Buy yourself a Smart TV? Drink tea, oh tea.

by Janie Jones

I must come clean.  Part of the reason I haven’t been blogging much over the winter holiday break is well, I got a new toy.  I splurged and bought myself a new TV for my room in town.  I must say I think I got a pretty good deal on it, so I don’t feel terribly guilty about spending money I don’t really have to spare.  Besides, it’s a Smart TV.

When I told Leif he said, “You know that They can use Smart TVs to spy on you.”

“Perhaps,” I said, “But it’s really cool, so I’ll take my chances.”

If you are like me and you never heard of Smart TVs before I purchased mine, allow me to clue you in.  So, my Smart TV has WiFi and built in streaming programming.  So, all I had to do was plug the power cord into the outlet and Bam!  instant access to my Netflix.  So to test it out I watched a little of this:

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Yup.  That’s the Netflix Crackling Fire program.  You can play it with or without music.  On your Smart TV, without hooking up to your laptop or purchasing a separate streaming device.  Cool.

But that’s not all.  You can get Hulu (Leif and I watched the entire season 3 of Miranda on, what I like to call, my new Smart TV last Tuesday after dinner, such fun), Crackle and Amazon on your Smart TV, too, as well as news channels, weather and radio.  If I had a Facebook or Twitter account I could access that through my Smart TV.  You can even surf YouTube.  And we did, to watch this video for Yorkshire Tea.

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And, there’s many other streaming type apps you can download if the ones that come standard aren’t enough for you.  So all in all I’m pretty pleased with my spying Smart TV.  I don’t know what They’ll find worth spying on through my Smart TV, unless They get a thrill out of my play lists which include such controversial programming as Star Trek: the Next Generation, Family Ties, and the occasional chick flick romance.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to pry myself away from my fabulous Smart TV and out of my fleecy long johns and into my work clothes.  I’ve got to give tours today.


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