New Smart TV

Discussion in 'Sports and Entertainment Center' started by KTMLew01, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

    I have twestions. Roku? Android? HDR? 4K? WTF? I've seen some mention having a browser included. is that actually desirable? I'm a cheap skate so not interested in spending more than maybe $350. Looking for a 50" TV. I sit about 6 feet from TV so don't need a billboard. Don't play games, have Spectrum Cable, Netflix and Amazon. Last half dozen TV's were Vizio. Seemed fairly good.
     
  2. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

  3. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Androids open architecture allows for far more options than the Roku. It would be, and is, the Firestick for me. There are endless streaming opportunities available through an Android based device.

    I've got a couple Vizio televisions. No complaints about them. Recently I purchased Toshiba Fire TVs. Still happy with those purchases.
     
  4. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

    OK. I think you are saying, believe I've seen you mention this before, you don't generally buy a Smart TV. Use a regular TV with a Firestick device? But regular TV's are getting hard to find and not much cheaper.
     
  5. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    A smart TV is fine. I'm simply saying that I prefer to use the Firestick even with the smart TV. They do sell smart TVs with the built in fire TV/firestick. Best of both worlds imo. TV's are very inexpensive these days
     
  6. *WEAVER*

    *WEAVER* Team Owner

    You might Check out the TCL brand on amazon. I bought a 55" 4k roku tv from them and absolutely love it.

    Just put this into amazon search, and it comes up at $280.

    TCL 50S425 50 inch 4K Smart LED Roku TV
     
  7. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Our main TV is a 42" Sony Smart TV. But it's as dumb as a stump because I've never connected it to the internet. I like it like that. The 42" is plenty big enough for us.
     
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  8. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    I just have a Roku plugged into my TV. I'd like to get a 55" TV here soon.
     
  9. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    Smart flat screen TV!

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  10. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    I got a 65” Sony 4K Android that only gets a steady diet of cable. I mostly watch news, sports, Walking Dead, Blacklist and Preacher.
    55” Sony in the spare bedroom.
     
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  11. Reck

    Reck Team Owner

    I think we used to own this very TV. Not bad but a few years later it started leaking some sort of liquid that ran down the speakers and ruined it.
     
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  12. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

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  13. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    I thought about getting one like it but I wasn't sure l could do the cut-out right.

    Well actually the wife veto'd the plan. She just didn't see the beauty.
     
  14. Reck

    Reck Team Owner

    lol we didn't make a hole in the wall for it. that seems like an extra step that's totally unnecessary.
     
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  15. BobbyFord

    BobbyFord Resident Gearhead Contributor

    Plasma was such a better picture than a regular LED but they ran hot and didn’t last.
     
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  16. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

    So far I'm not happy. Don't like the Android interface at all. Can't find a way to use Amazon Video. Lots of suggestions about side loading and crap but nothing seems to work. The volume on the "help" voice is waaaay too loud and can't find a way to adjust it. The buttons on remote see unresponsive. Only thing good is the picture is like looking out the window & sound is by far the best of any modern flat screen i've had. I'm afraid this one ain't a keeper. I'll probably buy a Vizio non-Android in next couple weeks.
     
  17. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    I'll not familiar with Phillips Android interface but with every Android device that I own, downloading apps is as simple as going to the Google PlayStore downloading/installing the desired app. That includes the Amazon Prime Video app. We use it on all our televisions and Android phones.
     
  18. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

    Been trying for 5-6 hours. If you enter Amazon in search box it does nothing. Doesn't recognize the word.
     
  19. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

  20. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

    Did find how to shut off the 'talkback" feature. It was quite annoying and loud.
     
  21. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    Some obvious thoughts but just in case, not meant to insult:
    Try a youtube how to video.
    If you tried a lot of set ups try putting it back to the factory resets, maybe an incorrect or accidental input is preventing things from working.
     
  22. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Take it back to Walmart. They've got a good return policy. Purchase an even better television when the deals start in November.
     
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  23. Reck

    Reck Team Owner

    I dont reccomend anything with a built in microphone on. Specially if it's hooked up to the net.

    The echo for instance has already taken a big hit because Amazon listens into people's stuff to what they say is for "quality assurance."
     
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  24. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

    That's the plan if it doesn't magically get better by then. Last night it randomly lost signal from the Spectrum DVR. Still didn't work this morning. This evening switched HDMI to different port and rebooted everything by turning off power strip. Finally came back up. No idea what happened. Get off work tomorrow at 4PM and have Wednesday off so will have more time to mess with it then. The picture is great. But format sucks IMO.
     
  25. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    I'm really partial to Samsung Televisions. I do have many other brands but my big screens are all Samsung. Even though they are all smart TVs, I still have fire sticks installed on each.

    You could look on Amazon for their televisions with the built in fire TV. I have four of those as well that I bought during the black Friday sales last year. They work really well. Amazon will have some good sales starting soon.
     
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  26. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

    I've considered buying a Firestick to get Amazon to work. Will decide this weekend.
     
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  27. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Keep an eye out for them to run a special price on their firesticks. I just purchased one for my son last week. I think it was $15 off.
     
  28. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    Yeah, I like Samsung too. Just about everything I have is a Samsung, except my laptop and my tablet.
     
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  29. DWDawg

    DWDawg Team Owner

    I have a 58” Samsung plasma, excellent picture, still going strong must be at least 10-12 yrs old now, paid 2 grand for it back in the day.


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  30. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

    Last night tried to watch NetFlix. It said Ethernet Not Connected. Going into menu and looking at network it said ethernet is connected. Rebooted everything AGAIN, That's about 10 times in 5 days. Not happy.
     
  31. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

    Returned the Philips TV and got a Vizio. It's like going home and sleeping in your old bed. Very comfy. Watching some of my movies I have on Amazon.
     
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  32. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

    Been tweaking the picture. The other TV was perfect right out of the box. This one seemed foggy and overlit. Finally turned backlight down and sharpness up. Definitely an improvement. But so far it's very easy to adjust and hasn't done anything weird.
     
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