I noticed they released newer model 2D/3D 2K/4K Blue Ray DVD player
with WiFi. When it is connected to dumb TV set, it performs the
function of smart TV like web surfing, music or video streaming, movie
watching, etc. Instead of replacing TV, I ordered one of those player
last night. Only 200.00, lot less money than replacing dumb TV set. Now
I can wait until UHD TV set price settles down.
This might be what I need, but I'm not sure. Is it? Right now I
have a DVDR feeding 8 tvs in 7 rooms and the attic. I thought a smart
tv would be great, since it would receive wifi programming, but since
the tvs have no output jacks afaict (except for sound) they won't
relay the programs they receive to any other tv, and to watch the
program I'd have to stay in the room with the smart tv.
Will this DVD player with wifi receive via Wifi whatever the smart tv
would?? and then output it to my chain of tv's?? Like the DVDR does.
That would be great if it did that.
I have an A-B switch to switch from the DVDR to a VCR. I could add a
second A-B switch (maybe one with remote control) or get an A-B-C
switch, or demote the VCR to unconnectable (least likely choice)
And you can get one of these to be able to control the setup from
another room. I don't know about for 8 rooms.
Of course, you should have an extra remote for each extender.
I agree. I bought a smart Samsung TV a year ago. The TV part is fine; but
accessing the internet or streaming services is slow electronically and slow
because of the awkward way the URLs, etc. have to be entered via the
keyboard on the remote. A separate device which can be more easily and less
expensively replaced when better ones are on the market is the way to do it.
I've even found it faster and easier to stream via Wi-Fi and an iPad and
plug the iPad into the TV.
My wife and I recently bought a Samsung (32") Smart TV as well. For
less than $350 it has an excellent picture and features. An extra 30
bucks for a wireless keypad is a huge improvement over using the
remote for a mouse/keyboard. As the tv is in our bedroom, it is very
rarely used for interent surfing... but's it's a nice option. Plug in the
and the tv pics up on the keyboard instantly.
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
I have had a PC hooked up to the TV in the living room for at least a
dozen years. It started out just as an MP3 player, using the TV for
the monitor and as online content became available it became a full
media center. Just about any Pentium you have laying around will be
fast enough for this.
Add a blue tooth keyboard and pointing device and you have full chair
side control. Put a TV capture card in it and you have full recording
capability from your cable/satellite provider. (but you will need a
better PC, dual core 3gz or so) I have not seen the need to record
streams but I assume that software is out there.
Is the wi-fi in the thing a receiver or broadcaster? In other words,
what's the purpose of the WiFi? Is it just a way to connect the TV to
the cable TV cable but thru wifi? Does teh "box" have a built in web
browser of some kind so that you can push a button on the remote and
surf your way to youtube (what would you use for the keyboard??)
It's so you can watch netflix, youtube.. etc.
it connects to your router.
My son just bought one... he didn't want a smart TV but I saw a Samsung
55 smart tv on sale... and it does a lot of neat things that he didn't
want but wound up playing with as soon as he set it up.
Those are good questions, that I should have asked. I asked a friend
last night about her smart tv, and she said the remote that came with
it included a keyboard, and the tv was a computer ( with a web
browser, connected to her network with wifi), that could navigate to
webpages, so one could watch any video that was on the web. That's
what I want.
If these DVD players don't have a keyboard/mouse remote, I don't see
how they can have the abilities of a smart tv like my friend's.
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