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WiFi? BluRay? Roku? DVR? Internet Browser?: Please help! I am confused!


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Initial post: Apr 2, 2012 11:38:45 PM PDT
pq says:
I need help-I have spent a LOT of time trying to educate myself, and am now more confused! So here is what I would like to do, and I am hoping some smart person can inform me, please:

I am going to buy a new TV, and I would like to get rid of a cable box and DVR that I previously used on the old TV in this room. (I will still have Time Warner Cable that can be connected to this TV, and 3 other TV's in the house).

So I would like to find a way to schedule ahead of time- and record - TV programs that I can eventually watch on this new TV.

I have a desktop computer (with Windows XP) that I could record TV shows on (I THINK?- does a desktop need a TV TUNER to pick up network TV shows/series???).

Also, I have WIFI throughout the house. I would like to wirelessly connect the new TV to whatever I will be using to record my TV shows.
Also, I would like the new TV to be able to get INTERNET TV wirelessly (and it would be nice if I could get an internet browser on the TV, but not necessary). If needed, as a last resort, I could get a laptop with Windows 7 if that works better for recording TV shows.

So should I get a blu-ray player with built in wifi, and connect it to the TV, or would a ROKU be better?

What else do I need to buy to to get the internet wirelessly to the new TV?

What do I need to buy, and connect, to record TV shows/series so that I will be able to watch them wirelessly on the new TV?

I will be so grateful for your input and suggestions!
Thank you!

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 12:50:45 PM PDT
J. Sussman says:
As far as i'm aware their are currently only a very few TV"s with a built in DVR and LG is the one whom makes such TV's. So you might be stuck with the DVR unless you are willing to splurge and spend the extra cash to get such a feature.

As far as the WIFI feature on the TV goes, this is where it can get kind of confusing. Their is either WIFI-ready TV's or WIFI-built in TV's. The difference being with the WIFI-ready you would have to buy a WIFI adapter for your TV, or use a Ethernet cable to hook it up to the TV. But a WIFI-Built in TV you do not have to buy a WIFI-adapter.

On the note of web browser you are kind of limited, because the number of TV's with web browser is not extremely large and those with web browsing are usually the higher end models with 1080p, 3D etc. The bigger size of the TV though the more available web browsing is going to be.

As far as what you need to buy to get the internet wirelessly connected to the TV will all depend on you and your'e price range. If you choose to go the cheapest route you could buy a Blu-ray player with build in WIFI as you were saying earlier. Otherwise the 2 other options are going to be buying either a WIFI-built in TV or a WIFI-ready TV, and if you went with the WIFI-ready you would still have to buy the WIFI-adapter.

My suggestion to you would be to splurge a little bit and find a TV with Built in WIFI.

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 11:47:49 AM PDT
do tv's with built in wifi STILL have to be connected to a dvd/blu-ray player with a hdmi cord or can you get past this? are any stereos built in wifi? i don't like cords, and im trying to fit this in a small space, which would be made limitlessly easier if they didn't all need to be connected near each other (like printers, i guess)

Posted on Aug 5, 2012 9:13:35 PM PDT
J. Sussman says:
Blu Ray/DVD players still need to be connected to the TV with some form of cable. As far as stereos with built in WIFI, I don't believe their are any that are completely cordless some systems have one or two wireless speakers but the base still has to be connected to the TV with a form of cable. And the ones that have some wireless speakers are usually on the higher end of the price scale, for most people not really worth it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 11:56:55 PM PDT
thank you so much! umm do you happen to know good brands of tv? shrug? is samsung ok? i've heard not much good about LG, but i have no clue really.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 11:35:32 PM PDT
T. Noll says:
My LG blew up totally after 22 months--screen blew which blew the controller board--which IS the tv. So replacing the controller $450 could not fix the blown chip of the screen.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 4:40:16 PM PDT
Is there a full list of terms, maybe grouped, as to most important to "folks like me?"

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 1:50:24 AM PST
If I get a wifi-enabled tv like LG Infinia, would I need a roku or Apple Tv box? Is there anything extra(other than possibly more content) that I get with these boxes ? The most important tungbfor me is to stream from my pc, Mac, and iPad - can I do these with any Wifi-enabled Tv?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 4:59:16 PM PST
J. Sussman says:
The only way that I am aware of for you to connect a TV with a Mac, without having to hook up wires is with a Apple TV.
If that is your most important factor I would recommend buying Apple TV solely for doing that.

Otherwise their is essentially no need to buy either a Roku, Apple TV or a Blu-ray player unless your LG TV doesn't have a wide array of apps such as Netflix, Hulu etc. or a full web browser. The amount of Apps will depend on the make of your TV and model, most manufacturers have a app store built into the TV so you can download new apps when they are released though. As far as ease of use and speed, I prefer using a laptop hooked up to TV for doing any web browsing rather than having to use the remote and the fairly slow processing speed of the TV.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 5:04:12 PM PST
J. Sussman says:
Samsung, Panasonic, Sharp and Sony are my "Top" 4 list for the most part however this generally differs among whom you talk to.

Always best to read reviews rather than just say I must have a certain brand since not all TV's within a brand are created equal.

You can always have a dud in any brand though, iv'e seen multiple times where this has happened with the first week of even huge name brands.
Suppose that's electronics for you though.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 9:50:11 AM PST
A. Curtis says:
I have wi fi coming from Cox to the tv. Problem installing wi fi dvr,? any special suggestion?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2014 12:11:32 PM PST
The best brand of TV in my opinion is the Panasonic Plasma. I have had a 50" Plasma since 2006 running 20 hrs per day and there has never been a problem. I now own 4 Panasonic plasma TV's and have never had a problem with any of them.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 8:24:28 AM PDT
M. Chalifoux says:
A friend asked me if she should get a blu ray or roku box. I have the blue ray and it looks like the roku offers more, but is it worth the additional cost?
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