Washington, D.C. (February 18, 2013) -
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Q. I see articles saying Smart
TVs have a sharper (better) picture than a regular TV of the
same brand/size. I keep watching but I haven't seen that
discussed in your daily newsletter. Do Smart TVs have a better
picture? -- Jerry, city unknown.
Jerry, I'm glad you asked about this. The
Smart TV, which is the
term used for sets that can stream video from Net TV services,
such as Netflix and Amazon, often does offer a better picture
than a comparably-sized, non-Smart TV set.
It's not because the set has the capability to stream Internet
video; that not only has nothing to do with it, but the picture
quality of an Internet video is far below a Blu-ray high-def
disc and sometimes even below the HD picture delivered by your
cable or satellite provider.
No, the Smart TV picture is usually better than a non-Smart TV
picture because TV makers price it higher and therefore use a
higher grade of electronics parts in manufacturing it.
They want viewers to be in awe of a Smart TV picture -- whether
it's from a Blu-ray disc, pay TV service or streaming video --
because they are asking them to pay more for this type of set.
If consumers are impressed with the picture, they will tell
others who will then buy the sets as well, even though the price
is higher. Journalists who review TVs will write that the Smart
TV picture is better, which will encourage more people to buy.
So it's that simple. TV makers are asking for more money for
that Smart TV so they have gone to greater pains to ensure that
it has a better picture. Consequently, a Blu-ray disc will look
better on most Smart TVs, as will a streaming video or pay TV