Looking For Information About A Smart T V

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  1. Ken Anderson

    Ken Anderson Veteran Member
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    I don't think there would be any problem connecting either a Roku or a Firestick to any television that has a place to plug it in. I don't know if older TVs will support it, but moving them shouldn't be a problem. I haven't moved one from one TV to another but I can't think of anything likely to go wrong.
     
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  2. Ken Teas

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    6 one way half a dozen the other. You can buy smart built in or add it yourself. ROKU, Amazon fire stick or TV. Just search the internet and make sure you have the channels you want built into the device. Example, you want Amazon movies, fire TV has that, but others may not. The fears of people listening to you? Just be boring they will go away. A lot of money made by online companies like Netflix, Amazon, and eavesdropping although possible would be financially devastating if they got caught. TV's with the smart features built in work well. I personally would get android TV for the amount of apps available. I personally have smart TV, with Nvidia shield attached. I keep all my movies on a server upstairs, and they are available on all four TV 's in the house. No more loading disc into a player. I also have home security cameras, I can see them through an app on the android TV. So if I'm upstairs watching TV and hear the front door I can switch over to the porch camera and see it on the TV. Fire stick for TV is good, has a lot of content, I hacked mine and added programs they don't give you. It runs Android.
     
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    Okay......I have another problem and need help from someone that is a tech guru. When I mess something up, sometimes, I really do it BAD ! !
    We have the new TV all set up and it works fine. We have the old tv (the one that cuts out) in the exercise room, and I wanted to be able to use it to watch youtube when i am exercising in there this winter.
    Here is the issue:
    The remote on the Apple TV quit working. I downloaded the iPhone remote, but I accidentally got the Apple TV offline, so now I can’t connect with it to try and get it back online. I have been working on this most of the day now, and I am seriously frustrated.
    I can order a new remote from Apple for $19, or for $25, I can order a Roku from Amazon.
    The Roku already has youtube on it, as far as I can see; but the Apple TV is such an old one that it doesn’t have it anymore. Plus, I have no way to be sure if it is actually the Apple remote that is the problem, or if it might be the Apple TV box itself, and then I would have spent almost $20 for nothing.

    It seems to me like the best plan is to just order the Roku from Amazon, but I am wondering if I can get Youtube on Roku ? Any input, Roku people (@Ken Anderson ?)
     
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  4. Ken Anderson

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    I have never looked for Youtube on Roku, but according to a blog on Roku.com it is available on current-generation devices and, since the blog article was from 2014, I guess that means it would be available on any that you order today.
     
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    The Roku was about the same price at Walmart as on Amazon, so we went to Walmart, got one and Bobby and I set it up last night. I added some of th free channels, plus we have Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, and Youtube; so we should be able to have any kind of music or video we want when we are in the exercise room.
    Riding an exercise bike just lacks the enjoyment of riding a real bike, but hopefully this will help out. I found videos on youtube that are especially for bicyclists or joggers, and it is almost like going for a walk or cycling down a road or trail somewhere.
    So far the old television is working okay in there, and since it will not be on for a long time, maybe it will stay on long enough for us to use it when exercising this winter.
     
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    It is amazing how many channels are on that Roku ! !
    I added on someof the ones that I thought might be okay for watching something when I am exercising; but I can see that a person that liked just sitting and watching television would be in TV Heaven with one of these gadgets ! Movies, radio, pictures, and just about everything else that you can think of, some are free and some cost money; but the selection is HUGE !
    I have not even looked through everything yet, it is that big, and that many channels.
     
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  7. Ken Anderson

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    That's why I love it. I pretty much never sit down and just watch television but I have something on all the while that I'm working, and that's pretty much all day and up until I go to bed at midnight or two in the morning.
     
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    Our Panasonic is a so-called smart TV, whicch I haven't connected to the web. Reason- the software can be "managed" from elsewhere. I use a PC or laptop for the Internet.
     
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