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google chrome / xbox one / roku vs smart tv

coley2123 140 22 December 1, 2015 at 02:51 PM
I'm wondering is there any benefit to a smart TV if there is an option to use Roku, Google Chrome stick or an Xbox one.

Would like to put the smart tv in the kitchen, does the smart tv offer any benefit a google chrome stick wouldn't have, other than no need to plug in the chrome stick or roku.

Living room has xbox one connected so I think thats fine with no need for smart tv.

Sorry in advance if its a silly question... apparently your brain is impacted by a broken foot LOL, seems simple things become difficult

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Quote from coley2123 View Post :
I'm wondering is there any benefit to a smart TV if there is an option to use Roku, Google Chrome stick or an Xbox one.

Would like to put the smart tv in the kitchen, does the smart tv offer any benefit a google chrome stick wouldn't have, other than no need to plug in the chrome stick or roku.

Living room has xbox one connected so I think thats fine with no need for smart tv.

Sorry in advance if its a silly question... apparently your brain is impacted by a broken foot LOL, seems simple things become difficult
Using a smart TV may be a bit more convenient, as there's no switching inputs or using a second remote. As you said, it also doesn't tie up an HDMI port, which some TVs have only 2 of. However, smart TV apps tend to run slower than and not be updated as frequently as those on a streaming box, so that convenience may come at a price. Streaming boxes also tend to have a lot more apps than those on a smart TV. You may try the smart TV apps for a bit and see how it goes.

I did just get a smart TV, and hooked a Roku up to it. To be fair, I didn't actually try out any of the apps on the TV, but the Roku has apps I use that the TV doesn't.
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Also keep in mind that the Google Chrome just broadcasts from your phone/tablet to your tv, so you need to have the media on your phone to be broadcast, and your phone charged, etc.
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Quote from coley2123 View Post :
I'm wondering is there any benefit to a smart TV if there is an option to use Roku, Google Chrome stick or an Xbox one.

Would like to put the smart tv in the kitchen, does the smart tv offer any benefit a google chrome stick wouldn't have, other than no need to plug in the chrome stick or roku.

Living room has xbox one connected so I think thats fine with no need for smart tv.

Sorry in advance if its a silly question... apparently your brain is impacted by a broken foot LOL, seems simple things become difficult
The benefit of a smart tv is seamlessness. No need for anything extra to run your major streaming sources like netflix/hulu/amazon/vudu/hbo go/pandora/etc. The downside is performance and access. I'm a huge roku supporter as it is the single most important media device I own. Most tvs have worse interfaces and sluggish performance when compared to using a dedicated streaming device. You get better performance, better interface, and far more content as roku has more channels than any other device.
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I agree with nybiggs. I have a smart tv, several dumb tvs, two Rokus, an Amazon Fire Stick, a bluray player with streaming, and a PS3. Of all of the options the Roku is by far the easiest to use and most flexible. Our first streaming option was the bluray player and it doesn't have (and never will have) Amazon Prime, as that didn't exist when we bought it and the manufacturer (Panasonic) never upgraded the player to have new channels. The smart tv interface is rather clunky, poorly organized, and slow to load.

When you buy a device you are at the mercy of the manufacturer to support/update it to do whatever comes next. Streaming only devices have incentive to update the software across the board. Hardware providers like TV manufacturers have more incentive towards planned obsolescence and the need for newer hardware.

Of course you can always start with a smart tv and then attach a streaming device if it fails to support the "next big thing" whatever that might be. However if you are paying a premium for the smart tv you might be better off with two separate devices.
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Thank you all for the input - Sounds like I should just get the "standard" TV to replace the existing and plug the Google Chrome into it for now (I swear I have a Roku, but have no clue where it got stashed when we cleared a room for a guest).

The smart TV delay or slowness sounds like it won't mesh well with one of the users who is mostly type A personality with little patience.

ANOTHER SIDE QUESTION ~
Is there much of a noticeable difference between the 2014 and 2015 versions of Google Chrome?
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I own a smart TV, PS4 and a Smart Samsung Bluray player. I bought my parents a Roku stick on BF since it gets reviewed as easier to use and after setting it up for them, I'm going to get one for myself. The channels they have can't be beat, especially if you have a kid. Plus they now have screen mirroring for Android and PC.

Responsiveness wise with what I currently own:
PS4 > Smart TV > Bluray

It's about on board storage/memory. The PS4 can afford a more robust Netflix app because it's got more processing power and storage space. Smart TV(it's a Phillips) is decently responsive, but can freeze up if the connection is laggy. Samsung Bluray player requires numerous unpluggings a week because it freezes.

App availability is something you should really consider as well. If you're running Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling, ESPN, etc. make sure your choice includes those channels/apps. I'm very disappointed with the PS4's app availability. This is due to their Playstation VUE service. They want you to pay $50-$65/month to get the channels they should have free if you already have a TV subscription. Roku appears to be the best in services available.
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Really just the convenience of using the same remote. Not have an extra 'dongle' to plug in. I have quite a few streaming options and really prefer my Xbox One to all of them.
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Quote from coley2123 View Post :
Thank you all for the input - Sounds like I should just get the "standard" TV to replace the existing and plug the Google Chrome into it for now (I swear I have a Roku, but have no clue where it got stashed when we cleared a room for a guest).

The smart TV delay or slowness sounds like it won't mesh well with one of the users who is mostly type A personality with little patience.

ANOTHER SIDE QUESTION ~
Is there much of a noticeable difference between the 2014 and 2015 versions of Google Chrome?
I would recommend Roku if you are going to go this route. Chromecast requires a smartphone/tablet as the remote to stream from while Roku doesn't and has a very easy and simple remote. There's also the Roku stick for ~$40 - http://slickdeals.net/f/8328603-roku-stick-34-at-target
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But with a fire tv or roku device won't you lose quality since all the data has to go thru an hdmi port whereas if you have the built in app in the television it is directly from the internet to the tv without going thru a hdmi port
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But with a fire tv or roku device won't you lose quality since all the data has to go thru an hdmi port whereas if you have the built in app in the television it is directly from the internet to the tv without going thru a hdmi port
No, HDMI will not cause a degradation in quality.
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But with a fire tv or roku device won't you lose quality since all the data has to go thru an hdmi port whereas if you have the built in app in the television it is directly from the internet to the tv without going thru a hdmi port

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