A guide to Smart TV apps

Discover what you can watch on your smart TV

14 Jun 2022

Picture this: you’re sat comfortably on the sofa with a brand-spanking new smart TV right in front of you. But you don’t know where to start. Sound familiar? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for music, entertainment, or games, here’s a list of our top apps for your smart TV, no matter the brand.

What are smart TV apps?

Simply put, apps can transform your watching experience, keep you entertained, or can even turn your living room into a dancefloor. Some apps come pre-installed with smart TVs, but there are tonnes available to download from the relevant app store.

Samsung TV apps

To get the most out of your new Samsung Smart TV, download the right apps to suit you. Here are a few of our favourites:

Netflix

This one’s a must for TV-lovers. From Stranger Things to Selling Sunset, binge-watching isn’t complete without some of Netflix’s heavy hitters. Not a Netflix fan? Find out what other Samsung TV apps can help streamline your streaming.

YouTube

Watch hilarious cat videos, cook along with your favourite chef, or simply dance the day away. Whatever you use the YouTube app on your Samsung TV for, you’ll be glad to know it works exactly the same as it would on your phone or laptop. Simply sign in and start streaming – easy.

Samsung SmartThings

We really wish this one came pre-installed. That’s how good it is. SmartThings essentially acts as a hub for your smart home. You’ll be glad to hear it doesn’t just work with Samsung tech. Link it up with your new Ring doorbell, Sonos speaker or Google Nest. And then sit back and control your home from the comfort of your couch.  

How to download apps on a Samsung Smart TV

Before you get started, you’ll need to create a Samsung account if you don’t already have one.

  1. Press the ‘Home’ button on your TV remote
  2. Select ‘Apps’ and then click on the search icon (you’ll find this in the top-right corner)
  3. Enter the name of the app you’re looking for and click on it
  4. Select ‘Install’, and you’re done.

LG Smart TV apps

Bagged yourself a brand-new LG Smart TV? Before you go downloading every app there is, take a look at some of our recommendations:

Spotify

Blast your favourite bangers, or set the ambience with some chill tunes. The LG Smart TV version of Spotify works exactly the same as the mobile app. You can also upgrade to the premium version of Spotify for uninterrupted ad-free listening.

Movies Anywhere

Ok, hear us out. We know there are hundreds of movie apps out there. But this isn’t a streaming app. Instead, Movies Anywhere collates all your downloads in one easy-to-find place. Just link it to your favourite streaming service – like Amazon Prime, Disney+, or Netflix – and you won’t have to switch between apps when searching for the perfect movie-night watch. The best part? It’s completely free.

Twitch

If you’re into gaming, this one’s for you. Twitch lets you watch streams from your favourite gamers and creators. And you can also enjoy the content with family and friends when you can’t be together in person.

How to download apps on an LG Smart TV

  1. Press the ‘Home’ button on your remote control to open the LG Content Store
  2. Select ‘Apps’ at the top of the screen to bring up the list of available apps
  3. Choose which app you want to download
  4. Click ‘Install’.

The LG Content Store is quite simple to navigate, but if you’re struggling with it, check out our tips and tricks for using LG’s WebOS.

Sony TV apps

Your shiny and smart Sony TV comes equipped with a whole range of smart apps – all thanks to its integration with the Google Play Store. Before you take a look at our recommendations, check out all the different things apps can help you do on your smart Sony TV.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon has a huge library with more than 15,000 movies and TV shows for you to choose from. And the best part is you can sign up for a 30-day free trial before subscribing. It’s a no-brainer.

Apple TV+

With an Apple TV+ subscription, you can enjoy tonnes of original and third-party shows – such as Ted Lasso and Severance. Apple TV also allows you to have separate subscriptions to various channels like StarzPlay, HPlay and Acorn TV. Plus, it links to BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and Channel 4, too. So it’s sort of like a one-stop shop for all your essential viewing.

How to download apps on a Sony Smart TV

  1. From the Home menu, select ‘Google Play Store’
  2. Search for and select the app you’re looking for
  3. Click on ‘Install’ and select ‘Accept’ to start downloading.

Need some help picking out a new TV? Take a look at our TV buying guide. If you want to get some tips from an expert, jump on a video call with our ShopLive service.

 

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