Converting Your Old TV Into a Smart TV

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The newest generation of TVs can almost all connect to the internet, giving businesses access to content without the need for cable boxes and expensive subscriptions. In some cases, companies want this added access but may not have the money to buy a new smart TV or don’t want the hassle of plugging a laptop in with an HDMI cable every day.

Options:

As long as your company has a TV with an HDMI port, converting it into a smart TV is easy. Consider purchasing one of the following devices:

  • Roku Stick
  • Amazon Fire Stick
  • Apple TV

The Roku Stick and Apple TV have a large catalog of apps and allow you to access almost any service you can imagine, though the Apple TV is the most expensive device on this list. The Amazon Fire Stick will keep you slightly more restricted but is still a great option overall.

How to:

Purchase your choice online or at a local electronics store. Once you purchase one of the devices:

  1. Turn off your TV.
  2. Plug the device into an HDMI port. Note the number of the port.
  3. Turn on the TV and choose the HDMI port number from the input option.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to connect the device to your Wi-Fi.

When the device is connected to Wi-Fi, you can then download and install a wide variety of internet streaming services, including Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, Amazon Streaming, Hulu, DirecTV Now, Xfinity, and Spectrum.

We find DirecTV Now to be a company favorite as the service allows streaming everything from local news to international finance shows—all without the need for a cable box.

Curious how Chromecast fits into this conversation? See our previous article here.


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