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Registered: ‎09-27-2018

Non smart UHD or FHD?

I'm having trouble finding what I'm looking for at on the Best Buy app or website. I want about a 55" 4k or FHD flat screen TV that is a non smart TV. I would rather use my own streaming device, such as Chromecast or Roku through the HDMI port. Do they not sell them at Best Buy? I found a couple at Walmart, but I hate that place.
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Re: Non smart UHD or FHD?

I also had been looking for such a thing.  The only TV's I could find in stock that were not Smart TV's was a 1080p TV.  I purchased it for my father. 

 

I also purchased a TV our downstairs.  I found a Samsung 50" 4k at a great price.  I got it so our kids could entertain and have their own TV.  We set it up with the ROKU from my daughters TV and a Chromecast. And really didn't have much intention to use the Smart TV feature.

 

After awhile my daughters told me they quit using the ROKU as they generally only use it for Netflix and Pandora.  They said the Netflix on the TV was easier and faster to use than on the ROKU and Pandora was built in as well. 

 

I added the Amazon App onto the TV and now they don't even use the Chormecast

 

Also, we found as an added bonus that there were a number of pre-programmed free channels in the Smart TV that allowed for the watching of programming 

 

One of the added benefits of a SmartTV is that so many TV's computers are getting so complicated that they often benefit from Firmware updates.  The SmartTV can be automatically updated. 

 

A Best Buy employee in a Magnolia store told me that the trend has shown that all TV's are transitioning to Smart TV

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Re: Non smart UHD or FHD?

That's the thing I don't want a Smart TV. I'd rather spend the money on a better picture than to pay more just because it already has the software and just use Chromecast or another streaming device. I've been doing alot of reading on the subject and so many authorities on such agree that Smart TVs have very cheap software built into them. If I could find a good enough deal I'd probably get one if I knew I could use another device for streaming if the pre- installed software failed or had a sketchy connection.
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Re: Non smart UHD or FHD?

I hear you on that.

 

You don't have to utilize the Smart TV features. You can use any Smart TV as a regular TV.  Just don't turn on Wi-Fi or plug in an ethernet cable. Though you may have to enable it the first time you turn on the TV simply to get it set up.

 

But you can always switch it off. 

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Re: Non smart UHD or FHD?

No I definitely wanna stream from wifi, I just don't want the built in software. I'd rather stream through the HDMI with Chromecast or Roku.
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Re: Non smart UHD or FHD?

My apologies I meant you can turn off the Wi-Fi for the TV.  

 

Mine I do have the Smart turned on by we still stream via Chromcast, which does not utilize the Smart TV in anyway.  We also have our Xbox and Super Nintendo hooked up as well.

 

I spent a lot of time looking for a non Smart TV for your same reasons, and then the TV I did get went on an awesoem sale over Labor Day so I got it anyway. 

 

I must say some of the Netflix 4k shows really look awesome. 

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Re: Non smart UHD or FHD?

Oh ok so u can turn off the built-in software? I did just see an Insignia brand that is FHD, which is good enough for me and its not a Smart TV. I'm not sure how great that brand usually is, but I have like a 32" HD Insignia my son gave me a couple of years ago. It's an old one he had and its still going strong. I just can't see the screen very well anymore. And I wanted to go FHD. If anyone has any opinions on how reliable the brand is please let me know. I do know the one I have has lasted a long time.
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Re: Non smart UHD or FHD?

Hi RainChild,

 

Thanks for posting your question! I apologize if we missed it. Insignia is actually our “house” brand. You’re welcome to let us know if you have any specific questions in general. Many of our customers are very happy with the TVs.

 

Respectfully,  

Mariah|Social Media Specialist | Best Buy® Corporate
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