Oh well, perhaps it is time to buy that new TV
For my last few "TVs" i've really just considered them a monitor/panel and made a deliberate decision to separate the 'smarts' out from the panel. While I'd love a new 4K OLED panel, my 7 year old 1080P Sony LED TV is doing perfectly fine, and has used a Raspberry Pi, then an Apple TV and now an Android TV box (Nvidia Shield) to provide the smarts. Unless you want to be upgrading your TV every 1-2 years, this is the only sensible option, plus it gives me a lot more flexibility than whatever the TV manufacturer decides to do (or not to do).
"Smart" TV's are a convenience to a degree, but quickly lose relevance (and convenience). Something like an Apple TV is a great platform that pretty much anyone can use, is cost effective and can make even a 10+ year old panel just as 'smart', or often smarter, than the latest TV released.
Adding smarts to a dumb TV is way cheaper than buying a smart TV that won't have timely updates...
Thanks, yes adding smarts is a very good idea. The only thing is that your "smarts" need to stay smart by way of regular updates, and the "smart" Panasonic Freeview recorder I bought a while ago hasn't been updated to include an app for Sky Sport. However, it does have the more common apps, such as Netflix and YouTube etc.
So, if I were to buy Apple TV, I can see from the Spark Sport site that they have provided an app, but can you pause and record Spark Sports broadcasts using Apple TV?