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Eva888

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#304016 28-Mar-2023 16:37
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With Vodafone TV ending I need a replacement. Hoping to be able to watch Freeview which I understand can be sideloaded on to Google and also use Kodi so both are important.

I have a DishTV SmartVU+ A7070 which is great and works fine on the bedroom TV ( some small glitches) but when I bought another one for the Samsung 6 series, the picture quality was terrible no matter what tweaking I tried. In case it was faulty, tried the bedroom one on the Samsung and same bad result. When I spoke to Dish, they suggested I try the Smart Vu dongle as it is a different system, but am not convinced and don’t want to waste more on something that won’t work.

So have decided to buy the Google TV but on reading the reviews am now very confused on which model to buy, the latest and cheaper HD 1080, or the older more expensive 4K version.
It grates buying an older model but from my limited understanding of the 4k ultra HD TV I have, I should get the 4K one.

I’d appreciate some help in choosing the right one and would it really matter if I got the latest.


My TV specs https://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=4323682

Comparison of both models. https://www.androidpolice.com/chromecast-with-google-tv-hd-vs-4k/

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  #3055911 28-Mar-2023 16:58
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4K if you have a compatible TV.




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  #3055913 28-Mar-2023 17:02
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Eva, what content do you want to watch?




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  #3055918 28-Mar-2023 17:23
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antoniosk: Eva, what content do you want to watch?


Mainly Freeview, the NZ Apps, Netflix a few other apps from Google App Store and I use Kodi for some foreign TV and definitely want that.

The TV is smart but doesn’t support Freeview any more or Three Now and being a Tizen operating system you can’t get Kodi.

I was surprised that the Dish TV box had such a degraded picture on the Samsung because it’s been great on the old Panasonic and have set it up for others and it’s worked well. If anyone has a glitchy one, change the original remote batteries, it made all the difference.

I’ve also got a generic Android TV box which I don’t like because it won’t connect to the TV source easily. Takes ages of fiddling each time so can’t be bothered. Also have an Apple TV which I don’t like the remote of and it can’t have Kodi or Freeview.









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  #3055930 28-Mar-2023 18:33
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ok.

 

So i have a chromecast tv 4k, and have sideloaded the freeview app. I use it with a computer monitor but aside from that it's a very good solution.

 

Amazon TV is also good, seems to support richer colours on older tv's (before my tv packed it in).





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  #3055934 28-Mar-2023 18:50
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The 4K has a more powerful processor than the HD and the processor is only about 6-9 months older.

The only significant feature that the HD unit has is AV1 hardware decoding. That’s unlikely to be an issue for your use case.

TLDR: buy the 4K as you have a 4K TV

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  #3055941 28-Mar-2023 19:06
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I don’t think Amazon supports Google Play Store. I just want an easy option as have enough boxes that need too many clicks and scrolls to get to where I want.

Wouldn’t mind a link for a safe APK for Freeview.

Am irritated that my Samsung TV which used to have a Freeview App hasn’t been replaced with a new one, nor the Three App which also used to appear in the lineup, yet they are still releasing new Apps that have no relevance to New Zealand.

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i have the Smart VU and it works well , 4k looks really good on Prime and using google play for apps is really easy

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/TVNDTV2011/DishTV-SmartVu-V11-4K-Android-10-TV-Streaming-Dong?qr





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  #3055951 28-Mar-2023 19:49
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vexxxboy:

i have the Smart VU and it works well , 4k looks really good on Prime and using google play for apps is really easy


https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/TVNDTV2011/DishTV-SmartVu-V11-4K-Android-10-TV-Streaming-Dong?qr



What model TV are you using it on? The smartvu box (not dongle) made the picture rubbish on my Samsung. None of my other streaming devices caused a problem on that particular TV so I don’t want to risk a similar issue. Will try the Google TV. Pity I missed the special a few days back.

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  #3055963 28-Mar-2023 21:09
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Eva888:
vexxxboy:

 

i have the Smart VU and it works well , 4k looks really good on Prime and using google play for apps is really easy

 

 

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/TVNDTV2011/DishTV-SmartVu-V11-4K-Android-10-TV-Streaming-Dong?qr

 



What model TV are you using it on? The smartvu box (not dongle) made the picture rubbish on my Samsung. None of my other streaming devices caused a problem on that particular TV so I don’t want to risk a similar issue. Will try the Google TV. Pity I missed the special a few days back.

 

i got it for a Panasonic TV that wasn't as Smart as it thought it was and it works great, it is just plugged in the back and forgotten about and as i said the picture is great.





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  #3056007 29-Mar-2023 08:51
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Fire TV store is pretty good and supports quite a few apps. I have the 4k google TV and 2 fire cubes - both just work, and works well.

 

 

 

Amazon is great as I can control it with my voice via alexa, but the front end can be confusing as its show all availible shows even on apps you didnt subscribe to.

 

Google TV I am new to but I do find it a but faster on the front end.


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