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Topic # 138226 26-Dec-2013 00:34 Send private message

My Dad currently has Sky and about 50GB of cable broadband, through Vodafone. He has an old CRT TV that he wants to replace, but only once he's figured out how to set up something with internet access.

Currently, he watches US news channels and a small amount of other programming, mostly documentaries. I'm wondering whether it might be possible (and cheaper) for him to cancel Sky and get what he wants by streaming (even if it requires increasing the data cap). He's also interested in getting Netflix. 

If viable, what should he be looking for in terms of a TV? I'm guessing a SmartTV, but maybe it's cheaper to get a regular TV and connect it to say a laptop through an HDMI cable?



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  Reply # 957410 26-Dec-2013 08:28 Send private message

If you want to watch Netflix/Hulu you have to check what smart tv you buy as they lock down the firmware so it isn't easy to install the apps from other regions,
I managed to get Hulu on a Samsung but it refused to load Netflix.

I would get a new TV and either a Roku 3 or Apple TV then setup Unblock US and go from there
Also depending on how much he is streaming he may need to switch to an unlimited plan

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