Smart TV Question...

Discussion in 'The Tiki Bar' started by MonacoMike, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    I bought a TCL 43 TV for our exercise room based on numerous articles raving about the product. I usually have purchased Samsung TV's in the past.

    After I set it up i began looking for the internet browser, I assumed, because all my other TV's had a browser that was a standard part of a "smart" TV. Wrong! The TCL does all of its streaming through Roku and does not have a full featured browser. You can subscribe to one at $4.99 per month. Not happening.

    In our office we us the browsers all the time to display various things, I also use the browser to access YouTube so I do not join Google. I'm not sure if I need a browser at this point but for future use I am thinking of returning to Costco and getting a Samsung for about $50 more. Am I being silly on this or thinking smart for future flexibility?

    MM
     
  2. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Samsung
     
  3. scooper321

    scooper321 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    "Shenanigans", 2003 Sea Ray 400DB
    "Lollygagger", 2003 Sea Ray 320DA (listed for sale)
    Twin Cummins 6CTA-8.3
    Despite good reviews, I have not found Roku TV’s to be an enjoyable experience. Starting with power on, the one I have defaults to a menu of apps: cable, antenna, YouTube, etc. I don’t want a menu when I turn on a tv. I want a tv. I’ll press other buttons if I want to change the source or run an app. And I certainly wouldn’t buy a tv that required a subscription. I’ve had good luck with Samsung for picture quality. And I do like the Visio smart tv’s I have. I’m actually in the market for a 70” for home and I saw the TCL’s. Great picture reviews, but I discounted them the minute i learned they were Roku TV’s.
     
  4. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Personally I prefer external devices for browsing or streaming. Maybe a FireTV stick or better yet a NUC or tiny computer.

    -Kevin
     
  5. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

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    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    The problem with most so-called smart TVs is they are only as smart as whatever deals the manufacturer made with streaming providers. You're better off getting a generic TV and hooking up an AppleTV or an Android TV box. You can then install whatever streaming apps you want. (Netflix, Roku, Amazon Prime, etc.) As your needs change, in the future, you can add and remove apps at will.
     
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  6. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    +1. Samsung.
     
  7. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    Thanks guys, seems like back it goes...

    MM
     
  8. LUnaCY

    LUnaCY Active Member

    157
    Aug 28, 2018
    Afton, MN
    310 Sundancer 2002. Mercruiser 5.0 MPI Bravo III
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI Bravo III
    I’m happier with my Vizios than my Samsungs. Not as expensive and better usable features. I have 2 of each, one Samsung is a higher end from Best Buy’s Magnolia department and I will never go down than road again.
     
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  9. dtfeld

    dtfeld Water Contrails

    Jun 5, 2016
    Milton, GA
    410 Sundancer
    2001
    Axiom 12 MFD
    Cat 3126 V-Drives
    I just bought a second Samsung, primarily because the new one will have the same interface as the first one. Picture quality is good for small TV, butI think Visio has the ability to cast from ipads and androids, and that is a feature I wish I had. Samsung, you need its own app.
     
  10. Irie308

    Irie308 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

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    May 28, 2013
    CT
    2004 420 Sedan Bridge, GHS Hydraulic Lift
    Dual Raymarine E120W
    AB Mares 10 VSX with 30 hp Tohatsu
    Cummins 450C 8.3 L Turbocharged
    Purchased the TCL first for the size as I didn’t want it to stick out too far from the wall in the salon. For our purpose we wanted the apps as we are not using the TV input. So far I’m very happy with it and the fact that it comes with the Roku app. Have been trialing the PlayStation Vue app and am very happy with it as well. I like that one remote allows me to control the app and the TV. My 7 yo can pick up the remote and go straight to YouTube. Have Samsung TV at home and didn’t like that I couldn’t download the PS vue app. So I guess it all depends on how you intend to use.
     
  11. Craig

    Craig Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    432
    Feb 8, 2007
    Maryland
    2006 320 Sundancer
    twin 350 Horizon V drives
    Always had good luck with Vizio. The smartcast feature works satisfactorily for me. Affordable too.
     
  12. Todd320

    Todd320 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    Software on Smart TVs is horrendous from a security standpoint. I don’t connect my tvs to the internet, use a dedicated device you can upgrade/swap out without needing to replace the tv. We need TVs to have great pictures, the device connected can be swapped out if new features are needed and find one you can trust the security on. AppleTV is my choice, but the Google/amazon choices are fine as well.
     
  13. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    640 hp (Total)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    i have 3 Amazon Fire TV Sticks including 2 new 4K generation sticks...i use them even though all of the TV's are 'smart'....i like the flexibility of the sticks vs. what is loaded on the TV's from the manufacturer.....

    cliff
     
  14. hblock72

    hblock72 Member SILVER Sponsor

    177
    May 11, 2009
    Salisbury, NC (High Rock Lake)
    2007 185 sport w/wakeboard package
    4.3 TKS
    I also recently bought a 43" TCL for the bedroom. I too was surprised it didn't have an internet browser, but since I rarely use that on a tv, it wasn't a deal breaker for me. I actually like the user interface on the Roku better than my other Samsungs.

    Scooper: in the settings you can select what the tv defaults to on power up. I didn't like going to the menu screen either, so mine now goes right to the antenna and instantly displays the broadcast.
     
  15. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island. N.Y.
    2005 500DB
    Furuno Tztouch2 12” MFD x2
    Furuno NXT radar
    Furuno Navpilot
    QSM11's,
    Honda 30HP
    Sea Doo 90 HP H.O.
    I added Apple TV and google chromecast to the TVs on the boat so we have 2 choices for streaming. My hotspot drops to 3g so we can’t stream video but we have a computer onboard with a hardrive with 300+ movies that I can cast to any tv or you can cast from your device. We rarely watch tv but I like to have it set up in case...
    At home we have Samsung and Sony both great the only streaming is my wife on Netflix we don’t use devices at home.
     
  16. scooper321

    scooper321 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    754
    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    "Shenanigans", 2003 Sea Ray 400DB
    "Lollygagger", 2003 Sea Ray 320DA (listed for sale)
    Twin Cummins 6CTA-8.3
    Thanks. To be honest, I haven’t looked tooo much into the settings. I thought it seemed strange not to have that. I shall look further!
     
  17. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Me too!
    I’ve got an 80” 4K Vizio in the basement. Liked it so much that when I was shopping to update the TV’s on the boat I replaced those with Vizio’s too.
    The Samsung’s are really good too, but I kind of like the Vizio’s just a little bit better.
     
  18. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    I used to be a Vizio fan, but have swapped to Samsung. The speaker system on the Samsung is far ahead of the Vizio. I bought a 43” Samsung that mounts to the roof of my cockpit and we watch football either out in the water or from the dock and the sound is amazing!
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  19. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    There’s no problem with the sound from the 80” Vizio in my basement because it is hooked up to a surround and sub woofer.
    No problem with the sound on the 24” Vizio’s in the forward and aft cabins on the boat either because the spaces are small enough that they provide plenty of sound to fill them.
    The 24” Vizio over the fridge in the salon can sometimes use a bit of a boost. Thinking of hooking it up to have the option to run the sound through the stereo, or maybe connecting a small sound bar up to it and stashing it on the shelf over the galley.
     
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  20. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    We have a 32” Vizio in the salon and runs Dish Network at the dock. DVR has Bluetooth and connects easily to the JBL Bluetooth device hooked to the aux on the Clarion CMD4. So much better than the TV speakers. The Samsung in the cockpit can be heard all over the dock during football season.

    Bennett
     

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