The best Smart TV platforms in the world 2017

Best Smart TV platforms

5. TCL, Sharp, Hisense, Haier: Roku TV

But while webOS and Android TV are established players in the TV space, there's a new kid on the block that wants to shake up the industry: Roku TV.

Announced back in 2014 for TCL TVs, Roku TV has quickly grown into the go-to pick for many of the low-cost TV manufacturers. In 2017, you can find Roku TV on some Haier, Hisense, Insignia, Sharp and TCL TV models with more partnerships in the works for next year.

We're already up to Roku OS 7.5 which brings live TV pausing to the table, alongside the dedicated 4K Channel for anyone with a UHD screen.

As a platform, Roku TV borrows the interface and feature set from the company's set-top boxes, the Roku 2, Roku 3, Roku 4 and Roku Streaming Stick.

What that means is that you'll find a robust universal search function that will scan over 30 different apps like Netflix, Google Play TV and Movies, Amazon, VUDU and more to find you the lowest price on the TV show or movie you want to watch, as well as around 4,500 channels of content to watch.

Add to that some neat features like a dedicated app that helps you keep track of upcoming movies and TV shows via the My Feed section and a private listening mode when you want to watch TV without disturbing the whole house, and you have all the trimmings of a very bright up-and-coming star.

Best for: the binge-watcher

Two TVs with Roku TV: