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#93002 10-Nov-2011 20:47
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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??

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  #544031 10-Nov-2011 22:38
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US is ntsc. here we pal? doubt it will work

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  #544075 11-Nov-2011 06:19
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If you're after a 100% guaranteed way to brick your TV it's probably your best chance.


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  #544125 11-Nov-2011 08:51
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BraaiGuy: US is ntsc. here we pal? doubt it will work

I think you be lucky to find any NTSC component in modern US TVs these days..



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  #544149 11-Nov-2011 09:48
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BraaiGuy: US is ntsc. here we pal? doubt it will work

I think you be lucky to find any NTSC component in modern US TVs these days..

OK smarty, ATSC then :) his original comment stands thou, as does Sbiddle's this looks like a fast track way to brick your Tele

Unless this tele already states it will tune US ATSC HDTV, sticking US firmware on it is just inviting trouble....

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  #544186 11-Nov-2011 10:53
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What's the advantage you are trying to get? If it's the extra video feeds supported by the tv, chances are that they would not be available to ip addresses in NZ.

My understanding is that a lot of us tv's don't support 50hz inputs, 24 and 60 are ok, NZ Sony LCD TVs tend to support 24 50 and 60Hz.

But, mostly, chances are that you will not have a happy result.


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  #544345 11-Nov-2011 18:03
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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?

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  #544359 11-Nov-2011 19:21
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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.


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  #544881 13-Nov-2011 20:34
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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.

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