How to stream the Internet & Skype to your TV

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Stay on top of the latest smart TV wave with Technology Guru, Veronica Belmont, as she shows you how to stream free online entertainment and even make Skype calls on select smart HDTV's.

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    Veronica Belmont Technology Guru Veronica Belmont is a self-proclaimed gamer and social networking junkie. Veronica made her mark as a producer and on-air talent, leaving to host the eclectic video show Mahalo Daily, which was named one of the top new podcasts in 2008 on iTunes. more about this expert »

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Everyone knows how to use a TV to watch their favorite TV shows and movies, right? Well, a whole new generation of internet-connected smart TVs lets you watch free content from a whole new source, the web. Hi, there. I'm Veronica Belmont, and I'm going to show you how you can enjoy online entertainment, and even make Skype calls, on some HDTVs.

There's nothing like getting something for free, and an internet-connected TV can open up a world of instant access to entertainment, no cable or satellite box needed. These days, smart HDTVs offer loads of cutting-edge technology, but one of the most exciting benefits of these televisions is entertainment from the internet. What's that? You don't have an internet-connected TV? No problem. There are other ways you can hook up to free entertainment-- a Playstation 3 system, Blu-ray Disc player, or even an inexpensive web-ready box you can connect to virtually any TV.

OK, OK, we'll cut to the chase and show you how you can set up to stream internet on your TV. Many smart TVs now offer ethernet connections that hook directly into your internet router, but select models like this one are equipped with built-in wifi. That means you can place your TV anywhere in the room and easily connect it to your home wifi network, without the hassle of running cables to your router. Some TV models are wifi-ready, meaning that you'll need to purchase a separate adapter in order to connect your wireless network.

Once your HDTV and wifi connection are set up, get ready to access all the entertainment you could possibly want. You can instantly access thousands of movies, TV shows, music choices, online videos, and games from providers such as YouTube, Crackle, Pandora, just to name a few. And with internet apps, you can access news, sports, weather updates, play games, check Facebook and Twitter, all while you watch TV. With this TV, new apps are automatically delivered directly to your HDTV, so you'll never run out of things to do and watch.

Now, speaking of free things to do, there's one more feature that select internet TVs have that you might be interested in, Skype. You know Skype, the internet voice and video call service that lets you stay connected to other Skype friends and family for free? Well, now you can use Skype on your big-screen TV. Check it out.

Hey, Veronica. Glad you called.

Hey, Janie.

What's going on?

Not much. I'm actually just doing a video. Can you hold on for just a moment? I have a lot to tell you about. No more squinting on a tiny laptop, or trying to squeeze your entire family into the frame of a webcam just to say hi. On Skype-enabled TVs like this one, you just purchase a separate compatible camera/microphone accessory, connect it to your TV, pull up the Skype app on your TV screen, and connect. Instantly, you're talking to your family from the comfort of your couch. The camera's wide angle shows everything on your big screen.

Long gone are the days of not having anything good to watch on TV. With new smart HDTVs and their ability to stream an entire universe of free entertainment via the internet, you've got everything you need right at your fingertips. I'm Veronica Belmont for Sony with Howdini. For more information, visit sony.com/howdini.


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