Has anyone tried updating the firmware of their "smart" TV to the US version for the same model? I am guessing if the firmware update does a complete reinstall, the only issue would be Freeview support? Or there's more to it??
Sounds like the concensus is - don't do it. The thing is that I'm using the TV only as a monitor for my HTMC - I haven't even bothered tuning the channels. I'd rather get the richer smart TV experience....and yes, IP restrictions apply, etc, etc.
So what does "bricking the TV" mean here - would HDMI still work? or TV won't start full stop?
To render your computer (or TV) useless, as useless as a brick.
Usually the result of tampering with the insides and doing irreversible damage. Bricking your hardware leaves you with a new paperweight. Can be the end effect of a faulty flash or firmware update, a modification (mod) gone bad or being struck by lighting, to name a few.
What model TV do you have, and what is the perceived benefit in upgrading it to a firmware version for a US model? IMHO, suggest you run a significant risk of "bricking" it as per previous posts. Sony models for USA/Canada tend to be rather different to Oceania models, especially in dept of firmware, if it works, recommend you leave it alone apart from any updates for the specific area and model concerned.