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Hello folks

My TV just went to a double picture, 6 years old, and want to buy a new one.  Any suggestions or advice about type.  I have fiber optic 100,100 internet and am currently with True Vision satellite.  I think I can still run the True on a Smart tv but have little experience.

 

Suggestions or advice would be appreciated

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A "smart" will do everything a regular "dumb" TV will do, plus a bunch of other stuff you may or may not want.

 

What you go for is up to you, you may not find a dumb TV that's big enough now, everything is smart.

 

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Thanks for your reply.  How can I know if a TV is Smart or dumb TV(sort of like me).?  

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I'd suggest smart tv. Doesn't seem you're very knowledgeable about it all so smart tv has everything you might need in one package without extra cables, remotes etc... And it is a very smooth experience on my LG without crashes etc... as some of these cheap android tv boxes can be a bit finicky  sometimes. Smart TVs usually also mention that you can use Netflix, youtube etc.. So if it says you can watch Netflix it is a smart TV 🙂

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I recommend smart tv.  It will connect with your wireless WiFi and offer you a myriad of options you’d otherwise miss out on if it were....as they say....a “dumb” tv!  LG is a good brand...and their remotes have a point and click capability that you may not find on other brands.  I find this feature to be very useful.

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I have both. My 55" Samsung curved screen connects with the Internet with no problems and had a few apps installed (Netflix, YouTube, etc.). I use its browser to connect with a couple of websites where I can watch American TV show, but use it mostly to watch American college football games. It has the ability to load some additional apps, but I found those they show available as limited - I haven't bothered to try to learn if I can install other apps.

 

The reason is because I also have an Android TV box (my second as after a few years my first one conked out).  It is a TK95Pro bought through Lazada and was preloaded with several apps. I have learned to install apps on it which is not to difficult once you know how, especially if you install Filelinked app - there are numerous YouTube videos on how to install various apps, many which include a Filelinked site and the code needed for access - once accessed, they list numerous apps that can be easily downloaded and installed - many have TV shows and movies available for streaming. It is connected to my TV with an HDMI cable.  If you get a tv box, go for one in the 2,000 -- 2,500 baht range as they usually have more bells and whistles (memory, preloaded apps, dual band WiFi, etc.). There are more expensive models available, but I find the TK95Pro, cost 2,300 baht, to be sufficient and does well with streaming  - of course, the internet connection will also have a lot to do with this (I have fiber-optic internet with a dual band WiFi router connected). My router is  upstairs but has no difficulty using WiFi to stream to my downstairs TV, located directly beneath the router.

 

Several years ago, before the android box and smart TV, I subscribed to True Satellite - it also connects to either dumb (my previous) or smart (my current) TV with an HDMI connection - no problems. 

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Smart . I have 55 inch Samsung with Netflix , amazon prime and few other similar apps pre installed. Connects to internet no problem and think it only cost me around 17000 bht from lazada .

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I have an older normal HD tv but eventually it’ll need replacing. But when I have to use a vpn to connect to bbc iplayer etc.via iPad you cannot chromecast to the tv although the facility exists because that goes back through the router and is then blocked by uk terrestrial tv channels. I don’t suppose a smart tv in any way overcomes that? I do connect via hdmi lightning cable but other uk tv apps don’t support screen mirroring like iplayer 

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Smart TV ofcourse. With android system.  Some companies are making their own software that's many times incompatible with TV software for free tv and whereas you would need to buy an external tv box

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1 hour ago, nchuckle said:

I have an older normal HD tv but eventually it’ll need replacing. But when I have to use a vpn to connect to bbc iplayer etc.via iPad you cannot chromecast to the tv although the facility exists because that goes back through the router and is then blocked by uk terrestrial tv channels. I don’t suppose a smart tv in any way overcomes that? I do connect via hdmi lightning cable but other uk tv apps don’t support screen mirroring like iplayer 

 

You could get a good nvidia shield android box, install all the apps and vpn on the box and then watch everything you'd want to watch through that. 

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Smart TV - I have basic True for wi-fi and the EPL, YouTube for Sky News, Netflix for me and the kids.

 

I shall not want for more. 

 

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A smart TV got internet. So everything you do on your laptop you can do on TV having a big screen. Don't need glasses...... 😊

Also you can have Netflix and other stuff. 😈

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For cost/value, you really can't beat the Amazon Fire TV 4k stick.  Sometimes is can be bought for under $40.00.  It has a ton of programs pre-installed and you can install a VPN with no problems.   It always works reliably and, best of all, Alexa is built into the remote control so after original of your Amazon account and your VPN, you can just speak most commands.  I have two of them and occasionally have to disconnect the VPN, renew my internet connection then reconnect but then everything works well.  The stick connects to an HDMI port and must be powered by micro USB.  Highly recommended!

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Thanks for all the advice.  Went out today and browsed several TV and Dept. stores.  Ended up buying an  LG 49 inch UHD, 4K Smart TV for 12,500 baht.  Will be discovering all the possibilities in the next few days.

Thanks again for the info.

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