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Old 11-24-2020, 02:49 PM   #1
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What year did smart TVs arrive on the market?

2012 Tiffin. Smart or not? TIA
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I would guess they would have to at least finish High School
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I think that digital TVs were introduced in like 2006-2007. Smart phones were introduced in ~2008. So smart TVs were some time after that.
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I bought a Vizio in 2011 (2010 model) that has builtin WiFi, along with a hardwired Internet connection, and came with several apps installed, like Netflix and Hulu. (those apps no longer work though)
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I bought a Vizio in 2011 (2010 model) that has builtin WiFi, along with a hardwired Internet connection, and came with several apps installed, like Netflix and Hulu. (those apps no longer work though)
One problem with Smart TVs that continues to today is that TV manufacturers don't maintain the apps more than a year or two after the TV is a current model. As a result, the apps on TVs become "dated" whereas the ones on Rokus, FireSticks, AppleTV, etc stay updated.
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One problem with Smart TVs that continues to today is that TV manufacturers don't maintain the apps more than a year or two after the TV is a current model. As a result, the apps on TVs become "dated" whereas the ones on Rokus, FireSticks, AppleTV, etc stay updated.

The Vizio app for Netflix lasted up til about a year ago. My old ROKU 2XS had the Hulu app quit this year. I picked up the ROKU Ultra on sale and use the old one to play media files when traveling or on the bedroom TV in the 5'er.
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The Vizio app for Netflix lasted up til about a year ago. My old ROKU 2XS had the Hulu app quit this year. I picked up the ROKU Ultra on sale and use the old one to play media files when traveling or on the bedroom TV in the 5'er.
If you have your Rokus set to turn off when the TV turns off, they won't reliably update their firmware. My two Roku Ultras are on all the time so they automatically update.
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If you have your Rokus set to turn off when the TV turns off, they won't reliably update their firmware. My two Roku Ultras are on all the time so they automatically update.

ROKU made an announcement in May that the old ROKU xs2 would no longer support the old HULU app. I guess 9 years was all they supported it. My ROKU's are always on. That was one reason I jumped on the Ultra for $69 (with ear buds) on sale. The old one I had purchased in 2011 along with a non-smart Samsung TV.



"This is to inform you that the Hulu app will no longer be available on your Roku device starting on June 24, 2020. "
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I have a Smart TV from about 2014, which also suffers from the majors apps being out of date, to the point where few if any of the apps still function with no firmware / software update being available.
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I have a Smart TV from about 2014, which also suffers from the majors apps being out of date, to the point where few if any of the apps still function with no firmware / software update being available.

Get a ROKU and at least you can add channels and the Netflix and ROKU apps work on the newer ones. As does Prime and Disney.
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Since smart TVs usually require Wi-Fi and RVs usually don't have Wi-Fi, I would not think Tiffin would put a smart TV in.
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Since smart TVs usually require Wi-Fi and RVs usually don't have Wi-Fi, I would not think Tiffin would put a smart TV in.
Well, you think wrong. All of the TV's in my coach are LG smart ones.
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Well, you think wrong. All of the TV's in my coach are LG smart ones.
I was thinking about circa 2012, but yeah I would still be wrong.

Won't be the last time...
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Since smart TVs usually require Wi-Fi and RVs usually don't have Wi-Fi, I would not think Tiffin would put a smart TV in.
"Smart TVs" require Internet. That typically is provided either via a Wifi wireless connection to an access point connected to the internet, or via an ethernet cable.

Most TVs that have an operating system / smart TV features support both ethernet and Wifi.

Higher end Streaming devices (Roku Ultra, NvidiaShield, etc) have both connection methods as well. The Streaming device can make any HDMI equipped "dumb" TV a "smart" TV.

When there is a choice, ethernet is a better solution than WiFi as it can carry more bandwidth (data) and doesn't then have to share the bandwidth with other Wifi devices (like a Smartphone).

Ethernet is typically more reliable and less error prone which is why a modern coach with "Smart" TVs will run ethernet cable in the coach while they are building it. The cable is a very inexpensive component.

My 2002 is now fully wired everywhere. Cat 6, HDMI, DMX, 1-wire, etc. Each time something was apart, it got wires routed behind it.
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