4 Ways to Make a Smart TV From Your Basic HDTV

TV technology is constantly upgrading, making it almost impossible to keep up. What was top of the line a few years ago is now almost obsolete. Sure, you thought you were doing great when you traded in that old blocky console TV for a flat panel HDTV, but now, compared to the smart TVs on the market, it doesn’t seem so good, does it? Relax — you don’t need to buy a new television, you can upgrade your current one for a fraction of the price. Here’s how. Computer If you have an unused computer lying around, then it’s probably your cheapest option. Most of the flat panel HDTVs have a VGA or HDMI port that you can use to directly connect to your television. If you have both options, go with HDMI to get the best picture quality. Once connected, you can use the TV screen just as you would a monitor and surf anywhere on the Internet. The true beauty of this is that you can use your TV as a computer monitor and can play any video format imaginable. If you want to have access from the sofa, then you’re going to have to get a wireless mouse and keyboard. Otherwise, you’ll have to get up every time you want to do something. This setup even works with many older televisions — you won’t have the...

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