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04-Feb-13 TV is smarter than me!

In Blog, BYOD, Consumerisation, Technology on February 4, 2013 at 9:33 am

I’ve just made my latest investment in computer technology. Before you ask, its not another Apple or Google device, but this time a product from Samsung; a 22″ smart TV device.

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Now I’ve already made a previous investment in a smart TV from Samsung, but I have to say that this one has some fantastic features built in!

Yes, it has all the normal things I’d expect smart TV’s to now have (BBC iPlayer, YouTube etc), but I was impressed that it has wireless capability now built in, as well as being Skype ready (if you add a camera).

Well I was impressed until I started setting it up!

The first problem I experienced was the digital reception. Now we hardly live in the back end of beyond, so I was startled that the reception in our kitchen would be that bad. After all, if I was on the roof, I’d be able to see Crystal Palace in the distance!

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After all the neatness of a wall mounted LED, it is now accompanied by the biggest indoor aerial I could find to get digital coverage! Surely there has to be a better way to fix this?

The second problem I experienced was the wireless speed. This was noticeable when playing BBC iPlayer by the constant buffering (as you will know from a previous blog, my BT broadband connection was upgraded a few months ago to Infinity).

As any techie would do, I referred to the manual for any obvious settings that were wrong and then the web site for any latest patches, but everything appears correct and up to date.

As I write my blog, the TV is doing an update after attempting to load the built in web browser. A fix that the Samsung web site suggested. This update has now been running for over an hour! Is digital really the future?

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  1. You could always flog it to Drewett.

    • I would but unfortunately it is not 3d, which I think is the world he lives in, as he sees things very differently to everyone else! 🙂
      Glad to see you commenting again on my blog now that Janathon has gone for good!

  2. Sounds like you’ve had a frustrating evening trying to set it up! For the bin, I’d say!

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