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I'm looking to purchase a new TV probably LED

Is it better to get  a smart TV that connect to the internet

I use a roku box to watch some TV but I think surfing internet would be great if those TV are reliable
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Question by:speedtofly
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by:Anthony Russo
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If you have a Roku box there really is no reason to get a smart tv since it is the same functionality, only not as good.

Also why get the smarts in the TV which you have to spend a thousand dollars to upgrade when you can get it in your Roku box that you can upgrade for under a hundred dollars.

Put the money into picture and quality, rather than smarts for your TV.
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by:speedtofly
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OK thanks
also I see that we can have 3 HDMI ports instead of two
What would be the advantage?
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by:Anthony Russo
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More stuff to plug into your TV.

Satellite/Cable box
Roku
BlueRay
Xbox/Playstation
Chromecast
etc.
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by:speedtofly
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ok great any model suggetion in  the $300/$500 range?
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by:Anthony Russo
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I got an 47LS4500 from LG. Great TV with 2 drawbacks

Only 2 HDMI (kinda sucks but a HDMI hub fixes that.)
Mediocre sound (Soundbar fixes that)

love the TV though.
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by:pgm554
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In that price range,I'd do a 42 inch plasma.

Refresh rate is a whole lot better than LED's in that price range.(less pixelation)
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by:speedtofly
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yes but as I understand , led are more energy saver and do less damage on the environment when it's time to get rid of it

Don't they ?
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by:pgm554
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In CA we pay the same disposal fee regardless of tech.

So ,probably a coin flip.

OLED is probably greener ,but way out of that price range.

Plasma is a bit more energy expensive(15 to 20 bucks a year).

But plasma still has truer blacks and richer colors.

Better angle viewing too.

I have a Pioneer and a Panasonic and they have been quite reliable.
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by:speedtofly
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Can I  useChromecast if the TV is not a smart one ?
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by:pgm554
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It's just a dongle that plugs into your hdmi port.
You need to have a wi fi wireless router of some sorts.
You then stream from an internet connected device.

Pretty straight forward.
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I just can't find the info if they have the DLNA option if I want to transfer what I see on my tablet. For example, if I'm on the couch watching TV while surfing the web on my tablet, I can hit a button and show what I'm looking at on my tablet on the TV. For Youtubing, Vimeo, or Netflixing.
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Yes you can use Chromecast on any TV with an HDMI port. It doesn't have to be Smart.

The Chromecast will let you transfer most things from your Tablet. The DLNA is not likely to be required much anymore. Check what services you use and see if the ChromeCast supports it.

YouTube and Netflix are supported. Vimeo I'm not sure about but if it is playing in a Chrome Tab then you can.
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