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Topic # 112910 27-Dec-2012 09:13
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We have an 42" LG Smart TV with 3D capabilities

Samsung has a 3D blu ray player with smart tv capabilities built in - and we're attracted by this due to the price ($196) and also their smart tv capabilities allow for TVNZ on demand on tv which would be perfect for the missus...

My question is - would our smart tv allow an different brand of smart tv to work on it? as LG doesnt allow tvnz on demand app etc and the webbrowser is poor for streaming (found out by trying tvnz and isky and it sucks)

Asked at the shop and they rattled off the "samsung only works with samsung and LG with LG line" which is probably company policy - and I know the 3D blu ray will def work with the LG TV, its just the smart tv side of things I'm wondering about :)


This is the player in question  http://www.jbhifi.co.nz/tv-lcd-led-plasma/media-players/samsung/3d-blu-ray-player-sku-27891/
and this is the tv http://www.lg.com/us/tvs/lg-42LM6200-led-tv

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  Reply # 737621 27-Dec-2012 11:19
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The "Smart" in their names is just branding. There's no actual tech called "Smart". Manufacturers use this buzzword to refer to internet-ready devices (usually).

Both devices' "Smart" features work independently of each other.




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  Reply # 740119 4-Jan-2013 12:18
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Not familiar with the LG range, but the Samsung devices work very well together and they have also released a media server you can install on your PC to serve videos to the TV. Just be aware that Samsung TVs can play many video formats off a USB hard drive but not over a home network (unless it is from another Samsung device or their PC media server software).

In general I like both brands, but prefer Samsung for a wide range of their products including appliances. In Korea you even go to a Samsung petrol station for filling up your Samsung car!




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  Reply # 740125 4-Jan-2013 12:34
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when they say "smart tv", they mean like "smart phone".

the OS the TV uses is just more advanced than older tvs, and have built in apps like webbrowsers, some streaming content like youtube etc.

since they are all different operating systems, you cannot use a samsung tvnz app on an lg tv (theres no way to get it download it on there).

smart tv OSs are very simliar to the early days of smart phones, where each manufacturer have their own OS. Google TV is getting more popular overseas and will eliminate this issue, but google tv is still a while away for the main stream (it requires somewhat powerful hardware which push the prices of tvs up). once there is a common OS for tvs, content providers will just write one app that runs on any tv running that os (like android apps on any android phone etc).

until then, best place for content is consoles. since theres only 2 main consoles with huge market share, with PS3 being the best currently for NZ content.

as soon as google tv gets to nz, ill rush out and buy one, until then im using devices like the raspberrypi and a xbox 360 for my online content.


but the 3D side of things will work across brands.  thats a common standard (since the source determines the standard, eg the Blu-Ray disc).  so you wont have a problem there.

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  Reply # 740265 4-Jan-2013 20:16
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Samsung uses a custom/locked implementation of Linux. There are a number of apps and constantly increasing, you are presented with a list on the TV. Many of the apps are not very useful if you watch your data cap, but there are useful stuff and the cost of data will come down. You can also venture into customizing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SamyGO

A friend says his LG is a bit slow with starting Linux and some menus. My Samsung 32" is not bad. If you really want to get into it, need to look up processor specs for the specific model you are after.




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