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Digital TV help needed
« on: August 31, 2018, 08:58:25 PM »
I do not watch TV and I completely lost track with the new technology

My wife likes to watch a movie over a weekend.

We are building a new room and decided it is time to spoil her with a new tv which I might even hook up to one of my amps.

BUT I have no cooking clue how these things work nowadays.

My aim is to
1. get something flat to the wall which does not take space, we still have one of those normal old TVs, but haven't used it in 2 years because we use the computer to watch a movie.
2. See if I can get rid of a TV completely so I do not have to waste money on SABC licence.

I understand one can now watch a movie directly on a TV via the internet. Now I wonder why does the shops still call the unit a TV and you must have a license for it, if you do not use a broadcast signal no more why dont they just call it a multimedia monitor?

I see you get something like a streaming box, so you do need a computer to download or stream the movie
I see all streamboxes does not support all the sites you can stream from
It seems like a digital TV do not need a stream box, it can download and stream directly, do I understand this correctly? Are all digital TVs like this?

I do not have a large enough wall for a projector, so I will have to stick to a TV/monitor

Q1. Do one get something like a digital TV which are not called a TV, or can I create this by using a very large computer monitor paired to a streaming box?
Seems like same size computer monitors are double the price of a TV.

Q2. If I do get a digital TV , what is a good option? We only need like 40 or 50", nothing big.

Any suggestions would help.

The electricians will be here next week Tuesday to cut chase the walls for the plugs, so I need to decide what I will do so I can tell them where to put how many plugs.
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Re: Digital TV help needed
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2018, 10:03:10 PM »
Pieter, briefly:

Any screen that has a tuner as part of its internal circuitry, requires a licence from the SABC, whether you make use of it or not. Monitor screens are available but cost a good deal more than a TV of equal size.

Most TVs nowadays feature several 'Smart' features, thereby enabling you to watch films from various sources, eg. Netflix. An Internet connection/wi-fi is required for this and there will be a monthly subscription to pay for Netflix. This amount, however, is considerably less than a DSTV subscription.

Excellent value for money would be a Hi-Sense TV, try fit the largest one possible, 40" is way too small for comfortable viewing. TVs can be wall-mounted, you simply purchase a suitable wall-mount bracket.

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Re: Digital TV help needed
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2018, 04:18:13 PM »
Thank you Eric
So as long as it is a Smart tv I do not need the streaming box.

So with Smart TV I will only need one power socket in the wall behind the TV  and I will only need to run one cable down to the amp for sound?
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Re: Digital TV help needed
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2018, 04:26:58 PM »
Thank you Eric
So as long as it is a Smart tv I do not need the streaming box.

So with Smart TV I will only need one power socket in the wall behind the TV  and I will only need to run one cable down to the amp for sound?

Correct on one power socket for the tv and correct for no streaming box needed if you buy a smart tv.

In terms of using an external amp to play the tvís sound, what amp will you use? Sound comes from the tv either via hdmi or optical/coax (these are all digital) or twin rca (analog). You will need to ensure the tv has the correct sound output to match with your amp.

The digital options usually only work with home cinema multi channel amps. The analog with normal stereo amps.

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Re: Digital TV help needed
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2018, 06:23:18 PM »
I have a Yamaha R-N602 and a NAD 3020 , still have to decide which system will go to that room.

So is that what these AV receivers are for, like this one:
https://www.gumtree.co.za/a-amplifiers/edgemead/nad-747-hdmi/1002739218010911217648809

Do one use those because you cannot connect the TV to a normal amp?
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Re: Digital TV help needed
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2018, 06:27:05 PM »
Pieter, first thing is to determine whether the new TV even has AV (Red & White) AV outputs.


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Re: Digital TV help needed
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2018, 07:38:50 PM »
The Yamaha has both optical and coax inputs.



This is the amp to use.


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Re: Digital TV help needed
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2018, 02:04:16 PM »
Thank you, that is great news.
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Re: Digital TV help needed
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2018, 08:23:22 AM »
Have a strange one from Netflix

My profile is labelled "Chris"
Last night, when starting Netflix, it asked me which profile I wanted
There was
Chris
Chris_2
Chris_3
Chris_4
Kids

Chris_4 contains the same movies and shows that I have already viewed
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Re: Digital TV help needed
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2018, 08:54:06 AM »
So as long as it is a Smart tv I do not need the streaming box.

Smart TVs today generally include the ability to stream Netflix and YouTube. But don't take that as a given; make sure that is the case for the model you purchase.

So with Smart TV I will only need one power socket in the wall behind the TV  and I will only need to run one cable down to the amp for sound?

The latest TVs have WiFi, so you can connect wirelessly, but an ethernet cable is more stable/reliable.
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