At that time, we went out and spent $99 on an Apple TV to connect ourselves up to the internet. We did not have a Smart TV (afraid of any appliance that could think better than me!). It was pretty much plug and play! Since then we have purchased a Smart TV - guess I felt that since I retired I could keep an eye on it and have some time to sharpen my own wits! Works well for Netflix and YouTube etc. However, word of warning to the un-geeks out there - you can't connect the Sony Smart TV (and perhaps others) to your computer screen through Wifi if you don't have Windows 8 (missing WiDi!!). Until we upgrade we are still constrained to connect via a special cable from my laptop to the TV to watch shows outside of Netflix. It is amazing really - how easy it is to stay up to date on most of the shows I enjoyed with cable - CBC, CTV, etc - all have them available for a short time after their cable debut and, for some, ongoing without end! So we gained a bigger screen but did not yet succeed with a touch of the button - but - we will upgrade someday!!
Sadly for Canadians everywhere, our American neighbours have many more options! Amazon Prime provides free streaming! Hulu - similar! (I hear Amazon might make this available in Canada.) Others are aiming to introduce new internet TV access which will - wait for it - be paid for by the commercials rather than the end user! Doesn't that sound just like what we had before Cable TV wowed us with all that variety and great screen definition? Of course, then they plied us with more and more and more commercials anyways! Seems to me that is like - double dipping! So, I say bring it on and let me be in the drivers seat - I can stand a few commercials for the ability to choose my viewing pleasures!
And a few links to help you decide - maybe!