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Old 02-03-2017, 07:46 AM
 
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"smart" TV can be a gimmick or a feature, depending on how it's implemented.

In your case, you might go into the setup menu to see if it gives you a choice to disable parts of smart menus you don't use. Search online by model number to see if there's a "hidden" menu too.
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Old 02-03-2017, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Sector 001
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I'm using a Samsung 4k as a monitor and it works great.... 40 inches @60fps... Its not for gaming its for movies and stock trading... 2 windows side by side works great and it turns on in 2 seconds.
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Old 02-03-2017, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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It is hard to find them. You just need to find a dumb Smart TV. What I mean by that is like the one my MIL got with my help.
It is Smart, but you have to hit the Smart button to see any of the apps you can use. If you never hit that, the Smart features are never really in your face.
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Old 02-03-2017, 09:30 AM
 
Location: USA
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Just like bloatware for Windows PCs and some Android-based phones. I'm guessing the Smart features is another revenue stream for the TV manufacturers. So TVs can be cheaper.

On our TVs, we don't NEED to use the Smart TV features. Just turn on the TV, Cable box or Amazon Fire TV and that's it. No Smart TV interaction at all. And with the Amazon Fire app on the phone, I use my phone to navigate in some cases.

Having said that, I've found the the Smart tv feature on Samsung sucks, compared to the Sharp implementation, which is actually nice to use.
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Old 02-03-2017, 09:40 AM
 
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Just like bloatware for Windows PCs and some Android-based phones. I'm guessing the Smart features is another revenue stream for the TV manufacturers. So TVs can be cheaper.
Yes! They're a way to track, and potentially monetize, our viewing. There's already been news reports of them "reporting back" to the mfgr about what we do. Next could be targeted advertising and who knows what else. Imagine, having to watch an ad on your TV before you can go to Netflix.
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Old 02-03-2017, 09:42 AM
 
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Yeah, I can buy one and not use the smart features buy why pay for it?
It may actually be cheaper this way if there is not enough demand for ones without it. The hardware may be required for other things as well. With some devices they manufacture them all the same and the features are limited by the firmware.

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Also, most of the SMART TV's I've seen have horrible loading times. My current LG Smart TV takes 3-5 minutes to fully load before I can make my "input" selection. (cable, antenna, blu-ray) etc.
I have an LG purchased around 2011 and the time it takes to come on isn't any slower than any other TV I've seen.
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Old 02-04-2017, 03:55 AM
 
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I have an LG purchased around 2011 and the time it takes to come on isn't any slower than any other TV I've seen.
I'm referring to the apps. Once the TV finally starts up. I can't load the apps for a good 3-5 minutes. Basically going to the app menu. It's say please wait while menu's loading.
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Old 02-04-2017, 04:42 AM
 
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I'm referring to the apps. Once the TV finally starts up. I can't load the apps for a good 3-5 minutes. Basically going to the app menu. It's say please wait while menu's loading.
I don't have any problems with that either. I'm not saying your lying...
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I don't like the Samsung apps on their smart TV's. They are too slow and clunky. But since I have an Apple TV that had been used with a dumb Sony TV, I now use it to control the Samsung smart TV and am very happy with it.

To the OP: You don't need a smart TV if you don't one one, and if you can find a dumb TV, you can use one of the streaming devices listed in this article (I chose the Apple TV because there are numerous Apple products being used at home by family members). The choice is yours:
https://www.cnet.com/news/chromecast...hould-you-buy/
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Old 02-05-2017, 03:40 AM
 
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I don't have any problems with that either. I'm not saying your lying...
I have no reason to lie. I can post a video of it taking 5 minutes to load but that would be a very boring video.

It's an LG 47G2.
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