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    What do I need to look out for?

    I was looking at a Samsung but a lot of reviews complained about the Netflix app being slow or cutting out. Also, people thought the tv was totally internet ready to later find out they had to purchase a separate part which was $50-$80.

    As long as it says built-in wifi will a separate part not be needed?

    I have a Linksys wireless router. Also have a Roku in another room and am unsure I want to buy another if I can just get the tv with all of the options built in. It will mainly be used for Netflix and Pandora I think.
    Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyways--Mary Kay Ash

    #2
    Originally posted by november View Post
    What do I need to look out for?

    I was looking at a Samsung but a lot of reviews complained about the Netflix app being slow or cutting out. Also, people thought the tv was totally internet ready to later find out they had to purchase a separate part which was $50-$80.

    As long as it says built-in wifi will a separate part not be needed?

    I have a Linksys wireless router. Also have a Roku in another room and am unsure I want to buy another if I can just get the tv with all of the options built in. It will mainly be used for Netflix and Pandora I think.
    Make sure it is built in. For example this tv: http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-TC-L...8008480&sr=8-4

    Is "wifi ready" meaning you have to buy a separate WiFi usb stick where this one has built in WiFi: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00752RAWW

    I like Panasonic TVs, but I haven't really looked at other ones.

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      #3
      We have a 37" Panasonic LED Viera that's connected via ethernet. It works well.

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        #4
        I have several TV's with internet. The once in my home office gets Netflix, etc via the Blu Ray player. My other 2 (bedroom and living room) were Wifi ready. The Wifi receiver is built in and no additional device is needed as long as you have wireless internet in your home. I have had my Samsung in my bedroom for a number of years and have had no problems with Netflix or Hulu.
        Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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          #5
          I have this: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-UN55D7.../dp/B004O6MN7O

          It has a wireless network adapter built in, and connects to a wireless router as easily as a laptop, phone, etc. Netflix performance is more dependent upon the speed of your broadband connection through your ISP.

          Since it's connected to my Wifi network, I use my phone as a remote. :-) I love the TV, but, if I finish 25th grade this summer, I might get this year's voice control model.

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            #6
            Novie, can you provide us a link to this Samsung TV? I purchased a Vizio Smart TV for my bedroom. I also may use it as a computer monitor, hence the size, 26 inches. It has built-in Wi-Fi along with Netflix, Hulu, and plenty of apps for watching TV. Using this TV for Netflix is brain-dead simple. I would've preferred LED backlit instead of LED edgelit, but I'm not watching a whole lot of TV in this room. The audio is not very good so I hooked up a pair of Audioengine A5 Powered Speakers . With this TV I don't need to buy any extra adapters. I do use a Roku Player for my home theater in my living room.
            Last edited by PN; 26 May 2012, 10:36 PM.
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              #7
              Thanx everyone. I always come here for my tech questions.

              Here is an amazon link to the model. I believe Sears and Walmart have it for cheaper. It was another model that had the bad reviews, but now I see a few not so great reviews on this model on Amazon. Although, they seem to be user issues with not knowing how to program it possibly? I could look at other brands, but I've been pretty lucky with Samsung tvs as has my family.

              http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-UN46EH.../dp/B0074FGP4Y

              Can you actually pull up a web browser and surf the net on these tvs without hooking up your computer to it? I see this one isn't compatible w/ wireless keyboards.

              PN...don't know if I noted but this will be for a living room area/ home theater so hoping for decent sound etc too.
              Last edited by november; 27 May 2012, 2:32 AM.
              Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyways--Mary Kay Ash

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                #8
                Originally posted by november View Post
                PN...don't know if I noted but this will be for a living room area/ home theater so hoping for decent sound etc too.
                Samsung's a solid brand -- I have a Vizio TV but have had a couple Samsung disc players, a DVD player and now a Bluray player that connects to the internet and does Netflix, Blockbuster, Youtube, and Pandora -- but Samsung TVs are supposed to be very good.

                From what I've researched, no flatscreen TV will have great sound, and you'll likely want external speakers eventually. You don't have to get those expensive speakers PN linked to (they cost more than his TV! lol) though I'm sure they sound great. I got a simple Altec Lansing speaker system (meant for computers) for under $40.00 that sound really good for my apartment (two speakers and a subwoofer). Of course, you can go all-out for a home theater surround sound system, but it depends on what you want and how much you want to spend.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Scorpion View Post
                  You don't have to get those expensive speakers PN linked to (they cost more than his TV! lol) though I'm sure they sound great.
                  Scorp, I had the speakers long before I purchased the TV. :-)

                  Now, is your Linksys router 802.11g or 802.11n? How far will the TV be from the router? The router may very well be a factor when streaming video to your TV. I experience minor buffering every now and then when streaming Netflix. In my case, I do not believe the stuttering or buffering of the video has anything to do with my router, but rather congestion on the Internet.
                  The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
                  --General George Patton

                  Complex problems need to be solved collectively.
                  ––Paul Nussbaum
                  usc87.blogspot.com

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                    #10
                    Rus, my Samsung flatscreen I have in another roon actually has decent sound. Funny though my bf has a Samsung that is a different model and smaller and his speakers sucked. He went all out with speakers and a subwoofer spending a lot. I don't need it too loud as I have neighbors very close by so will probably go your route if needed. Thank you for letting me know a cheaper system would work great.

                    PN, it's a G I guess? Looking all over it all I can see is that it says Wireless-G Broadband Router 2.4 GHz 54Mbps. The router will be in the same room so should work well. My roku is in an entirely different room further away and it hardly ever buffers while I'm watching anything and the rare occassion it does it's very quick.

                    What are your thoughts on the TV I linked? Can I browse the web on these internet connected tvs or just use the apps like Netflix etc? If I can, isn't it hard to type things out with just a remote?
                    Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyways--Mary Kay Ash

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by november View Post
                      PN, it's a G I guess? Looking all over it all I can see is that it says Wireless-G Broadband Router 2.4 GHz 54Mbps. The router will be in the same room so should work well. My roku is in an entirely different room further away and it hardly ever buffers while I'm watching anything and the rare occassion it does it's very quick.

                      What are your thoughts on the TV I linked? Can I browse the web on these internet connected tvs or just use the apps like Netflix etc? If I can, isn't it hard to type things out with just a remote?
                      Novie, I would've liked to have read some independent reviews on this TV from sources such as, PC mag, Home Theater Magazine, CNET, etc. I couldn't find anything other than the Amazon customer reviews. From what I could find out, this TV will allow you to do Internet searches. I was told that there is a pop-up QWERTY keyboard on the TV screen. You will need to use the TV remote to navigate or type. You cannot use a keyboard with this TV. You may be able to send and receive e-mails if there is an app available. The browser on this TV is going to be a more limited in function compared to your laptop. There are limitations. You will be able to participate in Facebook, watch YouTube, and any other Internet app that comes with this TV. However, Hulu, MLB, are examples of apps that you would have to purchase.

                      The overall specs on this TV are good. It is LED edge lit not backlit, but this is by no means a show stopper! In the specs there is no mention of viewing angles. Again, not a show stopper. Samsung is known for making some of the best TVs. They are a top-tier company. Amazon customer reviews in aggregate are very good. My guess is that you will be happy with this TV. At this time, I haven't had enough time to compare this model with competition. I saw 47 inch Panasonic TV over on slickdeals but it's no longer available for $800.

                      If you have any more questions just fire at will.
                      The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
                      --General George Patton

                      Complex problems need to be solved collectively.
                      ––Paul Nussbaum
                      usc87.blogspot.com

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                        #12
                        i like the simplest tv. no wifi or thrills. hook up my old hp dc7100 vga out to tv. also have 2 laptops with hdmi for high def movies but 95% of time you can't tell difference from vga or hdmi.
                        i also go for off brands. do research. most tv's come from 2-3 asian makers. i have a 46" sceptre in my sitting room wich is going to be moved to bedroom and replaced with 60" or better. sceptre uses sony tv reciever and excelent picture. also have auria 40" i purchased for my mother. perfect little tv.
                        take a chance on some of the off brands - you might be suprised. may be missing bells and whistles but once hooked up to a computer i'll put any up against samsung or vizio. or go ahead and buy for "brand snob" rights. my 2cents. donnie

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                          #13
                          I decided against a TV. Just too costly but the info was useful and will help in the future!
                          Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyways--Mary Kay Ash

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                            #14
                            I have a pair of Samsung 55" 240htz 3D HDTV's with 3D blu ray players connected to Yamaha Aventage Surround sound receivers, with Yamaha SACD CD players and all my Speakers and Subwoofers are Polk Audio, i have two exact duplicate systems one in the living room optimized for that space and the second one is in My Bedroom optimized for where my head is on the pillow of course and the living room also has an Xbox which i don't need in my bedroom and both systems are completely WiFi via my Apple Airport Extreme Base Ops Router and will access my netflix ,yahoo,slacker ,pandora and millions of other things including connecting my computer into my TV and using it as a file server for a huge slide show or playing my entire catalog of music on my HD which is over 3000 discs at this point, and nobody makes a usb card large enough to store that file with cd quality to just plug in.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Mike Honcho View Post
                              I have this: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-UN55D7.../dp/B004O6MN7O

                              It has a wireless network adapter built in, and connects to a wireless router as easily as a laptop, phone, etc. Netflix performance is more dependent upon the speed of your broadband connection through your ISP.

                              Since it's connected to my Wifi network, I use my phone as a remote. :-) I love the TV, but, if I finish 25th grade this summer, I might get this year's voice control model.
                              I have the same exact tv. It's a network tv. I have a network external hard drive that I connect to my router with music, photos, and videos. I can browse them wirelessly on this tv. I can also browse the videos, music and photos on all my laptops and desktop from this tv. The netflix connection has nothing to do with the tv. I think it has more to do with your internet speed.
                              The only feature that I don't use much is the 3d feature.
                              This tv is so slim. I have it hung on the living room wall with a cable mount from samsung and it looks like it's part of the wall.
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