Post # 1
I know, I know, I’m thinking WAYYY ahead here, but next Christmas will be our first Christmas as husband and wife and also in our home! So it will be a really special holiday season. We don’t make much money and will be paying the wedding off for some months and I wanted to start slowly squirreling money away for this purchase now.
We are not going to be paying for cable for our home. We will be streaming Netflix and Hulu Plus through our Xbox. I am considering a 50″ LG 3D Smart TV for us.
Do any of you bees own a Smart TV? What brand? Do you like it? Was it worth the moolah?
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars
We have a smart TV. It’s pretty cool but it is less reliable than the Roku we have in our bedroom. It freezes from time to time but nothing serious.
Post # 4
I have one, but I also have apple TV (which we used with our older, non-smart TV). To me, the “smart” feature isn’t any better than what apple TV can do… and apple TV only costs $100. Plus, if you have and iPhone or iPad, the apple TV can do screen-mirroring… which smart TV can’t offer unless you have a samsung phone & samsung TV.
Post # 5
We have a 50′ samsung smart tv in our bedroom. i like it but its no difference than a regular flat screen tv. Maybe my FI loves it more than I do though since I am not a tech savvy hehe
Post # 6
We have two SmartTV’s. Well, one is a Panasonic with the Vieracast thing…I forget what brand the other one is and am too lazy to go upstairs to check. We love it. We watch lots of things on Netflix or Amazon prime so it is really useful.
The only weird thing about the Viera is that it needs to be rebooted every once in awhile because it won’t show all the episodes available on Netflix. For example, Top Gear UK has like 160 episodes on Netflix but the TV might show 1-45, then skip to 51-78, then skip 79-84…things like that. There are tricks to get around it like watching a few seconds of an episode on your computer and then it will show up in recently watched. It’s like the episodes are there but not accessible.
There are also tons of other apps/items on the TV that we never use. There are a bunch of sports things, Youtube, Hulu, games, weather apps, etc.
Post # 7
@springbride23: I would not recommend an LG Smart TV. We bought one last Xmas and it has broken 2 times since then. Once after a few weeks – it needed a new power board or something? It worked find after that until a month ago and it broke again. Same issue. The repair man did say that there was a known issue with the powerboards being faulty that they have apparently since fixed but I don’t trust it. Their customer service is awful! I had to take 5 days off of work between the 2 times to deal with it (1st time repairman didn’t show up because LG didn’t properly schedule the appt so he had no idea, 2nd time to check it out, 3rd time to come back and fix it, then again the next time it broke it’s 2 service calls – 1 to look at it, a 2nd time to fix it). I wanted LG to give me a free extended warranty since the warranty was about to expire the second time it broke. I figured it was the least they could do given all that happened. They absolutely refused and told me I could purchase it. Not to mention, anyone I ever talked to from customer service (including managers and someone from corporate) was extremely rude.
That being said, when the TV is working it’s great. However, we don’t really use most of the functionality. We stream netflix mostly from our blu ray player and don’t use the 3D TV part at all. The thing I don’t like about smart TVs is that they are more like a computer and are subject to a whole host of issues that a regular TV isn’t. If I were you, I’d stay with a nice LCD and keep streaming through yuour xbox.
I guess it depends on what you’re looking for but I don’t see the point in the smart TV if you are already happy streaming through your xbox. THough we aren’t tech saavy at all, so I’m sure there are lots of things the smart tv does that we don’t know/don’t care about. DH bought it becaues he thought it was a good deal lol. I had nothing to do with it!
Post # 8
@MrsWBS: That’s really good to know. We are perfectly happy paying for basic internet and streaming through our Xbox live (absolutely 0 lag) so if it doesn’t really add much more functionality than that then I guess it’s back to the drawing board for next Christmas! 🙂
Thank you so much for all the help!