4. Get Fit
Don’t have time to go to the gym? Your smart TV can help. You may remember when Nintendo’s Wii helped couch potatoes get into shape with its specialized digital workouts. Nowadays, many smart TVs have fitness and training apps built into their menus.
Samsung’s flagship app is Fitness VOD, which provides dozens of videos for yoga, aerobics, and bodybuilding. Real personal trainers guide you through various routines, and different videos are geared toward different skill levels. No special equipment or gym memberships are required, although you should probably position your TV in a room with plenty of space to move around.
5. Use as a Weather Station
Yes, you can check the weather on your smartphone whenever you want. But the sheer size of a smart TV gives your weather report a feeling of authority. It’s hard to take a storm front seriously until its image is taking up three square feet of screen space.
To put a detailed weather report on the big screen, just download an app from Accuweather, The Weather Network or The Weather Channel. Not only will these apps provide you with hourly forecasts and satellite weather images, some of them even have live streams of weather reports around the country.
6. Access Social Media
Most of us can’t keep away from Facebook for more than a couple of hours. If you’re obsessive about checking your social media feeds, you’re in luck: Most name-brand smart TVs like Samsung, Sony, LG and Sharp have dedicated Facebook or Twitter apps available for their respective platforms.
Updating your status on a big Smart TV can be clunky, but if you want to check your Facebook or Twitter feed in a pinch, it’s good to know that you can on your fancy TV. Not to mention mirroring through your laptop or tablet, which will give you access to everything you see on your computer. (See above.)
7. Listen to Live FM Radio
If you have a smart TV, you don’t need an old-timey antenna radio to listen to your favorite music and talk show stations. Get a radio app like TuneIn or iHeart Radio and you can stream live AM/FM stations. If radio feels too old-fashioned, you can also play podcasts straight through your TV by connecting to iTunes or Google Play.
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