Best Smart TV services

If 2010 and 2011 have been the years of 3D – so far as

the manufacturers have been concerned, at least! – then it seems likely

that the 2012 TV world will be dominated by Smart functionality.

‘Connected’ TV features have been around for just as

long as 3D, of course. But they took a quantum leap forward for many

brands in 2011, and from what we saw at this year’s Consumer Electronics

Show, they’re going to leap even further in the

course of 2012.

It’s also starting to look increasingly apparent that

some brands, at least, see exclusive Smart TV features as a potential

major source of commercial advantage in an increasingly tough market, so

for better or – more likely – worse, we will

probably increasingly see some services only available on a particular

brand’s Smart platforms.

To set the scene for what we expect to be a year of

massive change in the Smart TV world, we thought we’d get a handle on

the state of Smart TV play by looking at all the big brands’ current

Smart platforms in one hit, one after another, to

help you figure out which system seems best suited to your needs and to

try and figure out who’s best poised to take Smart TV to the next level

in the coming months.

Obviously we’re aware that this feature will to some

extent be out of date even by the time we’ve finished writing it, given

that online services are being upgraded on an almost daily basis, Google TVs will be arriving in a few months and there may even be a proper Apple iTV before the year is out. But

well, you’ve got to start somewhere, right?