Dublin, Ireland (PRWEB) December 19, 2013
Recent research has found that 26% of people watch TV on demand (46% of 18-24 year olds). But are these people using smart TVs or set top boxes to watch their online programs and movies? Surprisingly, they are not. Instead, consumers are connecting their televisions to devices that are traditionally used to go online – with laptops (24%) and desktop computers (12%) being the most popular. This is why Smarty PCTV is a product that is desperately needed by consumers and should help meet a demand that is currently surprisingly large.
With a true TV like interface, it’s easy to use and is the only product of its kind that enables an ordinary PC to be used as a smart TV. In fact, since it uses the vast number crunching power of a PC, it should be more powerful and versatile than any smart TV currently available. Smarty PCTV can be used to watch TV on a PC (up to 10 years old) or it can be connected to any TV for a full Smart TV experience. Add a cheap handheld wireless keyboard or smartphone as a remote and it turns into the ultimate streaming solution. It’s also easy to use, so children should have a field day.
Smarty PCTV comes with a vast range of streaming services “right out of the box” and its simple to point and click to add favorite TV channels and streaming services. Each service gets its own big easy to read button with logo.
All the big name premium services like Netflix and Hulu Plus are there, but in order to watch such services the user does need a current subscription to each of them. However, there is still a vast range of free and on-demand content of high quality that requires no subscription and there are hundreds of such services available in its built-in app store. Quick launch icons can also be added to the main menu that instantly launch favorite programs like Skype and email.
Smarty PCTV is the brainchild of Irish entrepreneur Mike Pettigrew. Pettigrew explains: “Having discovered the benefits of on-demand TV myself, I just couldn’t understand why there were no easy to use software products available to create a true smart TV experience on your own computer. I mean, any old PC is more powerful than every smart TV currently on the market. What was missing was a simple to use interface, that could be controlled using a wireless keyboard remote or a Smartphone.
Why spend a fortune on a brand new smart TV when most people already have an old PC lying around that’s no longer used. That old PC is all you will ever need for the perfect smart TV experience.
Last year with analog TV being switched off all over Europe, we were looking at buying a smart TV, so that we could continue watching our favorite programs after the switch off. We also bought several streaming devices (including a Roku player and Apple TV) to use with our existing TV rather than just having to dump it. Nothing quite gave us the flexibility and ease of use that we wanted and for quite a while we just used a discarded 8 year old PC as our main TV device. I set it up so that we could use a web browser to watch TV and I added all our favorite TV services using bookmark buttons. I also bought a wireless remote keyboard. Our PCTV didn’t look great, but it worked really well and has been the best TV we have ever had, by far.
Unfortunately, it never quite had a true Smart TV look and feel which is what we wanted. It was while driving back home after looking at several smart TVs that I suddenly had the idea to create Smarty PCTV. I mean, none of the smart TVs that we had just seen were a patch on the PC TV system we were currently using in our home. All that we were missing was a nice and easy to use interface that even our kids could use. When I was driving I suddenly had a flash of inspiration…what if we created a simple program that could do everything a smart TV could do only better? With a lovely look and feel and that would be easy to use. This is why I created this product and how Smarty PCTV was born”.
So what exactly is Smarty PCTV?
Smarty PCTV is a software program that makes any PC into the ultimate smart TV. In fact, Pettigrew claims that ordinary laptops and PCs are better and more versatile than a regular smart TV and far better than any streaming players. It includes a full App store that contains hundreds of the world’s best streaming and on-demand TV services, Movie collections, Radio and Podcasts.
At launch Smarty-PCTV will already boast tens of thousands of free TV and radio stations as well as hundreds of thousands of TV episodes and movies from all the best sources.
The program costs nothing to download, install or use. It has a single, beautiful, simple desktop for everything. It takes but a single click to launch favorite TV Services, Radio, Web Browser, Email or Apps (like Skype). It’s also easier to use than most dedicated Smart TVs. For more information, please visit http://smartypctv.com/.