tvs

LG Admits Smart TV Without Working Remote Isn’t Very Smart, Offers To Replace It

LG Admits Smart TV Without Working Remote Isn’t Very Smart, Offers To Replace It

Earlier this week, we shared the story of reader Michael, who bought a pricey 3-D smart television from Amazon. His family thought it was pretty awesome until the set’s remote would no longer work. A few different repair teams weren’t able to make the TV and its remote work together permanently. Would he be left with a great big TV set that he couldn’t even use to watch YouTube videos? Sure, that’s a first world problem, but consumers deserve to get what they pay for. We posted about Michael and his TV. Coincidentally, after the post went up LG contacted him with a resolution.

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My LG Smart TV Is Pretty Stupid Without The ‘Magic’ Remote Control

My LG Smart TV Is Pretty Stupid Without The ‘Magic’ Remote Control

Here’s the problem with smart TVs that I had never thought of: they depend heavily on the remote controls that come in the box. That’s a lesson that Michael has learned the hard and expensive way. The “magic” remote that came with his 47-inch LG smart TV won’t work. That’s not very magical. Years ago, if your remote control didn’t work, the worst-case scenario was that you would have to get up off your rear end to adjust the volume or change the channel. In the case of Michael’s TV, he can’t use any of the Internet features without that specific remote. You know, the thing that distinguishes a smart TV from other, stupider TVs. Update: LG is sending Michael a new television.

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The Next Hot Thing We’re All Gonna Want In Our TVs Is Ultra HD

Turn your peepers on “ogle” and prepare yourself to want the newest shiny thing: TV technology is getting shnazzier and the next generation of technology has just been officially dubbed Ultra HD. It’s so easy, rolls right off the tongue and was approved by the Consumer Electronics Association. The HD replaced “4K” which had been the industry lingo for any TV with four times the resolution of a regular HD set.

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See A Price Drop On A TV You Bought From Amazon? Act Fast For Your Refund!

See A Price Drop On A TV You Bought From Amazon? Act Fast For Your Refund!

It’s not that Steve was begging for any special favors, or violating the policies that Amazon itself has posted. He saw the price on the TV he had already purchased drop by more than $200 as part of a special sale, and he contacted Amazon for a price adjustment, per their policy. And they denied him, because the sale price didn’t apply at that exact moment he called. A screen grab and Amazon’s own records weren’t enough proof.

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Pay No Attention To The Flickering Excited Pixel On Your Plasma TV

Pay No Attention To The Flickering Excited Pixel On Your Plasma TV

Joshua has only had his Panasonic 3-D plasma TV for six months, so it’s still well within the initial one-year warranty. It’s developed a strange problem where one particular area of the screen glows bright green, flickers, and is hot to the touch. Once Panasonic was able to find someone on staff capable of viewing the YouTube video he sent in as evidence, they ultimately concluded that a hot flickering pixel is not covered by the warranty. Really? Somehow, he expected more after dropping $1,500 on a TV.

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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.

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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.

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How To Beat HDTV "Customer Service"

How To Beat HDTV "Customer Service"

If your HDTV set is malfunctioning you follow the advice most HDTV manufacturers put on their website, you can actually end up screwing yourself. Surprise, surprise. Here’s what you should do instead.

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Big Sony Bravia TV Fire Recall Is Only In Japan, But US Models May Be Affected

Big Sony Bravia TV Fire Recall Is Only In Japan, But US Models May Be Affected

Headlines are blaring about the 1.6 million 40″ Sony Bravia TVs getting recalled for fire and smoke risk, but they’re overlooking a key fact. The recalled models were only sold in Japan. No recall has been issued in America. However, there are 400,000 models that were sold in the US that contain the same component that prompted the Japan recall. Here are the Sony Bravia TV model numbers you should check to see if you have.

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Vizio Claims Repairing Their TVs Isn't Cost-Effective

Vizio Claims Repairing Their TVs Isn't Cost-Effective

I love photos of urban decay and reminders of the former functions of old buildings. TV repair shop signs, for some reason, can outlast the businesses they advertise by decades. It’s hard to pack a 60″ plasma screen in your SUV and take it to the shop. Repairs still happen, especially when they’re cheaper than the cost of a replacement TV. But our friends over at HDGuru tell us that the nation’s second-largest brand, Vizio, is quick to declare televisions “unrepairable,” even when a customer is willing to pay. Even for problems that other manufacturers are able to repair themselves.

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Make Your Own Indoor HDTV Antenna From Cardboard And
Aluminum Foil

Make Your Own Indoor HDTV Antenna From Cardboard And Aluminum Foil

You could drop $40-$70 on an indoor HDTV antennae, or you could make your own for a few bucks out of cardboard and aluminum foil. Since most TVs have built-in HD tuners, you can get local TV without paying for cable just by applying your DIY know-how. Reader Dave shares his instructions.

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Panasonic Marketing Guy: Lack Of Good 3D Movies Makes 3D TVs Sell Poorly

Panasonic Marketing Guy: Lack Of Good 3D Movies Makes 3D TVs Sell Poorly

A Panasonic marketing executive says it’s Hollywood’s fault you don’t want to buy a 3D TV. If there were more Avatars and fewer Clash of the Titanses, he insinuates, you’d feel compelled to spring for the expensive products and their obnoxious accompanying glasses.

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Number Of Households With TVs Dips For First Time Since 1992

Number Of Households With TVs Dips For First Time Since 1992

With seemingly everyone falling all over themselves to buy HDTVs at falling prices, it seems baffling that the number of American homes equipped with TVs dropped for the first time in nearly two decades. But that’s the result Nielsen has derived from its research. The firm announced the 2012 Advance/Preliminary TV Household Universe Estimate (UE) will be set at 114.7 million, slipping from the 114.7 million 2011 figure.

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Most Households Have HDTVs, But Few Care About 3D

Most Households Have HDTVs, But Few Care About 3D

Thanks to steady price drops and ubiquity on store shelves, HDTVs have become the norm in American homes, entering 60 percent of households. Those who have gone the extra technological mile to don glasses and buy 3D TVs, though, are still a tiny minority.

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Dell Incapable Of Selling Man TV

Dell Incapable Of Selling Man TV

On Black Friday, Rich attempted to give money to Dell to purchase a TV. He failed in this endeavor and Dell doesn’t seem to care, despite sending him 5 order acknowledgement emails.

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Scammers Sell Plywood Wrapped In Black Tape As 50" Flat
Screen

Scammers Sell Plywood Wrapped In Black Tape As 50" Flat Screen

They cut a slit in the back of the wrapping and then the guy got nervous and said “I left something in the car,” and booked. What had appeared to be a 50″ flat screen TV was actually plywood wrapped in black tape.

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You Can Get Any 42" Samsung Plasma TV From Target, As Long As It's Smashed

You Can Get Any 42" Samsung Plasma TV From Target, As Long As It's Smashed

Steve’s TV buying experience with Target has not gone well. If he wants to try this a third time, the store is more than willing to let him, but they say he has to pay full price now and there’s still no guarantee a broken TV won’t show up on his doorstep.

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Best Buy Replaces Your TV, Forgets About It, Offers You
Another

Best Buy Replaces Your TV, Forgets About It, Offers You Another

Reader Wayne is an honest person. His Best Buy Insignia TV died and so, of course, he brought it back to the store. They kept it for a little while, decided they couldn’t fix it, and replaced it with a similar model. Then they forgot they did this.

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