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Axiom Technology Tip: Here’s How You Turn a Dumb TV into a Smart One

March 4, 2015

Axiom Technology Tip: Dumb TV to Smart TVBefore smart TVs were the norm, flatscreen HD televisions hit the market, and they were awesome. No longer did you have to deal with an 80-pound mammoth TV to watch shows, movies and sports in crystal-clear quality.

While those kinds of televisions transformed the home-viewing experience, they’re not connected to the Internet like today’s smart TVs. Which leaves a lot to be desired: Netflix, HBO GO, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, et al.

If you’re the owner of one of these not-so-smart TVs, you don’t need to run out to Best Buy and buy a new television to take advantage of digital content. Thanks to some surprisingly affordable newer pieces of technology, you’re able to educate your television, so to speak, turning it into a smart one. 

These devices—digital media players—connect to your HD TV’s HDMI port, delivering content via the Internet to your television screen. Let’s take a look at four of the more popular ones on the market:

  • Amazon Fire. For $99, you can grab Amazon’s digital media player, Fire TV. Built in the Android ecosystem, Fire TV lets you stream Netflix, Crackle, Hulu Plus and more. HBO GO is now available on the platform, too. Fire TV lets you to rent or buy movies and shows from Amazon through its Instant Video service. And if you’re a Prime member, you can access a whole lot of content for free.
  • Apple TV. Like Amazon, Apple charges $99 for its set-top connected box. Apple TV gives you access to iTunes movies and videos, as well as services like Netflix and Vimeo. If you’re the type of person who has an iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch, you’d almost be foolish not to get Apple TV. From those devices, you can push music, photos and videos to your television with Apple TV.
  • Google Nexus Player. With voice-activated control and a sleek design, the Google Nexus player allows you to play games and watch content from Google Play, Netflix, Youtube, Hulu Plus, Pandora and more. The Nexus’ price tag comes in at the lower end of the spectrum, hovering near $80. (Google also has an even cheaper streaming alternative: Chromecast.)

Just because you don’t have a bona fide smart TV doesn’t mean that your perfectly awesome television needs to be thrown away. With this Axiom technology tip, and by forking over a couple bucks, you can enjoy streaming content without having to empty your wallet on a yet another new TV.

To the skeptics: At the very least, it’s worth a shot (just think about Amazon’s refund policy!).
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