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OT: small tv's - 3/5/2017 5:17:43 PM   
mizzlilly


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I want to replace the small tv I have in my kitchen. It works fine, but it is so small I can't read most lettering if I'm sitting at the counter. It is in a semi built in frame sort of thing, and between that and the space, I am limited. The screen size on my current one is 18.5" diagonally. I've measured and it looks like a 24" would work in my space, and it would be quite a bit bigger!

Now, how to choose a model. Yikes. I watch satellite tv, which plugs in with an HDMI and also will have either Apple TV, roku or chromcast, which means a second HDMI. That's all I need...don't think I need a smart tv. Would like good picture quality, but I don't think these old eyes would appreciate the best of the best...which they seem not to make in smaller models anyway! I've poured over the reviews and I'm more confused than ever! I would love to hear anything helpful! TIA

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/5/2017 6:36:44 PM   
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We just got a Samsung 28" smart TV for our kitchen. We did get Acorn but we have Prime so we don't need the Fire stick for Amazon for this TV. If we decide to upgrade our Tennis Channel, we would need Roku or the Fire stick. DH is really pleased, me not so much, he is watching more TV and is often in my way in the kitchen. lol The 24" is 22.1" by 15.1" I believe. It has two HDMI and 2 USB for pictures etc. You can access your computer also. Hope this is of some help. We got ours from Amazon and Verizon came out and set it up for free. DSIL had hooked it up but only for the regular TV, not the Smart.

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/5/2017 6:47:52 PM   
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"I've poured over the reviews and I'm more confused than ever!" I am exactly the same. I hate that I am now one of those old ladies that has no idea about these type things.

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/5/2017 7:26:49 PM   
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I so agree Dana. I'm still trying to learn the new phone we have. DH will not go near it. He still used the old one that staying in the car foe emergencies. My SIL added us to his plan and we just pay for the phone but I am able to check email, get on Facebook etc, but I have a hard time getting from one place to another. I have finally learned to Text, but really, who except my daughters, once in a while, no one to text. It makes us jump whenever it "rings" lol. How is your son doing at college,Dana. I thought he was about my oldest grandsons age but he must be a little younger. Josh will be 20 this month and in his second year of college. Sarah graduates in June and has been accepted at Messiah College for nursing. Two more to go.

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/6/2017 2:44:16 AM   
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Go to a store that sells TV's and check out the brands, see which one you like the picture quality on as for me it varies from tv to tv. I often find that what I thought I wanted I did not enjoy the quality of the picture. If you have a couple of places to check them out, I would go to both and check them out. You might even have a salesperson that can answer your questions. Then you can go home and check out if you can find a better price. Sometimes the stores that sell tv's have a special going and you can do really well price wise there. We are a one very large tv home, so I don't know much about the smaller ones. I think that smart tv is the way to go imo. I don't think the money difference will be that huge and there options with the smart tv that aren't available on the non smart ones.... who knew a tv could be smart...LOL

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/6/2017 5:02:46 AM   
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Reading all these terms, I am thinking "where am I?". Some of those things I have never heard of. The week after my husband died I had cable removed as I didn't think I could afford it. That was in 1989 and it was $12 a month. I watched just the major stations and it got worse and worse. I think the last program I watched was that car racer who danced on Dancing with the Stars. Then they changed to another system where you definitely need cable or something. No way am I paying for trash on a television. I can get one station if the weather is good and I watch Judge Judy. TV goes off until the next day. Have not missed it at all. And I am not alone in this department. I find more people have done what I did, they just don't talk about it. It is such a ripoff. Oh, yea, got rid of the cell phone last fall too. Never used that and it was just another expense plus the worry it might ring in church. When I hear of the $$$$ charged for monthly service, I just shake my head. Good luck finding what you want. My gosh, you need a technician next to you to figure it all out. Bless those who understand it all and just have to have it. These companies aren't getting rich on my nickel.

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/6/2017 2:51:05 PM   
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My son is very good with electronics and gifted me a couple of Samsung tvs. They have excellent picture quality and you'll probably be shocked when you see the difference in ease of watching with a larger screen than your 18 in. I think most tvs nowadays have all the spots for the connections you will need although I'm not familiar with smart tvs. I might have one and don't even know it.

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/6/2017 6:18:59 PM   
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Gillie, thanks for asking about our eldest. He will be 19 this month, and in his first year of college. One year younger than your g'son. His first semester was great. He got involved in a couple of different groups and has made some close friends. He has some harder classes this semester, but thinks he'll still do well. I keep reminding him to sleep and study. Hope he's listening!

Congrats on your g'daughter getting into a nursing program. We still have our younger son at home - he's in 7th grade - so it will be a few more years before we have more college tuition due.

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/6/2017 7:23:22 PM   
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My son (late 30s) is a high level network engineer ... and he feels strongly that mom needs to be in tune with today's technology. While I am typically stunned by his birthday and Christmas gifts, I have to admit that he keeps me up to date with today's technology when it comes to the electronics in my life. I guess it's not a bad thing. I have a flat screen TV, Netflix, a tablet, a current Android phone ... and he has threatened me with a new desktop or some kind of recording player for my birthday. LOL. I don't even know what the latter technology is, but I will be forced to learn it, won't I!? ;-)

His sister tries to keep me in style ... although ... sometimes I wish she would appreciate the unique sense of style that I sew for. At any rate, I guess they care that we fit into today's world, eh?

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/6/2017 10:34:08 PM   
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Where in the world have I been? I never dreamed one could access a computer from their
television LOL!!! There is probably a whole world of technology out there, that I don't know
about. But even if I did, I'd never know how to use it! I guess that's what daughter's are for ; ).

As someone already said, there is so little decent programing available, I rarely find something
I want to watch. Hundreds of channels, and nothing to watch....and those commercials drive
me bananas. Actually, these are pretty good reasons to subscribe to a movie channel, if there
are any good ones.

Hope you find what works well Mizlilly. Sorry though, I'm no help at all.

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/7/2017 7:54:44 AM   
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Linda, It's all in the remote. You just click on the Smart Hub, then more arrows to what you want. I don't watch much TV but it keeps DH out of my way. lol. He loves to British mysteries and is going through a series. He has a little book and writes done what he watched. He is having memory problems so this works for him and me too.

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/7/2017 9:19:17 AM   
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We love our Samsung TVs (best quality, most HDMI slots, smart features, etc)--especially nice if you can buy them through Costco.

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/7/2017 1:02:45 PM   
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I am blessed. We had satellite in the past, but dropped it. There is NO cable near the farm. There is good TV reception on antennae, but the commercials are so irritating. I have Roku and Netflix, due to a son putting me on his, and that makes it free. Movies, PBS, kids programs, previous TV programs. Pure enjoyment. Love it!!!

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/7/2017 10:03:46 PM   
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Thanks all for your thoughts...we ended up buying a 24" Samsung smart tv...now I have both a dog and a tv smarter than me! " I have it mostly set up, though I couldn't get the bell box to work with the tv's remote, but that's okay. I find having the tv really helps when there is a lot of prep work or kitchen cleanup!
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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/7/2017 10:03:46 PM   
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Thanks all for your thoughts...we ended up buying a 24" Samsung smart tv...now I have both a dog and a tv smarter than me! " I have it mostly set up, though I couldn't get the bell box to work with the tv's remote, but that's okay. I find having the tv really helps when there is a lot of prep work or kitchen cleanup! Thanks again!

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/8/2017 12:25:26 PM   
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Well I am sort of in the same situation - my bedroom tv is a sony 50 2 Saturdays ago it worked just fine in the afternoon - evening would not turn on... So I went to check out tvs and had sort of decided on a 55 inch Sanyo smart tv omg this is going to sound really off but the reason I chose it is the BASE as in stand....... I bought a 50 inch Samsung for the great room last year when I got it home the base which are 4 spread out legs were too wide apart to sit above the fireplace on the mantle - bedroom next door to me has 50 inch smart tv and it fits on the mantle above the fireplace which is double sided... so armed with my disappoint from last tv I purchased I set out to check out smart first off and base next and then price ok so not how a man buys a tv... next to arrange some help getting it home - ok got that taken care of... went to bed and this little voice in my head said....... hmmm you know that Lent starts in 2 days dontcha perhaps since you have few bad habits left... no smoking no drinking no casino no drugs no fast food no coca cola addiction (kicked thata last year for lent) mostly gave up chocolate.l.. switched to hard candy humbugs... 20 calories per.... so voice suggested that I postpone the purchase of that tv until lent is just about over - Maybe Good Friday would be soon enough...... so here I sit with no bedroom tv and it really is way harder than the coca cola.... have not had one for 13 months yes occasionally would love a cold coke but not happening.
I really am very confused about the death of my 50 inch SONY ages ago tvs showed sign of wear or imminent death the vertical hold went or the colour had a lot of red on the screen or static or some hit of a problem often you cou ld just replace a tube but this sucker just DIED!!!!! poof - could not believe it - still cant... changed batteries in remote - even got remote from great room --- and every day I keep trying that remote - guess I am in denial - I was told by savvy male yes plasma screen tvs just die just like that... Since I know no better am not sure the tv which had perfect picture is dead.

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/8/2017 1:00:28 PM   
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I don't like to pay for technology that I don't need. The last time I read, it said that 17 minutes of an hour is devoted to commercials. I think it might now be 20. So, I tape record everything I want to watch and fast forward through commercials.

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/8/2017 9:56:03 PM   
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Mizlilly, I had a kitchen tv for years and loved it since it made some of the boring kitchen work easier to get through. That was before I got cable though and now don't have the cable in the kitchen so no tv, I still miss it. Glad you found something right for you.

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/9/2017 5:35:44 PM   
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Penny, I'm with you. Hubby laughed at me when we first started dating when I told him I recorded everything to "save time." He's a believer now. I never watch a commercial.

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RE: OT: small tv's - 3/10/2017 2:27:16 AM   
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Me too...I usually record and then fast forward the commercials. Carol, you could have a tv in your kitchen without cable or satellite...just a smart tv and watching online, or with Apple TV, roku, etc.

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