If you can’t afford the latest smart TV, there are other ways to enhance your at-home viewing experience.
Before you chuck out your old TV, upgrade your current model with some simple gadgets – that won’t break the bank. TODAY’s tech expert, Trevor Long, runs through clever tech add-ons from $58 to $259 to make your TV ‘smarter’. Watch the video above for the full segment.
The $58 hack to turn a regular TV into a smart streaming device
“we talk a lot about Netflix and Stan and catch up TV – and a lot of this stuff is on your mobile phone,” says Trevor.
Streaming services offer tonnes of content, especially when we miss something on live TV. But if you don’t own a smart TV, watching programs via the app on your mobile is an unpleasant experience.
There’s a $58 solution, says Trevor: Google Chromecast.
The attractive and small black device simply “plugs into your TV, and connects to your WiFi network,” explains Trevor.
“From that point on, you then simply use your mobile phone as a remote control.”
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There’s an icon you can press to ‘stream’ the mobile content through your TV. Genius.
Trevor assures Karl and Georgie that the device will work on any TV. He even does the demonstration on a four-year-old, $200 TV, essentially turning into a smart TV by using Google Chromecast.
If you don’t want to use your mobile as a remote control
The next step up is Apple TV.
“For people who want a simple remote control in their lives and a box, you plug this into your TV,” says Trevor.
Apple TV has catch up TV and all the streaming apps you need. It retails for $249.
If that’s on the higher end of what you’re willing to pay, Trevor suggests the $169 Fetch TV option, which also has a remote and box.
Fetch TV also has Netflix, Stan, Hayu and catch up TV. It also offers subscription services.
Don’t forget sound
A sound bar is the easiest way to get a touch of cinematic drama in your living room.
Trevor shows the JBL soundbar which retails for $259 (and Trevor admits that’s the cheapest he would recommend going). However, JBL has a more advanced model on sale for a similar price.
Some sound bars around the $1000 mark are for movie buffs, and have detachable wireless ends that can act as rear speakers, creating an easy surround sound experience.
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