Consumers Using Smart TVs for Watching, Not Facebook

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I rarely watch TV anymore. Sick of the commercials, I don't want to be forced to watch 2-3 minutes of crap to get back to my show.

So thankfully I can watch movies on demand at a click of a button, same with TV shows, everything. Its a glorious thing.
 

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[citation][nom]sacre[/nom]I rarely watch TV anymore. Sick of the commercials, I don't want to be forced to watch 2-3 minutes of crap to get back to my show. So thankfully I can watch movies on demand at a click of a button, same with TV shows, everything. Its a glorious thing.[/citation]
42 minutes of TV show
18 minutes of commercials
every hour
thank god for torrented TV shows where some bright spark has de-commercialised every episode
by the way seeing as I pay for cable TV already you can stick your anti-piracy ourage up your ass
 

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Now I can only give up Blu Ray if they can match the quality for downloadable movies. I cant current downloadable/stream services.
 

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[citation][nom]Parsian[/nom]Now I can only give up Blu Ray if they can match the quality for downloadable movies. I cant current downloadable/stream services.[/citation]
Movies can get streamed in 1080p, you just need to let it buffer a bit before playing if your don't have really fast internet, or if you mean you can't download at all then get the internet, it's really cool and they have loads of videos of cute cats
 

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[citation][nom]sacre[/nom]I rarely watch TV anymore. Sick of the commercials, I don't want to be forced to watch 2-3 minutes of crap to get back to my show. So thankfully I can watch movies on demand at a click of a button, same with TV shows, everything. Its a glorious thing.[/citation]

I usually watch PBS because it's the only interesting channel that isn't loaded with 20 minutes of ads for 40 minutes of some content...
 

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Majority of people don't have the internet needed to stream video like that in high def. Suggesting they wait for it to buffer is a bit ridiculous because chances are you'll be wasting as much time sitting around staring at an un-moving picture as you would looking at commercials. You'd be surprised by how many people don't have internet, let alone internet of sufficient quality to stream media. My family lives on Florida's Gulf Coast. We have the highest speed internet service available in the area and if two people try to stream video at the same time, no one can use the internet at all, let alone actually watch the video because the stream slows down so much.

In general there are so many alternate devices for Facebook or Twitter, anyone who seriously bought one of these TVs thinking they'd use it for that was fooling themselves to help justify buying something new and flashy they probably didn't need. Smart TVs are one of those things where they thought of combining like technology into one space, but did not offer any appreciable benefit through that unity.
 

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[citation][nom]drosencraft[/nom]My family lives on Florida's Gulf Coast. We have the highest speed internet service available in the area and if two people try to stream video at the same time, no one can use the internet at all, let alone actually watch the video because the stream slows down so much[/citation]
Cool story bro
So, large Amish community down there?
 

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[citation][nom]back_by_demand[/nom]Movies can get streamed in 1080p, you just need to let it buffer a bit before playing if your don't have really fast internet, or if you mean you can't download at all then get the internet, it's really cool and they have loads of videos of cute cats[/citation]

The video may technically be the same resolution, but the high compression used on streaming video makes for a noticeably worse picture quality than Blu-Ray. Not to mention that even though some of the streaming services offer Dolby 5.1 surround (often at a lower bit-rate than on DVD), none currently offer Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD. And yes, if you have a decent surround sound system, it is quite easy to tell the difference there as well.

Don't get me wrong, streaming is great. It's awesome to have a wealth of content at the click of a button. But, for any of my favorite movies, I much prefer to own and watch them on a Blu-Ray disc to enjoy the higher quality video and audio.
 

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I own a nice Smart TV and I have to admit I never use it for anything that a normal TV has. I suppose if all the PCs, tablets, and even my fridge goes online and can sends tweets on twitter for so ungodly reason. If all those go maybe I'll actually use my smart TV as a smart TV.
 

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SmartTVs just seem like a gimicky way for companies like Google and Apple to see what you'd really do with a TV, even if it does have more capability.
 

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[citation][nom]mgolus[/nom]The video may technically be the same resolution, but the high compression used on streaming video makes for a noticeably worse picture quality than Blu-Ray. Not to mention that even though some of the streaming services offer Dolby 5.1 surround (often at a lower bit-rate than on DVD), none currently offer Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD. And yes, if you have a decent surround sound system, it is quite easy to tell the difference there as well.Don't get me wrong, streaming is great. It's awesome to have a wealth of content at the click of a button. But, for any of my favorite movies, I much prefer to own and watch them on a Blu-Ray disc to enjoy the higher quality video and audio.[/citation]

This is what I keep having to tell people. Just because something is of the same technical resolution does not mean it's the same quality. BR is such a large increase in quality (provided you have the appropriate home setup) that I only like to watch movies in BR now. Downloaded movies just don't have the same level of quality in them.
 
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I have 2 nice Samsung led smart tvs a 55" and a 40". Never used the smart feature on either of them. I did away with my cable box last year as I can watch all my shows torrented online without commercials and in HD. I have a 30" desktop display and my 40" hooked to the PC also so watching them and doing things online is easy. Screw commercials, the only ones I watch at all are a few decent ones from the SuperBowl which I can also download online.
 

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[citation][nom]palladin9479[/nom]This is what I keep having to tell people. Just because something is of the same technical resolution does not mean it's the same quality. BR is such a large increase in quality (provided you have the appropriate home setup) that I only like to watch movies in BR now. Downloaded movies just don't have the same level of quality in them.[/citation]

I recall demonstrating to a friend. I compressed a 1080p video from 1 GB to 50 MB. It was extremely obvious that it was compressed, despite being the same resolution.
 

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Yep, and I have three smart TVs, one of them three years old now. All of them were purchased for their performance specs and price balance, not their apps. None of them have ever seen FB or Netflix. As the article states, gaming consoles can do all the streaming and email/social apps if you don't feel like pulling them up on your countless other gadgets, not the least of which are your smart phone, tablet, and laptop. It is a waste to have these apps on HDTVs for most households already overloaded with tech-app gadgets, and does nothing but justify higher prices from the manufacturer as an "upgrade" model.
 

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So, where is the keyboard, oh great ones, or please explain, what does one do on FB without one?

People use TV for what's it's good to use, very surprising.
 

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They have added a lot of features to your regular TV. Often times, people who buy TV's really just use them for watching shows or playing games.
 
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