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    Recommendations for a "non-smart" TV

    Hi, as above. My mother in law is moving house and needs to buy a new TV.

    She will have no broadband or internet to speak of, so a non-smart TV is needed.

    Size around 43".

    Can anyone provide some recommendations please?

    Many thanks

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    These are selling well and will be back in stock soon.

    Great reviews.

    https://ao.com/product/tx43e302b-pan...54950-108.aspx

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    Just because a TV has smart features you donít need to use them. Some good deals at Costco of late but most modern TVís will have smart features built in.

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    But I would be guessing you are paying more BECAUSE it has smart features.
    Itís akin to buying a top of the range car (and paying considerably more) and then saying you donít have to use the features.

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    I've had my eye on one of these:

    https://www.whathifi.com/samsung/ue40mu6400/review

    But I'll have a close look at that Panasonic now, thanks for the heads up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Glover View Post
    Just because a TV has smart features you donít need to use them.
    At the risk of sounding paranoid I'm more concerned about what the net firms and other hackers might use the smart features for.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jaytip View Post
    But I would be guessing you are paying more BECAUSE it has smart features.
    Itís akin to buying a top of the range car (and paying considerably more) and then saying you donít have to use the features.
    Not necessarily so. It's cheaper to build every TV the same & just inhibit certain functions to produce what seems to be a cheaper/lower spec model. I believe Tesla do the same with their cars; the batteries are same but the lower spec models just aren't allowed to access all of the power available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wimm View Post
    At the risk of sounding paranoid I'm more concerned about what the net firms and other hackers might use the smart features for.
    If it's not connected to the local internet connection (either wired or wi-fi) then there's no risk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaytip View Post
    But I would be guessing you are paying more BECAUSE it has smart features.
    Itís akin to buying a top of the range car (and paying considerably more) and then saying you donít have to use the features.
    Not in any meaningful way, ten years ago you could still find cars with Ďkeep fití windows, now Iíd bet youíd struggle to find a car that doesnít have electric front windows as standard.

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    You will be hard pressed to find a new TV that doesnít have smart functions but as previously stated they wonít work without an internet connection. You could always buy an older/ secondhand model via AV forums as many sellers have transferable warranties on their sub 4 year old TVís.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pointy View Post
    If it's not connected to the local internet connection (either wired or wi-fi) then there's no risk.
    Fair point, should have realised that.

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    To be fair on TVs. Tescoís do some non big brand TVs at cheap prices

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wimm View Post



    At the risk of sounding paranoid I'm more concerned about what the net firms and other hackers might use the smart features for.

    What might that be?

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    Recommendations for a "non-smart" TV

    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/gizmo...1788773136/amp

    Or the LG retro tv


    If you can get these over here




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    Quote Originally Posted by mjc1216 View Post
    These are selling well and will be back in stock soon.

    Great reviews.

    https://ao.com/product/tx43e302b-pan...54950-108.aspx
    Wow, thatís a lot of tv for the money!!!

    I remember when any tv was a big purchase

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    That Panasonic from AO looks really good, if its not for a home cinema (ie doesn't need 4K or HDR) its probably exactly what you want.

    If you want a higher spec, you'll likely need to go for a Smart model. I share your thoughts, I hate it, but if you don't connect it to a wifi network it cannot do anything. They have been known to spy, record, etc so these opinions and suspicions are not unfounded.

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