LG 42LB550V 42" LED £199.99 @ Sainsburys (instore only)
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LG 42LB550V 42" LED £199.99 @ Sainsburys (instore only)

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Found 7th Mar 2015
Whilst I was on the wild goose chase for the £129 Celcus 42" TV (see expired post from yesterday) I found this great price for the LG TV it seems to be £299 ish everywhere else.

It's a basic spec - not smart, not DLNA, only 2x HDMI but does have a brilliant picture (Full HD 1080P) and has a HD tuner (Freeview and Satellite (see below)).

Finally set it up tonight and was surprised to see that it also had a satellite input on the back. Having just ditched SKY I plugged in my dish cable and voila - 388 satellite programmes and 64 satellite radio stations.

The TV also has "LG Time Machine" built in for recording, but haven't given this a try yet as I'm lacking a large enough USB drive at the moment (although I'm sure a quick search on here will secure me one :-))

This feature was not mentioned on any of the websites I checked out.

It also has an Ethernet port built in and the TV checks connection through to the internet, but as it doesn't have DLNA or SMART I have no idea what this would be used for apart from OTA updates.

I'm hoping this won't be such a wild goose chase as the Celsus as I saw stock of this is 2 of the 4 stores I visited today.

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sounds like a pretty decent tv for the price - especially with the satellite connection

Original Poster

The satellite connection really surprised me - haven't had it on a TV before, welcome though, especially as I've recently ditched SKY. No more dodgy HD freeview :-)

If you look around on ebay there are some great deals on LG tv's, this little bit of info I found out might help people who are looking for a new TV like I was....

Some TV models have V, W, T, S and 8 at the end, what's the difference?
The letter on the end of our TV models numbers denote what tuner in built-in.
'V' and 'W' all have Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners.
'S' and '8' models will have standard Freeview and Freesat tuners.
'T' models have Freeview HD tuners.
For example, a 42LN575V and 42LN575S will be the same 42" Smart TV with Wifi, just with different tuners.
Edited by: "oberlisc" 7th Mar 2015

Ethernet port is used to provide IPTV services like Vintage TV on channel 242 or the music channels attached to 4 music

Cheers, I'll have a look tomorrow. Ordered a 47" from Amazon.fr 7 weeks ago now and doesn't look like its gonna be fulfilled so this would be almost as good and a fair bit cheaper.

AV Forums write up in Jan 2013 of LG models said...
"All LG's TVs come with a DVB-T2 tuner for Freeview HD and many of the higher end models also include a free-to-air satellite tuner but it should be stressed that this is not a Freesat tuner so there's no EPG or other niceties. "

If you have Internet WiFi at home, a Now TV box can be a cheap way to add 'Smart' catch-up features. They used to be sold for just a tenner (with a few quid £back) but nowadays seems you have to buy with 2-3 months of movies/entertainment or 2days of sport for c£20.
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Edited by: "mk-donald" 7th Mar 2015

craigflow

The satellite connection really surprised me - haven't had it on a TV … The satellite connection really surprised me - haven't had it on a TV before, welcome though, especially as I've recently ditched SKY. No more dodgy HD freeview :-)



just a quick question as I have satalite connection on my tv... does the satalite dish plug straight into as I also have a satalite dish but i have never used it as it was ther before I moved in. if not what else do I need.? thanks in advanced

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Yep satellite dish leads plugged straight in, haven't done anything since I disconnected SKY a couple of weeks back.

Thanks for the information on the Ethernet function, there is an EPG in the Satellite tuner, but not sure if the TV is also pulling this from the Ethernet connection? Will have a play about tomorrow if anyone is particularly interested.

I've got a TalkTalk you view box connected up and all working fine at the moment. Time to try the WiiU later - looking forward to MaroKart 8 in glorious 42"

craigflow

Yep satellite dish leads plugged straight in, haven't done anything since … Yep satellite dish leads plugged straight in, haven't done anything since I disconnected SKY a couple of weeks back. Thanks for the information on the Ethernet function, there is an EPG in the Satellite tuner, but not sure if the TV is also pulling this from the Ethernet connection? Will have a play about tomorrow if anyone is particularly interested.I've got a TalkTalk you view box connected up and all working fine at the moment. Time to try the WiiU later - looking forward to MaroKart 8 in glorious 42"



sorry to ask so I dont need any box just the sat dish and the connection cable

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Yep, cable goes straight into the back no extra boxes needed, you will have to re-tune and select the satellite option. When you are up and running you can use the red button in guide or list view to switch tuners.

craigflow

Yep, cable goes straight into the back no extra boxes needed, you will … Yep, cable goes straight into the back no extra boxes needed, you will have to re-tune and select the satellite option. When you are up and running you can use the red button in guide or list view to switch tuners.



thanks for you help. I will give this a try tomorrow. I didnt even relise this.

Saw these in Sainsburys Bridgend today... Must have picked it up and put it back on the shelf a few times trying to persuade myself! Didnt get one in the end but a great deal all the same

We have this TV and for this price it's a good deal. However the TV itself isn't much in terms of quality with very average picture quality and basic specs but for this price you could use it as a second TV for gaming maybe.

Was £229.99 a few weeks ago, so not bad at all.

I had the 39" version of this. Great quality from speakers
Edited by: "wadz" 7th Mar 2015

LGs are cheap for a very good reason

HankHandsome

sounds like a pretty decent tv for the price - especially with the … sounds like a pretty decent tv for the price - especially with the satellite connection



what satellite stations did you pick up?

How would you go about tracking this down? Theres a few large sainsburys about but cant really be hiking all over south london looking for this!

angusangus

LGs are cheap for a very good reason



Is it because they supply the excellent LCD panels that are in iMacs?

angusangus

LGs are cheap for a very good reason



Yes - because they want to sell more. Even their base models represent excellent value, none of this Vestel junk.

None in Sainsburys Swansea if anyone is heading there

specs are good but I can't get my head around the stupid feet on both sides of the tv. Surely a central base is more sensible especially when placing on a narrower stand

skuk21

specs are good but I can't get my head around the stupid feet on both … specs are good but I can't get my head around the stupid feet on both sides of the tv. Surely a central base is more sensible especially when placing on a narrower stand



Yes, but on the other hand it may work better for those using a soundbar, if it fits between the feet.

bytemaster

Yes, but on the other hand it may work better for those using a soundbar, … Yes, but on the other hand it may work better for those using a soundbar, if it fits between the feet.


assuming the stand is wide enough in the first place if it really were that popular an idea, other manufacturers would follow suit

I have this TV, the only thing I dislike is the reflective screen. You need to be careful what light sources are around the tv and I usually end up having to turn the lights off completely.

It's fine other than that.

bought this at 249 after Xmas. watching it now. it's ok. nothing better than the 1080p Samsung I bought 8 years ago though.

If I were to plug this TV into my router via the Ethernet port , could I access my NAS and play content. I think it's a brilliant deal for a branded TV, much better than those Black Friday deals

crap_I_dont_really_need

bought this at 249 after Xmas. watching it now. it's ok. nothing better … bought this at 249 after Xmas. watching it now. it's ok. nothing better than the 1080p Samsung I bought 8 years ago though.



Are you sure it was this TV? This is a really good price anyway but with Free sat it's superb. Heat added.

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Ben 7

If I were to plug this TV into my router via the Ethernet port , could I … If I were to plug this TV into my router via the Ethernet port , could I access my NAS and play content. I think it's a brilliant deal for a branded TV, much better than those Black Friday deals



No, unfortunately not. There is no DLNA/media share on this TV via the Ethernet port. I know for sure because my previous LG although not smart had DLNA through the Ethernet port, which I did use this one does not. :-( As I have a router near the TV for a wired connection to the TV/TalkTalk/BluRay I was thinking of moving my NAS to behind the TV and connecting via the USB port as a workaround.
Edited by: "craigflow" 8th Mar 2015

craigflow

As I have a router near the TV for a wired connection to the … As I have a router near the TV for a wired connection to the TV/TalkTalk/BluRay I was thinking of moving my NAS to behind the TV and connecting via the USB port as a workaround.


The USB on NAS drives are for connecting extra devices to the NAS, not for connecting the NAS to a device to act as a USB drive, but I stand to be corrected if anyone knows better.

For an extra £64 notes, swing by Argos and pick up an Amazon Fire TV then spend an hour and install Kodi/XBMC on it and you`re good to go.

Oops. The AFTV is now £79. Lucky I bought mine when I did. Alternatively, get an Amazon TV Fire stick.

Anyone found a store in the North West still selling these? None in Warrington.

This would be perfect for me if it wasn't for the legs being at the edges, need one stand in the middle for it for fit on my cabinet!

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audin

This would be perfect for me if it wasn't for the legs being at the … This would be perfect for me if it wasn't for the legs being at the edges, need one stand in the middle for it for fit on my cabinet!



That was nearly a deal breaker for me too, but JUST fitted onto existing cabinet, can't understand why they adopted this design, must have lost quite a few sales.

Can you just clarify about how the TV presents the satellite information please ?
Is it really a "Freesat" channels tuner showing the week's Guide or more likely is it a regular satellite tuner showing everything your LNB is able to feed it from any satellites it can see (hence the hundreds you reported) and just showing perhaps programmes currently on and perhaps next or ?
And does it give you a user friendly way to have your 'favourites' channels or do you need to remember (randomish) channel numbers ?
I mention as others have latched on that it's "Freesat" rather than just a satellite tuner.
That's not to decry getting a HD satellite tuner bundled, just not kidding people it's necessarily a "Freesat" one.

Will be heading down to Sainsburys at the Maypole, Birmingham to check the stock. If anyone has been & can advise would be appreciated to save the wasted trip.

Johnlenham

How would you go about tracking this down? Theres a few large sainsburys … How would you go about tracking this down? Theres a few large sainsburys about but cant really be hiking all over south london looking for this!



ring them up

Just spoke to sainsburys liecester, none in stock. Guy over the the phone said it's a discontinued product and none available in Midlands area, few in London and Ilford side. Hope tht helps. However only few left across the stores.

fishmaster

Is it because they supply the excellent LCD panels that are in iMacs?


errr, nope, it's because they are cheap rubbish,
Edited by: "angusangus" 8th Mar 2015

angusangus

errr, nope, it's because they are cheap rubbish,



what tv's are better
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