Posted on: November 28, 2022
Smart TVs are not only becoming smarter but there’s also an increase in the number of households that have one. And in order to get the best out of this technology, you will need a fast and reliable internet connection.
This all depends on what you use your smart TV for. If you use your TV for watching and streaming series and films on platforms like Netflix or Prime, download speeds of around 25Mbps should suffice.
However, if you’re a big online gamer, you will need speeds of 50Mbps or more for a smooth experience with no lag time (how long it takes to send a command or data to a game’s server).
That being said, all this is affected by how many devices are being used at the same time per household. If someone is gaming, another is watching Netflix, and someone else is on a zoom call all in different rooms of the house, there’s going to be problems with your connection.
To prevent pixelated screens and delay, you’ll need more of what’s called bandwidth, which refers to signal strength. The greater the bandwidth, the stronger the connection over set distances. This is one of many advantages of full fibre broadband.
To browse the web on your smart TV, you’ll need a minimum of 2Mbps and 5Mbps or more for quicker loading times. To download music this speed will need to increase to speeds of 10Mbps or higher so that you won’t be waiting an excessive amount of time for albums to download and playback.
This speed will need to increase even further if you want to download videos. This is also true of large file downloads; if you use your TV to download e-books or photos then you’ll need at least 25Mbps or more.
Again, as with streaming and gaming, if multiple devices are being used at the same time especially when it comes to video content, anything less than full fibre will result in buffering and delays.
So, when it comes to your smart TV, the more people in your household using the internet at the same, the faster your broadband will need to be in order to use it the way it was intended.
Smart TVs are a great source of entertainment, but sometimes slow broadband can minimise the benefits. Full fibre means you can get the most out of your TV with a crisp picture, minimal buffering, and the best gaming experience.
Why not try our postcode checker to see if your area can receive ultrafast broadband from Fibre Heroes? A faster internet connection means stress entertainment for all the family.