Friday, July 19, 2013

Advantages and Disadvantages of Internet TV

Internet TV is all the rage, and increasing numbers of TV manufacturers take advantage of this fact by producing sets of ever increasing capabilities. So is it really worth investing in an Internet TV? This depends on personal views and preferences, but here are a few pros and cons of Internet TV you may wish to mull over before making up your mind and investing in a potentially expensive new set.

One of the main advantages of Internet TV is accessibility. Most of what you may wish to watch is available on demand, 24/ 7 and can be interacted with. If you have to answer the phone, you can pause your show, movie or whatever it is you are watching, for instance. Most sets also allow you to rewind and re-watch a scene you particularly like. Some also allow users to go into slow-motion, which can be particularly beneficial when watching favourite sporting moments, for example.

Secondly, movie packages available form Amazon on Demand, Netflix and similar companies tend to be a little more affordable than cable packages. Then, of course, there is the potential to watch favourite episodes of shows that may no longer be available on regular TV. If you desire to do so, you can even watch the same show over and over again.

In addition, you can stream your favourite YouTube flicks, browse through image sites, and some Internet TVs even let you keep up with your social life on Facebook and Twitter. As a rule, it is also possible to stream MP3s and radio stations through your Internet TV.

Cons of Internet TV

The first disadvantage of Internet TV has to be the initial cost involved. You are not simply done with purchasing the TV; you also need the necessary accessories to connect it to the Internet. This may involve purchasing Ethernet wiring; power-line adaptors or wireless receivers. 

Then there is the fact that not all channels and shows have made it to the Internet just yet. This means you will still need to keep your cable or satellite subscription to watch everything you wish to see. While movie services are available 24/7, they do often have comparatively long waiting times.

Some shows are not available for a full week or more after they were shown on TV, making it highly likely that somebody, somewhere will spoil your enjoyment by telling you 'what happened'. What's more, to prevent people watching shows entirely via online or Internet TV, many TV companies do not show every episode of every show online.

In other words, if you want to watch what you want, when you want, you will need to pay for subscriptions to your cable service, Internet movie packages, perhaps TV station's Internet services, and so on.


As said earlier, whether you chose to invest in an Internet TV really depends on your personal requirements and preferences. The pros and cons of Internet TV pretty much level out, with nothing major to be said for or against the concept.