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Advice on buying a new TV

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I’m looking to buy a flat screen TV, not huge, probably 36-42 inches tops, one that isn’t the fanciest or greatest but does the job, and hopefully does it a few years more, until they have the technology ready that flashes movies directly into our brains.  Right now we have a massive Toshiba theater center TV I picked up on the street and made work.  It gives a good image through composite video. We use it to show videos running off a hard drive going into a Seagate free agent theater.  

Because it takes up around half the living room, the Toshiba has to go.  I’m looking for best bang for the buck.  It should do streaming video well.  I have a good N router so the TV should be WIFI capable.  Actual network TV would be a secondary use.

Would appreciate some suggestions on where to look, what kind of TVs to look for, and the range of prices I should expect to pay for a dependable TV with a decent feature set.

Thanks,
Al
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I have a Seagate Theater+ STCEA201RK.  I assume that would be like the WD TV.  It has HDMI, Ethernet and USB inputs. Am I right in assuming that a TV with WI-FI would cost significantly more than one without?  Is there any reason to think that one with WI-FI would stream any better than one where you attached the Seagate Theater+ to it, attached a wireless N adapter to it and streamed through there?  Is it the same type of wireless N that I can attach to any computer?    

The VIZIO - E370VL - 37" seems to be a decent TV without WI-FI.  I see it online for around $400 shipped for one that’s recertified and around $570 new.  Are factory recertified HDTV’s worth getting?  

A question for uescomp.  You mentioned going to a store and checking all the inputs for a TV.  I buy almost everything I can online.  The specs generally match what they say there are.  Do you still think it’s better to buy from a B&M instead of online?

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Al        
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Watch out for that USFASTBUY.   I think they might be a scam.
But the HDTV looks like a nice one with a decent price even at Walmart.
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I have some information to start looking now.
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