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Smart TVs: Everything You Need to Know

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April 10, 2014 10:36:04 AM

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April 16, 2014 2:00:52 PM

Ty. that explained a lot.

but what's the minimum connection speed needed for Netflix?
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July 23, 2014 5:40:09 PM

Great article John. For those who live outside US like me, you can access Netflix, Hulu and similar media stations on your Smart TV by using UnoTelly or similar tools.
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January 11, 2015 8:37:45 PM

I have what is called Mifi in my home which I pay for data usage for wifi capability on my iPhone and PC. I bought a smart tv a proscan and will it require the usage of my data plan to make use of the wifi services as it gets expensive to use if you use a lot of data?
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January 11, 2015 8:40:50 PM

Is it possible to download tv shows and watch them later on my smart tv ? And will doing it this way save me on my data plan?
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January 28, 2015 12:28:35 PM

I don't care too much about hulu/netflix etc. How do I know if a smartTV allows you to install an app (such as XBMC) from a usb drive? I googled around and could not find much info...
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February 7, 2015 4:06:19 PM

I live in the country and Netflix worked with my DSL (1.5 Mb/sec....150 kB/sec) without much interruption. Even with others on the internet at the same time.
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February 19, 2015 1:18:01 PM

why bother with a smart TV? i just use a computer and stream all my tv series, if the title isnt available i just torrent it, same goes for movies.
i also have all the music i need + any application there ever is
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December 16, 2015 10:21:52 PM

Excellent article! You answered all my questions and then some!
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January 2, 2016 1:21:03 PM

Excellent except can you turn off the smart features and use the 4k UHD tv with a streaming device (Apple). Finding i cant buy a 4k UHD tv without it being smart, all smart browsing platform are pc based, ie, virus and hack porous.
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November 24, 2016 9:11:14 AM

Can you use a smart TV in an RV and connect to WIFI while traveling? Is there any other equipment needed?
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January 6, 2017 6:44:41 PM

I was just wondering if you can attach your blueray to a smart tv?
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January 17, 2017 1:03:59 PM

Finally Explanation in ""ENGLISH"" LOL. Lord I am going crazy with all this technology; which found this article before we bought tv last month. now i need to buy a roku device.
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February 27, 2017 8:18:26 AM

I've heard that my smart tv may have to be replaced in 4-5 years due to a failure to be able to upgrade any more. Is this true, does anyone know?
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April 8, 2017 2:39:55 PM

you forgot to mention the difference between a "Smart TV" and a "Smart Cast TV". Mainly, a Smart Cast TV is NOT a Smart TV.
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May 23, 2017 10:15:15 AM

I bought a "smart TV" and it is the dumbest TV in our home. In fact, it "freezes" so much that if I want to watch a TV show to its conclusion I use the bedroom TV (the "dumb" one). Perhaps some time in the future these "smart" TVs will be perfected, but the "smart" TV in our home is going on the auction block to the highest bidder.
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July 6, 2017 6:56:58 AM

Is it possible to track the location of a stolen Smart TV? If yes, please elaborate.
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July 6, 2017 9:03:32 AM

Snowhite88 said:
Is it possible to track the location of a stolen Smart TV? If yes, please elaborate.


No
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October 15, 2017 7:36:39 AM

I had Direct TV with my current Samsung Smart TV, but now have an indoor antenna and You Tube Red, Netflix, and Amazon. The streaming services cost about $35 a month versus $110 a month for Direct TV. I rarely watch much on OTA TV, but sometime watch local newscasts. For me, Steaming Services have cut my TV viewing since I can watch the things that I want anytime and not on a Network Schedule. It will be interesting to see what the future of TV becomes in the years ahead. The best thing about Streaming TV is that you eliminate commercials for the most part.
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December 16, 2017 11:48:15 AM

You forget to cover Gamming and lag input...
So how much lag input does a smart tv has comapred to a normal hd tv?
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December 28, 2017 9:00:57 AM

JVC smart tv, requires the TV areal and the TV to be tuned in , in order to access the on demand services such as bbciplayer, itv, 5oD, 40D for these apps to work
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January 13, 2018 1:44:53 PM

Also FYI, if you have old Nintendo Wii or other gaming devices around or are buying the new Nintendo switch..note that these can be used with a tv that is not smart or Wi-Fi ready to access and online services. We have spectrum services for cable internet tv channels etc. We also have an Amazon account and Netflix. One thing about our cable company and many may be the same, we already had all Samsung brand smart tv's so when spectrum took over our area, we were told if we have Samsung smart tv's we do not need a set top box which is a monthly rental fee. I know a lot of people who really want to cut the cable cord. But I never will until a faster option and more reliable option comes out for internet, and channels. With the spectrum app, our daughter away at college or any of us on any device can use the cable app anywhere and watch all of our channels which include all ESPN and BBC, etc. Etc. Just like we do Netflix. to me paying for my cable service makes so much sense. Not only do have 300mps or faster internet all the time. I also have all these channels the app, and my favorite whole house DVR. something I will not ever live without, recording 6 channels at a time, and watching them whenever while ff all commercials, PRICELESS. But even if it was just the internet connection it would be worth it. Never goes out...ever.
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January 16, 2018 2:41:21 PM

Wow, are you going to tell people not to get a smartphone either. Just take an old Nextel and put a stick in it. Ok. For the price of an iPhone x i can get a 65 inch Samsung smart UH tv. Hard decision. Duh
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March 26, 2018 9:49:05 AM

During a lecture by the local sheriff, the sheriff strongly suggested to have your driver's license engraved on the TV. As in when they see a known thief driving by with a large unwrapped TV in their car they can look for ID on the set and call it in. No ID and they have to let the thief drive on.
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July 11, 2018 7:03:57 AM

Ok here is my question situation ..
I got Dierctvnow on my phone and bought a SamsungSM-j727A phone to project on my non-smart tv

I can watch Directvnow without a wi-fi now [ out in a field]

I project to my TV now through Ruko device and a DSL phone line wifi [ Fronter ] with 2,4 mpbs[?] signal strength

My phone keeps rebooting while projecting Directvnow onto my TV .

My phone has been hard reset and warranted replaced

Will a “smart” TV stop this rebooting problem ?

Please help and THANKS!!!
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July 20, 2018 9:39:06 AM

One cannot program a Smart TV to fire off an App and and map to App's unique keypresses, such as with a Harmony Remote. So once again no customization to reduce key presses. Scroll and scroll...at least on Android TVs
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November 16, 2018 8:33:56 AM

I have a Sony 4K smart TV but use a Fire Stick to get my Netflix. I noticed in my router statistics that my smart TV is using about 3 to 4 GB of data over 30 days. So it appears that while not using this feature it is consuming bandwidth. I will try turning off the WiFi to see if that stops the flow.
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