Examining smart TVs and set-top boxes

A popular question we receive is whether cord cutters are better off buying a smart TV or a streaming device. There is no shortage of choices when it comes to set-top boxes, but there are also many smart TV brands to consider.

You don’t need to buy a new TV if you are happy with the one you already have in order to be able to stream apps, since set-top boxes (STBs) can do that. The average price of STBs is around $100, making them a far more affordable option than Best IPTV. Instead of purchasing a new TV when you already own a great HDTV, why invest in a new one?

It’s hard to argue against buying a smart TV if you’re considering buying a new one anyway. There is no doubt that a good TV today will have some smart TV features built-in. If you’re not sure whether you want a smart TV or a TV with a separate STB, you might consider a couple of things.

 

Apps

The number and variety of apps available on smart TVs is often inferior to what is offered on other major set-top boxes, including Pandora, AccuWeather, and Netflix. Roku and Android TV are teaming up with more manufacturers of smart TVs to release TVs with their own embedded software – no box is necessary.

Therefore, if you really want a new smart TV, make sure it has a built-in Roku or Android TV system. Smart TVs with proprietary interfaces should generally be avoided.

Cost

In today’s market, an entry-level smart TV costs about $600. A very nice STB can be purchased for less than $100. You might even find a STB for under $50 if you catch a good sale. An inexpensive “dumb” TV and portable STB or streaming player may be the best choice if cost is a consideration.

Ensuring the future

What is the expected lifespan of your TV? Since technology advances at such a rapid pace, you might find that your TV falls behind the curve before it starts to break down. When making a major purchase, you should always compare prices.

Therefore. What’s more important, smart TVs or streaming STBs? We’ll just say “yes” since there is no single answer.

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