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Old 09-22-2020, 08:35 PM   #1
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Smart TV

They said i need a smart TV
can my old sony 2013 be a smart TV ?
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Old 09-22-2020, 08:43 PM   #2
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They said i need a smart TV
can my old sony 2013 be a smart TV ?
who is 'they' and why do you think you need a smart tv?

a smart tv is one that can be connected to the internet either by an on-board ethernet port, wi-fi or with a USB or HDMI attachment such as a google chromecast. if your sony cannot connect to the net via ethernet or wifi then use an external device.
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:36 PM   #3
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can my old sony 2013 be a smart TV ?
Yep. Get a Roku or Fire Stick. $40 instead of $1000 - $3000.
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I agree, who is they and why did "they" say it?



There are many reasons to replace a TV, especially an aging TV in an RV. New TVs weigh a lot less and have a lot better picture, but IMO I've never seen a "smart" tv that impressed me based on its "smarts". Pretty much any new TV will be a smart TV, but if you want/need/desire the "smart" features, I believe you're better off with a "smart" device like an Amazon Firestick or Roku.



Yes you can add the Firestick or Roku to your existing TV, assuming it has HDMI inputs, and it will provide all the "smarts" you can handle. It won't make a 4:3 aspect ratio TV wide screen. It also won't shed the extra weight a vintage 2013 TV is sure to have... If you don't have HDMI inputs, there are adapters, but I'd seriously consider replacement before going that route.
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Or, buy a DVD player. Many of them support the "Smart TV" apps (Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, etc.)

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Yep. Get a Roku or Fire Stick. $40 instead of $1000 - $3000.

What kind of TV are you getting? An 85 inch 4K UHD is significantly less than $2000. I haven't seen the RV that would "fit" in though. The 42" that would be large for most RV installations is less than $400 and the smaller you go the less it costs. Even if you had to modify cabinetry I can't see an RV TV being $1K+.



Having said that, as I posted above, I do believe that the add on devices offer a far better "smart" experience than the built in apps on most "smart" TVs.
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Yep. Get a Roku or Fire Stick. $40 instead of $1000 - $3000.
more like hundreds of dollars.
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I bought a 32 inch TCL smart TV from WalMart a few months ago for just over a hundred dollar bill. As far as I can tell a regular TV would be just as "smart" with Roku stick plugged into an HDMI port. Nice to have it all integrated though. The main reason I bought it in particular for the coach was how light it is.

Now the big 4K TV in the house....ahem.
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Agree. My 4K UHD 50" smart TV is huge in the bus but the majority of the time we use the Roku Ultra because the interface is better. Together the cost was around $500.00.

In response to the OP your 2013 is probably not internet ready but if it has HDMI ports it will work almost as well as a new one.
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In my experience, the apps built into "smart TVs" are only kept updated for the first year or two after the set is sold. I have a smart Samsung TV and still use a Roku with it because the built-in apps are awful compared to what the Roku offers. Furthermore, the Roku firmware is continuously updated.

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docj is spot on. Apps on our LG smart TV are awful and the LG app store does not have what we want. A dumb TV in a given size may only be $50 less that smart TV. If you can find the dumb TV that meets your requirements, use the $$ you save to buy Roku or Fire Stick. Regardless Roku or Fire Stick are good products. We prefer Fire Stick.
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I've been bitten by the dead app/can't update the built-in stuff. Hence Samsung and Vizio TV's are a hard no for me. Shame, they both make some otherwise nice TV's. You want apps, you want a TV that has Android TV on it and Google play. Update, add, and remove all the apps you could ask for as much as you like. Last I looked mostly Sony and HiSense were doing Android TV. But watch it, sometimes only on their larger and spendier sets. The smaller ones tend to have Roku instead.

Roku is a decent middle ground. Kinda sorta updatable.

Many folks like Amazon's Fire sticks. I've not used them myself. The other brands I've mentioned are the only ones I have actually used.
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My TCL 32" Roku TV is a bit annoying in the camper. The power light will flash constantly if you do not have a network connection and there is apparently no way to turn it off. I ended up having to turn on my phone's wifi hot spot to let it get a connection, even though I was only watching over the air TV.
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Yep. Get a Roku or Fire Stick. $40 instead of $1000 - $3000.
Are you buying a TV in Canada to pay that price?
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