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>> No. 25759 Anonymous
21st December 2016
Wednesday 9:20 pm
25759 Smart TV doohickey wotsit dongle thread
What have been other peoples experiences in the area of smart TVs, dongles, kodi boxes etc.? I'd welcome suggestions relevant to my needs, but feel free to talk about anything relating to these products in general.

Having been without a TV for quite a few years now, I might finally give in and buy one in January.
My intention is to get a "dumb" TV, and a smart dongle or box to go with it. It seems a more versatile and future-proof option than paying £60 extra for a nearly identical screen with some locked-down firmware.

For the little I expect to use it, I'm mainly looking for something in the £30-50 range. I don't want the amazon fire stick because it exists mainly to drive you towards paid content. I'd prefer the Roku or chromecast in that respect.
The other option for the amount I want to spend is one of the many android-based chinese sticks or boxes. Anyone had any luck with getting one that works largely as described? I have reservations about the ones that are on the market with the dodgy piracy-enabled/"fully-loaded" Kodi apps, but anyone here have experience with them?

(Also regarding the Roku, a lot of sellers seem to have large stocks of the older model, even though the latest version with a much better processor has been out since last spring.)
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>> No. 25760 Anonymous
21st December 2016
Wednesday 11:07 pm
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>>25759

Installing Kodi, Mobdro and other add ons on an Amazon Fire Stick is incredibly easy. There are loads of videos showing you how on Youtube.
>> No. 25761 Anonymous
22nd December 2016
Thursday 5:51 am
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The only piece of advice I give when buying TVs is to not buy one that's too big. Why buy a big one when you can buy a smaller one and bring it closer? Resolution is the only thing you really need to worry about. As long as it's full HD, you should be sound.
>> No. 25762 Anonymous
22nd December 2016
Thursday 2:17 pm
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>>25760
Thanks, I might keep that as an option.

>>25761
Agreed, I'm going for a 32" full HD screen. There's suprisingly little choice of 32" full HD TVs.
This is the one I've got my eye on for what it's worth.
http://www.tesco.com/direct/samsung-ue32k5100-32-inch-full-hd-1080p-led-tv-with-freeview-hd/797-7508.prd?skuId=797-7508
>> No. 25763 Anonymous
22nd December 2016
Thursday 7:30 pm
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>>25761
I agree with this very much - most people have far too large screens for their rooms.
>> No. 25764 Anonymous
22nd December 2016
Thursday 8:49 pm
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Oh well, I've wasted 40 quid on a chinese box and a wireless keyboard so I'll see what happens.
>> No. 25765 Anonymous
22nd December 2016
Thursday 8:52 pm
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>>25764

It'll be a minor ballache to set up, but once you've figured it out you'll be able to watch 3pm football and films that aren't even out yet. Bargain.
>> No. 25766 Anonymous
22nd December 2016
Thursday 8:58 pm
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>>25761
I'd agree if we were talking about computer monitors, or if you're looking for a TV to use mostly for gaming. But in general, you have to fit the size of the telly to the size and layout of the room - I'm not going to move the telly in my lounge into the middle of the room so that it's closer to the sofas because that would be impractical with the wires and waste a lot of space.
>> No. 25767 Anonymous
24th December 2016
Saturday 11:08 pm
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How the fuck do I turn off my amazon prime fire stick thing.
>> No. 25768 Anonymous
24th December 2016
Saturday 11:13 pm
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>>25767
Inside the flat a fruity voice was reading out a list of figures which had something to do with the production of macbooks. The voice came from an oblong metal plaque like a dulled mirror which formed part of the surface of the right-hand wall. Winston turned a switch and the voice sank somewhat, though the words were still distinguishable. The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely.

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