Even though the percentage of people who own a high definition television (HDTV) set increases every year, most do not know how to get the full benefit from it. The key is knowing what your unit is compatible with it and using that to your advantage. For example, connecting your HDTV to your home network can instantly turn it into a Smart TV. That means you can surf the Internet, watch live streaming of videos from various sites, connect to weather apps, and even communicate face-to-face with people halfway across the country.

If your HDTV is not Smart TV compatible, you can always purchase a game console, Blu-ray player, or another component that has the features you want. This gives you the experience of having a Smart TV without the additional financial investment.

Use Your Smartphone or Tablet as a Remote

Many people are not aware that they're not limited to controlling their HDTV with only the remote control that came with it. You can also look for an app on your smartphone or tablet that gives you a full keyboard for typing on your television screen as well as reviewing the movie you have just started watching. You just need to make certain that your HDTV is on the same network as your other electronics. If not, you can always purchase a third-party remote control app that doesn't require you to be on the same internal network as your HDTV.

Getting the Most of Your Input and Settings

In order to get the highest quality resolution available, you need to subscribe to a satellite or HD cable package. DVD players give the lowest quality resolution while Blu-ray players give some of the highest. Game consoles also provide extremely high picture resolution. Additionally, make sure that you calibrate your picture settings so they match the lighting and other unique features of your home.