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posted by janrinok on Sunday April 17 2022, @02:01AM   Printer-friendly
from the don't-connect-them-to-anything dept.

https://www.techdirt.com/2022/04/14/its-still-stupidly-ridiculously-difficult-to-buy-a-dumb-tv/

Historically, "smart" TVs aren't always particularly smart. They've routinely been shown to have lax security and privacy standards. They also routinely feature embedded OS systems that don't age well, aren't always well designed, don't perform particularly well over time, are slathered with ads, and are usually worse than most third-party game streaming devices or video game consoles.

Yet when if you go shopping for "dumb" televisions — as in just a high quality display with a bunch of HDMI ports and not much else, you're usually going to be out of luck. There are options, but guides on this front will usually shovel you toward computer monitors (too pricey at large sizes), or business-class displays (ditto).

[...] Of course it's challenging because TV manufacturers now make more money collecting and monetizing your personal data than they do selling the actual hardware. Last year Vizio noted it made $38.4 million in one quarter just from tracking and monetizing consumer viewing and usage data. It made $48.2 million on hardware (which also includes soundbars, and other products) in that same period.


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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by krishnoid on Sunday April 17 2022, @03:06AM (1 child)

    by krishnoid (1156) on Sunday April 17 2022, @03:06AM (#1237605)

    Whoops, I was just thinking of seeing if someone on xda-developers had found which TVs can be rooted/reloaded this way. I also suppose buying a used business-class display from a company that's scrapping/upgrading/going into bankruptcy is also an possibility.

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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by JoeMerchant on Sunday April 17 2022, @04:24AM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Sunday April 17 2022, @04:24AM (#1237627)

    Yeah, if the reverse engineering has been done, and written up into a reasonable how-to that can be researched and implemented within a couple of hours, sure.... I've just gone down too many of those rabbit holes that end up taking 8-10 hours before it's working satisfactorily - with a fair amount of risk that it never will, or that it will require periodic maintenance.

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