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Old 07-20-2016, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Absolutely can add them at any point in time. The question becomes, is the cost difference of buying a SMART tv worth it if you still intend to buy some sort of streaming device in the future? I guess it depends on the user, but for me the juice just isn't worth the squeeze. I prefer my TV to be just a TV. Adding more features are adding more chances of failure that would require replacement of the TV, whereas just buying a TV and adding a streaming gadget allows me to simply replace the gadget if it fails without harming the TV itself.
Right. I come from the school of thought that separate devices that each do their job really well is far a better route to go than one device that does everything, but only adequately. I would much rather TV manufacturers put more effort into video and sound enhancements than the "smart" apps. More than likely, you're going to have a Blu-Ray player that has the apps included, game system, set top box, or streaming stick. The smart features are a little overkill in that respect.

I've said it before, I wouldn't even care if the TV didn't have built in speakers. As long as it has an audio optical out or some sort of out to audio port, I would much rather use external speakers anyway.
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Old 07-20-2016, 02:51 PM
 
Location: USA
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Right. I come from the school of thought that separate devices that each do their job really well is far a better route to go than one device that does everything, but only adequately. I would much rather TV manufacturers put more effort into video and sound enhancements than the "smart" apps. More than likely, you're going to have a Blu-Ray player that has the apps included, game system, set top box, or streaming stick. The smart features are a little overkill in that respect.

I've said it before, I wouldn't even care if the TV didn't have built in speakers. As long as it has an audio optical out or some sort of out to audio port, I would much rather use external speakers anyway.
I think we're stuck with the SmartTV apps going forward.

The SmartTV apps are the bloatware for TVs, with the same purpose as bloatware on Windows computers. The manufacturers get money from the content streaming companies, before the product is even sold. It also allows them to sell the unit cheaper, if need be.

In addition, I was thinking maybe it's intentional that the UI on the SmartTV apps in the TVs are so clunky. Consriracy theory coming .... ... so that they can then encourage you to download their SmartTV app into your phone, for better control! Now they're in your phones too! Pretty soon, they won't even have to provide a remote to go along with the TV (cost savings).

And as the Internet-of-Things expands into all our appliances, the more bloatware we're going to get.

Or am I just imagining things?

Whaddayathink?
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Old 07-21-2016, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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There is another element to smart TV's as well. I found this article last year.

How to dumb down your Vizio, Samsung or LG Smart TV so it can't track you - CBS News

This part really got me:

"It analyzes portions of what a person watches and links that data to their IP address, a digital identifier shared by other devices in the home including laptops, phones, and even "smart home" appliances like thermostats and door locks. The data is then shared with Vizio's partners, who could use it to help target ads."

I probably won't buy another smart TV again unless it's a Roku.
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Old 07-21-2016, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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maybe things changed recently but i was not able to browse the home menu of the streaming stick without giving roku my credit card number, cvv and expiration date:
https://support.roku.com/hc/en-us/ar...-Roku-account-
I used my Pay Pal account for payment on my Roku (Later I had to add credit card info because that was all that HBO would take though.)
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