12 best smart TV apps

Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.

Modern TVs are no longer just receivers and reproducers of the ether signal, what were their “picture tubes” ancestors. Functionality of almost any, even the most inexpensive TV includes additional features, in particular technologies for integrating network content into the software shell devices. Widespread Smart TV technology allows you to watch TV shows, movies, any other content, using only an internet connection.

The editors have prepared for you a brief overview of the best applications for Smart TV, which will significantly expand the capabilities of modern TV as a provider of entertainment and educational content.

Rating of the best applications for smart TV

Nomination a place application rating
Cinema and television 1 Megogo 5.0
2 Ivi 4.9
3 Okko 4.8
Streamers and video bloggers 1 YouTube 5.0
Useful and interesting 1 365 Body Workout 5.0
2 Culinary Academy LG 4.9
3 Travels 4.8
4 Bookshelf 4.7
Instruments 1 VLC 5.0
2 Tv bro 4.9
3 LeanKey KeyBoard 4.8

Cinema and television

In the first selection of the review we will get acquainted with applications for Smart TV, the main task of which is to provide user access to film libraries, television recordings, broadcasts, satellite, and cable channels.

Megogo

Rating: 5.0

Megogo

We will start with the application and service that are as close as possible to use the TV for its intended purpose – to watch full-fledged television channels. Megogo also provides the ability to watch individual TV shows, feature films and series. Actually, it was at the cinema in the service that a noticeable accent. Now it is the most popular, convenient and rich in content. online cinema in the CIS in 12 countries. Lecture hall in the tens of millions.

If we analyze the entire media resource of Megogo, we get the following: about 5 thousand feature films and TV shows, 45 thousand TV shows (TV shows, concerts, videos), 20 thousand news programs, 1.5 thousand cartoons. And all this apart from the basic functionality – access to broadcasts of television channels, and them in the Megogo pool there are more than 250, and several dozen more of their own in HD quality.

Most of the TV channels in the Megogo environment support production to pause and rewind the ether. Almost daily application offers the user individual thematic collections content. In the section with premieres you can buy a one-time or constant review of any available news. In your account viewing history with the latest timings is available – the series viewed on the eve will start from the very place on which was paused viewing.

The service provides part of the content for free, offers trial subscription for a nominal fee (conditional one ruble). At When you purchase any subscription, advertising is automatically disabled when watching. True, you can’t “rent” for a one-time viewing all new.

Megogo deserves special praise for social initiatives on increasing the availability of broadcasting for people with disabilities opportunities – own sign language translation studio and a whole section with content for the hearing impaired.

Against the background of a mass of advantages, it is worth noting that some users had problems with automatic paid Subscriptions that were allegedly not agreed. To avoid it is advisable to closely monitor the conditions of trial subscriptions, promotions and other promotional tools.

Advantages

  • huge resource of content;
  • operational publication of prime ministers;
  • ease of use;
  • flexible and affordable pricing;
  • friendliness for people with disabilities;
  • multi-platform;
  • large community.

disadvantages

  • complaints about inconsistent with the user paid subscriptions.

Ivi

Rating: 4.9

IVI

The second number in the review of the best applications for Smart TV in 2019 year, according to the version, we will consider another super popular online cinema in the Russian-language segment. This is a cinema, because in character content focuses on film production, although access to a number of There are also television channels.

The IVI app for Smart TV gives you access to all resources and service capabilities. The service itself works according to this scheme, when a significant portion of the content is provided completely free of charge and even without registration, but you’ll have to put up with interruptions for advertising. Any subscription automatically eliminates advertising and expands the horizons of entertainment.

Subscription connection provides access to more than 80 thousand units content (films and series), enables collective view on five devices at the same time, allows you to download Locally on the device more than 10 thousand series and feature films. Finally, perhaps the most important thing – the subscription opens the opportunity viewing in FullHD, as well as ultra-high resolution 4K, with support for HDR dynamic color range and five-channel sound. Of course, all this is possible for those units. content that originally owns such properties.

IVI works directly with leading Hollywood majors, and also with hundreds of independent studios around the world. Especially for to a younger audience, the service provides a separate children’s version of IVI with appropriate adaptation.

Like the previous service, the audience of the IVI service viewers in the tens of millions, and their lion’s share specifically for users of Smart TV. According to experts, including IVI specialists occupy about a quarter of the consumer market smart television.

The application runs on Samsung Smart TV systems, Sony, Toshiba, LG, Philips, as well as other platforms – Apple TV, Android systems, etc.

The pricing policy of the service is quite loyal. First weeks of subscription can be provided at a symbolic price, after which the subscription will be automatically extended already at the declared tariff. Auto-renewal can be easily disabled in the settings.

Advantages

  • large amount of content, including ultra-high quality;
  • convenient interface;
  • intuitive sorting by the characteristics of the genre;
  • separate version for children;
  • multi-platform;
  • loyal pricing policy;
  • large community.

disadvantages

  • some users sometimes have “crashes” applications.

Okko

Rating: 4.8

Okko

At the end of the selection of the best Smart TV applications in the segment Films and TV shows, experts suggest paying attention to more one service with a special approach to organizing access to categories content.

It’s worth starting with the fact that the service is completely paid – this is hardly Okko’s not the only flaw. But this is a completely conscious approach, since Okko is positioning itself as a premium service. Actually there is still limited free access, but “on the rights” free period as part of a paid subscription.

But the subscription options themselves offer a whole set of 12 options – here and world cinema, and Russian films with series, content for the smallest, separately subscribing to studio products Doisney and ABC, thousands of science and educational films, copyright movies, the best cartoons and much more. In the appendage to everything subscription to sport events.

For the most demanding consumers, the service offers two subscription package. Optimum – 9 subscriptions and Premium – all 13 Okko subscriptions at a price three times lower than if all of these subscriptions were issued separately. The collection contains films and 4K quality transmissions with multi-channel sound.

Okko application is available on all TVs, where it is implemented. Support for Smart TV, as well as its individual versions are designed for other popular platforms.

Advantages

  • a large amount of available content in high quality;
  • flexible organization of subscriptions;
  • convenient application interface;
  • 4K content selection with multi-channel audio.

disadvantages

  • almost no completely free content.

Streamers and video bloggers

Modern home television leisure industry is not limited to films, television, and similar content. FROM the emergence and development of video hosting appeared whole new genres – video blogging, gaming and conversational streaming, as well as a ton of different derivatives. Unconditional world leaders in this segment by the number of active content consumers – YouTube video hosting and Twitch live webcast service. The latter, unfortunately, does not have its own application for Smart TV, only unofficial that are not welcomed by company policies. Therefore, we will only consider the YouTube application, where streamers often have parallel streams with Twitch.

YouTube

Rating: 5.0

YouTube

YouTube itself as video hosting in special no idea needed. In today’s world, a close acquaintance with it happens to many almost from infancy. However, in context of watching YouTube content on TVs with a system Smart TV some clarifications will be useful.

At the very beginning, YouTube consisted almost exclusively of amateur content. In the future, after removing the hard restrictions on the duration of the video explosive growth occurred filling service. On this site “settled” already professional studios, and then entire television and radio companies with film studios. The focus of all of YouTube is today. The content is mostly free, and for use the viewer “pays” viewing ads.

The YouTube app for Smart TV gives you access to video hosting for view content. To do this, you need to activate your Google account. From now on, as you watch videos the service will learn to understand the tastes and preferences of the user, making individual thematic collections and making lists auto play.

Separately, it is worth mentioning the growing popularity on YouTube live broadcasts (streams), which are the basic content Twitch platforms, and it’s not just about game streams. Despite lack of specific functionality, restrims on YouTube – this so far the only compromise for consumers of legal content on smart tv.

In TV models with Smart TVs of popular brands, released in 2013 and later, as well as on some 2012 models years, the YouTube app is installed by default. There are also separate versions for Apple TV and Android TV platforms.

On TVs of earlier releases than 2012, “native” the YouTube app could originally be, but over time it could fade (and fade) as the gap between modern video hosting capabilities and the potential of old TVs. There are not many options for solving the problem: purchase a new TV, buying a separate set-top box, installing third-party applications at your own risk.

Advantages

  • access to the most popular video hosting in the world;
  • live broadcasts;
  • mostly free content;
  • widespread by default on TVs;
  • mostly intuitive and user-friendly interface;
  • adaptive intellectual tailoring to taste user.

disadvantages

  • almost inevitable ad breaks.

Useful and interesting

The presence of the Smart TV function on the TV gives access not only to entertaining content, but also to many other types of it – educational, applied, and even scientific. The most versatile in this regard is the above YouTube, but this versatility has a flip side – the complexity of the search is really quality material. At the same time, for Smart TV viewers quite a few special applications for self-education have been released, broadening horizons, developing practical skills in various areas.

365 Body Workout

Rating: 5.0

365 Body Workout

First of all, let us turn your attention to the solution, especially relevant right now, when the trend is a healthy lifestyle. it Smart TV application designed to help everyone keep themselves in in good shape.

The application gives the user access to an extensive library exercises, recommendations and practical examples of effective maintaining tone and health. Entire homework schools help at least tune in the morning on an active working day, and with a more in-depth approach – achieve weight loss, improve background health, getting rid of malfunctions in the body, caused by physical inactivity and, as a general result, quality improvement of life.

Videos with exercises are provided with additional visual explanations in the form of three-dimensional animated images. At If desired, you can turn on voice comments and prompts. Separately You can get acquainted with the recommendations of specialists on the regimen of the day, healthy nutrition and overall healthy lifestyle.

For those who want to achieve more impressive results, 365 Body Workout app for Smart TV will give recommendations on muscle gain, drying, the effectiveness of certain foods supplements and other issues relevant to the athlete.

Most of the app’s content is free, and for the mass user this is more than enough. More highly specialized, expanded and in-depth materials can connect for an additional fee.

The only drawback of 365 Body Workout for the Russian-speaking user – only the English language of the interface and content. But on As of 2019, this application is significantly better, fuller and more professionally than Russian-speaking counterparts.

Advantages

  • convenient interface;
  • effective and affordable techniques;
  • visual three-dimensional animation;
  • voice prompts;
  • enough free content.

disadvantages

  • English only.

Culinary Academy LG

Rating: 4.9

LG

Now let’s move smoothly from a healthy lifestyle to a topic that largely associated with it. LG recently released special thematic application for Smart TV dedicated to culinary theme.

LG Culinary Academy is a voluminous multimedia library-guide for preparing a wide variety dishes at home. The catalog contains thousands of recipes with detailed instructions, detailed descriptions of the composition, practical recommendations, general useful tips.

The functionality of the application allows you to not only quickly find the right one recipe, but also to orient what can be prepared from already products available in the house. To do this, you can use convenient and intuitive filter by ingredients. Filter keys there may be other criteria – for example, cooking time, conditional labor required tools.

To select recipes that are relevant to a particular event, the application offers to use the “Situation” function. Here you can pick up dishes for New Year’s Eve, for a party or a romantic dinner.

Especially for beginners, recipes are provided with detailed step by step algorithms, accompanied by useful tips. Besides everything among other things, the application will advise the optimal equipment for cooking – specific microwave ovens, ovens, stoves, individual hobs.

All content at LG Culinary Academy was created with and under control of professionals. Creators guarantee correctness given recipes. Indirect confirmation of high professional level – the presence of famous video tutorials Russian restaurateur and culinary critic Alexei Zimin.

Advantages

  • large catalog of recipes;
  • detailed step-by-step instructions;
  • useful tips and tricks for beginners;
  • Flexible keyword filters
  • high professional level in general.

disadvantages

  • not marked.

Travels

Rating: 4.8

Travels

Another Smart TV app – the perfect solution for those who likes to travel without getting up off the couch. Actually, for real travelers have plenty of useful information. The application harmoniously combines entertaining and educational aspect for broadening horizons and picture of the world.

The main source of content for the application is the channel Television Travel TV Channel One. This company, Actually, I created the application. The recordings of the programs are varied and rich in useful information, fun facts, impressive stories about the most different corners of the planet.

For those interested in the stories of famous travelers, The program “Traveling Together!” is suitable. Famous personalities they will tell and show all the interesting things that they themselves faced on numerous trips, share invaluable experience, give good advice will warn against potential troubles.

“Vacation without problems” – a program focused specifically on successful holding of a long-awaited vacation. It doesn’t mean only passive, but also active rest. Details described in what country, what place and what time of year it makes sense to leave on vacation.

For those who prefer the vastness of our homeland – very Patriotic show “Walk Russia!” There is a ton of everything interesting about the natural beauties of Russia, colorful nationalities and their customs, national holidays and much more. Who is more takes a detailed interest in nationalities, can supplement his knowledge from National Round Dance program.

The list of thematic programs in the application regularly replenished, expand the topics themselves.

Advantages

  • variety of thematic content;
  • a lot of exclusive information;
  • professional gear level;
  • high cognitive component in combination with entertaining;
  • regular replenishment and expansion of content.

disadvantages

  • not marked.

Bookshelf

Rating: 4.7

Bookshelf

And another popular and useful application for Smart TV with The “talking” name is Bookshelf. Obviously, here we are talking about electronic library. Formally belongs to the category of educational applications, but only on one training its function is not limited to. Recommended for both adults and young people. users over the age of four.

The essence and main “trick” of the application in combining ordinary e-books with audio versions voiced by professional voice actors. The app allows you to simply read a book with screen, and at any time when you need to move away or give a break eyes, switch to the audio version right from the current location readings. Switching is carried out by one button. Winding the text goes automatically, and if you don’t hear something, you can always take a quick look at the text to clarify the word or phrase.

Many books in the Bookshelf library also contain translations into different languages. The application makes it possible to read books in bilingual mode when the same text is displayed simultaneously on two pages of a “U-turn”. It is especially convenient and useful for those who are actively learning foreign languages.

Advantages

  • extensive library;
  • easy switching to the audio version and vice versa;
  • professional dubbing;
  • translations into different languages ​​(depends on the specific book);
  • convenient for learning foreign languages ​​bilingual mode.

disadvantages

  • not marked.

Instruments

The final mini-selection of the best applications for Smart TV in 2019 version of the year introduces popular solutions that serve as auxiliary tools for ease of use Smart TV itself on a TV, in principle, regardless of content consumption.

VLC

Rating: 5.0

VLC

Let’s start with an application that can solve, if not all difficulty playing videos on your TV then almost all. This is a super popular player, almost from the very exit who found a grateful audience in those days when Smart itself TV was available only to a limited circle of people.

The VLC player was originally designed for desktop computers, and then was scaled to wearable gadgets and other devices in including smart TVs. The main advantage of VLC at the moment creation was the ability to play streaming video, and also videos with incomplete downloads or “broken” sections. Most popular players with such tasks do not coped.

Now VLC is very popular for everything above, plus for the ability to play videos in exotic encoding. This is facilitated by a large number of built-in codecs and regular online updates.

In addition to its main advantages, VLC has everything you need customization tools: working with a list playback, switching audio tracks and subtitles, setting image properties, performance adjustment, equalizer and other things.

Advantages

  • plays video of non-standard formats;
  • reproduces (with reservations) incomplete and damaged Files
  • stable work;
  • flexible settings;
  • performance adjustment.

disadvantages

  • not everyone likes the minimalistic interface.

Tv bro

Rating: 4.9

TV Bro

Now consider a simple, enjoyable to use and friendly in every way the TV Bro app. This is a universal web browser. for Smart TV systems running Android OS. It’s easy Installs directly from the Google PlayMarket.

At the first start, TV Bro prompts the user to select suitable default search engine. The first one on the list will be quite expected by google. Other available engines are Bing, Yahoo !, Yandex and even the “secret” DuckDuckGo. There is also the opportunity specify any other by selecting Custom.

The application has a Russified interface. The menu is easy customize keyboard shortcuts for the most convenient use with remote control. Soft navigation buttons and open tabs displayed in the widget that appears on the left side of the screen when you press the “Back” button on the remote (can be reconfigured).

Web surfing in TV Bro is no different from any another browser on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Sites displayed in full versions, page rendering occurs correctly and, importantly, quickly. Frequently visited sites Add to Favorites, as in any browser.

Advantages

  • convenient Russified interface;
  • flexible settings;
  • fast work;
  • correct display of pages;
  • voice search.

disadvantages

  • Android TV only.

LeanKey KeyBoard

Rating: 4.8

LeanKey KeyBoard

And concludes the review of the best applications for Smart TV in 2019 by The conclusions of the expert group of the magazine are the simplest application, which, despite its simplicity, it can greatly facilitate the life of many owners of smart TVs with Android TV. It is comfortable and popular virtual keyboard many users instead of the standard.

The application allows you to reinstall many language packs by simply downloading from the official Google store. Languages are switched by holding the Spacebar. Current language registered on the key itself, i.e. on its visual submission.

The keyboard can be fully controlled by the remote control TV or set-top box. The app also supports additional buttons of the remote control, such as, for example, “Menu”. With his help you can significantly speed up input to special fields, configure many buttons on the remote for quick access to one or another functions, bind to menu items.

Advantages

  • ease of use;
  • easy installation of language packs;
  • setting quick access to remote buttons remote control.

disadvantages

  • Android TV only.


Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.

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