Looking for 70 Inch UHD Smart TV

Hi Guys,

I've been using Android TV boxes for several years, so I know how to run Kodi, aide load apks etc.

I'm looking for a decent quality smart TV with android TV operating system built in. I don't want something that has an old version of Android like Android 4, that can't be upgraded. I also need something that will have a half decent (or expandable) hard drive, so that I can download movies as required. I usually stream, but occasionally need to download.

I will look at buying online from Kogan etc, if there's a good deal, but I think I prefer to buy instore, from the likes of JB Hi-Fi/Goodguys in case there are warranty issues.

Oh yeah and my budget is sub $2,500.

Thanks in Advance.

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    While not the answer - I gave up trying to use smarttvs as the OS was always crap, the apps clunky or unreliable. Easier to just have a small media player (or two - I have an Apple one and a Windows one connected to a "dumb" screen). Much cheaper.

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    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-LG-70UK6540PTA-70-177cm-UHD-...

    They had this + 20% off the other week, ~ $1800+ at the time but now back to RRP
    There was also a 70" Sony last year X6700E however entry level. But I haven't seen this for a while now

    Please note that these TV's are entry level.
    The LG has Greys via DSE due to its IPS screen and can be very annoying in the dark

    Are you restricted by dimensions as there are many 65 & 75" TV's and not many 70"?

    You are better off getting a better quality 65" than an entry level 70"

    Edit: Many new TV's accept external HDD via its USB

    Kogan = Junk

    Cheers

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      Thanks, this looks OK. When it says 'Resolution (Pixels): 3840 x 2160' does this make it 4K enabled?

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        Do more research on what 4K is before any purchase.

        Good luck.

        Cheers

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        Depends how technical you want to get but 3840x2160 is UHD resolution. The TV industry tends to use 4K and UHD interchangeably just to be confusing and they will always refer to 3840x2160. Some people would argue that true 4K is 4096x2160 but that's a Cinema standard and you can't buy a TV in it.

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          Agree, however IMO the term "4K" is a lose term used to state 4 x FHD screens (2 columns x 2 rows). 1920 x 2 * 1080 x 2

          In relation to 4096 x 2160 res, the mid to higher end TV's can display (e.g LG OLED) at that resolution however the image looks shrinked / truncated depending on the source/hardware used

          Cheers

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            @vinni9284: I'll never understand why they give TVs and monitors the ability to accept 4096x2160. The panel won't have enough pixels and as you said everything will be sort of smooshed as each pixel is required to represent 1.06 pixels vertically. If everyone doesn't just a little off that'll be because the hardware has realised your silly mistake and is simply ignoring you and is really only showing 3840x2160

            Listing this resolution isn't really a useful feature and in my opinion the manufacturer should be removing it as a compatible resolution in the EDID file so that people don't select it due to the perception that bigger is better.

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    I'd wait until a 65" OLED is in your budget range.

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    Have you considered WebOS? IMO its better than Android TV and looks much nicer and cleaner. There's also PLEX and DLNA Servers if you want to watch movies on your NAS. The only thing that is not on there is Kodi but PLEX works fine assuming you're not using KODI to watch illegal movies. When ur talking about the OS. Are you talking about Android TV OS or Android OS? Android TV boxes come with stock android whereas Android TV is more optimised for TV functionality.

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      Thanks, I've not heard of WebOS. I've used Plex for playing movies that are on my phone, but I'd rather have a solution either in the TV or plugged in to it. I use KODI to watch catch-up Aussie TV, via several addons. I have two Android boxes, one which has Android and the other, which is much better (a Xaiomi) uses Android TV.

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    ive always just used a PC hooked up to a cheap 4k tv via hdmi. i use it for everything, for the past 4 years. i saw the other day on youtube that OLED have burn in, which i'll be avoiding personally in future.
    The downside to the PC hooked up is i am using a cheap bluetooth keyboard and mouse, which is effective, but limiting due to the quality of a $30 bluetooth keyboard and mouse combo. Still, its easy to type from my lap and a laser mouse will work on most surfaces these days.
    I have kodi on PC and have a few channels, but i rarely use it as streaming and navigating on windows explorer seems to be the fastest and most familiar way to access media.

    I havent got the experience with TVs with built in android, but i doubt you'll be able to side load apps and run adblockers. I do hope im wrong.

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      Thanks. You certainly can side-load apks. I get the idea of connecting a PC, but I want the TV on the wall and I'd prefer not to have a bunch of peripherals plugged into it.

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        You might actually find you can't side load apps on a TV which is actually running "Android TV". Some TVs may be running Android with a skin that looks like Android TV but this should be confused with a proper Google certified Android TV. These cheaper TVs are able to side load and do all kinds of things because as far as the Android system is related they are a tablet and the OS is sort of hacked together to work in a TV. If you run Antutu they will even report having a touch screen and accelerometor…

        Google has the legit ones locked down good and you may find that you can't read from a USB stick at all and that the TV will come with no file browser or SD card slot making it almost impossible to side load apps. Proper certified TVs have their firmware checked off by Google which is where I assume they do their checks and ensure it meets their requirements. Google is being very protective of proper Android TV which is a very different beast to those cheap crappy Android TV boxes you get online. Any potential side loaded methods could be removed with forced updates any time Google feels like it.

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