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Open Discussion / Re: New TV
« Last post by ober on February 17, 2018, 02:41:21 PM »
@charlie - not to my knowledge.  I've never used or wanted to use a browser on my tv.  There might be a browser app but I've never bothered to look.  I'm with Knuck in that regard.
Open Discussion / Re: New TV
« Last post by KnuckleBuckett on February 17, 2018, 08:45:00 AM »
Personally I think the need for the smart part of the TV is overblown.  TV companies still have not learned to do the smart part well.  This is compared to the external devices that do it well, are relatively inexpensive, and can be upgraded over the life of the TV.  We use a Roku and there are plenty of other similar units.  Get a TV for video and leave the audio and smarts to those who do it well.

Open Discussion / Re: New TV
« Last post by charlie on February 16, 2018, 05:53:14 PM »
There's no web browser on this is there?
Open Discussion / Re: New TV
« Last post by ober on February 16, 2018, 12:29:53 PM »
Open Discussion / Re: New TV
« Last post by micah on February 16, 2018, 12:08:44 PM »
do the 4k tv's do upconverstion? and if so, perhaps that's part of why content creators don't bother with the added cost on their end?
Open Discussion / Re: New TV
« Last post by ober on February 16, 2018, 08:11:26 AM »
Yeah, I listened to a podcast about that recently and I just think there hasn't been enough people that have upgraded to 4K sets to make it worthwhile.  And streaming 4K content, which is how I think most people watch anything now, is difficult due to size and bandwidth limitations.  It's not really all that surprising if you think about it but I do think it will happen.
Open Discussion / Re: New TV
« Last post by KnuckleBuckett on February 16, 2018, 07:33:49 AM »
Nice.  Prices are through the floor these days.  Anyone notice years and years later still remarkably little 4K content?
Open Discussion / New TV
« Last post by ober on February 15, 2018, 08:30:25 AM »
I had gotten a 'retention bonus' from my previous company which was a thousand shares that I had to hold for a bit so they'd vest and I also had to be at the company until they vested.  I did all that and they were finally released to me late last year and I was finally able to sell them for a decent little profit.  Not groundbreaking, but it sort of made up for all the raises and christmas bonuses I didn't get while I was at that company.

Anyways, that's not the point of the thread.  My wife and I decided to get a bigger tv with some of the money.  Our current tv is a 42" that's almost 9 years old.  It's still great and looks good but I wanted to go a little bigger and get something a little more modern.  So I did some research.  We really like the Roku platform and last year we bought a small 32" TCL brand tv for our bedroom.  It's ok and the picture quality is pretty good but we love the fact that the Roku is built into the TV and with our current setup using Spectrum's streaming app for live tv and then Netflix/Amazon/whatever... it's really kind of perfect.

So I started looking at bigger tvs assuming that the larger TCL tvs would be nice but not look as great as some of the other sets on the market.  But after looking for a long time, I narrowed it down to a Samsung and a TCL model.  The TCL model had a lot of reviews that kept saying how all these people did tons of research and kept coming back to it.  So in the end, I was convinced.  TCL 55" 4K UHD tv is what we got and it arrived last night.  I set it up and it's fucking beautiful :)  It's so nice to be back to a single remote for everything and the picture quality is amazing.  I've never had a tv before that when it 'cut to black' that the tv basically disappeared.  It literally looks like the tv turns off when it goes to commercial and the screen is black for a second.  And the colors/picture are amazing.  And Jesus the roku interface is just awesome.  It reminds me of the Tivo interface in a lot of ways in terms of the ease of use.

Anyways, just thought I'd throw out a recommendation.
Open Discussion / Re: Hardcore History
« Last post by KnuckleBuckett on February 04, 2018, 05:10:07 AM »
These are nothing short of amazing.
Open Discussion / Hardcore History
« Last post by Jake on February 03, 2018, 11:23:02 PM »
The podcast hardcore history has taken over my free time (as well as during chore time). It is just wonderful and if you like history, you should like this! He has a special way of story telling that not only draws you in but is thoughtful and mostly unbiased. I am currently listening to the "Blue Print for Armageddon" - it is a several part series and each part is north of 3 hours. So be ready for that. And I can only do mindless chores while listening to it (like dishes, or folding laundry) because I end up rewinding quite a bit otherwise.

Even if you never liked history in school. You should give this a try.

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