April 18, 2013 by Rachel Cericola
When it comes to today’s HDTVs, it’s no longer good enough to have just a big, beautiful picture. Today’s sets need to offer a little something extra—or a lot something extra, if the TV can tap into the Internet.
Web connectivity is certainly one of today’s most sought-after HDTV features. Most newer sets are packing in access to Netflix, YouTube and Pandora, as a minimum. Of course, there hundreds of additional options out there, depending on the TV’s manufacturer.
Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to upgrade to a web-capable HDTV. Even if you have a big AV budget, you probably don’t want to go buying a new HDTV every time a new feature comes out. If that’s the case, we hope you have some type of local electronics recycling service on speed dial!
Thankfully, you don’t really need to upgrade the biggest piece of the puzzle. There are plenty of ways to get web content using your current screen, whether you have an HDTV or a projector-based home theater system. Some people add a PC into their setup, with many others opting to get that Internet fix through a gaming console or a web-enabled Blu-ray player. However, there are several stand-alone media streamers that can easily (and cheaply!) add web streaming into your current or even a secondary setup.
After all, why have a dumb TV when there are so many inexpensive options begging to smarten up that set? Check out our slideshow of 10 Sizzling Stand-Alone Media Streamers.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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