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How do I get a browser for internet TV?
self | 04oct2011 | self

Posted on 10/04/2011 6:47:58 AM PDT by Cowman

A friend of mine just got a Visio WiFi TV. He set it up according to instructions and it will stream from the WiFi but only what is listed on the "Widgets." He would like to be able to go to a regular website like HULU or GBTV and stream from there like he can do on his computer.

We looked around on what is available for download but couldn't find a browser anywhere. I can connect my laptop and use the TV like a monitor but that kind of defeats the purpose of having an internet TV.

Please help.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: browser; internet; stream

1 posted on 10/04/2011 6:48:04 AM PDT by Cowman
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To: Cowman
http://www.roku.com

Helpful hint. There are different models of Roku boxes. Some just allow you to watch TV shows and movies on your TV through your wireless router and others allow you to play video games.

We got the kind that does not play video games. They were 79.99 at Radio Shack.

Helpful hint: If you buy one box, you get a 10 dollar off coupon for your next purchase at Radio Shack. So if you need more than one Roku box, buy one one day and then come back the next day for another one.

2 posted on 10/04/2011 6:52:57 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Cowman

Try Download.com. They got thousands of downloads.


3 posted on 10/04/2011 6:53:26 AM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: Cowman

I just signed up for blockbuster, and will be cancelling netflix dvd rentals.

Blockbuster has the visio tv apps as well as PC players for download.

What I like about Blockbuster over Netflix is Blockbuster has trailers attached to the movie selection boxes.
I think you will end up paying more for blockbuster streaming, but dvd by mail is a little cheaper than netflix.

So, for now, until someone starts seriously competing with Netflix for streaming, it’s still the best for the money.


4 posted on 10/04/2011 6:54:25 AM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Cowman

Go to Best Buy and get the Logitech remote keyboard. It costs about $99.00 and allows you to surf the net to access any site. I find it works very well. They sell it right next to the Google TV stuff.


5 posted on 10/04/2011 7:01:28 AM PDT by Just_de_facts ("Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it." - George Sand)
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To: Texas Eagle
Thanks for the tip...I've been looking at the different Roku boxes. Will now look at purchasing at RS...for the coupon. I read that the box that plays Angry Birds crashes a lot.

Is set up as easy as they claim? Thx.

6 posted on 10/04/2011 7:02:52 AM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: Cowman

If you desire to browse the web without an additional hardware box, you may be out of luck. Pathetic and crazy, but it’s the state of Internet TVs. I know that Samsung’s line of “Smart TVs” do have a “full” web browser, but my understanding is even they cannot access web-archived episodes of NBC, CBS, or ABC shows. It’s completely nuts, but you can watch such episodes on your laptop or desktop, but not on your TV directly.

There is a battle going on for the future of home TV entertainment. On the one hand you have the old-school cable companies and broadcast TV networks. On the other you have new technologies which render the old models obsolete. The cable companies and broadcast networks are working overtime to protect their outmoded businesses. One of the decisions they’ve made is to block streaming of archived content directly to TVs via the Internet! So, rather than embrace technology, they are fighting against it. I believe in the end they will lose.

P.S. Not being able to watch shows on ABC, CBS, and NBC may not be that great of a loss!


7 posted on 10/04/2011 7:07:04 AM PDT by mbs6
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To: Jane Long

So easy even I was able to set it up. You will need an HDMI cable to go from your Roku box to your TV. You literally just plug the thing into the wall socket, connect the box to your TV and it prompts you through the rest of the setup from there. Pretty slick.


8 posted on 10/04/2011 7:13:45 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Cowman
Reading some of the other posts, I'm not sure I understood you correctly.

Do you want to watch TV shows and movies on your TV that are available on the internet or do you want to access internet sites like FreeRepublic.com on your TV?

If so, I'm not sure how to do that. The Roku box is strictly for TV shows and movies.

I'd be interested in knowing if I can get the internet on TV myself.

That would be kind of cool.

9 posted on 10/04/2011 7:17:58 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Cowman

Isn’t there a version of the Opera web browser available for internet TV? Yes there is. I am not sure how to find it or how to get it downloaded on your system though.


10 posted on 10/04/2011 7:18:18 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Texas Eagle

I have the phillips internet t.v., so im hoping something like this will work. Stuck with netflix and vudu right now.


11 posted on 10/04/2011 7:18:59 AM PDT by hope
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To: Cowman
This appears to be a VIzio app store
12 posted on 10/04/2011 7:19:55 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: mbs6
There is a battle going on for the future of home TV entertainment.

It is ridiculous.

Some streaming sites will not allow their 'stream' to go directly to a TV, even if it is internet-ready.

However, one can connect a laptop to the internet and to the TV, and stream without a hitch.

The problem is the licensing with the original streamers -- they don't seem to understand technology. But, then, they still decry cassette recorders, VCRs and DVRs.


13 posted on 10/04/2011 7:23:56 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: mbs6

Blocking their product is a bad idea. What happens when 100 million TV’s are streaming online content, do they NOT want to be one of the thousands channels available to those viewers?

Talk about a bad business model.


14 posted on 10/04/2011 7:26:08 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: ShadowAce

tech ping


15 posted on 10/04/2011 7:27:29 AM PDT by CedarDave (My Sarah prediction: Announcing for President between October 12 and 28.)
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To: Texas Eagle
So easy even I was able to set it up. You will need an HDMI cable to go from your Roku box to your TV. You literally just plug the thing into the wall socket, connect the box to your TV and it prompts you through the rest of the setup from there. Pretty slick.

When I got ROKU just over a year ago, it would not recognize my Belkin router. I had to replace the router. ROKU interfaced with the new one immediately.

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There are so many new devices that connect things.

I have a WDTV [Western Digital] which takes many common internet video formats [avi, mpg, etc] and plays them directly to an LCD/HD TV. The device also has two USB ports, so a regular external USB hard drive can be connected.

IIRC, a newer version of the WDTV box also connects the internet to the TV.
16 posted on 10/04/2011 7:29:52 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Texas Eagle
I'd be interested in knowing if I can get the internet on TV myself.

You can use a Wii or PS3 with web browsers. Some of the newer Sony TVs and Blu-ray players have Opera web browser built-in.

17 posted on 10/04/2011 7:30:03 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Cowman

I connected a computer to my TV. All of the canned TV/Internet packages lock you out of most of the Internet by design. A simple google search will allow you to find lots of sites with movies and TV shows. You really don’t need cable if you have a broadband connection and a PC connected to your computer.


18 posted on 10/04/2011 7:33:20 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them." --Ronald Reagan)
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To: Jane Long

Roku is amazing, but if you will be using Netflix and want to use subtitles, you have to get the new boxes, not the originals.


19 posted on 10/04/2011 7:38:40 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Amnesty (ie: Perry/Rubio) will be the final death blow to the United States of America.)
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To: Cowman

This may sound glib but connect a computer to it.

If they don’t offer a web browser, you won’t find one to download and even if they do, it will be a castrated browser, limited in capability.

We frequently stream video to our TV that the owners of content will not allow to stream on anything but a computer or a device we don’t own.


20 posted on 10/04/2011 7:39:42 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: Cowman; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

21 posted on 10/04/2011 7:41:16 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: GeronL

They don’t want to block their product, they want you to pay cash for thier product. There goal is 100,000,000 customers, not 100,000,000 freloaders.

They just haven’t figured out how to separate you from your cash yet.


22 posted on 10/04/2011 7:44:39 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: Cowman

find a used 3gCPU computer (or better), and a wireless keyboard. he pooter needs HDMI or else buy an upscale vid card for it.

most of the chunked and formed internet TV products are very limiting... Anything goes, with a computer hooked to it.


23 posted on 10/04/2011 7:51:50 AM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: dangerdoc

Roku is nice, but still not as full featured as a pc based solution.

Hit geeks.com etc pc up a cheap pc with decent video card (dvi or hdmi preferred) and a wireless mouse/kb its a good soution too


24 posted on 10/04/2011 7:53:14 AM PDT by Bidimus1
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To: Charles Martel

We just got a 46” Sony LCD-HD and the manual says how to make the internet connection but my wife and I are the grand parents of the YouTube sensation couple caught on their web-cam. There are more then enough channels with the new Cable Box. It came with a HDMI cable and it works fine...


25 posted on 10/04/2011 8:13:53 AM PDT by tubebender (She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.)
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To: Cowman

The ONLY thing holding me back from getting rid of my TV service is live sports/espn is blocked. If ESPN offered streaming for a reasonable price, I would jump.

Amazon Prime is now in competetion with Netflix streaming. It’s $80/year and they have some good content. If you’re a student (or know how to get a .edu email addy) it’s only $40/year.


26 posted on 10/04/2011 8:34:28 AM PDT by lwd
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To: dangerdoc; GeronL

I think eventually there will be serious production companies which intend to produce top-quality shows for Internet audiences. They will make money off add revenue just like the broadcast networks do now, but at lower ad rates. If the major networks ignore this, they will be doomed in the long run. The days of charging 20th century ad rates for TV commercials are ending. NBC, CBS, and ABC seem to think they are still the only 3 channels around.


27 posted on 10/04/2011 8:47:57 AM PDT by mbs6
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To: mbs6

When its all online that will let conservatives create some of their own channels. That will be cool. Anyone will pretty much be able to start their own show or channel and compete with the big boys.


28 posted on 10/04/2011 8:52:09 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: dangerdoc

There=Their


29 posted on 10/04/2011 9:28:40 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: GeronL

They don’t care about viewers they care about ad sells. If they could manage to get you to watch the commercials without making or broadcasting any shows they would. You watching shows, which costs them money, without them getting the ad sells (or at least licensing fees from whoever is running the pipe line, like Netflix) is exactly what they’re trying to avoid.


30 posted on 10/04/2011 9:44:01 AM PDT by discostu (How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today)
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To: Cowman

VIZIO bump


31 posted on 10/04/2011 10:44:56 AM PDT by freebird5850 (Of course Obama loves his country...it's just that Sarah Palin loves mine!)
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To: Cowman
I recently bought the Sony SMPN100 Network WiFi Media Player - 1080p, DLNA Wireless Streaming, USB, BD Remote, HDMI.

Is anyone familiar with it? I paid $80, so it is competitively priced

32 posted on 10/04/2011 10:52:47 AM PDT by Dacula (When life gives you lemons, make apple juice and have people wonder how the hell you did it.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Exactly it is easy and everything you can access on the computer is on the TV now all via usb connection.


33 posted on 10/04/2011 11:02:47 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: chris_bdba
Exactly it is easy and everything you can access on the computer is on the TV now all via usb connection.

Not with a computer with HDMI.

34 posted on 10/04/2011 11:04:52 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them." --Ronald Reagan)
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To: Just_de_facts; All
Go to Best Buy and get the Logitech remote keyboard

I have one of these too - works great ! It's called Logitech Revue - $99 and uses Google TV. You can run chrome and surf the net, view youtube,facebook, etc and it comes with several apps like Netflix.
At this time, it will not connect to Hulu but they are working on being able to connect to Hulu Plus. This is the best option I've found so far for "surfing" on my TV for the money. Also is very easy to connect - even comes with an HDMI cable.

35 posted on 10/04/2011 11:16:23 AM PDT by Mopp4 (YES WE CAIN !)
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To: Cowman
There is more than one way to skin a cat. The majority of internet appliances suck when compared to full blown PC or laptop.

If you want to watch netflix or Youtube, you might do it with a Samsung BLU ray player. But if you want full access to Google video, Hulu, Vimeo and numerous other video sites, you'll be out of luck - some or many will be missing from the internet appliances available today. Most of them are only campable to stream material from your PC and are practically unusable for internet? For example, how to select material from Youtube if you do not have a keyboard?

Here is a kit that works, for less than $100 plus PC.

1. ATI 5400 or higher silent card (fanless) with HDMI output PC must have PCIe slot). This card takes care of both picture and sound- around $40

2. 20ft HDMI cable from online installer shop (e.g. Monoprice) $20

3. Logitech Wireless keyboard for PlayStation 3 - $20 This keyboard has touch pad for mouse so no mouse is needed. Easy to operate from armchair or couch

With this kit, you have 1080p on your TV and full access to internet.

Reading and posting to FR from your couch is a fun thing to do.

36 posted on 10/04/2011 12:40:50 PM PDT by DTA (U.S. Centcom vs. U.S. AFRICOM)
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