Questions about TVs and Buying

canadianvice

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Hello,

For the longest time my father has had a crappy, burned out Toshiba TV (avoid them like the plague! They've face class action lawsuits over this issue) but unfortunately his TV was outside of the qualifying serial nos. Busts his ass working, and so it's one of the few things he does to unwind after a hard day and it's not very fair he has to put up with that.

Anyhow, he's turning 60 this june and I would very much like to get him a new one as a birthday present, one of the few things I'm sure he'd put to fitting use. So, with that in mind, I have a few key questions:

- Is 4K actually going to be a thing anytime soon? Thus far, every broadcaster where I live does mostly 720p, and some 1080p.
- If it isn't going to be a thing, what would the result of a 4K TV running a 1080p signal look like? Would I be better to save the money and simply get a 1080p TV for him instead? This would likely be scattered across about 55".
- Smart TV's. We use netflix, but we have an XBOX 360. Do they actually add anything compelling? The man barely uses a computer, to put it in perspective.

Otherwise, any opinions, brandwise, quality, things to look out for? Any good accessories a person would recommend?

Thank you for your assistance.
 

Eximo

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Pretty much that ^.

I have a 4K TV. The nice thing about the resolution is that it can downscale to 1080p perfectly. 720p looks fine. About double the premium for a 4K TV though.

So far only Comcast has announced a 4K cable box, and it is basically a smart TV adapter that needs broadband to stream available 4K content.

Netflix applications on smart TV vary by vendor. Some are okay, some are nice, a few are not very user friendly.

I would just pick out the new old stock HD screens, they are getting pretty cheap.
 

mcnumpty23

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cant see much point in getting him a 4k tv as he would need something sending 4k to it

and dont think theres likely to be free 4k content for quite a long while

sounds like he doesnt need a smart tv either to be honest

i get samsung tvs--never had any problems with mine but no doubt any brand could have issues

accessories? surround sound system--but would he even want that

main tip would be go to a store and actually be able to look at the tv rather than buy one off the net

or see it in store then buy off the net if its cheaper
 

Eximo

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Pretty much that ^.

I have a 4K TV. The nice thing about the resolution is that it can downscale to 1080p perfectly. 720p looks fine. About double the premium for a 4K TV though.

So far only Comcast has announced a 4K cable box, and it is basically a smart TV adapter that needs broadband to stream available 4K content.

Netflix applications on smart TV vary by vendor. Some are okay, some are nice, a few are not very user friendly.

I would just pick out the new old stock HD screens, they are getting pretty cheap.
 
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