Emerging Technologies: Smart TV

A Smart TV is a flat-screen television or a set-top box (such as a Roku or AppleTV box) designed to connect directly to the Internet. Many condo owners have installed one or more smart TVs in the units they own. 

Smart TVs typically include a wide variety of interactive applications, including streaming video. Some also include webcams for video communications. Smart TVs are evolving rapidly, with new features added each model year. 

Smart TVs get their "smarts" from a high-speed Internet connection - either Wi-Fi or a wired Ethernet connection. Streaming video applications such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are the primary application for smart TVs.  For these applications to work properly, the internet connection must be reliable and fast. 

Most vacation properties do not have sufficient network coverage or capacity to support multiple smart TVs simultaneously watching streaming video.

Smart TVs often use Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet. While this can work well in a single-family home, it presents problems in condo properties, since the Wi-Fi network can become overloaded with multiple TVs running simultaneously. A wired connection would be preferable, but most properties do not have Ethernet cabling to each condo, or to the locations of each TV.