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Buying A New TV - Advice

Hi,  I've decided to buy a new TV.  I've narrrowed it down to a Samsung or LG.  Any advice would be much appreciated.  Cheers @Anonymous User

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I'd suggesting getting one with as little bells and whistles as possible.

LED, 1080p with a minimum of 3 HDMIs is all you need. Whatever smart tech you get integrated will be out of date in 6 months and unsupported in two years. You'll want to keep the TV for at least 5. Let the NOW TV box and other future devices be the cheap smart part.

I've had my Samsung 32" F5000 for 18 months and been very pleased with it, my only wish was at least one more HDMI port.

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commanda6
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@Anonymous User wrote:

Hi,  I've decided to buy a new TV.  I've narrrowed it down to a Samsung or LG.  Any advice would be much appreciated.  Cheers @Anonymous User


 

Hi @Anonymous User

 

Well if you want nowTV on your TV you need to buy an LG, but of course you know that already.

 

 You need to decide what size of TV you want You also need to decide whether you want 4K or not. If you're going to buy 4K TV I would suggest you make sure that it is a 2015 model as some of the older 4K TVs have some limitations which will come back to bite you further down the line. Of course buying a 2015 TV is going to make things more expensive.

 

The advice I always give the people when they're buying new things is to decide what their budget is first then I can buy the best piece of kit possible for that budget instead of going out and buying something because it's cheap and looks nice. Because if you buy something because it's cheap, there is always a catch.  If you're going to buy cheap you need to find out what that catch is and determine whether you can live with it

 

I would actually suggest an LG TV because LG uses passive 3D (the same type you get at the cinema So the glasses are 10 a penny) instead of active 3D.

 

Hope that helps Smiley Happy

 

 

 


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I'd suggesting getting one with as little bells and whistles as possible.

LED, 1080p with a minimum of 3 HDMIs is all you need. Whatever smart tech you get integrated will be out of date in 6 months and unsupported in two years. You'll want to keep the TV for at least 5. Let the NOW TV box and other future devices be the cheap smart part.

I've had my Samsung 32" F5000 for 18 months and been very pleased with it, my only wish was at least one more HDMI port.

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I recently got a new LG (55UF850V) and absolutely love it. The picture quality is fantastic, sound is good and connectors are good.

 

To be honest, I only really got it because I wanted something at that screen size and it was on offer through work, but I am pleased to have one of the first properly 4K ready models, and have used 3D a little bit too.

 

I do agree with @Anonymous User though - I rarely use the smart TV functions. I've got a PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Sky box connected to it, so I don't really need all the apps it has built in.

 

I'd highly reccommend LG overall though, and that's coming from somebody who would never buy anything but Sony until not long ago.

 

Cheers,

 

Tom

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@Anonymous User

 

Thanks for that, I've got an LG at the moment & always been pleased with it, I'll give that model a lookSmiley Happy

commanda6
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Hi @Anonymous User

I have are Samsung UE325500H

 

I have to agree with @Anonymous User on the smart functions. The only thing I use the smart functions on my TV for is Amazon instant video, but that's because Amazon are overly picky about the devices they support. Smiley Mad Amazon don't even support Roku in the UK which is annoying as you would then have the big three streaming services on one device. I consider now TV to be one of the big three.

 

For everything else. I don't actually use the TV I don't even use it for actually receiving digital terrestrial TV the youview box does that.  I also have a Roku 3 4200EUA in my room(Which I only got on 4th August) connected to the AV receiver.

 

The NowTV Box (black) Is now in the back room. Which means I no longer have an active white now TV box. It feels like the end of an era Smiley Sad

 


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Hi @commanda6

 

I too am in agreement about the smart functions, as from TVs I've looked at the apps aren't that good and don't tend to get updated as they would on a set top box.  It seems however, you get them whether you want them or not, I've not seen any "dumb" TVs.  I'll probably go with LG as Samsung's selling point seems to be the range of apps they offer.

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commanda6 wrote: Amazon don't even support Roku in the UK which is annoying as you would then have the big three streaming services on one device.

Amazon isn't on the Roku in the UK because Sky are an investor in Roku and keep Amazon off the device.  Amazon are on the Roku in the US.

 

It's likely that Now TV isn't on Amazon Fire TV because of this, in a tit-for-tat move.

 

I wish Amazon and Sky would put aside their differences, because everyone would benefit.  From an outsider's perspective, they just look petty.



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BicBasher
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I'm a heavy user of the Smart TV functions of my current LG tv which I've had for nearly a year.    The internet browser I use to watch tv streams from France, while the apps I use for iPlayer, Now TV and Netflix.

 

However, if the tv becomes obsolete for the smart features, I'll probably end up buying an Apple TV streaming box so I can continue to watch Now TV at 50hz and have white and black Now TV boxes along with Chromecast as back-ups.

 

 

 

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Nice comments @BicBasher. I should add that although I don't really use the smart functions, the WebOS layout on the LG model I have is brilliant, with the apps simple to access and organise. The TV seems powerful enough to run them smoothly as well, which I've had issues with in the past with other models.

 

Cheers,

 

Tom

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@Anonymous User wrote:

Nice comments @BicBasher. I should add that although I don't really use the smart functions, the WebOS layout on the LG model I have is brilliant, with the apps simple to access and organise. The TV seems powerful enough to run them smoothly as well, which I've had issues with in the past with other models.

 

Cheers,

 

Tom


The 2014 Google OS model I have is also very good at handling the apps.  Netflix and Amazon Prime have been seemless.   Also when the boffins at NOW TV get the LG app to work properly, it's the best way of watching the platform as it's supposed to be.

 

Try the internet browser @Anonymous User and see how it runs playing HTML5 or Flash streams?  I was pleasently surprised with my browser!

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@BicBasher I'll give it a go this evening. I did use the browser on a 2013 model some time ago, but that was a rather low-range underpowered 32 inch model. I'm intrigued to see how well this one performs.

 

Tom

caseyb1993
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This is probably irrelevant but I am 22 and old fashioned when it comes to TV's. I'm not bothered for HD or the Smart TV stuff (unless NOWTV sort of counts?)

Until recently, I still had my tv from childhood which was one with the fat backs behind it Smiley LOL

 

My friend showed me her new EETV which just lost me Smiley LOL

 

This has probably shot myself in the foot but for my birthday I was given a dvd player with netflix built into it which I thought was pretty good but have yet to sign up for netflix itself. 

 


 

Anyway, If I were you, I'd go for features that seem useful for you instead of what my idol karl pilkington says about it being 'an accessory' to show off lol.

Also like commando said about your budget being your guide.

 

That's my advice, not brilliant but it's there Heart

 


Also my TV is a boring old Hitachii brand Smiley Wink

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@caseyb1993

 

I feel old now, the TVs from my childhood were all Rediffision and we used to rent themSmiley Surprised

caseyb1993
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Those TV's have always fascinated me, so retro and without all the hassle of today's tech. (I assume?) Smiley Sad

I like watching sitcoms from that TV era Smiley Wink

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@caseyb1993

 

Now I feel even older!  I remember the neighbours next door but one getting a colour TV and we all sat there in amazementSmiley Very Happy

BicBasher
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My first bedroom tv was a Samsung 14" B&W tv with a big black dial with the UHF numbers on,  which still works to this day as long as it's connected to a Freeview box with an RF modulator.

 

 

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@Anonymous User wrote:

@caseyb1993

 

I feel old now, the TVs from my childhood were all Rediffision and we used to rent themSmiley Surprised


I'm old enough to remember when colour TV started in earnest Smiley Surprised My parents rented our televisions from DER. Which probably wasn't such a bad idea, as when they finally decided to upgrade to a colour set in 1972, the bloody thing was forever breaking down... The DER repair-man's name was Barry Smiley Very Happy

Anonymous User
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LG is all I buy!!! 👍🏻 (never had a problem with any of em) 👏🏻

 

you can get a 42inch for pretty cheap these days!!! 👍🏻

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@BicBasher I've just given the browser on my TV a go on YouTube, and I'm very impressed! The new style Magic Remote gives much better control - I find it far easier to point and type with. And the TV itself displays web pages really nicely, and plays back video superbly.

 

Cheers,

 

Tom

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@Anonymous User wrote:

@BicBasher I've just given the browser on my TV a go on YouTube, and I'm very impressed! The new style Magic Remote gives much better control - I find it far easier to point and type with. And the TV itself displays web pages really nicely, and plays back video superbly.

 

Cheers,

 

Tom


@Anonymous User You may find it better than the LG YouTube app which isn't very good.   I use it to watch Sky News in HD at 1080p which is a lot better than the 576i on Freeview or via the Now TV Box Sky News app.

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