Hitachi Smart TVs: Picture Or Smart TV Capabilities?
As the Smart TV market continues to grow, expand, and change, Hitachi Smart TV models - even though very limited in number - have begun making a name for themselves as televisions with incredibly clear images and high picture quality.
But they have a battle on their hands to keep up, given the improvements and advancements made by the other Smart TV manufacturers. It remains to be seen whether or not Hitachi will fall behind unless they can expand and offer true Smart functionality - access to the internet via the TV itself - rather than the limited options for only connecting to your home network. Certainly the majority of Smart TV reviews you might read at the moment will be focussing on other manufacturers models.
A television’s ability to access and utilize Internet-based media is what makes and defines smart TVs as such. As technologies continue to improve, smart TVs - both Hitachi Smart TVs and smart TVs made by other corporations - have become more energy efficient, more user-friendly, and more effective at allowing users to access apps and services from online vendors and media providers such as Hulu, YouTube, Netflix, and Pandora.
While other big names such as Panasonic and others have recently unveiled new technological advancements promising to greatly expand the possible functions of their smart models, Hitachi TVs remain dedicated to ensuring the highest possible picture quality. That gets you a solid and highly enjoyable viewing experience, but it doesn't get you in a position to take advantage of the interactivity and convergence that true Smart TV offers.
And while a Hitachi Smart TV currently certainly offer users the basic technologies and very basic access to online services and apps, they seem to have been focussing more on enhancing picture quality rather than improving and expanding the content side of smart TV technology. That may ultimately turn out to be a mistake as the interactive and social TV engagement that everyone is looking for materialises, though it does look as if Hitachi have realised this with some recent browser announcements.
Future Hitachi Smart TV Developments
Hitachi are clearly intending to attack the Smart TV market as has been demonstrated by their announcement in mid 2011 of the intention to use the Espial TV browser for connected TVs in future. With the Espial browser users can enter website destinations.
Current Hitachi Models
Of particular note is the line of Hitachi Smart TVs are a range known as Slim Block LED Panel televisions. These are constructed using a series of LED backlighting blocks that can be controlled remotely by viewers. This makes it possible for viewers to fine tune and adjust the brightness of different parts of the screen, and to influence the intensity and contrast of colors.
This type of a technology actually greatly increases the types of pictures and the types of colors that a television can project. For example, in older models, because they were constantly being illuminated from the back, television screens could never produce entirely and fully black images. But with the multi-block LED construction of Hitachi Smart TV screens, black can be fully produced. This new clarity extends across the board, allowing viewers to enjoy a color palette, vividness, and picture clarity never before attained.
Much has been said about the picture quality of Hitachi Smart TV models, and rightfully so. They really do enhance the viewing experience by producing some of the most vivid and clear images ever. But, while this may appeal to some smart TV users, for those who are more interested in the strictly online capabilities of smart TVs, they may leave more to be desired.
Focusing on improving and perfecting image quality has apparently left Hitachi slightly behind when it comes to developing and incorporating cutting edge technological advancements when it comes to the smart, Internet-based capabilities of a smart TV. In the end, TV users should weigh which side is more important when considering whether to buy a Smart TV with the Hitachi brand names.