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Your TV Can Be A Smart TV! Here’s How

Jul 19, 2022
by Gracey Maala

3 min read

AB_Your TV Can Be A Smart TV! Here_s How

These days, most televisions are fitted with the most advanced smart technology. They boast a wide range of advantages over your regular “non-smart” TV, including access to the web, a suite of apps, streaming platforms like HBO Go and Viu, as well as AI-powered voice assistants.

Don’t want to let go of your old TV? Make it smart then.

If you’re still happy with an old unit, but want to enjoy the perks of a Smart TV—don’t fret! With the right device, you can easily turn it into a smart one!

Thanks to the available streaming accessories out there, you can now transform your TV without having to spend thousands of pesos on a new smart TV. Here, we list the best devices to achieve that. Check them out!

Google Chromecast 4 with Google TV

Google Chromecast with Google TV

From Google Store Official Website

Chromecast is undeniably one of the best you can get for streaming media! It plugs into your TV and grants easy access to multiple streaming services like HBO Go, YouTube, and the like. In addition, it features support for 4K HDR (HDR10+, Dolby Vision) and Dolby Atmos. Plus, it comes with a voice remote with Google Assistant that also lets you control your smart home devices. Note, however, that it is compatible only with TVs with HDMI ports. If you want to know more about Chromecast, watch our video below!

Xiaomi Mi TV Stick 4K

Xiaomi TV Stick 4K

From Xiaomi Global Official Website

The Mi TV Stick 4K is another portable device that can instantly transform your TV. Just plug it into any TV, monitor, or projector with an HDMI port to turn it into a smart TV! It’s powered by Android TV 11, which supports Google Assistant and Chromecast, connecting you to a wide array of content in one tiny device. Through Google Play, you can also download your favorite streaming and gaming apps to keep you entertained all day. Additionally, it’s equipped with a quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, and 8GB ROM for solid performance.

Apple TV 4K

Apple TV 4K

From Apple Official Website

The Apple TV 4K elevates entertainment experience by bringing that signature Apple experience to your living room. It brings the best of TV with your favorite Apple devices and services with features like 4K High Frame Rate HDR, A12 Bionic chip, and up to 64GB RAM. What’s more, its remote has a touch-enabled clickpad for precise control. Simply click titles, swipe through playlists, and use a circular gesture on the outer ring to find just what you’re looking for!

Roku Streaming Stick+

Roku Streaming Stick+

From Roku Official Website

The Roku Streaming Stick+ is a TV stick geared with a long-range wireless receiver for extended wireless range and smooth streaming. It lets you enjoy HD, 4K, and HDR picture quality, and it comes with a voice remote for TV control. It also allows you to share videos, photos, and music from your Apple device via AirPlay.

While there are many more in the market to choose from, these media streaming devices are considered your best solutions to transform your TVs into smart TVs. Each of them will add some amount of smartness to your existing TV, but the extent and features you get will vary depending on which option you choose.

Surely, streaming is one of the best things to enjoy if you have the fastest internet connection possible like PLDT Home’s Fiber Plus Plans! With the right devices and reliable Internet, you won’t only enjoy uninterrupted and smoother streaming, but also stunning visuals in 4K!


Know the Product Better

HBO GO Premium

  • Unlimited access to HBO Go for as low as P149
  • Watch on Demand
  • Watch HBO Originals same time as U.S.
  • Download on the go
  • Parental Controls
  • Watch TV live
  • Multi-Language Subtitles

Viu Premium

  • Unlock access to premium content
  • Download unlimited videos! Enjoy premium entertainment anytime, anywhere
  • Ad-free viewing
  • HD viewing (up to 1080p)
  • Watch shows on the big screen via Viu’s TV app or casting
  • Get first dibs on fresh content as fast as 8 hours after the original telecast


Gracey Maala

Gracey is the lead content writer for Next Upgrade’s Technology and Gaming sections. She loves to explore and learn new stuff for work, while she enjoys telling stories, watching TV series, and bonding with her mom and dogs in her free time.