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What to look for in a Smart TV

With the ever-evolving world of technology, smart TVs have become an essential part of our modern homes. We all know how important it is to have the right TV to enjoy our favourite shows and movies, so let's break down what to look for in a smart TV that's Freesat-ready. Get ready to kick back, relax, and take your telly-watching experience to a whole new level.

Picture Quality: Lights, Camera, Action!  

black and white film on 4k tv


You know you want to see your favourite characters in all their glory, right? Look for a TV that serves up some serious picture quality. Full HD (1080p) is great, but hey, if you can swing 4K resolution, you're in for a treat! And let's not forget about High Dynamic Range (HDR) - it's like adding a splash of magic to your visuals! If you can upgrade to 4K, that means you can make the most of Freesat’s 4K TV Boxes, available with both recordable and non-recordable options.  

Screen Size: Go Big or Go Home 

man watching football on a big screen tv


The screen size largely depends on your personal preferences and the space available in your living room. Consider factors like viewing distance, room layout, and the number of people watching to determine the optimal screen size. Larger screens can provide a more cinematic experience, but smaller screens are more budget-friendly and better suited for more compact spaces. 

Smart Features and Wi-Fi: Connect for More Choice 

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Since you're looking for a smart TV, it's essential to evaluate its smart features and operating system. Ensure the TV has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to access online streaming services and apps. Choose an interface that suits your preferences and offers a wide selection of compatible apps, including streaming platforms and catch-up services. Of course, you can also connect directly to top On Demand players through Freesat TV Boxes, but you’ll need to be connected to the internet for this to work.  

User Interface and Remote Control: Easy Peasy

smart tv with generic user interface


A user-friendly interface and remote control are essential for seamless navigation through your smart TV's features and apps, so make sure you like the look of the UI screen. After all, an intuitive user interface will make it easy to access Freesat's many channels and other great content and apps.

Connectivity Options: More Ways to Play! 

hdmi ports on smart tv


Make sure that the smart TV has an adequate number of HDMI ports to connect external devices like gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, or soundbars. Additionally, having USB ports can be beneficial for playing media from external storage devices. Built-in Bluetooth and screen mirroring capabilities can also enhance the TV's versatility. Our 4K TV boxes come with a HDMI cable, so no need to spend extra on cables! 

Audio Quality: Sound That Packs a Punch 

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Don't overlook audio quality - it's like the secret sauce to your entertainment feast. While the focus is often on the picture quality, audio quality is equally important for an immersive entertainment experience. Look for a TV with built-in high-quality speakers or consider investing in a soundbar or external speaker system for improved sound to make the most of your viewing experience.

Freesat Compatibility 

The most crucial factor to consider when choosing a smart TV for Freesat is compatibility to make sure the TV supports Freesat's 100+ free-to-view channels and On-demand players. Thankfully, almost all Smart TVs are compatible with Freesat so long as they have a satellite port, HDMI cable and internet connectivity options. Find out more about what you need to get started with Freesat.  

So there you have it - the lowdown on picking your dream Freesat-compatible smart TV! Remember to find one that's got Freesat compatibility, 4K picture quality, the right screen size, and all those smart features you crave.  

Once you have your Smart TV, simply plug it into your satellite dish and Freesat set top box to get started! Now go grab some popcorn, cosy up on the sofa, and get ready to have a blast with your new TV set-up. Happy watching! 

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