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Smart TV boxes buying guide

Find out the top 5 things you need to know when buying a new smart TV box with this helpful guide.

If you want more from your television but don’t want to buy a new one just yet, a smart TV box is the perfect solution. You’ll get access to a range of online content, from catch-up TV to your favourite apps and websites. Discover the best box for your home entertainment set up.

Streaming services

Each box gives you access to different online content, so we’d recommend shopping around to find the right model for the services and software you want to use. As far as catch-up apps go, most will let you use BBC iPlayer, but you’ll need to check if your chosen model works with ITV player, All 4 and My5. If you’re subscribed to streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Instant Video, a smart TV box is a perfect way to view all those shows and movies on your big screen. Have a look on our product pages to see which boxes are compatible with your chosen platform.

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Live TV

You’re not limited to catch-up and streaming services as some boxes also give you access to live TV channels. Simply connect a compatible box up to your aerial and you can enjoy all the digital TV and radio that Freeview gives you. With a selection of Now TV boxes, you’ll also get Freeview HD channels, so you can enjoy your favourites with a crystal clear picture quality. Whether you want to completely replace your existing TV tuner or use your Smart box as an add-on, there are plenty of live TV options for you to choose from.

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Storage capacity

Another feature for you to consider when you’re shopping for a smart TV box is storage capacity. With a huge range of apps, media and even games for you to download, it’s a good idea to look for a box with plenty of space. That way you can save more of the stuff you want to enjoy without worrying about running out of memory.

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Connection

A solid internet connection is a necessity when you’re using a smart TV box. Some boxes can connect using an Ethernet cable, others will let you do it wirelessly – or both! Have a browse through the specifications on our product pages to find out the connection options for each model. If your internet router is close to where you want your new smart box to go, then an Ethernet cable could be a good idea. However, a WiFi enabled box means less untidy wires.

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Other cool features

If live TV, catch-up services, apps and games aren’t enough for you and you’re still wanting more, fear not. This Humax box lets you wirelessly stream content from your mobile device to your TV. So, you can view your personal collection of videos, photos and more on the big screen. If you’re an Apple fan, you’ll love the remote control that comes with the Apple smart TV boxes. With Siri and a responsive touch control built-in, you can navigate to your chosen film, TV programme or app using your voice or by swiping through.

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