Hulu sent out an email that starting with their October update, my 2015 Samsung TV will no longer be able to support any version of a Hulu app.
So rather than switching to the smaller, worse TV fr the bedroom, I thought I would see if I could find a streaming stick on Facebook or Craigslist for free. I managed to find someone who would trade the 2nd gen Fire TV stick for a 6-pack of Budweiser. So after trading the beer to him in the packing lot *behind* the gas station parking lot, to him in his 1987 Monte Carlo, I plugged in the smells-like-old-cigarette device.
If I had known the Fire Stick remote could power on/off the TV and control the volume (my first gen Roku back in the day couldn't do either), I would have done this much sooner.
The TV's built-in OS took minutes to warm up enough that opening any app and playing a video wouldn't crash it...and it still would sometimes.
The remote is creaky, trash, but at least its responsive. First order of business: ordering a silicone sleeve/cover for it so that I can attach the wrist strap/lanyard so that the remote never hides under a pillow or slips between cushions. Thankfully they are only like $7 on ebay or Amazon.
Fire OS. *sigh* so, the whole thing is designed to shove Amazon content down your throat. That is *very* clear. It's too many buttom presses to get to an app that isn't in your "quick list" of 6 primary apps. After singing in to all of the apps, I've come to the conclusion that Roku's OS and remotes are better...but I can't complain about the trade I got.
My LG C2 keeps offering to take control over the cable STB I have connected. No I don't want that, the TV remote is missing all of the important buttons. Stop asking! I'm not sure it was as common in 2015, my previous Samsung didn't seem to have that option.eARC HDMI ports allow this sort of thing. I use my ROKU in one.
I hadn't seen that before, partly because I never got the whole Ambilight thing and prefer my TV edges to blend into blackness. Works better when the blacks on the screen really are black and cover all edges, so something on the screen is just floating in black space. Interesting idea though, probably a really poor camera because it just needs to get patches of colour.
Honestly, to me, the whole thing seems incredibly daft! In what nightmare of tech have we ended up, if it's easier and cheaper (by a factor of 4!) to actually film the screen (with a shit cam, ok) and analyse the result of that to get nice ambient lighting than it is to lift the signal from the bloody signal cable? sound like a super dumb solution... but as often is the case, the dumbest shit works best.Interesting idea though, probably a really poor camera because it just needs to get patches of colour.
I wonder if Phillips has any connections to currently-relevant TV manufacturers? Could they partner on a co-branded "TCL + Phillips" TV line with an LED header for a streamlined line of accessory RGB LED luminairs, from vertical free-standing sticks, to LED strips, to up-firing desktop spot lights and lamps...If it was like PC RGB setups where you just plug a compatible lighting strip into the 4-pin header and off you go, it would be simple. But TV companies wouldn't make enough money from that.