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Old 07-20-2017, 03:48 AM
Location: Texas
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When it breaks/becomes unreliable.

The only reason I replaced my 2010 60 inch Sony is that the power board went out early 2016.
I gave it to my friend who found a board in China and got it working again.
It's still working great for them.

I wasn't going to try to look all over the place for a power board (he had to do some searching) AND the newer tvs had the slim profile with no cabinet, so I was able to get a 65 inch replacement that still fit the same built-in I had to put the old 60 inch model in.

I wanted a 70 inch to begin with, but it's such a nice built-in that I couldn't tear it apart for a few inches.

So we're all happy.

I still have the Sony in my gym (40 inch) which works great. And I have the old ones I got in 1996 and 2002 that still work great (but I have zero use for). I gave one to a friend so she could hook up an old gaming system to it.
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Old 07-20-2017, 07:58 AM
Location: SW Florida
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Since TV is not that important to me I won't replace my 8 year old TV until it dies. The one in the living room is 40" and I have a small one in my bedroom just to help me fall asleep. I'm not one of those people who needs to have the latest gadget or electronics. I could have upgraded my iPhone last October but I didn't.

We have become a society where people spend too much time in front of screens: TV's, Smart Phones, computers, iPads, etc. No wonder we have an obesity problem in this country. Stepping off my soapbox now.....
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Old 07-20-2017, 08:14 AM
Location: Island of Misfit Toys
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I also wait until they die to replace. I buy the best option at the time and that works fine. I don't chase technology at all. TVs should last a good 10 years.
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Old 07-20-2017, 08:31 AM
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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I still use a combo TV /VCR several times a year. Yes, that's an old tube TV with a built-in VCR. I do most of my recording these days on DVD recorders or DVRs, but this old combo still works fine so I can still use it. I think it was manufactured in the late '90s or very early 2000s.

I typically keep things until they break and are too expensive (or too much bother) to fix. I've kept TVs up to 25 years, I think. My old 36" tube TV, which was in the master bedroom, died only a couple of years ago. I wasn't sad to see that go as it weighed a ton (actually about 100 lbs. IIRC) -- I needed help getting it from the bedroom to the city dump. Now there's a 36"-wide Vizio in the same cabinet. Must admit I do like it better, and I was able to build shelves for underneath it since it's so lightweight AND there was lots more room in the cabinet after getting rid of the tube TV. (The shelves put it at a much better viewing height for the bedroom.)

I have a Vizio 55" so-called smart TV in the TV room. Its "smart" features were pitiful (e.g., amazon kept dropping after 10 minutes) so I got a Roku. The Roku has been such a reliable item for me that I have them with most of my TVs now.

(Oh, and I keep my phones for years too ... just not into the latest "stuff," if the old works fine! )
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Old 07-20-2017, 09:18 AM
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Still have 2 2010 Plasmas, that I enjoy and not really sure if today's sets are better.

Way too bad Plasma are done, great picture.
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Old 07-20-2017, 09:31 AM
Location: Ann Arbor MI
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I am on my third flat screen since December 2011.

December 2011: Westinghouse 46 inch LCD. It died under warrenty after about 6 months
July 2012: replacement Westinghouse 46" LCD, a refurbished slightly different model sent by Westinghouse. It lasted about 2 and half years before it died.
Now I have a Samsung 47" Plasma since about November of 2014.

To answer the question I will keep this one till it dies.
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Old 07-20-2017, 09:33 AM
Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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We buy a new TV when the one we have breaks. We have had ours for years. Hubby is good at preserving electronics. It sometimes upsets me that he fixes everything. We are thinking of getting a flat screen for our bedroom. We have the old kind in the great room.
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Old 07-20-2017, 10:07 AM
Location: South Carolina
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I d say about three years and then I update them at least one is updated . my brother keeps his tvs for eons and I know other people that do that as well .
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Old 07-20-2017, 10:10 AM
Location: La Mesa Aka The Table
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My Sharp 52" works like a champ, 8 years strong now.
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Old 07-20-2017, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Flightoficarus87 View Post
Hey all,

Just kind of curious about how long you all typically keep a TV for, before upgrading or replacing?

Thinking of jumping on a TV deal later this year (Black Friday/Cyber Monday) to move up to a 46 or 50" (And probably give my current one to one of my siblings). Currently using a 40" that is coming up on 4 years old. I'm usually thriftier and like to hang on to working things longer that, though.

Has built in Smart-TV software improved much over the time I've had mine? (Mine is slooooow).
I keep TVs as long as they are working properly. I only got my first flat screen TV (which is also a smart TV) as a gift approx. a year and half ago.
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