Friday, June 26, 2015

Smart TVs: Not As Smart As They Think They Are!

From the time they first appeared on the market, I wanted a smart TV. Recently, we finally got one. Now I can't wait to replace it.



We've had it a few months now. At first, it was great, easy to use, convenient. I love the large screen, the incredibly clear picture, the easy access to the streaming menu.

Scratch that last part.

Last week, our smart TV went over to the Dark Side.


We had just started to watch a program when the trouble started. The picture stalled repeatedly--not buffering, just stalling. Then, that annoying spinning icon I hate so passionately on our computer appeared on the TV screen.




That's always bad news.

We never got to watch that program. Collin spent most of the evening trying to determine what was wrong and then trying to correct it. He tried turning the TV off, then back on again. Then he tried unplugging it for a few minutes. After that, he did a factory reset that made it necessary to re-enter all of our passwords.



Even after all of that, we were still unable to access the streaming channels.

Finally, he got it back on track. But by then, I'd had enough. We're planning to get a TV with a larger screen for the living room, and he'll take this monster into his bedroom. I told him I'd prefer to not get another smart TV. No...next time around, I want the dumbest boob tube we can find!



22 comments:

  1. Yep. Sometimes smart isn't the best bet!

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    1. I turned it on to check storm location before waking Collin for breakfast, and was informed that a new software update had been installed.

      That's almost never good news....

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    2. Here I can leave a comment. Blogger isn't all that smart either. Anyway, I avoid turning on my Smart TV as much as possible. Although, I think I will be watching that new series on Sunday night, on AMC, HUMANS. Looks interesting.

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    3. We're TV junkies. First one up in the morning turns it on and the last one to bed turns it off.

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  2. Totally agree Norma. My flat screen is fairly basic, although I think it can do clever things, I'm just not that interested . I don't watch enough TV to worry about much more than switching it on and off :)

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    1. I do like the new flatscreens--they're so lightweight, they're easy to move if needed. But we've gone through three flatscreens in the past six years, while Collin's old TV--and by "old" I mean at least 15 years--is still going strong.

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  3. I sometimes hate technology. But I know if I don't at least try to keep up with it, I'll be forever lost!

    We have a Roku, but we sometimes have the same problem, esp during the 7-9 pm time period. We changed internet providers and it's helped some.

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    1. We're going to switch providers, too--out of necessity. Ours sold out to another company, so we have to line up a new one by November 6th.

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  4. The spinning icon. I'd love to deck the person who invented it, but odds are someone's already killed them.

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    1. I used to hate the little hourglass. Then it was replaced with the spinning icon, which I hate even more.

      Somebody's probably already killed them!

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  5. I've heard the smart TVs can also listen to everything you are saying, so don't give away any plot ideas!

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    1. If they've been listening to our conversations, they must be bored to death by now.

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  6. Yeahhhh sometimes I'm a bit of a gadget fan but technology get can a little bit too big for it's britches sometimes. I have a pretty old TV but it does everything I want it to :)

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    1. I think the old ones are the most durable, Aimee!

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  7. ummmmmm I despise that twirly symbol... if that was on my TV I would be afraid I would put my foot through the screen. Since I have comcast the most money grubbing horrible cable company ever, I see that symbol way to much. I have almost ripped the cable and wires out of the wall many times.
    I have an old flat screen thin TV and it is over 10 + years and works just fine. Son wants to get a new one but this one works just fine for me.
    Now thanks to you, I know not to get a smart TV. I just want a TV !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Plus I think of you and Collin everyday. Why ?
      Because I see the Minions commercial for their movie on TV !

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    2. The Minions are everywhere, Gayle. With their new movie coming out in a couple of weeks, you'll be seeing even more of them.

      Since my Minion Mayhem blog post has now had 10,816 pageviews, you'll be seeing more of them here, too. I'll be reviewing their movie and doing a bit of fanfiction involving possible supervillains for them to work for!

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  8. Our TV is more than 15 years old. It still works, we have antenna. That's about as smart as I want to get.

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    1. We have an old TV, too--and it still works perfectly!

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  9. I will stick with the "dumb" TVs/

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    1. Same here. I am no longer sure having devices that are smarter than I am is such a good idea.

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  10. I've not heard of smart tv, before this post.

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