Streaming services have become increasingly popular over recent years, providing users with loads of video and music content such as Netflix, Showmax and Spotify. Many customers, having purchased a smart TV, believe that they do not need a dedicated streaming device since their TV should be sufficient for streaming content.
While this may technically be correct, it is important to note that not all smart TVs are created equal. Performance, reliability, updates, available apps and functions can differ according to brand, age and even the operating system (OS) installed. Another important factor to keep in mind is that not all apps can be run on a Smart TV, only the apps that are pre-installed or available for download by the Smart TV manufacturer can be used. Most of the TV brands do not support Android TV, therefore severely limiting the number of apps available on the TV.
“Just because you have a smart TV in your home, doesn’t necessarily mean you are getting the best streaming experience,” said Grant Robertson, Ematic Product Manager at Nology. “TV manufactures focus primarily on picture quality first and smart functions as secondary. This often means subpar performance with a slow user interface and limited features. Worst still, updates are often scarce, leaving customers stuck with non-working or outdated versions of their favourite apps.”
This is why a dedicated Android TV box like the Ematic AGT419 makes sense – it’s basically a small computer with Android TV OS that plugs into any TV and gives the user the ability to stream online content, surf the Internet and install almost any app from the Google Play Store.
Smart TVs can also lack some important features found on an Android TV box, such as voice search via Google Assistant, Chromecast and access to almost every app on Google Play Store. “Google Assistant is a powerful feature found on newer Android TV boxes. With Google Assistant built into the Bluetooth remote, not only can you pull up the weather or get the answers to all your questions, but even control your smart home devices and lights by using only your voice”.
A dedicated Android TV box allows you to watch TV shows, movies and viral videos, or play games and listen to music from thousands of options on streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, DSTV Now, Showmax, YouTube, and more. This means that even with a smart TV sitting in your lounge, having a separate Android TV box will almost certainly elevate your home entertainment experience and transform any TV into a full-featured, content-rich smart TV.
The Ematic Android TV Box uses the latest Android TV OS and has specifically been designed for viewing and easy navigation on a TV screen. It is one of only a few Android TV boxes on the market that has an Ethernet port and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as official Google and Netflix certification, ensuring that all your apps are running at their optimum performance and resolution. Additionally, this also means that the device will receive continuous firmware and app updates to make it future-proof.
Features of the Ematic Android TV Box include the following:
- Android TV OS (9.0 or newer)
- Netflix and Google certified
- Easy access to thousands of movies and TV shows.
- Netflix, YouTube, DStv Now, Showmax, and more apps come pre-installed.
- Super-clear and vivid 4K Ultra HD (4K) resolution.
- Voice-controlled remote with Bluetooth technology
- Google Assistant
- Chromecast Built-In
- Dual-band Wireless AC
- Ethernet Port
- Two x USB ports and MicroSD card slot to play media files.
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