It certainly can all be very confusing. You're dealing with hardware, software and how they interconnect or even connect to the internet. It varies from one component to the next. It does make it hard to know if you are comparing like products or services.
I think you really need to list what you want from your setup. Otherwise you are going to be going in circles trying to understand all of the available options.
Determine what you want. Surround sound? HD (referring in this case to 1080p)? Specific content (like sports, gaming, netflix)?
Also, what is your budget? Both for the initial equipment as well as the monthly services (satellite, cable, online gaming, movies).
Start getting specific on your requirements and you'll likely find that certain options, well just aren't options anymore.
Then you can settle on your new setup and purchase it. Don't forget about the possibility of a universal remote to avoid juggling 6 different controllers.
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Home Theaters and more? in Southern California.
Getting a new 40"-42"home theater system. I'm looking at the LG 42LH90 or the Samsung UN40B6000.
Consumer Reports says that the better deal is to get a Blu-Ray player to connect to streaming services. Is that the same as being able to connect to the internet via the TV? Some of the TVs & home theater systems have an Ipod dock. My living room is very small, so having 1 unit for everythins is very apealing!
What do you all think?