TV Answer Man
Do Smart TVs Cost More?
Washington, D.C. (April 17,
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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
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
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