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Decline New Privacy Policy? LG Will Dumb Down Your Smart TV

“Because I will not agree to LG’s Privacy Policy,” a reader in the United Kingdom wrote to Techdirt, “I can now no longer access/use any of of the TV’s network based programs: [BBC] iPlayer, Skype, 3D etc.” What sort of horrific modern nightmare is this? It’s one that could come soon to a formerly-smart television near you, too. [More]

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Before Handing Over $9,000, Make Sure TV Salesman Really Works At Sears

When someone approaches you with a deal that seems irresistible, sometimes there’s a good reason why. For example, the person offering you a truckload of televisions for $900 each when they retail for $3,000 may not be a legitimate representative of the electronics department at Sears. [More]

Yes, Televisions Are Pretty Much Disposable Now

It seems like an ancient, lost world now, but there was once a time when people bought electronics or appliances, and when they broke down, they hired someone to repair the item and kept using it. This may not sound weird and obsolete to you or to me or to reader Donna. Toshiba, on the other hand, certainly thinks that it’s not worthwhile to repair the television that she paid $1,800 for in 2007. She doesn’t want anything for free, and is willing to pay for parts and repair. Only the needed part isn’t available from Toshiba, or from anyone. [More]

This 19" Portable TV Was 'The Supreme Achievement Of The Television Age' In 1959

This 19" Portable TV Was 'The Supreme Achievement Of The Television Age' In 1959

Imagine a portable TV with a 19″ screen that has a fuel cell that recharges from your wall outlet, and can be disguised as a weirdly heavy briefcase. Not impressed? Maybe you would have been if it were still 1959, when Motorola introduced this amazing television with its futuristic rechargeable “energy cell” (sold separately.) [More]

No, You Don't Need To Drop $1000 On A Wifi TV To Use A Roku

No, You Don't Need To Drop $1000 On A Wifi TV To Use A Roku

Sure, you should research purchases ahead of time, but discovering new things while shopping out in the real world can be fun. Reader HogwartsProfessor was browsing the electronics section at Walmart and had some questions about a Roku. Two associates told her that no, the devices only work if you have a wifi-enabled TV. This isn’t true, as she learned: the point of the Roku is that it is the device that streams Internet content to your TV. [More]

There Are No TVs Here, Only Dell Hell And Despair

There Are No TVs Here, Only Dell Hell And Despair

Brandon tells Consumerist that he found the best deal around on a huge Vizio TV from Dell. Unfortunately, instead of finding himself in 47″ HDTV bliss, Brandon found himself condemned to weeks in Dell Hell, while the company threw out empty promises and conflicting excuses, and in the end simply can’t deliver the television that Brandon purchased. [More]

Panasonic: If We Had Actually Helped When You Called For Support, Your TV Would Be Under Warranty

Panasonic: If We Had Actually Helped When You Called For Support, Your TV Would Be Under Warranty

James has a sweet Panasonic 42″ plasma screen TV. He writes that the device has an exciting new feature: it now refuses to turn on. Back in January, he called Panasonic support, who were able to help him unplug and reset the TV a few times. That helped, but it broke for good back in May. Now Panasonic says that his warranty is up, but they totally could have helped him if the set had broken closer to the end of this one-year warranty. Say, two months after the warranty ended in November 2009. Also known as January–when he originally called Panasonic about the problem. [More]

I'm Stuck With A Broken TV From A Bankrupt Retailer. What Do I Do?

I'm Stuck With A Broken TV From A Bankrupt Retailer. What Do I Do?

Marnin would like some help from the Consumerist hive mind. He writes that his friend purchased a Proscan TV from a retailer that declared bankruptcy a week after the purchase. The TV, of course, [More]

Make Your New HDTV Slightly More Awesome

Make Your New HDTV Slightly More Awesome

Did you acquire a shiny, flat new HDTV in 2009’s end-of-the-year buying frenzy? If your new TV looks a little odd, you may need to calibrate it. Consumer Reports Electronics can help. [More]

MPAA Asks FCC For Control Of Your TV's Analog Outputs

MPAA Asks FCC For Control Of Your TV's Analog Outputs

The Motion Picture Association of American wants to rent movies to TV viewers earlier in the release window, but they don’t want anyone potentially streaming that video out to other appliances. That’s why last week they went back to the FCC to once again ask for the power to disable analog ports on consumer television sets.

Want An HDTV? Just Imagine That You Have One

Want An HDTV? Just Imagine That You Have One

Good news, everyone! I don’t have an aging hulk of a CRT television in my living room anymore. No, I have a high definition television, thanks to the power of my mind. At least, that’s what a recent study tells me will happen if I wish hard enough.

Best Buy Now Prices TVs Up To $200 Cheaper Online

Best Buy Now Prices TVs Up To $200 Cheaper Online

According to our friends at HDGuru.com, Best Buy now has drastic price differences on TVs between its web site and stores. The difference can be as much as $200, but Best Buy will price match its own prices for customers who happen to glance at the site before purchasing a TV.

Funai Finally Answers The Phone, Offers Refund For Dead 5-Month-Old TV

Funai Finally Answers The Phone, Offers Refund For Dead 5-Month-Old TV

Thanks to their own determination and a tip from a fellow Consumerist reader, Tavie and Gina have finally found someone at Funai willing to not only answer the phone, but grant them a refund for their Sylvania television that died after only a few months of use. The amount of effort needed to get this result is a little disheartening, but we’re thrilled at the happy ending, and we now have helpful information for other customers who encounter problems with Funai.

Funai Knows TV Broke Under Warranty, Hopes You Go Away

Funai Knows TV Broke Under Warranty, Hopes You Go Away

Back in February, Funai put a Consumerist reader on hold for two and a half hours before telling him that there was nothing they could do about selling him the entirely wrong DTV converter box. Now Funai has decided to head those long hold times off at the pass, and their warranty division has stopped answering the phone entirely.

Pop Goes The Shoddy Refurbed Hitachi TV

Pop Goes The Shoddy Refurbed Hitachi TV

Mark thought he’d save some money by buying a refurbished Hibachi HDTV off UEC Web, but was disturbed to discover the TV — as an under-fire politician, coach or CEO would put it — decided to spend more time with its family.

Target's Continuing Descent Into Madness Affects Courtesy Phones, TVs

Target's Continuing Descent Into Madness Affects Courtesy Phones, TVs

Target, we need to talk. No, sit down, Target. You’re among friends. You know that we care about you very much, which is why we’re concerned. Either you’re suffering from some serious mental problems, or you’ve decided that the laws of time, space, and reality no longer apply in your stores.

Now Is A Good Time To Haggle Over A TV

Now Is A Good Time To Haggle Over A TV

Between weak holiday sales and the pending arrival of new models, this an excellent time to haggle with your local electronics store over the price of a new TV. In a normal year, prices dip before the holidays and again before the Super Bowl. This year, with the recession clamping down on bank accounts, nobody’s buying. With new models arriving soon, retailers just want to clear out their showroom space, meaning you can walk in and save a few hundred dollars on that dream set you’ve always wanted.

Sears Calls Several Days After Purchase To Upsell Unnecessary Protection Plan With Lies

Sears Calls Several Days After Purchase To Upsell Unnecessary Protection Plan With Lies

Sears tried to scare Anthony into buying an unnecessary protection plan several days after he purchased a new plasma tv. The sales rep who called explained that Anthony’s new plasma would need to be recharged every five years, which isn’t true. According to Consumer Reports: “There is no such thing as recharging a plasma TV with new gas. It is sealed at the factory.”