Dec 04, 2014 12:27 PM

Smart TV

A smart TV is a television that can access the Internet without any extra hardware. Most smart TVs run the Android operating system that many smartphones and tablet devices use, and come with links to content providers installed. These content providers often advertise exclusive access to popular shows, but many also allow users to download apps that provide access to videos from websites like Sohu Video, iQiyi and Youku. Traditional TV makers like Skyworth and Changhong have been offering smart TVs, but they have been joined in recent years by products from companies like LeTV, Baidu, Xiaomi and Alibaba that are new to the TV market. The sector looks set for a bright future. Digitimes, which provides news on the tech industry, says that more than half of the TVs sold in China this year are expected to be smart TVs.

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Smart TVs have avoided the attention of regulators, but on June 23 the media watchdog sent letters to Wasu Group and BesTV New Media Co., two major providers of copyrighted TV content for smart TVs, telling them to shut down apps that allow access to online videos. The regulator says that the platforms provide "a channel for politically harmful, obscene, pornographic, vulgar and pirated programs to enter television sets."

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