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what is the cheapest way to turn a TV into a smart tv?


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#1 chugg

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 02:41 AM

I just got a new TV and it was advertised as a smart TV but it wasn't.  I know that there are a few options to turn it into a smart Tv but I wanted to post here and find the most cost effective way.  Thanks in advance for your help.  Thanks!



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Posted 01 December 2016 - 03:00 AM

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You could try a Raspberry Pi, They are very cheap.

 

What if you could turn your dumb TV into a smart TV for only about $35-$45?

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 10:44 AM

If you don't like to/want to go the more "tinker"/"requires work" route of a Raspberry Pi, then there are plenty of "off the shelf" consumer streaming devices such as Fire TV, Roku, AppleTV, Chromecast, etc.

There are then many levels of streaming devices that range from about $30 (for a Roku Express on Amazon) on up. It will depend on what features you want (i.e. do you want 4K? etc) and what streaming services you want access to and what type of connection to the TV you have (typically HDMI if a newer TV)...and how much you want to pay. For example, an AppleTV is the only option that will allow access to iTunes content (exception being music, which is now sold in unprotected form that can be used with any device), but then does not have an Amazon video or audio app.

The cheapest options that I am aware of will be the Roku Express ($30), Roku Streaming Stick ($50), FireTV Stick ($40), and Chromecast ($35). Note that all of these options only use an HDMI connection.

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 12:46 PM

And they require subscriptions to the services like Netflix.  Roku is the best imo.



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Posted 01 December 2016 - 01:14 PM

And they require subscriptions to the services like Netflix.


As would many of the "apps" built into an actual smart TV.




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