Smart televisions are light-emitting diode TVs that come with Internet-ready features and pre-loaded software, while regular LED TVs can only be used with such media players as Blu-ray devices and cable set-top boxes. Smart TVs can be used to stream such services as Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube.
Smart TVs come pre-loaded with applications that enable users to watch video streaming services, browse social media websites and surf the Internet. In order for a user to stream video on a smart TV, he must have a reliable Internet connection, preferably a broadband connection with an unlimited data plan. Users can connect their TVs to the Internet over wireless connections from their routers, so long as the TVs are Wi-Fi enabled, or via Ethernet cables. A few popular Smart TV manufacturers include Samsung, LG and Sony.
LED TVs are upgraded forms of liquid-crystal display TVs that utilize LED back lighting rather than fluorescent. In LCD TVs, specific types of fluorescent tubes are aligned behind the display horizontally. Because LEDs are smaller, LED TV panels can be made smaller and thinner than LCD TV panels. The effects of using LED back lighting over fluorescent come in the form of deeper blacks and greater energy efficiency. However, viewing angles on LED TVs are limited in comparison to viewing angles on LCD TVs.