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Looking at buying a new tv for the first time in around 7/8 years. My LG 42LM seems to have decided it no longer wants to play YouTube videos (considering my kid gets to it play inane glorified toy commercials, I don’t entirely blame it).

However, the time is upon me to finally upgrade but frankly there’s a lot of options.

Looking at something around £700-800, probably no bigger than 49 inches. But IF there’s real benefits to go higher in price I’m happy to hear them. 

I was thinking maybe a Sony Bravia KD49 which looks like I could buy with a 5 year guarantee for £800 (49 inch). It’s smart 4K ultra HD and a few other letters as well.

However, is it worth waiting for Black Friday/cyber Monday? I’ve never gone in for those deals so unaware of how much benefit there would be in waiting a month.

 

Any suggestions welcome, but keeping in mind I am an idiot at this sort of thing, please feel free to.... 

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12 hours ago, Mark Albrighton said:

My LG 42LM seems to have decided it no longer wants to play YouTube videos

My telly

stopped doing that a while back - the various limited number of internet app things like iPlayer, YouTube, amazon, etc. stopped working, but it's otherwise perfectly fine as a telly. I thought about replacing it, but instead got a gubbins (Google/Amazon/Apple etc. make them) for internet streaming stuff. Much cheaper than replacing the telly just because its software is ancient..

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13 hours ago, Mark Albrighton said:

Looking at buying a new tv for the first time in around 7/8 years. My LG 42LM seems to have decided it no longer wants to play YouTube videos (considering my kid gets to it play inane glorified toy commercials, I don’t entirely blame it).

However, the time is upon me to finally upgrade but frankly there’s a lot of options.

Looking at something around £700-800, probably no bigger than 49 inches. But IF there’s real benefits to go higher in price I’m happy to hear them. 

I was thinking maybe a Sony Bravia KD49 which looks like I could buy with a 5 year guarantee for £800 (49 inch). It’s smart 4K ultra HD and a few other letters as well.

However, is it worth waiting for Black Friday/cyber Monday? I’ve never gone in for those deals so unaware of how much benefit there would be in waiting a month.

 

Any suggestions welcome, but keeping in mind I am an idiot at this sort of thing, please feel free to.... 

trump GIF

I've been looking too, and my main port of call has been avforums. This thread and poster are excellent. He advises waiting until around Black Friday and/or Christmas sales - new TV models are released each year and it's around then that the prices seem to drop significantly, then they sometimes sell out quite widely before new models are released the following year. From my own experience though, there's often a lot of crap that gets reduced on Black Friday to pull people in, so I'd advise looking out for particular models.

I've decided to leave mine until next year when there's more choice of TVs with HDMI 2.1 for the next generation of consoles. I probably won't get one of those until late next year anyway so should have better options then.

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40 minutes ago, blandy said:

My telly

stopped doing that a while back - the various limited number of internet app things like iPlayer, YouTube, amazon, etc. stopped working, but it's otherwise perfectly fine as a telly. I thought about replacing it, but instead got a gubbins (Google/Amazon/Apple etc. make them) for internet streaming stuff. Much cheaper than replacing the telly just because its software is ancient..

Cheers mate, I bought an amazon fire stick for it a while back because the telly was no longer supported the apps so iplayer, YouTube etc had stopped working.
 

That solved the issue, but every so often (like last night) I have issues where YouTube won’t play. The iplayer was working fine, likewise the itv player. But YouTube would load, start playing the video, then freeze. Can’t explain it.

To confuse things further, today it’s working fine :wacko:

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14 minutes ago, Mark Albrighton said:

YouTube would load, start playing the video, then freeze. Can’t explain it.

To confuse things further, today it’s working fine :wacko:

Sounds like that's to do with the Youtube app on the fire stick, if everything else is fine, maybe?

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1 minute ago, blandy said:

Sounds like that's to do with the Youtube app on the fire stick, if everything else is fine, maybe?

Quite possibly, in fairness the others apps can be spotty from time to time but YouTube is the main culprit. 

I’m going to investigate to see if there are any obvious solutions to fix it so the next time I run into a difficulty with it, I’ll try those.

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I've gone Chinese...company called TCL, 55" QLED 4K 7 series blah blah blah

was £900 but a weekend no VAT + other sale thing meant I got it for £400 which I couldn't complain at

not a clue if they're any good, the write ups are ok, suggest that they can mass produce them which keeps them aggressively cheap on purpose, my quest to get a PS5 TV was a bit futile as there was loads of pros and cons floating around and a lot of money, I think the jump from 1080 to 4k will gloss over any insufficiencies from it anyway (not that I have loads of 4k devices or internet good enough to stream 4k...)

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On 28/10/2020 at 03:55, villa4europe said:

I've gone Chinese...company called TCL, 55" QLED 4K 7 series blah blah blah

was £900 but a weekend no VAT + other sale thing meant I got it for £400 which I couldn't complain at

not a clue if they're any good, the write ups are ok, suggest that they can mass produce them which keeps them aggressively cheap on purpose, my quest to get a PS5 TV was a bit futile as there was loads of pros and cons floating around and a lot of money, I think the jump from 1080 to 4k will gloss over any insufficiencies from it anyway (not that I have loads of 4k devices or internet good enough to stream 4k...)

TCL is great. I remember the 6 series being excellent bang for buck when I was buying a TV 2 years ago, unfortunately it was out of stock everywhere at the time. Haven't heard of the 7 series but I imagine it to be similar.

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From what I can gather the 7 isn't sold everywhere but you can get the 8, the 8 was £300 more and I think the main difference was the speaker quality which didn't bother me

I think on the continent it comes with android TV whereas in the UK it doesn't, I can imagine that makes a big difference 

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1 hour ago, villa4europe said:

From what I can gather the 7 isn't sold everywhere but you can get the 8, the 8 was £300 more and I think the main difference was the speaker quality which didn't bother me

I think on the continent it comes with android TV whereas in the UK it doesn't, I can imagine that makes a big difference 

I remember them having the Roku interface, which seemed the cleanest and most convenient at the time. I heard of issues with Android TV being slow and other things but it might have cleared up since then.

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After a couple of hours playing with it what I would recommend is putting something with Attenborough on

Watched a bit of 7 continents 1 planet or whatever its called and it was incredible for the 4k, blew the other stuff I watched out of the water, felt like a huge jump in quality 

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Bought me a new smart Samsung teevee having previously been on a 30' Sony Experia for the last 13 years.

Being connected and such, are there any apps that people recommend other the the standard (youtube/apple/netflix etc)?

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22 minutes ago, villakram said:

Bought me a new smart Samsung teevee having previously been on a 30' Sony Experia for the last 13 years.

Being connected and such, are there any apps that people recommend other the the standard (youtube/apple/netflix etc)?

kodi...

i've put plex on mine but if im honest i cant get the most out of it

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