A hardware startup, Telly on Monday said it will give away 500,000 of its new smart TVs for free.
There is a caveat as users must continuously see advertisements while concurrently streaming TV episodes and films.
Telly created a dual-screen smart TV with a 55-inch 4K HDR screen, an integrated five-driver soundbar, and a 9-inch secondary screen hung below.
Along with widgets like the weather, music player, sports scores, and other useful widgets like stocks, advertisements are displayed on this second screen.
Even when material is playing, the bottom panel is always illuminated.
Although the adverts only occupy 25% of the secondary screen, which is significantly smaller than the main screen, some users may be able to train their eyes to completely ignore the ads.
Others might find it to be excessively distracting. Well, at least it's a free TV!
Additionally, consenting to provide Telly with specific data is the other trade-off. Because the advertising pays for the equipment, the gift would not be feasible otherwise.
“Telly is a revolutionary step forward for both consumers and advertisers,” Pozin, founder and CEO of Telly, said in a statement.
“For too long, consumers have not been an equal part of the advertising value exchange. Companies are making billions of dollars from ads served on televisions, yet consumers have historically had to pay for both the TV and the content they watch. All of that changes today.
When I co-founded Pluto TV, we created an entirely new model that offered amazing TV content to viewers for free. Now, with Telly, we are providing the actual television for free as well.”
Users may make a free smart TV reservation at www.freetelly.com. The Telly gadget will be delivered this summer. Telly is only currently taking reservations from Americans.
“Don’t be fooled by the free price. This is by far the most advanced television ever developed.
"Consumers will never look at their television the same way again after Telly transforms the TV from a monitor on the wall into the most powerful and useful device in the home.
Telly is the ultimate free upgrade that actually gets better month after month with over-the-air updates constantly innovating the living room experience. There has never been anything like it before,” added Pozin.
The business estimates the retail value of Telly's TV to be $1,000.
A video calling function allows users to speak with friends and family or virtually watch material together, among other noteworthy features.
Users may also play games and work out thanks to the integrated camera, sensors, and microphone.
"There are more than 40 video games available, along with motion-tracking fitness apps. To use the features, users can use controllers, remote controls, or even their own bodies.
Users are able to set timers, ask inquiries, and more with Telly's AI-powered voice assistant.
For instance, users may ask "Hey Telly" while watching their preferred football game to display their fantasy football roster, which will do so on the bottom screen.
The business's lack of in-house smart TV software is another way it sets itself apart from rivals.
Customers may also plug in additional connected devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV in addition to the Android TV streaming stick that comes included with Telly's TV.
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