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Smart TV Internet Browswer

by btolin0213 / March 2, 2014 3:57 AM PST

I want to get a Smart TV with a full-functioning (and quality, if possible) internet browser. I'm looking for a 30-40" TV. But the browser is the key as I want to explore development for TV browsers. It seems as if the Firefox and Opera browsers are not in the marketplace yet.

I understand that there may be better solutions today, but I'm looking at this more of as an investment.

I appreciate your thoughts.

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There's nothing yet on the marketplace
by Pepe7 / March 2, 2014 4:58 AM PST

All built in HDTV browsers have some sort of limitations, if not a whole slew of them. None yet replace what we enjoy on our computer desktop environment. Given the limited horsepower of 99.9% (arguably, all vs a typical off the shelf PC) of HDTVs, you are better off extending your computer desktop using a simple HDMI cable/wireless keyboard/mouse.

I seriously suggest you re-examine anything you purchase in the consumer electronics area as an 'investment'. There's more utility in buying an HDTV with halfway decent PQ and mating such a beast with a cheap netbook w/ VGA or HDMI output IME.

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Re: Smart TV browsers
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 2, 2014 4:58 AM PST

Those browsers are limited and I doubt if there ever will be another than the maker puts on it in the factory. Of course,there might be updates, but I don't expect that you'll ever be able to download and install a totally different one than the original.

So I expect your hobby (exploring development for browsers in your smart TV) to be rather boring.


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What are you?
by Oldartq / March 2, 2014 5:56 AM PST

an engineer, an inventor, or a financial investor. It's all about mixing tv and computer together because everything has already been invented as far as I can see, especially with what Google just came out or about to come out.

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I have some bad news here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 2, 2014 7:51 AM PST

These Smart TVs are not what you think they are. Before you invest a dime be aware the MIDDLE MEN are all lined up and ready to stop you are a few dozen or more toll booths and waste your time. Don't do this without attending a seminar on these. Google this -> Samsung Developer.

Almost the TVs are "content delivery systems" with less than obvious goals. Google this -> Samsung PIA.

I know more than I'll reveal here.

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