These are the differences between a smart TV and Chromecast
|Do you want to use apps without a smartphone or tablet?||Yes||No|
|Do you want to use the internet via a LAN cable for a more stable connection?||Yes||No|
|Do you want to stream series and movies on any TV?||No||Yes|
What is it?
A smart TV is a television that you can connect to the internet. All smart TVs have a platform where you can find apps, games and other applications. The range of apps is different, but at least you can find YouTube, Netflix and a web browser on every smart TV. Every television brand has its own platform. Samsung has a Smart Hub that works on Tizen. LG uses WebOS 2.0 and WebOS 3.0. The TVs from Sony and Philips work with Android TV.
A Chromecast is an HDMI stick that you plug into your television. With the integrated Wi-Fi receiver, it sends content from a mobile device to your TV or monitor. From apps like Netflix, NPO, Spotify, Videoland, YouTube, HBO GO, NOS, Plex, Vevo, Chrome, Deezer and TuneIn Radio you can send images and sound to your television with one click. These apps must be installed on your smartphone or tablet. A Chromecast does not have apps of its own.
How does smart TV work?
You do not need any extra devices to use your smart TV. The first step is to connect your television to the internet. Then you go via the menu of your television to the smart platform. You see an overview of the available apps. Click YouTube, for example, enter a search with the remote control and watch the videos on your TV. With DLNA you can view films and series that are on a computer or hard disk in your network. Tip: connect your TV with a cable to your modem for a stable connection. You then even view the heaviest Full HD and 4K streams without hesitation.
How does Chromecast work?
A Chromecast does not work without a mobile device, such as your smartphone or tablet. The first step is to connect your device to the Chromecast via the Google Cast app. With the apps on your smartphone or tablet, you search for what you want to view. For example, choose your favorite series on Netflix and tap the Cast icon to continue watching on your TV. With Google Chrome you can cast internet pages to your television. Do you have an Android smartphone or tablet? Then you can duplicate the screen of your mobile device on your TV. You can easily take the compact Chromecast with you. Handy if you want to watch your own series on holiday or in a hotel.
With a smart TV you can do a lot of things you can do with a Chromecast, but there are a few clear differences between the two. With a smart TV you use apps without the intervention of other devices. You only need your remote to point out what you want. A Chromecast is a link between your TV and smartphone, tablet or laptop. You send the apps from your device to the television via the Chromecast.