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Old 10-21-2016, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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How do you use the "Smart" functions of your smart TV? The browsers function of the TV seems very limited, Netflix 4k use to require the embedded app, but that not longer seems to be the case. Media player for your music and movies, I'm just curious.
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Old 10-21-2016, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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We don't use ours at all. We prefer the Roku interface than the embedded apps on the TV. It's more consistent and easier to navigate and easier access to all the apps, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc..
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Old 10-22-2016, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Wappingers Falls, NY
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The "smart" in my SmartTV is essentially a Chromecast, and gets used as such. Works quite well frankly, sometimes simpler is better.
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Old 10-22-2016, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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I bought an upgraded Samsung because of the features I wanted. And HDMI2 is 'arc' for the sound system, HDMI3 for dvd-r/vcr combo, HDMI1 for DISH, TV in for antenna. Because of limited and slow ISP, SMART is not used.
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Old 10-23-2016, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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The interface of most smart TV is too complicated and clunky. I decided to keep and use the Apple TV I had been using with an older TV. That's what works for me.
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Old 10-24-2016, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I've never reaslly seen one that was complicated. TO each his own I think.
But at least with an external device (Roku, Apple TV< Fire Stick) you can pretty cheaply upgrade them later.
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Old 10-24-2016, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Wappingers Falls, NY
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I've never reaslly seen one that was complicated. TO each his own I think.
But at least with an external device (Roku, Apple TV< Fire Stick) you can pretty cheaply upgrade them later.
I've seen some that were, or at least were a little intimidating for non-technical users. Mostly I agree with keeping the smarts in an external device, but that's why I like the Google Cast setup. The smarts are in the app I cast from, the Google Cast device itself just downloads an app on command and initiates a stream.

Now if I can just find an ARC compatible sound bar...
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Old 10-25-2016, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I've seen some that were, or at least were a little intimidating for non-technical users. Mostly I agree with keeping the smarts in an external device, but that's why I like the Google Cast setup. The smarts are in the app I cast from, the Google Cast device itself just downloads an app on command and initiates a stream.

Now if I can just find an ARC compatible sound bar...
That's why I like having all 3. Smart TV, Roku, Google Cast.
#Nerd
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Old 10-28-2016, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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That's why I like having all 3. Smart TV, Roku, Google Cast.
#Nerd
I prefer one external smart device like the Apple TV, Roku, and Google Cast. This component connected to a dumb TV, plus a dumb BlueRay player.

As it is now, I have a smart TV and a smart Samsung BlueRay player. I didn't realize that the brand new BlueRay player didn't have a light to show the unit was turned on.

It's smart, all right, with the option to connect directly to your network, but no LED power indicator. What I don't like about the Samsung smart TV is that it does not give you a lot of options other than what is included in its firmware. Instead, I would prefer to have an external devise controlling the network activity. In my case, the Apple TV because it provides me with an extensive list of options not available on the smart TV.

That said, some differences between "streamers" and smart TVs should be noted by the OP:
https://www.cnet.com/news/smart-tv-or-media-streamer/

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Old 10-29-2016, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Well my "Smart TV" is a Roku TV so ... it's really just one unit with a CC hanging off of it.
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