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#233749 1-May-2018 09:58
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It seems like every TV these days comes with all the apps - Netflix, Lightbox, Freeview etc, so is there still much benefit in getting an Apple TV or Chromecast?

I was thinking of updating my old Apple TV but because I plan to get a new TV later in the year (LG or Sony) and I wonder if I will still need the Apple TV?

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  #2005726 1-May-2018 10:18
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Personally, yes, I would always go for the external device (be it Apple TV, Roku, whatever) because the apps are consistently updated. Smart TVs do not have a stellar record of maintaining support for the apps on their platforms. TVs are designed to last for up to ten years but the software support generally does not. Devices like Apple TV have an update cycle of every couple of years and their OS is being constantly updated too. Plus, if the one you're using becomes obsolete, they're much cheaper to replace than an entire TV. 


I'm still using an old Sony Bravia from about 10 years ago, but if I had to replace everything tomorrow, smart features wouldn't even be part of my replacement criteria - I'd just go for whatever had the best picture and get an AppleTV.



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