Getting Started with Sharp's SmartCentral

SmartCentral

With SmartCentral™, available on select Sharp HDTV and Ultra HD TVs, there will never be a shortage of entertainment in your family room. SmartCentral not only offers the best apps with the best content, it helps you find the programs and movies you're most interested in watching – all from a single interface.

Initial Setup

Getting started with SmartCentral should take less than a minute. After you hook up your Sharp TV to your Internet connection and to your cable or satellite box, press the SmartCentral button on the remote two times and then press the Select button. The first time you open SmartCentral, it prompts you to enter your ZIP code so you can select your local cable or satellite provider. Choose your favorite video streaming apps, select your favorite genres – like Comedy, Drama or Sports – and SmartCentral is set.

Finding the Best Content

Whenever you want to see what's on, press the SmartCentral button on your remote twice to go directly to the SmartCentral app and then press Select. From the menu, select "TV" to see what's on cable or satellite, or "Streaming" to see what's available on your favorite apps. If you're in the mood for something specific, use the Search feature to find programs by title, actor, director or genre. SmartCentral's Intelligent Search provides suggestions as you begin entering a few letters.

All of Your Choices on One Screen

Whenever you select a title that interests you, SmartCentral gives you the program details, including a plot summary and who stars in it. SmartCentral then tells you where you can find the program from all of your available sources. If you planned to rent a movie for the night, you might find the same title is already available on cable. A program on a broadcast network might be available commercial-free on a video streaming app.

Below the program description, SmartCentral lists similar titles in the same category or genre, so you'll always be able to find something to watch that suits your mood or interests.

Finding the Best Apps

If you arrow over to the "Apps" option in the SmartCentral menu, you'll find all the apps SmartCentral has to offer. These include streaming apps like YouTube, Netflix and Hulu, but that's just the beginning. There are movie streaming apps, sports apps and music apps like Pandora. Of course SmartCentral also includes a Web browser and apps like Facebook and Twitter for connecting with loved ones from the comfort of your living room.

The SmartCentral Remote App

Sharp's SmartCentral Remote app works on any iOS or Android tablet or smartphone. It has all of the same features as SmartCentral, so you can find something to watch without interrupting what's currently playing on your TV.

The SmartCentral Remote app includes Content Sharing, so you can send photos and videos from your mobile device directly to your TV screen. You can also use the app as a remote control. It has the same buttons as your TV's remote, so you can change channels, adjust the volume, adjust settings and change the input mode. You can even turn the TV on or off using the SmartCentral Remote app.

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About the Author

A published author and professional speaker, David Weedmark has advised businesses and governments on technology, media and marketing for more than 20 years. He has taught computer science at Algonquin College, has started three successful businesses, and has written hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines throughout Canada and the United States.

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