Televisions have been with us for decades now. Watching your favorite shows, movies, news, sports, and other entertainment factions to choose out of thousands of choices. The problem with television, however, is that it works on the fundament of broadcasting. A channel is to be subscribed and paid for and that channel will schedule the chronology of its shows and the timings of broadcast and duration of it. Now, for all those living a busy life and could not devote the entire day to a holiday merely to wait till 3 O’clock in the evening to watch their favorite shows. Hence the functionality of television has been limited greatly notwithstanding the fact that we have lived with the system of television for far too long and still accept it as it is.
The Internet as an alternative for entertainment:
Now, Internet picked up the pace in the early 21st century. The Internet works on the system of the web with one system hosting and another downloading data. It reflects the interconnectivity among people and their machines. Social networking, blogging, video streaming and so forth, millions of domains now exist serving the purpose of our entertainment. You can watch any show you want anytime you want with services like Netflix. All of it is accessible on your computers or phones using the internet of course. That is one of the greatest conveniences brought in by the internet.
Indeed, televisions are becoming obsolete now that better alternatives have started to surface. It is very usual and correct to happen. Yes, the computers can help us watch our favorite shows anytime we want and the phones can be used for the same purpose even while we are on the move. This has become the Unique Selling Proposition of the web-streaming services.
The Problem with what we have:
However, what we must understand is that even though we can use these modern devices to aid our struggle to catch our favorite flick at our convenience, they are not originally made for it. Phones innately exist to make our communication easier. Computers are made to assist in our logical arithmetic problems. They suffer from the same shortcomings as a human mind even though they are made to be better than it at a lot of things.
Streaming an online video requires dedication of specific hardware to render at a proper speed. There are a lot of bottlenecks in this process. Graphics rendering at an ideal speed is important to ensure smooth delivery of the video and visual synchronization of it. Moreover, the processor has to allocate a massive percentage of its performance to be able to process information and pass it back and forth to different hardware at the same time so that we can watch out favorite flick whenever we want. Random Access Memory is also required to input a massive percentage to handle the processing of the data sent and received by the browser and the host website to the computer.
This, in turn, slows the rate at which a computer works. It will hinder the performance of the computer resulting in the computer losing control and effectiveness in doing what it was meant to. Usually a desktop pc, when assembled, is meant to perform a specific task. Programming/rendering/gaming/light entertainment or home usage. Depending on its purpose it costs differently. Ranging from anywhere to $300 to $10,000 or more. An average home computer is used for a lot of things like school project research, streaming a movie, downloading simultaneously and so forth, doing so together often hinders in every task it does and then we tend to blame the manufacturer for the less than average performance. An expensive gaming computer might not face such issues as its meant to be on extreme performance throughout. A laptop, however, would result in overheating and excessively slow performance.
A phone suffers from the same problem. Slower performance, slower equation solving rates. The newer versions of phones are meant for multitasking but a task such as streaming videos takes a great toll on memory and one would never be able to fully utilize its full potential.
Now, the concept of Smart TV arrives. Smart TVs have been with us for a short while. They are meant to serve as entertainment factors tending to every need of their users. You could program it to record a certain show at the certain time of the day, stream shows on the internet (both free and paid subscriptions) and seldom even play games. They were like mini Playstations and Xboxes but everything into a monitor and less support for games. However, the problem that they faced was of extremely high prices that an average man would avoid to spend on entertainment and excessively complicated system interface and controls. Some even allowed the use of mobile phones as a remote but it was still as complicated as anything could be. Hence, soon after, the idea failed and the companies stopped spending as great an amount to promote it.
Then came the concept of smartTV boxes. They are of the same dimension as your average cable or antenna boxes but deliver a different utility. It usually supports both cable from provider or antenna and internet connection. It has its own dedicated hardware support meant only for the purpose of streaming and such and tending to entertainment factors. A smart box essentially is a box which when connected to your television set converts your average television set into a SmartTV. With all the feature it offers and without all complications it suffered from. A smartTV box is very cheap as it is based on the user interface of an android operating system. It offers same utility as a phone with more opportunities of a computer and entertainment levels of a home theater or television.
One such product is AKASO MXQ Pro TV Box. AKASO MXQ Pro TV Box comes with an android 5.1 operating system, Amlogic S905 processor, Mali 450 Graphics processing unit, one gigabyte of RAM, 8 gigabyte of storage capacity, both wifi and wired Lan connection support, HD video quality and most format support, every possible format for audio support, Standard HDMI port for high definition audio and video quality transfer to the television with scope for 1080p and 4k image quality with high quality surround sound. 4 USB and 1 SD card support, and of course access to hundreds of games on the Google play store and play with the remote controller provided along with. It packs the features of both a console and an entertainment platform and offers bang for your bucks.
Why Stream when you have a cable?
Why is online streaming better than local television networks? It is simple, the internet offers subscription, both paid and free. On one hand, you have streaming sites like Netflix where you pay to watch the standard shows which are also broadcasted on television without the advertisements and whenever you want to watch them. On the other, not all entertainment shows are in form of standard soaps operas, there are streaming websites like YouTube or Metacafe which also tends to the entertainment industry. Everything available at your fingertips.
Moreover, an android box essentially converts your Television into an Android Machine, and this gives you the ability to download your favorite apps on your television and book a hotel table, download movies, Play games, read E-books on a big screen from the Google Play store of course.
Hence, as the technology modernizes, the obsolete must fall back and let the newer technology take its place. As smartphones replaced the old landlines and call only phones, and computers replaced almost everything, it is the time for smartTVs to replace the standard and old ways of entertaining oneself. After all, after all, the hard work of the day, one is at least entitled to entertain himself in every way one pleases.