels, the presence of short advertising, which is characteristic of all free programs of this type.There is also no TV guide for the channels presented.
Glaz.TV is an online service that is similar to Hour.TV in its functions and interface, but has an order of magnitude more channels of different categories in its list, including sports, many educational and scientific channels. Playback starts immediately after selecting a channel icon in the list, the image quality is good.
The program is easy to use, has no settings, there is a TV program for a week.The disadvantages include a rather inconvenient TV program interface, which involves going to a website on the Internet and searching for your channel and its TV program in a long list. The program is supported by developers, its updates are regularly released.
Biv TV – the utility offers a large number of TV channels from all over the world for viewing in high quality. For the program to function, the Ace Stream Engine platform must be installed on the Android device (the application is designed for online viewing of TV channels on the smartphone / tablet screen without downloading video files to the device) and MX Player or VLC Player.
Playlist Biv TV has a huge number of channels, which are grouped by categories (Fig. 3): music, news, scientific, children’s, regional, entertainment (Fig. 4), public, a large list of sports channels. The program has the ability to add channels to “Favorites” and create your own playlist. The disadvantages of the online service include the lack of a TV program.
Planer TV is a free application for Android devices for watching TV channels.There is a TV program for all channels in the program. A hint with the name of the program that is currently being broadcast is displayed on the icon of each channel.
Planer TV is maintained by the developers, new channels are regularly added to the program playlist. Video playback starts instantly upon launch, even on high definition channels. The program has a settings menu that allows the user to select the video quality, interface type (phone / tablet, TV / TV set-top box), image format.Planer TV is easy to use and has a user-friendly interface.
Lazy IPTV is an application for Android devices for watching high-definition television using a third-party player. Allows you to watch TV online based on IPTV technology in maximum Full HD quality. Can be used to play IPTV on Android smartphones and tablets. The program allows you to search for channels and TV shows, add your favorite channels to Favorites, create your own playlists using a special wizard (Playlist Manager), manage playlists, track the history of channels viewed, select a TV program source.
In the application settings, you can select the interface language, color scheme, font, video player, playlist view mode (Fig. 7). The program does not have its own player, so a third-party video player is required to play the video, which can be used as MX Player or VLC Player.
Ace Stream Engine must be installed to play playlists. The disadvantages of Lazy IPTV include the presence of a small number of playlists that may not work.However, the program is regularly updated, along with which the playlists are also updated. There is also a brief advertisement.