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Poll: Do you own a smart TV?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / December 21, 2012 2:00 AM PST
Do you own a smart TV?

-- Yes. (What model? How do you like it?)
-- No. (Maybe in the future?)
-- I'm planning to buy one. (Any particular one?)
-- What's this "smart TV" you speak of? (Here you go:

If you do own a smart TV, do you use the features that it offers (apps, media streaming, Web surfing, etc)? Or do you just simply use it as a monitor like any other TV without the "smarts"?

Has owning a smart TV changed your TV viewing lifestyle?

Note: This post was edited by its original author ... on 12/21/2012 at 10:07 AM PT
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I just don't get it
by porsche10x / December 21, 2012 9:14 AM PST

TVs, especially big ones are MUCH more expensive than PCs. A good TV should last for years, maybe more than a decade. Just like a PC, I would think that the "smart" in "smart TV" will change radically every six months. Would you really want to, say, replace an $4,000 85" TV every 2 years because you couldn't add enough RAM or a faster processor, or an entire "smart module"? Can a smart TV do anything that a "dumb" TV + HTPC or media player can't do a lot better? I'd much rather upgrade an HTPC or replace a media player every few years.

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Panny 54g10
by givemeaname / December 21, 2012 9:51 AM PST

I just use YouTube app. I do not like the slow "typing" using the remote, nice if they had iPhone app like my Panny bdt500 has, the '11 & '12 tv's do. Also nice if I could save favorites via SD card.

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Smart doesn't replace quality of performance
by andrewbaggins / December 21, 2012 10:43 AM PST

No smart TV here. Just a dumb 50" Pioneer KURO , a Sony Blu-ray player, and a Home Theater PC which seem to cover all the bases for us nicely.

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2 day owner
by leebaker / December 21, 2012 11:36 AM PST

Just 2 days ago I purchased a Vizio 47" 3D model smart TV.
I haven't had enought time to use the apps and I did not buy it for the apps.
like others have said in 6 months it will be outdated with not enought memory.
then why did I buy it because it had everything else I wanted.
this weeks question was dead on will I, do I, need ant-virus time will tell.

merry Chrismas

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"Smart" TV, eh?
by sbill / December 21, 2012 1:52 PM PST

The "smartest" TV is the one that will let you watch your favorite shows and pre-recorded films/programs with clear reception, and without shelling out a lot of money. For most people, that would mean keeping the TV you already have! My TV is very "smart". It's an older CRT-based model, which is connected to a DTV tuner box and DVD/VHS player. It still works fine, and the picture and sound are good, so keeping it is the "smart" thing to do!

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YouView box
by wobblyo / December 21, 2012 5:56 PM PST

Who neds a smart TV when you have a YouView smart PVR? This does everything I need!!

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None for me
by itsdigger / December 21, 2012 7:32 PM PST

I have 3 dumb flat screens here, one on my pc that works great and one in the living room hooked up to a dvr for dad and one in the kitchen and ya know what? Not one of the has ever given me trouble. I hear all the time about these new smart t.v.'s breaking down right out of warranty or this and that function doesn't work. I just don't think the technology is perfected yet so I'm just going to keep what I have and when it eventually breaks,I'll spend another $180.00 on my 32' , 1080i flat screen...Digger

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Smart poll
by blueslover72209 / December 21, 2012 11:41 PM PST

Poll comment: would have made more sense (IMHO) if the fourth response was "I do not plan to buy"

I'm probably a bit of a demographic oddity here. 72yo single male. Not the typical "next great thing" consumer but I've always loved anything tech. That said, I just picked up, for cheap, an older laptop with fubar screen - HDMI out. Looks like it's gonna do most anything a smart tv would do.
Drawback (my specific): 32" flat-screen is too small for viewing text on the screen. I've written a simple html file for quick access to favorites but may have to consider a larger "dumb" tv and/or an additional seat Confused

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Or use an Android stick
by FatCatPeter / December 22, 2012 2:01 AM PST

The slickest solution that I know of to make a TV "smart" is an Android stick (Mini PC). Basically an Android 4.1 system without screen or speakers but with an HDMI output. Specs: dual-core 1.6 CPU (quad-core GPU, supports 1080P HD playback) with 1G Ram and 8G onboard, a slot for MiniSD, Wifi, standard USB (connect an hub, there connect Wifi keyboard and mouse, USB stick or USB drive) and a micro USB for power.

With this beauty you can turn your 46" into a tablet (minus the touch screen), watching movies from USB (stick or HDD), or streaming is painless (using something like the MX Player). As you can use your Google account, you have access to all stuff like on an Android phone (e.g. RSS feeds). Just plus a monster screen.

I own a Rikomagic MK802 III with a Logitec Wireless Combo MK240, the costs were about 70 USD in Shanghai, in Amazon a comparable set sells for around 100 USD.

Works great for me, the solution is very cost-effective, does neither emit noise nor light (has no fans), it does only need minimum space, and it is extremely versatile.

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A work in progress.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 22, 2012 2:05 AM PST

Some of the first sticks I tried suffered from odd reboots and "issues." I see newer sticks that have notes about ESD protection and more so the message is getting back to the maker.

I don't track this area daily but I think Roku was flirting with such a stick at one time.

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Don't think Smart TV is smart
by wpgwpg / December 23, 2012 3:34 AM PST

As others have said, why spend a lot more for a so-called Smart TV when you can run an HDMI cable from a PC to the TV and have something better. If I had one of those that recognizes gestures, I know what gesture I'd be making to it! Laugh

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