Can I remotely control any smart TVs using screen sharing software?

Joseph Videtto February 22, 2013
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Hi – I’m about to buy a new smart TV for my 75 year-old mom. She can send an email, after taking computer lessons for 1 year at her local senior center. She learned to do this on Gmail – and every time they change the location and position of buttons, she is out-of-business for many months until she can learn the new button locations.

My mom needs a new TV, and she would be very happy with a regular old tube TV. But I see this as an opportunity to help her navigate and discover new TV and movies on her cable, or on Netflix, Hulu, etc. She is definitely not capable of controlling the remote and the navigation required to operate a smart TV menu. But I am capable of doing this – trouble is, we live about 10 miles apart from each other.

I’m looking for the easiest way to navigate a smart TV in my mother’s house, from my house 10 miles away, without having her TV hooked up to a computer. Her TV has to of course be restored to it’s simple state after watching a show I have set up for her.

Is this possible – can anyone suggest how it might be done ? Has anyone ever tried it ? I realize that smart TVs are in the early stages – but now we can start trying some new fun stuff with them.

  1. Dhaval Patel
    February 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    yes, read the manufacturer manual

  2. susendeep dutta
    February 22, 2013 at 11:09 am

    You could connect the TV to Wi-Fi or LAN cable.

    A tip for buying such a TV is to get a popular brand like Samsung Smart TV or there are some Android OS Smart TV which supports Android apps.

    Have a look at the app - Smart TV Remote Tab -

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adi.remote&feature=more_from_developer

    which do says that it works with LAN and has good ratings.

    Many smart TVs come with in-built browser,so you can use teamviewer to remotely control it -

    http://www.qlickcafe.com/blogs/qlick-solutions/teamviewer-6-how-to-connect-to-your-remote-desktop-using-a-browser/