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Old 02-02-2017, 01:28 AM
 
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Yeah, I can buy one and not use the smart features buy why pay for it?

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.

What happened to turning the TV on and it works.
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Old 02-02-2017, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Yes!

They are called "monitors", and are typically used with computers. Nothing stops you from using one as a tv set, provided you have something such as a dvr, Roku, or external tuner hooked up.
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Old 02-02-2017, 09:06 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I went through this when buying a new TV for my elderly parents, and ended up with a smart TV because nothing else was available. They have no wifi, so they just use it as a regular TV on the dish. At only $499 for a 50" it was still a good price whether the smart features are used or not.
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Old 02-02-2017, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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That's the thing, Smart isn't extra anymore as it's becoming standard.
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Old 02-02-2017, 01:58 PM
 
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Yes!

They are called "monitors", and are typically used with computers. Nothing stops you from using one as a tv set, provided you have something such as a dvr, Roku, or external tuner hooked up.
Monitors are not TV. Good luck finding a 60" monitor. If there is one, I bet it'll be like $12000.
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Old 02-02-2017, 01:59 PM
 
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I went through this when buying a new TV for my elderly parents, and ended up with a smart TV because nothing else was available. They have no wifi, so they just use it as a regular TV on the dish. At only $499 for a 50" it was still a good price whether the smart features are used or not.
How the loading time? Do they have to select an input during every startup? Or is there a way to select an input as a default?
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Old 02-02-2017, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Difference between a 'monitor' and a 'television'. According to the FCC, to be called a 'television' it must include a tuner capable of receiving OTA channels 2 to 69 When you change 'input' to HDMI1, 2, 3, or any other input source, it becomes a monitor to view cable/dish, DVD, 'smart' functions. The 'smart' function is an additional low cost PCB that has pre-loaded programs. Most can have firmware updates from the makers web site or downloaded to a usb stick and inserted in the usb on the TV
TV makers don't bother with making 'dumb' TV's because it's cheaper for them to add a cheap 'smart' card rather than making a dumb and smart of every model
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Old 02-02-2017, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Panama city Florida
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When I first seen this post I thought it was the old rabbit ear tv's that I see on the street for free. Lol
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Old 02-02-2017, 11:10 PM
 
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Yes, you can buy "dumb" tv's if you like. Example, go to Best Buys website and go to TV's. Sort by price (low to high) and you'll see non-smart tvs showing up first. You can do the same for walmart and even Target. Even Costco has a non-smart TV on sale at the warehouse.
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A 4K TV has to get its content from somewhere. It can't get it over the air. That's why it has to be smart. Otherwise, where 4K is concerned, it'd just be a monitor.
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