Many of today’s TVs are internet and WiFi Ready. What this means is that they can connect to the internet wirelessly through your home WiFi network, or an ethernet cable from your cable modem. Content varies on different models and brands of TVs. Some of the more common content available is Netflix, Youtube, Facebook. Some sets have their own internet browser to access any website you put into its browser, while some provide remote controls with keyboards on them for easier input. Here are the top contenders:
LG 55LM8600 2nd generation passive 3D ready, 55-inch 1080p LED HDTV with advancedTruMotion 240Hz technology (improves sharpness, especially during fast sports programming, action movies and other programming with fast motion). The set displays an outstanding picture for either regular 2D, or in the newest 3D programming, plus allows you to access limitless internet content. Also available in the popular 47-Inch screen size
Panasonic VIERA TC-P50ST50 50-Inch 1080p 600Hz Full HD 3D Plasma TV is Panasonic’s latest 3rd generation of 3D Ready TVs – an internet ready smart TV with built-in WiFi adapter. It is a high end Panasonic Plasma TV for either 2D or 3D viewing. The new infinite black pro panel with newly developed fast switching phosphors produces minimal afterimages and displays deep blacks with less reflection for bright, vivid images. A new motion compensating technology (Neo Plasma Black 2500 FDD) has made it possible to render faster-moving images with greater sharpness. Also available in 55-Inch, 60-Inch, and 65-Inch models.
Samsung’s top of the line, third generation of 3D LED backlit TV is the Samsung UN55ES7500 (with Micro Dimming Ultimate), 3D ready and with 240-Hz technology for blur-free, clear motion. Special edge mounted LEDs provide for better picture and contrast whether watching 2D or 3D. Ultra Clear Panel eliminates reflections, boosts contrast ratio. This full HD 1080p HDTV has several new ways to interface with the TV, including Gesture control (using your hands), and voice control. Its built in camera has face recognition to bring up your profile, or use Skype. The Samsung ES8000 series is internet ready with Samsung Apps (hundreds available) and Web Browser (broadband service required) which will give you access to Netflix (with subscription), Youtube, Facebook, Blockbuster, Hulu Plus, Twitter, Sports and more. Just plug in an ethernet cable, or use the included built-in wireless Wifi. Also available in 46-Inch, 60-Inch, and 65-Inch models.
The LG 47LM6700 47-Inch 3D 1080p 120Hz LED-LCD HDTV is a 2nd generation passive 3D-ready, 47-inch 1080p LED HDTV with fast 120-Hz technology that reduces blurring when you’re watching your favorite sport, action movie, or playing a fast moving video game. The set displays an outstanding picture for either 2D or 3D programming. LG’s new LED Plus Technology allows for better picture and contrast. This is a Smart TV that allows you to access limitless internet content. Also available in a 55-Inch screen size.
The Panasonic VIERA TC-L47E50 is Panasonic’s 47-inch mid range TV. It is perfect for bedrooms, dens, and small living rooms where you would like to have an HDTV. Although value priced, it comes with some added features such as Edge Lit LED backlight, Full HD, IPS LED Panel with 178° wide viewing angles, WiFi Ready, and more. With its 120Hz refresh rate, along with a 3-phase backlight system, this TV can minimize image blur during fast action. The Panasonic TC-L47E50 provides online Video on Demand services by pressing the Internet Button on the remote control (Including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video, Youtube) Also Facebook and Twitter with Viera Connect Apps Navigator. VIERA remote App: allows you to control your TV using a smartphone or tablet. Also available as a 55-Inch or 42-Inch model.
Samsung’s PN60E550 60-Inch is one of Samsung’s best value-priced 3D 1080p Plasma TV series. The Real Black Panel provides 1920 x 1080 Full HD, and deeper darker black levels. Samsung’s 3D Active Glasses sync up with your 3D TV to produce 3D images, allowing you to watch 3D movies and 3D TV shows. You can also convert your 2D shows to simulated 3D in real time. Currently you can get 3D content from 3D enabled Blu-ray players, 3D programming on cable and satellite, including movies and sports. This TV includes 2 pairs of 3D Active Glasses. Enjoy internet ready SMART TV with Built-in wireless WiFi to access internet content. This includes Netflix, Youtube, Hulu Plus, Facebook, Sports, and more. Also available in 51-Inch, and 64-Inch models.
The Samsung UN40ES6500 40-Inch 1080p 120Hz 3D Slim LED HDTV is an LED backlit 3D ready TV. This is a full HD 1080p Smart HDTV. Advanced technology connectivity lets you remotely access music, video, and photos from your computer, phone and other devices. The 40-Inch 1080p display has over two million pixel resolution, along with an SRS TruSurround HD sound system. The Samsung ES6500 series is an Internet Ready Smart TV which will allow you to access Netflix (with subscription), Youtube, Facebook, Blockbuster, Hulu Plus, Twitter, Sports. Also available in 46-Inch, 55-Inch, and 60-Inch models.
Sony’s KDL55EX720 3D LED HDTV sports a 55″ screen that displays full 1080p HD resolution, and features Edge LED Backlighting. This technology enhances both the picture quality and the contrast. The result is a sharper image and a crisper picture. This backlighting technique also allows Sony to reduce the width of the set for a slimmer, lighter and better-looking smart TV. Sony’s Motionflow 120 technology effectively doubles the frame rate at which it displays images to 120 frames per second. A particular interesting feature on the Sony LED EX620 is its presence sensor: constantly scanning the room for movement. If there is none or a certain period of time, this smart TV will automatically switch into a power saving mode.
The KDL55EX720 has the most apps, some of the highest specs and best peripherals of almost any device, including a wide array of video apps (e.g. Video Unlimited, Blip.tv, Dailymotion, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Sony Pictures Television, Cinemanow, SnagFilms and, of course, YouTube), music-streaming apps (e.g. services such as Pandora, Singingfool, Music Unlimited and more), photo-sharing apps from popular brands such as Picasa, Shutterfly and Photobucket (allowing you to access the pictures you have stored online and browse your friends as well, right from your TV), and sports apps including Golflink.com, NHL Vault and College Sports. The Skype app for the Sony LED EX620 allows you to turn your smart TV into an enormous screen video-phone.