I've got a Samsung smart TV and to be honest I don#t use the functions that often. What with Sky+ and the Xbox connected to it, I find that I don't really need the exra bells and whistles that came with it! I thought the browser was pretty clunky and not particularly user friendly either.
I have a smart Sony TV. Good for Lovefilm but the software hasn't kept up with the times so it doesn't have many of the more recent streamed services, and is very picky about streamed media from PCs on the LAN. I reckon you'd be better off getting a dumb TV and a PlayStation or similar.
> I've got a Samsung smart TV and to be honest I don#t use the functions that often.
I moved into my house a year and a half ago and I have the Samsung Smart TV in the bedroom next to a CAT5 network point in the wall I put in. I have had all the tools sitting next to it for the full year and a half as a reminder to wire the socket up and I still haven't done it.. :s
I have my Sky box, Network connected AppleTV and PS3 connected to the same TV so the Smart functions I have found are pretty much pointless anyway.
In reply to goldmember:
The dongle will be a wi-fi dongle. Although, that telly also has an RJ45 (Ethernet) socket, so you could run a cable from it to your router - a long cable would be cheaper than a dongle, and you should get better speed.
In reply to Tony Naylor:
Although, that telly also has an RJ45 (Ethernet) socket, so you could run a cable from it to your router - a long cable would be cheaper than a dongle, and you should get better speed.
Or use a powerline adaptor in your plug sockets to remove the need for long cables round the house
You could buy a Raspberry Pi, get it running XBMC and hook that up to your TV.
I've got one hooked up to my TV with a wireless dongle. This little puppy plays all my movies, TV series and music on the telly from my network storage device. With a bit of tinkering I could quite happily get internet access and everything is controlled through my phone or tablet.
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> It may also be worth considering a Smart DVD/Blu-ray to connect to it
Wow. You’ve just saved me about £300.
Just got unlimited broadband and Netflix. Am looking for a way of connecting my HD TV (4 yr old and never used the HD bit yet) to the internet as I am already fed up with watching on my laptop. My solution WAS to buy a reconditioned PC with pcie slots and get a Blu Ray drive and decent graphics card for it.
This ticks all the boxes and at a fraction of the price.
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