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phrozenpenguin

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#237844 20-Jun-2018 14:32
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Having not owned a TV for a number of years, might be time to get one. However it wouldn't get regular use, but would be in "pride of place" on the wall in the living area. I have seen the Samsung Frame TV's which are appealing because they a very slim and look like an picture frame - and with 4k resolution should look pretty good with an image displayed them? 

 

However it looks like one pays a hefty price premium, so I was wondering if anybody has any experience with the Frame TVs or any other suggestions to consider? 

 

I'm able to hide cabling in the wall etc as required in order to get a clean look.


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DeepBlueSky
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  #2041212 20-Jun-2018 15:55
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Hi phrozenpenguin

 

Off the shelf now if you want your TV going you have the Frame option or you could get a 4K TV and add a Chromecast Ultra (4K version) when this is not displaying content the default screen saver is photos / art work from around the world that cycles every few seconds.

 

LG has a thin film TV that you almost glue to the wall its so slim. runs Fiber optic to the control box but really expensive and I'm not sure they sell them in NZ.

 

New TV's looked at a trade show Youtube Video a month or two back showed upcoming TV's they have a version not sure if its Samsung that uses stealth type tech to copy the wallpaper its in front of so its basically becomes invisible.

 

We live in interesting times,  If it were me other than hiding it behind the wall I would look at a Chromecast this would be the cheapest option then look to a TV with a separate control box (HDMI, Aerial connections etc.) they connect via Fiber optic cables these days then attach to your wall with one of those slim wall mounts so the TV does not protrude too much.

 

 

 

https://www.google.com/intl/en_nz/chromecast/tv/ultra/

 

Turn your TV screen into a picture frame

 

When you’re not casting, you can turn your TV screen into a beautiful backdrop of images. Customise your TV screen with Google Photos, Facebook, Flickr, famous works of art, headline news and more.

 

 


phrozenpenguin

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  #2041384 20-Jun-2018 21:39
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Thanks. The issue with just using a Chromecast or similar is that actually the TV stuff looks like a TV. I've seen the frame in real life, and it actually looks like a picture frame! That said, if I could get a almost borderless TV that was super slim all the way down it might not look so bad...


 
 
 
 


lookout
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  #2041624 21-Jun-2018 11:54
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I'm also considering getting a Frame. I like that the connections are all through a separate box and there is only 1 cable to the TV. Keeps everything tidy and the TV nice and slim. I'm not sure what other brands/models are this slim with a separate control box.


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  #2041847 21-Jun-2018 16:54
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Ive got a friend with a Frame.

 

Loves it.

 

Its a niche market so its going to be expensive.

 

Most people want big tv that have a presence in the room.


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  #2041853 21-Jun-2018 17:19
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Serious suggestion - why not buy a non-frame TV then make (or get a picture-framer to make for you) a slim wooden frame that could slip just over the perimeter to give the same effect?




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  #2041870 21-Jun-2018 18:23
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At a guess, the software to run it nicely

 

Rather than just displaying jpgs etc  there is also a program/utility/app that enables you to create the card surrounding the picture within the frame of various colours/hues. A nice library of stick images (?)

 

 

 

You could do this manually by adding a card surround in a graphics program of course.

 

 

 

Manually adding a frame - ?would this have issues with overheating perhaps?


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  #2041873 21-Jun-2018 18:26
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“... a slim ... frame ...”




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phrozenpenguin

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  #2042030 21-Jun-2018 21:49
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I might consider the "make your own frame" (either DIY or Pro framemaker) but am not sure what would be a suitable "base" tv to start with. The few I have looked at are really slim at the top, and then bulkier at the bottom / where the connectors are.

 

Whilst the software on the frame (i.e. making it look like mounting board) is nice, I would expect to be able to duplicate that from another device. I have read about some limitations on the Frame i.e. no slideshow mode, which is a bit limiting. Perhaps that has changed in a recent firmware.

 

@lookout let us know if you find other options in terms of control box and super slim display. Also it needs power, not just the super thin fibre optic - so you need to be able to cable that in nicely as well.


lookout
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  #2042035 21-Jun-2018 22:02
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I can't find a TV that sits closer the wall (without going OLED). You definitely pay a bit extra for The Frame features, compared with a regular 4k TV but I'm only wanting the 43" model so the price is not crazy. The WAF is high so that's a big bonus and the smart TV features might mean we don't need anything connected. I'm going to try see one in person this weekend.


phrozenpenguin

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  #2042450 22-Jun-2018 14:35
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lookout:

 

I can't find a TV that sits closer the wall (without going OLED). You definitely pay a bit extra for The Frame features, compared with a regular 4k TV but I'm only wanting the 43" model so the price is not crazy. The WAF is high so that's a big bonus and the smart TV features might mean we don't need anything connected. I'm going to try see one in person this weekend.

 

Sounds good. Please keep us posted with what you find.


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  #2048824 4-Jul-2018 10:58
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What are you using for sound? im guessing you would need ceiling mounted speakers to also be discrete. 

 

Our on all day with chromecast images, we love it. Frame would be so cool to have. I am a bit of a DIYer so i would just modify the wall with a recess, then build a real frame around it.


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