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Posted on 05/04/2013 11:37:05 AM PDT by Allen In Texas Hill Country
I'm going to replace my hot plasma with an LED. LED prices have come way down from 4 or 5 years ago. Summers coming and the heat a plasma throws out is too much. I have a techy question about a smart TV. I'm know all about Netflix and have no use for any online movie stuff. Does or can I bring up a browser like Firefox on a smart TV? It costs about $300 for for a smart TV versus one without and since I'm not interested in online movie stuff I don't know if its worth it. Thanks.
I have 2 and have never used the features. But I don’t give Netflix my money, some do.
I bought 2 Panasonic smart tvs before Christmas. We love them. We have Netflix. I ordered them from Amazon and got them 2/3 days later. Check prices before buying.
SmartTV technology is also available in some DVD/Blu-ray players.
The LG Google TV has a full web browser.... It is an amazing device.
Focus on screen quality and whether or not you care about 3D tech. You can get peripherals to handle the extra SmartTV stuff.
That was my solution. I have a Sony BDP-S390 Blu-ray/DVD Player it is wireless to my home network and lets me access my Amazon Prime account content on my slightly older Samsung LCD TV. It was about $80.00.
I have a Vizio and no you can't browse the Internet. It has lots of different Apps though like YouTube etc. You don't have to use the Netflix there are others like Hulu etc. I have a laptop that I plug a RocketFish cable into then to the TV and you can browse the Internet that way.
Basically, when you select Internet through the TV menu, it brings you to a series of shortcuts to popular online services like YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, etc. you can’t browse like on a computer. But my laptop has an HDMI output so I sometimes plug it into one of the HDMI inputs on the set (My TV has three HDMI inputs) and My set becomes a giant monitor for my computer.
The Roku set-top device, about the size of a hockey puck, connects your tv to your wifi and gives you many program options, some are free.
That was suppose to be “$300 more”.
Thanks for the input. Yes, I’ll concentrate on picture and if I want the smart stuff there is that aftermarket thingy, Ruxu or something.
We bought a great LED TV last year, and an Apple ITV, which you can stream NetFlix, Hulu, and RedBox in a few months.
That was it, Roku for the smart option.
But wait,,,,,,,,,,, since I’m asking let me ask one more.
Is the video picture on the screen true HD when it comes from Ruku, Netflix or other internet sources. I kinda thought that internet speeds for multiple customers just could not handle true HD. But maybe I’m a bit old and my DSL connection is like lightning:<))))))
I love mine. Also you might check out Playon and Playlater software. Go to Roku site for HD info, they make different models.
I have a Samsung SmartTV... love it. There’s a lot of good free content we can get on it from places like Crackle and YouTube. It’s connected to our Internet using it’s built-in WIFI. I also have a Samsung phone, so I can easily send photos/video from the phone to the TV.
you can tell how much the culture is corrupted when the boob tube is now smart tv
I have been using one for a couple of weeks and it is faster than my Blackberry Playbook or Acer Android tablet. There are a few apps that I have tried to install that are not compatible with it but overall, it is the best thing I have purchased on a bang-for-the-buck basis in many years. The only problem that I had was that the wall adapter that came with mine was not up to the task, so I replaced it with an $11 Samsung 2.0 amp model from Amazon.com. (This is apparently a common problem with these devices but they are still a bargain even if you have to buy a better quality charger.)
Ahhhhh, does this device have a specific name? I reread your entry a couple of times getting ready to write it down and didn’t find anything.
Netflix automatically adjusts the resolution, according to how much bandwidth you have available at the time. It will deliver true HD, if you have sufficient bandwidth. I don’t know about the others.
There is SOOOO much free stuff to watch online. You do not need cable.
Thank you, I’ll print that out. Just noticed you’re a ‘98 newbie too :<))
I’m assuming one must have access to broadband to enjoy it fully? I still live in an area without access to broadband or anything beyond the slowest DSL.
As do I. No cable so the internet connection speed is whatever the DSL can manage. Thats why I have a 40’ tower with a 12’ UHF antenna to reach San Antonio 75 miles away. All prime time TV is recorded by 2 desktops and we watch TV from the computers in the evening.
I bought the Logitech Review (set top box w/ Google TV) right after Logitech discontinued them — for a song ($95 or so). The only browser than runs on it (AFAIK) is a slightly stripped version of Chrome, but it does work and was updated a few months ago. This is the only way my wife accesses the web and is quite adequate for her.
I think it makes sense to go this route where the monitor selection is free from the concern of extras.
A good combo today would be a 1080P display with a device that can playback Blu-ray (HD content). And as mentioned in this thread, the extensibility/Smart TV stuff can often be found in the new players (throw-away gear compared to the monitor).
LOL, good point!
Some LG models have a built-in browser.
But, from what I have read, those browsers on SmartTV’s are extremely limited.
Don’t expect it to work like Firefox and don’t expect to use many/any add-ons like Firefox.
thank you and May the 4th be with you
This supposedly new 55” Samsung has a “Full Web Browser”
I wonder if I can get a demo down at the local Walmart. Unfortunately their people while attentive are not very knowledgeable.
I haven’t had much luck with Samsung products.
Had a Samsung DVR that died after about 2 years.
Had a Win7 Samsung laptop that died 2 months after the 1-year warranty. Local repair shop said it was the motherboard, and Samsung did not have replacement boards.
Samsung is on my s*it list, along with Lexmark. A Lexmark inkjet died 2 days after the 90 day warranty. I had printed about 20 sheets and it crapped out.
That’s a shame...I’ve got a Samsung monitor that’s about 7 years old now and it’s still in gorgeous shape, works perfectly.