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    Smart TV vs Regular?

    So my TV took a crap the other day. I was thinking about buying a smart tv so we could access Netflix & use it's other online services. In looking at tv reviews I found an article saying smart tv's are actually a bad idea because the software isn't set up to accept upgrades when an app on it puts out the upgrades. It said pretty much in 2 years I would be buying a media service box like Roka or Apple TV box. I'm not very techno savy. Anybody with knowledge have advice? Should I just buy an LCD or LED tv & a Roku box or look into a Smart TV?



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    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    I'd probably wait to see what gains market share and sticks around.



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    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Regardless of what TV you decide on, make sure you read the consumer reports review on it.

    If it was me, I would look at the price difference. If a smart TV is going to be $200 more than a regular HD TV, then it isn't worth it because you can just buy something like a Roku for a lot less than the $200 difference. If the difference is not very much, then I would go for it.

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    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    I thought the latest smart TVs do take upgrades. Check out Samsung.

    http://www.samsung.com/hk_en/news/pr...-led-tv-series


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    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Are smart TVs actually that popular? I'm too lazy/dumb to look up numbers, but I can't see people paying a couple hundred extra bucks to access Hulu and Netflix thru their TV. I'd have to imagine most people nowadays have some sort of device that already does that stuff for them (gaming console, Roku), so I just don't see the appeal of a smart TV.



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    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Quote Originally Posted by clone4lyfe View Post
    So my TV took a crap the other day. I was thinking about buying a smart tv so we could access Netflix & use it's other online services. In looking at tv reviews I found an article saying smart tv's are actually a bad idea because the software isn't set up to accept upgrades when an app on it puts out the upgrades. It said pretty much in 2 years I would be buying a media service box like Roka or Apple TV box. I'm not very techno savy. Anybody with knowledge have advice? Should I just buy an LCD or LED tv & a Roku box or look into a Smart TV?
    I would say at this point, any good tv you are going to be looking at will include smart features, and I honestly wouldn't base my purchase decision on them. When you can buy something like a Chromecast for like $30, who cares if the tv has smart features or not, or whether they are any good. Chances are most people already own a blu ray player or game console that can already do all of these things. I got a new tv last year that has smart features, and I have never used them. I just continue to do netflix, hulu, YouTube etc on my xbox the same as I did with my old tv.

    i would focus on picture quality, price, and other features you care about before looking too closely at smart features. You can find another way to watch netflix, you can't easily fix crappy picture quality.



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    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Smart TV features arent really an upsell anymore are they? I can't imagine it being near a $200 up charge, more something they just throw in now.



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    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Quote Originally Posted by Farnsworth View Post
    Smart TV features arent really an upsell anymore are they? I can't imagine it being near a $200 up charge, more something they just throw in now.
    You'd be surprised. I'm not sure the average consumer is versed enough on this "upsell", so they likely still go for it.

    Personally, I have a "dumb TV" with Chromecast.



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    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Quote Originally Posted by Farnsworth View Post
    Smart TV features arent really an upsell anymore are they? I can't imagine it being near a $200 up charge, more something they just throw in now.
    It's been a few years since I tv shopped but do they even make "regular" TV's anymore? Seems like the apps should be like software on a new pc or something along those lines. Personally, I have a smart TV (3rd TV in the bedroom) and it never gets utilized due to years of watching apps on my 360.

    I'd say if you had any interest in the apps, you pry already figured out how to access them, if not, you're pry not going to use what the smart TV's are capable of anyway. Like others said, the apps are nice but def not anything to base buying your TV off of. There's a good chance a smart TV is going to be your highest quality TV anyway, simply bc its newer.



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    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Quote Originally Posted by Farnsworth View Post
    Smart TV features arent really an upsell anymore are they? I can't imagine it being near a $200 up charge, more something they just throw in now.
    In my bedroom where I just have TV and no other devices, I like the Smart TV and would pay for it if it was upgradable. I have Amazon Fire TV in my main room and I like that much better than the smart TV. Much smoother and easier.


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    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    I have smart tv but never use the features because I have two other devices hooked to it that do the same things. I didn't really go looking for one, but the one I liked just came with that stuff.



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    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Quote Originally Posted by CarlHungus View Post
    Regardless of what TV you decide on, make sure you read the consumer reports review on it.

    If it was me, I would look at the price difference. If a smart TV is going to be $200 more than a regular HD TV, then it isn't worth it because you can just buy something like a Roku for a lot less than the $200 difference. If the difference is not very much, then I would go for it.

    When shopping, go to slickdeals.net. I got a great deal on a 50 inch Samsung through them
    Agree on both the bolded section & checking out slickdeals. Good advice.



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    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    It seems going forward that any TV provider is going to force you to use their box (outside of local OTA). This boxes (especially satellite) typically have the smart functions built in now. So you're better off getting a dumb monitor and let the box do the heavy lifting.



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    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    Like others have said if you have other devices a smart tv is almost worthless.

    With my Xbox One and Chromecast I have never felt a need for a smart tv. Between those two devices I have more features that I could even want.



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    Re: Smart TV vs Regular?

    This is pretty much a question of quality. If you care a lot about the image and quality of your TV then you will be getting a smart TV. If you want to sacrifice the quality of TV to save some money then chances are you won't have smart features.

    As an aside, the smart features on TV's suck in general. You may end up wanting to get a Roku or some other device because they function better than the smart features on most TV's anyways.



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