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Do Smart TVs Cost More?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (April 17, 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 am thinking of getting a Smart TV so I can watch Netflix streaming, but I hear they cost more. Is that true and why would they cost more? -- Alicia, Denver, Colorado.

First, for those not familiar with the subject, a Smart TV is a television that either has a Wi-Fi Internet connection built-in or can access the Internet if you connect a wireless adapter (called a dongle) to the set. With the set connected to the Internet, you can watch streaming video from services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon, Vudu and many others.

For more information on what is a Smart TV -- and how to connect one -- click

Now on the issue of cost, yes, a Smart TV will cost anywhere from $100 to $300 more than a set of comparable size and features. And there are three good reasons for that:

1. It's more costly to manufacture the set because of the hardware required to include a Wi-Fi or direct Internet connection.

2. A Smart TV maker has to cut licensing deals with services such as Netflix so that adds to the overall cost of manufacturing the set.

3. Consumer demand for Smart TVs is growing, which enables TV makers to add a small premium to the set price. This has nothing to do with manufacturing; it's pure marketing.

If you like the Smart TV concept, but are leery of the extra cost, check out our article:
Should I Buy a Smart TV or a Smart TV Player?

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