U.S. cord-cutters have long shunned smart TVs as the preferred streaming method. The Roku currently sits as the most popular device. Other devices, such as the Amazon Fire TV and gaming consoles are also hugely popular. However, according to a Techhive article, U.S. consumers should start giving more attention to their streaming-capable TV sets.
According to Techhive, TVs are not what they used to be. “Smart TVs are increasingly becoming first-class experiences, superior to what you’d get with a dedicated streaming box or stick,” says Techhive writer Jared Newman.
Are Smart TVs the Smart Streaming Option?
U.S. cord-cutters have typically avoided smart TVs for two reasons: high price and outdated functionality. Most consumers would rather purchase a lower-cost TV and pair it with a small, unassuming device like the Roku. Meanwhile, smart TVs have notoriously been poor at updating their operating systems. As a result, many users find their streaming apps stop working as the device maker fails to update the TV’s software.
Additionally, despite their size and price TVs have often been less powerful than smaller streaming devices. Newman acknowledges this fact, but states that for newer models, “That’s far less likely to be the cases […] as the often inexpensive chips inside connected TVs have evolved.”
Newman also believes smart TVs offer a simpler streaming experience and more features. Still, he acknowledges users likely shouldn’t go out and replace their current setup with a smart TV just yet. “But the next time you’re shopping for a TV, don’t treat smarts as an afterthought,” he explained.