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Do Smart TVs Offer a Better Picture?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (February 18, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

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.

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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 channel. |

This is not to say all Smart TVs offer a better picture. But speaking generally, the answer to your question is yes.

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