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    • melbury
    • By melbury 16th Oct 16, 12:21 PM
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    Buying Smart TV
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    • 16th Oct 16, 12:21 PM
    Buying Smart TV 16th Oct 16 at 12:21 PM
    I am looking to buy my first smart TV and find it all a bit confusing

    I have noticed that some TV's come with built-in WiFi but others don't. I had just assumed that the TV would pick up the WiFi signal from my router (which is upstairs) and this would be okay.

    If you buy a TV with built-in WiFi does it have it's own independent router incorporated within it? I have to say that my router would be a long way from the TV.

    So is it better to buy a TV with it built-in or doesn't it make a lot of difference?

    Why is everything so complicated?

    Many thanks.
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    • GunJack
    • By GunJack 16th Oct 16, 11:34 PM
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    Do be careful if buying a new tv - not all smart tv's have the same apps built into them. I've had to discount a couple as they either do not have netflix or a regular browser installed, and with no chance of adding them later
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    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 17th Oct 16, 8:00 AM
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    As you have a perfectly good TV the add on box is the way to go.

    It will be cheaper than a new TV and will get you into the options so you are better clued up when you get your next TV.

    Do you have sky or Virgin now or just using freeview?

    ........
    We went with NowTV, first box was a free one pricing error at Tesco) it supports all the things we need for now and the subscriptions stuff is cheap when you find the offers.
    • dipsomaniac
    • By dipsomaniac 17th Oct 16, 9:45 AM
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    Do be careful if buying a new tv - not all smart tv's have the same apps built into them. I've had to discount a couple as they either do not have netflix or a regular browser installed, and with no chance of adding them later
    Originally posted by GunJack
    take it you mean internet browser. if so, why would you want a browser on a tv? last time i tried to use one it was useless. have things improved?

    as people have said smart tvs are not that smart
    Last edited by dipsomaniac; 17-10-2016 at 9:49 AM.
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    • missile
    • By missile 17th Oct 16, 10:00 AM
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    Most TVs have an HDMI port and you could use that to connect your lap top to the tv and access internet.
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    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 17th Oct 16, 10:32 AM
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    You do realise that's a one-off £60? And that some folks spend that every month on their Sky subscription?
    Originally posted by googler
    For the hardware, subscription is ongoing.
    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 17th Oct 16, 11:31 AM
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    Without a subscription to Amazon Prime/Netfix, your 'Smart' TV will be limited to free services, like youtube, BBC iPlayer ect.

    Netflix is £7.49 a month, Amazon is £79 a year. I've had both, and am sticking with Amazon - the combination of music streaming, video and free next-day (or same day) deliveries is pretty good.

    You might find the 'smart' bit of a smart tv only ever getting used for BBC Iplayer, if you don't have another subscription.

    Wait for black Friday, get one of the new Amazon Fire Sticks at a reduced price - that'd be the MSE way to turn a TV smart.
    • henm2
    • By henm2 17th Oct 16, 12:07 PM
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    Non smart TV with HDMI connections and an amazon fire stick loaded with Kodi is all you need.
    • melbury
    • By melbury 17th Oct 16, 5:20 PM
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    Thank you all so much for your very helpful replies, which I have only just got back to.

    I did go ahead and order an Amazon Firestick before seeing your replies about Black Friday

    Hopefully that will work for all I need.
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