Do you have a smart tv?

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Do you have a smart tv?
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Thu, 05-01-2014 - 3:52pm

Hi everyone! My tv is starting to act up and I'm in the market for a new tv. Does anyone here have a smart tv? What brand? What do you love/hate about it? I've been looking at this one: http://www.target.com/p/samsung-40-class-1080p-60hz-led-smart-tv-black-un40eh5300fxza/-/A-14085817#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=samsung+smart+tv - anyone have that one?

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 05-01-2014 - 8:12pm

We have a Vizio that we got at Costco about 1.5 yrs ago. It takes a long time to warm up (for the picture to be visible); and the sound seems to come out of the back so the volume gets turned kind of high to hear it well. We have a tv room with a door so dh just closes the door, otherwise I can hear it down the hall. If the tv was in a "great room" floorplan it could be a problem.

We love being able to stream Netflix without a Roku or Wii etc, and it has the jacks to connect a laptop if you want to view content from your computer on the big screen. Maybe your old tv has the jacks already....our old tvs are CRT tvs from the 90s! Its also HD; we don't have digital cable (which is required to get HD across the lineup) but the local channels are in HD anyway.

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Registered: 03-31-2014
Mon, 05-05-2014 - 11:24am

elc11 wrote:

We have a Vizio that we got at Costco about 1.5 yrs ago. It takes a long time to warm up (for the picture to be visible); 

You should call/bring it back to Costco. Even after a 1.5yrs — they may take it back because of that. Worth looking into; they have a great return policy! 

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Registered: 03-31-2014
Mon, 05-05-2014 - 11:25am

ubergeek wrote:

Hi everyone! My tv is starting to act up and I'm in the market for a new tv. Does anyone here have a smart tv? What brand? What do you love/hate about it? I've been looking at this one: http://www.target.com/p/samsung-40-class-1080p-60hz-led-smart-tv-black-un40eh5300fxza/-/A-14085817#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=samsung+smart+tv - anyone have that one?

I was just at Costco and was looking at this Smart TV: http://www.costco.com/Samsung-46%22-Class-1080p-60Hz-Smart-LED-HDTV-UN46EH5300F.product.100101851.html (which looks like it may be the same one, just larger?) and really liked it. The only downside is that it only has 3 HDMI inputs where my current one has 4, but that may not be an issue to you. 

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Registered: 06-07-2004
Tue, 05-06-2014 - 4:04pm

I don't have a Smart TV per say but Ido have a Smart Blu Ray player. I bought a Samsung. I think going the Samsung route is your best option. They have the most amount of "Apps" of any manufacturer and those apps always get updates. You can use the Vudu app for pay per view movies, also CinemaNow and Amazon instant video, all coming through in Dolby surround sound and HD video. Also Samsung had their own service called M-Go. There are many other video service apps and apps for kids, games, fitness, you name it. I think the services that have apps on Samsung are motivated to update those often because so many people own Samsung devices, it becomes worth it to them to invest in the Samsung apps and keep them updated.

You will also be able to stream video to your tv from your smartphone or tablet and also if you have a laptop with WIDI you can stream from there as well. Say video you shot with your phone for example. Also pictures.

If you have a media server running at home the TV can connect to that and play content from it as well.

It seems to able to handle any video type or codec that I try to use it with.

If you happen to have a Samsung Phone and/or tablet there are apps to use specifically with your Samsung TV to control it, etc.