The days of the simple TV are over. Where once there were five channels (four or less if you're old enough), now there are more than 100 along with numerous apps and dozens of other features that make simple TVs smart.
Smart doesn't necessarily mean complex, but more features means more to understand. It's well worth getting to grips with your TV - after all, you've spent a lot of money on it and it would be a shame to miss out on something useful.
We get asked questions about using TVs all the time, so we've picked out the ones we hear most. By the end of this article you'll have a far better understanding about what your smart TV is capable of and how to get it working the way you want it to. And if you already know all the answers, you can bask in the warm glow of self-satisfaction.
This is a biggie. Picture quality is easily the most important thing on a TV (it accounts for 45% of the in our TV reviews, don't you know) and taking the time to get it as lovely as possible is time well spent.
If you'd prefer to have a tinker yourself, follow the steps below. Call us mad, but we think this is an enjoyable way to spend half an hour (okay, make that many hours).
You've supposedly bought a 55-inch TV, so you pull out the tape measure to prove it. You drag the metal strip across your screen (carefully) and recoil in horror as it's markedly less than 55 inches.
Don't panic, it's unlikely you'd been scammed - instead, you're probably just measured the wrong bit. Rather than width, TV screens are actually measured corner to corner diagonally. The total size doesn't bezels either.
The same goes for smartphones, tablets, laptops, computer monitors and more - essentially, all screens are measured in this way.
Connecting your laptop to your TV isn't just useful to watch YouTube videos on a TV that doesn't have internet connectivity, it also lets you view videos and pictures (and even listen to music) stored on your computer. Best of all, it's nice and easy to connect the two.
Using a wire to connect them is the simplest method. You'll need an HDMI input on your laptop (if yours doesn't, check out our pick of the ), a similar HDMI port on your TV and a HDMI cable to go between the two.
Next, simply select the correct HDMI input on your TV and you'll see your laptop screen.
You can use your TV as the sole display for your laptop, or use it alongside your laptop's display.
Don't fancy dealing with more wires? You may be able to connect your laptop to your TV wirelessly, but the process will differ depending on whether you're using a MacBook or Windows laptop, and version operating systems you're using.
Ask a room of people if they've ever lost a TV remote and you'll see plenty of raised hands. If remotes were alive, David Attenborough would declare their natural habitat to be the side of the sofa, and if it isn't there then you might as well give up.
If it's truly gone, you may be able to use your phone instead (and even if you haven't lost your remote, being able to control it from your phone is useful).
Most manufacturers have a dedicated app for both Android and iOS that acts as a remote.
If you're wondering why Sony isn't on the list, the bad news is that Sony doesn't offer an official app. However, there are numerous universal remote apps that should work. As with all apps, look for one that's updated often, has a large number of downloads and a solid overall star rating. It's also worth noting that even some of the official apps for other manufacturers don't have high ratings, so it may be best to have another hunt round for that remote or purchase a replacement.
Just like a laptop, your phone is full of stuff that would look good on your TV. Casting is a solution for some apps, but it won't work for everything. You can just mirror your phone screen. Mirroring essentially displays everything that you would otherwise see on your phone's display, meaning you can view all your apps - and even your phone's home screen - nice and big on your telly.
Before you start, make sure your phone and TV are on the same wi-fi network.
Next, go to your TV settings, look for a screen-mirroring setting (we'll explain what to do if yours doesn't have this feature in a moment) and make sure this feature is turned on.
Now find the same setting on your smartphone. On older phones you may need to download an app, but most newer phones have the app built-in.
If your TV doesn't support screen mirroring, you can always use a such as Google's Chromecast, Amazon's Fire TV Stick or, to mirror iPhones, an Apple TV. You'll then connect your phone to these instead, but they plug into your TV so you'll still see your phone screen on the TV screen.
The casting process is very similar to screen mirroring, but instead of displaying your phone's entire screen on a TV it streams content directly from an app (such as YouTube or Amazon Prime Video). In most cases, casting provides a better experience compared to screen mirroring.
When you've got an app open on an Android phone, look for the cast icon (a square box with the wi-fi symbol in the bottom-left corner):
Press this icon you'll see a list of compatible devices your phone can connect to.
The process for casting from an iPhone is similar, but the icon is different (a square box with a triangle at the bottom) and there are fewer compatible TVs. Ideally you want one that supports AirPlay 2.
There are several reasons why this could happen ranging from minor to catastrophic.
We've listed some troubleshooting steps for you to try, but if they don't work we'd recommend speaking to the manufacturer.