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    Hi, non tech family member has asked me to get him info on an Internet TV. Needs a new TV anyway and just wants to use internet for google and watch online lovefilms.
    I have googled a bit but just wondering if anyone has any advice re good/bad points to look out for pls? Also do they connect easily/ automaticallyto the broadband out of the box? How easy are they to navigate online with etc?
    Thanks for any/all advice

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    You can watch all freeview channels for free on:

    tvcatchup.com

    all legal too

    Original Poster

    whatsThePoint

    You only get things like iplayer, youtube etc, you can't enter your own … You only get things like iplayer, youtube etc, you can't enter your own pages



    So he couldn't use google or lovefilm then?
    Edited by: "LadyLuck" 29th Jan 2011

    whatsThePoint

    oO thats lucky then with a name like freeview, i was expecting to have to … oO thats lucky then with a name like freeview, i was expecting to have to pay



    Funny guy!!! Sometimes you have to pay for certain service online. No doubt you have come across such sites?
    Edited by: "thearbiter65" 29th Jan 2011

    whatsThePoint

    nope, never found a site where i couldn't get the content somewhere else … nope, never found a site where i couldn't get the content somewhere else for free



    Oh right, we know what sort of site you are talking about no doubt :-). Enjoy your night in, see if there is a deal on here for tissues

    whatsThePoint

    You only get things like iplayer, youtube etc, you can't enter your own … You only get things like iplayer, youtube etc, you can't enter your own pages



    we've just got an internet tv, it's been great for watching BBC programmes that we missed. Also youtube keeps husband engrossed. But it doesn't work as a computer, for email, hukd, google etc. My friend asked the same question last week as they bought one but haven't used the internet function at all yet. We got a Sony and connected it up to our bt broadband with the power plugs that came with the BT vision we got but don't use.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for all the info guys...much appreciated. Seems Google TV is the only thing that will allow web browsing but doesn't seem to be available in UK yet...(and will probably be overpriced when it is).

    LL

    whatsThePoint

    I'm on about any content but as you keep referring to banker ones i guess … I'm on about any content but as you keep referring to banker ones i guess you'll have no trouble finding the biggest tissue deal as well, not as if you do anything else while onlinehow sad are you, spitting your dummy because i pointed out freeview would be free



    How sad am I?

    Replying to a thread at 23:34 on HUKD and it's Saturday night?

    Single by any chance?

    LOL.....technically, you still need a tv licence :-)...

    Just realised there is an ignore user button! Cya

    anyway, google tv might be interesting. I like the idea of the apple tv device, but the content is overpriced.

    You could always factor the price of something like an Acer Revo into the cost.

    http://mightygadget.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/acerrevoonmonitor.jpg

    They can attach to the back of a TV so would be out of the way and some come with a wireless keyboard and mouse. The one I have has a copy of Win7 installed but I mainly use it for XBMC.

    whatsThePoint

    How does the vesa mount work with that stuck there?



    If you use the Vesa mount to mount the TV on a wall then just use the Revo's supplied stand to put it somewhere else inconspicuous.

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    get a ps3 as does a better job (BBC iplayer, lovefilm, itv player, 4od, browser for emails etc)


    oh, and it plays blu-rays & games too lol

    csiman

    get a ps3 as does a better job (BBC iplayer, lovefilm, itv player, 4od, … get a ps3 as does a better job (BBC iplayer, lovefilm, itv player, 4od, browser for emails etc)oh, and it plays blu-rays & games too lol



    deffo sounds like the better option for what the op's family member wants. we have our pc set up to our tv, so use it as the monitor.

    Original Poster

    Thanks guys, seems the more info we get the more confused about which route to go down we become..lol
    My absolutely non-tech relative is (in his own words) a bit of a dinosaur! He is almost a senior citizen and has had a couple of strokes so finds using a mouse or mousepad very difficult hence connecting a pc/netbook to tv isn't an option really but using a keypad is.
    Last year he was thinking of an iPad as a touchscreen is so much easier for him. Instead he got a cheaper £150 WITS A81E( imported from China) back in late Sept but it never really held a decent connection properly for any length of time and then gave up the ghost totally last week.
    He then said he was just going to get an iPad even tho he only wants it for google really, (currently gets his lovefilms cd's delivered) but as he needs a new tv anyway, when someone mentioned to him Internet TV and he could get lovefilms directly his ears perked up. Since I haven't seen one in action, I'm not sure how he would cope with a Revo or a ps3 etc.to be honest...wondering if it might be more hassle for him than it's worth for just google and lovefilm.
    Edited by: "LadyLuck" 30th Jan 2011

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    dcx_badass

    It's an awful media player, struggles to play most file types. XBMC is … It's an awful media player, struggles to play most file types. XBMC is fantastic, the PS3 is nothing in comparison.


    thats BS. plays practically all AVI files I download. only takes a minute seconds to convert a MKV too.

    Banned

    whatsThePoint

    How good is the revo at playing ps3 game files?


    or bluray discs
    Edited by: "csiman" 30th Jan 2011

    Banned

    LadyLuck

    Thanks guys, seems the more info we get the more confused about which … Thanks guys, seems the more info we get the more confused about which route to go down we become..lol My absolutely non-tech relative is (in his own words) a bit of a dinosaur! He is almost a senior citizen and has had a couple of strokes so finds using a mouse or mousepad very difficult hence connecting a pc/netbook to tv isn't an option really but using a keypad is.Last year he was thinking of an iPad as a touchscreen is so much easier for him. Instead he got a cheaper £150 WITS A81E( imported from China) back in late Sept but it never really held a decent connection properly for any length of time and then gave up the ghost totally last week. He then said he was just going to get an iPad even tho he only wants it for google really, (currently gets his lovefilms cd's delivered) but as he needs a new tv anyway, when someone mentioned to him Internet TV and he could get lovefilms directly his ears perked up. Since I haven't seen one in action, I'm not sure how he would cope with a Revo or a ps3 etc.to be honest...wondering if it might be more hassle for him than it's worth for just google and lovefilm.


    lovefilm only stream a limited selection of films (mostly poor old ones). Best to stick with the discs.

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    dcx_badass

    Because they asked for a games console?Over half my avis couldn't be … Because they asked for a games console?Over half my avis couldn't be played by the PS3, loads have had the same experience, you are talking rubbish.


    google how to transcode then! Never had any avis not work so you must need some education in downloading properly

    I love how you think you know so much about IT but you dont half talk some crap. Just cant be arsed to keep correcting you all the time. Others do this for me

    Mind you, some people get fooled by your seriously flawed advice.

    Edited by: "csiman" 30th Jan 2011

    LOL

    The PS3 browser is unusable and is worse than the one on my old Nokia phone. The PS3 did handle standard AVI's fairly smoothly but it's file-type support was limited and it couldn't use subtitle files. The final straw that forced me to upgrade was the introduction of cinivia drm protection that muted audio on movies.

    I still use it as a BD player though but if I wanted I could get and external drive for the Revo and strip out region protection in windows, but a standalone player is just easier.

    Edited by: "Ungreat" 31st Jan 2011

    I'm not all that clued up on techy stuff but I know that we have google on our normal TV....goes through the Wii. Is that what ur all talking about or should I go back to sleep?? lol

    hannah19790

    I'm not all that clued up on techy stuff but I know that we have google … I'm not all that clued up on techy stuff but I know that we have google on our normal TV....goes through the Wii. Is that what ur all talking about or should I go back to sleep?? lol



    Just tech nerds (including me) arguing about which nerdy thing is the nerdiest.

    And also not answering the OP's question.

    Original Poster

    Tell me more pls Hannah ..a wii would be a much more cost effective option than an iPad

    Original Poster

    Ungreat

    Just tech nerds (including me) arguing about which nerdy thing is the … Just tech nerds (including me) arguing about which nerdy thing is the nerdiest.And also not answering the OP's question.



    I don't mind willie measuring contests...they are usually educational

    Original Poster

    dcx_badass

    The wii has Opera as an internet browser so you can access the web via … The wii has Opera as an internet browser so you can access the web via it. I'd still get an Acer Revo instead, only like £90 more and can do so much more in the end. The wii is sd aswell which isn't great for text.



    Thanks for info...getting more out of the Revo or anything else isn't even a consideration to be honest. Simplicity and easy of use are the main criteria. I spoke to him again this morning and he is thinking iPad again...which to me just seems such a waste of money just so he can use a touch screen web browser. oO
    Edited by: "LadyLuck" 31st Jan 2011

    Ipads are fairly simple to use.

    Very expensive for what they are but if his only real intention is to google and maybe check emails then he could always go to his local apple shop and have a play around with one. Touch screens can be really fiddly but if he is used to a budget one then he should be fine with the apple one.

    Wii's aren't HD so if his intention was to use it on a flatscreen HDTV the text would be a little difficult to read.
    Edited by: "Ungreat" 31st Jan 2011
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