Is Internet On Your TV Really a Good Idea?

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The latest HDTVs have the ability to surf the Internet -- as seen in Vizio's recent Super Bowl commercial -- but we're not really sure people need to get online when they just want to watch TV.

Vizio's latest spot, featuring Beyonce, really drives the message home. Robotic arms cherry-pick famous Internet video stars and top websites like Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. They end up being dropped into the screen of a TV, showing that viewers can also navigate the web on their device. We get it.

But do you really need to get on the Internet while you're watching TV? No, not really. Accessing these websites basically turns your unit into a giant monitor, but right now, the functions are limited. Also, the picture can become pixelated when videos are blown up, or if your Internet connection is slow.
We can say, however, that the Pandora app gives you access to an entire database of streamable songs, which can be pretty amazing to listen to from your TV set, especially if you hook it up to a speaker system. But right now, you're better surfing the Internet in one place -- your computer.


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