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My TV has a [Magic Explorer] button, y’all

But only when the pointer color is changed to purple, I guess. Another learning curve. Swell.

We got a new TV today. Our old Sony was rock solid, but it was 15 years old – right at the dawn of the smart TV era. It was kinda dumb. We saw an OLED running in a shop and thought…yes, please.

This somehow has a bigger screen with a smaller footprint (the Sony had a thick frame around the outside). It weighs about a third what the old one did and costs £0.19 a year to run all the time on standby.

We spent the afternoon watching 4K videos of cats and forests. Whee!

Have a good weekend. Any smart TV tips?


Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: April 5, 2024, 7:11 pm

If you can install the YouTube app, look for sailing series.

I am bingeing on Expedition Evans which follows two hard-working hipster modern hippies who are determined to “go off-grid” on a 2008 50′ Beneteau 49. I’ve honestly never seen two young people work so hard or promote “Follow us so we can make more money!” so often.

The episodes look great on a 55″ 4K.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: April 5, 2024, 7:46 pm

If it has a camera, cover it with electrical tape so it can’t spy on you 🙂

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: April 5, 2024, 11:05 pm

And remember it ain’t just what they “see”.
Whoever ” they ” might be.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 6, 2024, 5:34 pm

JavaMan has the hots for a new television. Our Toshiba is 14 years old. Makes a loud popping noise from time to time, and I wonder if it’s going to make like a firecracker. I care so little about television now that I honestly think I could just do without, but I haven’t listened to radio news in a long time. I’m not driving to work or making those cross-state trips like I did for years.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 6, 2024, 6:03 pm

Any smart TV tips?

No, but I have a smart-ass TV tip:
Change the channel whenever any sort of news comes on. Or at least hit the MUTE button.

Suggested search topic: Gell-Mann amnesia effect

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 8, 2024, 10:10 am

That’s the great irony with us too, Deborah. Just about everything we watch is so ancient that it’s not even in basic ‘High def’. We did experiment over the weekend with some of the 14k wildlife stuff from YouTube but the tinkly ‘reflective’ piano music brings me out in hives. Mind you, it was impressive being able to count the hairs on a snow leopard’s bottom.

I think it’s going to turn out to be a good purchase but I’m sure it’s sending back a ton of data on our viewing habits. I wonder if it’ll also pick up my swearing at the adverts? Ho hum…

Comment from Carl
Time: April 8, 2024, 2:04 pm

What model TV did you get?

I have a Sony Bravia 32-inch which I bought in 2006 for £950. It still works fine but I feel that it’s about time to replace it with something that has better connectivity. 55-inch seems to be the standard size around here. That would dominate our living room. I might go for a 43-inch LG one.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 8, 2024, 5:39 pm

That’s exactly what we bought Carl. It was recommended to me both by a family member and the small, specialist dealer we bought from (they seem to know what they are talking about). Interestingly, it was an ancient Sony that we replaced. Time was I’d only have bought a Sony TV which shows how effectively the Koreans have stolen their lunch. The only possible rival was a Samsung but the LG seemed better in several respects and was cheaper.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 8, 2024, 7:21 pm

It’s the 48″ one. this one.

Comment from Carl
Time: April 8, 2024, 7:37 pm

I’m going for the LG 42″ OLED42C34LA. It gets good reviews and is a Which? best buy. £849 from Amazon (£899 elsewhere). I just have to convince Mrs C that we really need it. The diagonal dimension on our 32″ Sony is 38″ so the LG will be only slightly bigger.

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