Every year, TED hosts conferences across the world. Renowned academicians, politicians, businessmen, Novel laureates, and other people come and share their ideas, and offer a glimpse of revolutionary ideas that are changing the world in their own field. Some of these speakers bring knowledge that every person can make use of, while others share highly specialized and niche information. But, a common theme that runs across all of them is the fact that they are absolutely life-changing. What’s more, they are highly entertaining too. While the tickets to these conferences are very expensive, and difficult to get, TED does release many of its events online. So, if you want to enjoy TED talks on your smart TVs, TED apps are supported on so many platforms that chances are you already own one. So, check out here how you can use your existing hardware to enjoy TED talks on your smart TVs.
TED is available on Android. That pretty much makes the app compatible with a host of devices out there, including smartphones, tablets, and of course, smart TVs. If you smart TV runs on Android TV operating system, then all you need to do is go to Google Play, search for TED app, and download it. Once you access the TED app, you will be able to enjoy thousands of TED talks, even with subtitles, if you need them.
TED has been available on Xbox One platform for quite some time now. You can access the TED app on Xbox One and enjoy the talks on your smart TV. Moreover, if you have Kinect, then you can just wave your hand to enjoy TED talks. If that is not enough, Xbox One even provides you voice commands for this purpose. It really is a cool way to enjoy TED talks.
Netflix has one of the world’s biggest libraries of TV shows, movies, documentaries, and other videos. Naturally, it also features TED talks in its content library. However, Netflix does not offer all the TED talks that are online. Instead, it features some select talks on only a handful of topics. The collection of TED talks is quite small.
Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV is a power-packed streaming device, and gives access to a huge variety of content, most of which is for entertainment. However, some of that content is educational, and TED talks belong in that category. TED released an app for Amazon Fire TV in January of 2015. You can download the app, and enjoy the talks by using the streaming service with your smart TV.
Samsung Smart TV
Samsung smart TVs do not feature Android TV OS. Instead, the latest ones run on Tizen OS. Samsung has been the biggest supporter of Tizen, and hence, is trying very hard to make the platform a substitute for Android. One of the fruits of its efforts is TED app. Yes, TED is also available on Tizen. You can download the app just like you download it from Android Play Store, and enjoy the talks.
Roku is another impressive streaming device. It has a variety of channels, which you can browse and enjoy all kinds of video content. TED talks can be found on Roku under the Science and Tech category. However, the classification under this category does not mean that you can access only Science and Tech TED talks. You can browse and enjoy all videos that are available online.
YouTube features a massive number of TED talks on the namesake channel. In addition to videos from TED, you can also comment and share your views on any specific video, although YouTube comment section can be a nasty place with comment wars being a norm. The being said, YouTube is accessible on pretty much any smart platform. So, if you have a smart TV that supports YouTube, or even a set-top-box that supports YouTube, you can enjoy TED walks without much fuss.
Bonus: For Non Smart TVs
If you do not have a smart TV that is compatible with any of the TED apps or platforms that support the app, there is one way you can still enjoy TED talks inexpensively. You will need a Google Chromecast for the purpose. You can plug in the Chromecast into your HD TV, and stream the TED videos from your smartphone or tablet, be it an Android or iOS device.