Many of the devices sold today as ebook readers are really highly sophisticated tablets with full-colour screens capable of showing off Hollywood movies, games and episodes of favourite TV shows in glorious detail.
The ever growing range of digital stores, player apps for subscription channels and video on demand services means there’s a wealth of content to be enjoyed on the move.
But sometimes you want to enjoy the content that’s on your mobile device on that impressive, big screen TV that you treated yourself too.
The traditional but no fun of doing this is to connect the tablet to the TV with a cable, set the content playing and then sit down on the sofa.
But this pretty low-tech solution leaves you without your device or the ability to pause or rewind the content without getting up and wandering back over to the TV. That’s a bit too 1970’s for our liking, Thankfully technology has the solution.
Many modern TVs, such as Sony’s LED TV range, include a feature known as DLNA which allows tablet and smartphone owners to ‘push’ content from their mobile device to a TV using nothing more than their existing WiFi network.
This is great when you have content you want too watch both indoors and while on the move but unless you start off with a very good quality copy, the picture on your TV can include digital artefacts – areas of poor quality picture and colour.
And there’s some occasions, big landmark broadcasts for example, where merely pushing from a tablet or smartphone is unlike to offer you the rich sound, colours and picture quality that befits the event.
Who really wants to watch the Olympics opening ceremony upscaled from a webstream designed not to use too much of your precious 3G allowance?
We don’t think any of these events would be best enjoyed this way:
The ideal TV is one which plays nice with your tablet and mobile content, maybe also includes internet apps and players of its own (known as Smart TV) the ability to display 3D (no, it’s not dead yet) and definitely offers crisp, rich pictures and sound.
And the design conscious might also want to consider an LED TV model with a snazzy minimal bezel, removing the traditional inch and a half of black plastic that normally frames your viewing.