How to Convert Your HDTV into a Smart TV (Even if You Hate Chromecast)
You have an HDTV, don’t you? At this moment, you regret your purchase decision because everyone else in your neighborhood might get smart TVs or your friend’s fantastic smart TV allures you.
In this article, I am going to help you turn your usual TV into a smart one. You can use different methods for this. So without further ado, let’s get into the meat of this post.
How to Convert Your HDTV into a Smart TV?
As you read above, there are multiple ways to do that, Chromecast being the obvious one.
Method 1: Buy a Chromecast
If you don’t hate Chromecast, you can go with this. Using a Chromecast is the cost-effective way to make your TV smart. You can’t expect a fully functional smart TV after plugging it into your television.
Google has launched two different versions of Chromecast so far; first and second generation. As the second generation came up with least flaws, you must pick it up over the first one.
Even though the responsiveness has been improved, the features remain more or less the same. You can buy one from Amazon.
Method 2: Purchase a Raspberry Pi
What if you hate Chromecast and don’t want to shed hundreds of bucks just to make your TV smart?
Well, the best thing you can do is buying a Raspberry Pi. I hope you might have heard about this in the past.
Simply put, it is a small CPU for you to use. After setting up everything, you need to connect it to a monitor using an HDMI cable. Point to be noted is that you only get the Raspberry Pi in the package.
And, everything else, including power cable, HDMI cable, SD card and input devices should be purchased separately. You can buy the combo kits as well.
Method 3: Get a Mini PC Stick
The best way to comfortably convert your ordinary TV into a smart one is purchasing a Mini PC Stick. There are a lot of options available on the web for you to choose from.
One of the low-cost products is Azulle Quantum Access. You get a 2 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, and Intel Atom processor with it. It is possible for you to increase the storage with an external SD card.
All you have to do is connecting the gadget to your TV via the HDMI port. The antenna on it captures wireless signals like a charm.
You need to use an input device (USB or wireless) to control that Mini Windows 10 PC.
Method 4: Connect Your Computer to the TV
The low cost and easy method to convert your HDTV into a smart TV is connecting it to your computer.
If you want to keep the TV as smart always, I don’t recommend this way because it is impossible to dedicate a computer for this purpose.
You can establish the connection via multiple connection methods, the easiest being HDMI. Once you establish the connection, you have to change the source on TV.
Then, open display options on the computer, and choose the right display. There you go!
You have got four different ways to make your ordinary TV smart now. Of course, there are many methods to do the same. Roku is another way to make your TV smart.
Have you ever tried any of the methods given above? Or are you planning to do it? Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comment section down below.
If you have an older HDTV without any “smart” features and you can’t afford or just don’t want to upgrade to a newer, more capable set yet, you may be interested in these fairly inexpensive devices for adding smart features to your existing set.