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When a TV is No Longer Just a TV

We have come a long way since TV first became popular in the 1950s. In the early days, families would gather around a basic TV set and watch shows that were screened in black and white.

Now, not only do we get access to hundreds of different shows in vibrant color but a TV is no longer just a device used to watch traditional television shows. Since the introduction of the smart TV, there is so much more that you can do than watch traditional content.

Streaming content

Streaming has become increasingly popular in recent years with many people choosing to dispose of their cable contracts altogether. There are pros and cons to “cutting the cord” but you can still stream original content and pay for a cable package if you choose to.

Of course, you have to pay for access to shows provided by streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon Prime but many people think the cost is worthwhile given that they produce award-winning original shows as well as streaming other content.

Getting some casino action

You may not be able to get to a real casino that often. However, you can bring the casino into your home using a smart TV and online casinos like

These casinos have state of the art graphics and a good selection of games like blackjack and poker. Some even have a live casino section, for extra authenticity.

Playing games without a console

It’s not just casino games that you can play using a smart TV. You can also choose from many other popular gaming apps such as Angry Birds.

You just go to the app store on the TV and choose the games that you want to try. It’s a change from watching TV shows all the time.

Keeping fit

You may not associate watching TV with keeping fit. However, it’s easy to create your own fitness session using your TV.

You do this by accessing free fitness routines on YouTube and Spotify. Once you have the content that is the best choice for you, you are good to go. You can keep fit in this way whenever you have a few minutes to spare. It’s a lot easier, and less expensive, than going to the gym.

Learning something new

You can certainly learn plenty of new things by simply watching TV shows. However, this is not the only way of learning by using a smart TV.

You can search online for free courses, such as language lessons. Then, you can start to learn in your free time. You may also want to check out TED Talks. They can open your eyes to a whole new world of interesting topics.

As smart TVs start to become a feature of more and more homes, it’s difficult to imagine the early days of television. In those days, TV was all about a relatively small number of favorite shows. Now, there are hundreds of shows to choose from and TV has become so much more than it was. It’s a way of streaming great content, learning new things and even helps us to keep fit.