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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.


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1 posted on 05/04/2013 11:37:05 AM PDT by Allen In Texas Hill Country
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country

I have 2 and have never used the features. But I don’t give Netflix my money, some do.


2 posted on 05/04/2013 11:40:18 AM PDT by South40
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country

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.


3 posted on 05/04/2013 11:43:49 AM PDT by MamaB
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SmartTV technology is also available in some DVD/Blu-ray players.


4 posted on 05/04/2013 11:46:20 AM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country

The LG Google TV has a full web browser.... It is an amazing device.


5 posted on 05/04/2013 11:47:18 AM PDT by Partisan Hack
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country

Focus on screen quality and whether or not you care about 3D tech. You can get peripherals to handle the extra SmartTV stuff.


6 posted on 05/04/2013 11:48:56 AM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: Gene Eric

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.


7 posted on 05/04/2013 11:51:31 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country
"Does or can I bring up a browser like Firefox on a smart TV?"

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.

8 posted on 05/04/2013 11:53:51 AM PDT by Spunky (terr)
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country

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.


9 posted on 05/04/2013 11:58:59 AM PDT by peteram
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country

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.


10 posted on 05/04/2013 12:05:57 PM PDT by 867V309
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To: Gene Eric

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.


11 posted on 05/04/2013 12:06:42 PM PDT by Allen In Texas Hill Country
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country

We bought a great LED TV last year, and an Apple ITV, which you can stream NetFlix, Hulu, and RedBox in a few months.


12 posted on 05/04/2013 12:07:36 PM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: 867V309

That was it, Roku for the smart option.


13 posted on 05/04/2013 12:07:43 PM PDT by Allen In Texas Hill Country
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country

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:<))))))


14 posted on 05/04/2013 12:12:49 PM PDT by Allen In Texas Hill Country
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country

I love mine. Also you might check out Playon and Playlater software. Go to Roku site for HD info, they make different models.


15 posted on 05/04/2013 12:16:58 PM PDT by 867V309
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country

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.


16 posted on 05/04/2013 12:23:07 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country; Gene Eric

you can tell how much the culture is corrupted when the boob tube is now smart tv


17 posted on 05/04/2013 12:24:02 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred
you can tell how much the culture is corrupted when the boob tube is now smart tv

LOL...well done!

18 posted on 05/04/2013 12:27:44 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country
If you are mainly interested in activities like streaming Youtube videos, surfing the web, etc., then I suggest that you consider buying what I would describe as an “Android on a stick.” For less than $150, you can buy a device that will turn your HD TV into the equivalent of a large screen Android tablet; a powered USB hub for adding a flash drive, hard drive, DVD/CD recorder, etc., and a wireless keyboard with a trackpad. The device has an HDMI interface, a USB port, a quad-core graphics processor, and a microSD slot. Wireless-N networking is built-in and some models also support Bluetooth.

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.)

19 posted on 05/04/2013 12:30:57 PM PDT by mconley22
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To: mconley22

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.


20 posted on 05/04/2013 12:39:31 PM PDT by Allen In Texas Hill Country
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country

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.


21 posted on 05/04/2013 12:51:25 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country
Get an HDTV with HDMI input and get a cheap laptop to hook up to it. That's a lot smarter than a "smart TV."

There is SOOOO much free stuff to watch online. You do not need cable.

22 posted on 05/04/2013 12:59:53 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to detonate anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country
There are several brands available. The one that I bought is the Minnix Neo G4, which was about $68 (it is now $63) at Amazon.com. Most of them have similar features and run Android Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean. (Mine shipped with Jelly Bean installed.) Single core versions are quite a bit cheaper, but the Neo G4 is based on an ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 1.6 GHz. My Blackberry Playbook is based on the same processor running at 1.0 GHz. It is a shame that Minix ships it with an under powered adapter but the device has been working perfectly since I replaced the adapter with a Samsung one that received favorable reviews on Amazon.
23 posted on 05/04/2013 1:00:52 PM PDT by mconley22
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To: mconley22

Thank you, I’ll print that out. Just noticed you’re a ‘98 newbie too :<))


24 posted on 05/04/2013 1:09:23 PM PDT by Allen In Texas Hill Country
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country

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.


25 posted on 05/04/2013 1:44:33 PM PDT by OldRanchHand
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To: OldRanchHand

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.


26 posted on 05/04/2013 2:37:44 PM PDT by Allen In Texas Hill Country
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country

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.


27 posted on 05/04/2013 2:44:25 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: UB355

I think it makes sense to go this route where the monitor selection is free from the concern of extras.


28 posted on 05/04/2013 3:59:00 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country

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).


29 posted on 05/04/2013 4:03:10 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: bigheadfred

LOL, good point!


30 posted on 05/04/2013 4:07:03 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country

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.


31 posted on 05/04/2013 4:16:43 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Gene Eric; Las Vegas Ron

thank you and May the 4th be with you


32 posted on 05/04/2013 5:15:08 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: TomGuy

This supposedly new 55” Samsung has a “Full Web Browser”

http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN55F6300AFXZA-specs

I wonder if I can get a demo down at the local Walmart. Unfortunately their people while attentive are not very knowledgeable.


33 posted on 05/04/2013 7:09:11 PM PDT by Allen In Texas Hill Country
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To: Allen In Texas Hill Country

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.


34 posted on 05/04/2013 7:33:31 PM PDT by TomGuy
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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.


35 posted on 05/05/2013 5:27:34 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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