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internet capable tv vs internet ready tv vs wifiready tv

Hi, we have been educating ourselves on buying a new TV. We have read CNets info on Led,Lcd, Plasma etc as well as other websites to learn about all our options.. Can you clarify or point us to some good info or web links on the differences between internet capable, internet ready and wifi ready tvs? We would like a TV that would not require us to use our laptops or a Roku box to view Netflix, Project Free TV, Hulu etc. on it. Thanks so much for your help and any info you can give.

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"Internet capable", "Internet ready" and "WiFi ready" are just marketing terms, defined by the marketing and ad agency the manufacturer uses.

Apart from reading the specs the best you can do is find your favourite TV-shop and ask the salesperson to show Netflix, Project Free TV and Hulu on the TV he recommends. But the etcetera might be difficult.

For example: if the specs they there is a "Netflix app", there probably isn't a "Hulu app". So the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Kees

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In additional to Kees great advice...

Be aware that some Internet capable, Internet ready and Wi-Fi ready TVs while ready for the Internet--you will have to buy additional hardware (Wireless network adapter) to hook up to the TV in order for the TV to utilize a Wi-Fi signal. It looks something like this:
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-xuZU4wNu9Hq/p_305LINK/Samsung-Link-Stick.html

If you don't want the fuss of shelling out additional hardware for an adapter, my recommendation is to look for a TV that already has this hardware built into it. With it built in, the TV right out of the box, with some settings on the TV and your Wi-Fi router, you can immediately connect the TV to the Internet.

If you want Netflix, Project Free TV, Hulu etc. make sure that these apps that you would like to use are programmed into the TV already, then you won't have to utilize any additional 3rd party hardware (laptop or Roku box...) to use these services.

Another option, just say you really like a TV that doesn't have all these bells and whistles above. No worries, today, many Blu-ray players have all these options built right in also, so all you have to do is hook up the Blu-ray player to the TV, and use those services directly through the Blu-ray player. If this is the route you want to take, make sure the Blu-ray player (that also has terms like "Internet capable", "Internet ready" and "Wi-Fi ready") has the Wireless network adapter built in and have all the apps like Netflix, Project Free TV, Hulu etc. already available. These Blu-ray players are get for people who want the services but have an older TV that doesn't have these features, so you might want to look into this option.

I hope this info helps.

Good luck with your search.

Cheers!
-Lee

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