Australians can now access a massive buffet of video content delivered directly to our TVs via the internet. From catch-up services to shows on cooking, cars, comedy and more, here's a complete rundown of TV entertainment available through smart TVs.
There's a reason they call it internet TV, with television content playing a huge part in this year's range of smart TVs. But with only so many TV networks around the world, manufacturers have partnered with internet video creators to offer a massive buffet of video content delivered directly to your TV via the internet.
While some services appear on multiple brands, others are exclusive deals. Knowing which is which can help you decide what TV is best for you when you go to spend your hard-earned cash, so here's a complete rundown on the current state of TV entertainment on smart TVs.
The ABC has paved the way for internet television content across multiple platforms in Australia and, thanks to the network's taxpayer funding, has a mantra to be available on as many devices as possible. iView is simple to use, has a gorgeous interface and is of a high enough quality that you can enjoy content on a 55-inch television without having to cringe at low resolution streams.
If you've ever missed an episode of one of your favourite Channel 7 shows, you'll be a big fan of Plus 7, which lets you catch up effortlessly. Exactly how many episodes of shows are available seems a little erratic, and not all Channel 7 shows are actually available, but it's still a convenient service.
SBS has a huge variety of content across its free-to-air channels, and the SBS video-on-demand service on Sony's TVs reflects this. With everything from cooking shows and documentaries to World Cup matches from 2010, you'll never want for something to watch on the SBS channel.
Sure, you could get all your news from the ABC's 24-hour news channel, but if you like the cut of BigPond's jib, you might want to check out BigPond News, a 24-hour news channel courtesy of the country's largest telco.
An internet TV channel targeting men. Sounds like a brilliant idea, although it was playing some skiing races when we checked in, which is hardly the kind of titillating content you'd expect from a channel dedicated to entertaining men.
Collating video from around the web and delivering it to your television, Viaway consists of everything from news reports to documentaries, podcasts and web videos. Premium content does require a subscription though.
Like drinking wine, eating food or sleeping in expensive hotels? Who doesn't! This video channel shares clips across all three categories, and while it may be a little US-centric, it still may offer you inspiration for your next holiday.
If you have a passion for all things tech, you'll be well versed in the land of Wired. Through a partnership with Sony, you can now watch the magazine's videos on your big screen from the comfort of your lounge.
Forget MasterChef, Epicurious is one of the web's greatest sources of information for wannabe home chefs. With this collection of cooking videos available on Sony TVs, it's like having your very own private Masterclass every single day.
Dreaming of a huge international travelling adventure into the world's most luxurious and beautiful locations, but don't have the bank balance to finance it? Live vicariously through Concierge.com's internet television channel. It's not as good, but it's better than wallowing in self-pity.
While there's plenty of content available for smart TVs, not a lot of it is streamed in high definition. uStudio on Sony's Bravia models offers HD content in a variety of genres, from exotic locations to tips, advice and interviews.
Sitting in front of the television is so last century. With the power of the internet, you can now get up and exercise with a selection of helpful instructional videos through the LiveStrong portal on Sony's televisions.
If there's one thing the internet is particularly good for, it's learning how to do new things. eHow helps this along even further with a series of instructional videos on a huge variety of topics, available to watch for free directly on your television.
There's a lot of great video content created for the web and Blip.TV shows a good chunk of it. So being able to watch those videos on your big TV just makes sense — it's generally better than reality television, that's for sure.