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The appeal of a silly box

It is likely that on some occasion you have heard a user complain about why the screens with the highest image quality are always Smart TV. What’s more, you may even have been one of them. And the truth is that this trend or interest has been growing little by little.

One of the reasons has been the movements of many smart TV manufacturers. These have been adding a series of extra functions, such as advertisements or the collection of information related to the content that its users see, hours of use, etc., that users have not liked. Especially to all those who are more suspicious of their privacy.

Well, given the refusal of practically all television manufacturers who think that not offering Smart TV options is detracting from their product, now Google goes and begins to test a “Basic” mode that would consist of turning a smart TV into a silly box. Thus, those who do not want to use or take advantage of options such as content recommendations, access to Google Assistant or third-party streaming applications such as Netflix, Prime Video, etc., will find the solution in Google’s smart system for televisions.

Because when this basic mode is activated, the only thing you will have is a screen with access to the signal that takes you via antenna and satellite or to the content that can be played through an external video source connected through HDMI. Interesting? Well, maybe not for many, but for a good number of users yes.

In addition, being a mode it can be activated and deactivated whenever you want. So you are not giving up all those advantages that Smart TVs logically offer, but if for any reason you have doubts about whether they spy on you or not, you just have to activate and goodbye.

Google TV in “basic” mode, which devices will offer it

Regarding this basic mode, as it is not an officially announced feature, we do not know exactly which devices will offer it or not. For now it is expected that only brands like TCL and Sony that use Google’s operating system on their televisions will offer it. Nothing is known about the rest of the products such as the Chromecast with Google TV and it is possible that not about this option. Just as neither would set top boxes with Android.

This decision to only include the silly mode on televisions as logical as it is obvious. If they are going to become dumb devices and the only options to watch content will be the tuner and video inputs, a small HDMI dongle or set top box has neither one thing nor the other, so it would be directly the same as if it turn off or disconnect.

Anyway, whoever is looking for a silly television with the highest possible image quality, it seems that they will have to search among the high-end models of these manufacturers that use Google TV.


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