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#1 Grrrumbles

Posted 14 July 2019 - 02:56 PM

We have an older Samsung Smart Tv and a Samsung Smart DVD player attached. Over the years the apps have been removed - the worst was when they took Skype off as we specifically bought the model with the camera and had used it lots.

The TV works fine and we have no wish to upgrade but we can hardly use any apps anymore. I just started a trial with Amazon Prime - they have just withdrawn the app for our Samsung model at the start of the month.

We can use IPads to cast but we would much prefer to have the app on the Tv or DVD player.

We would buy a new Apple TV or similar if it had ABC iview, the other free to air channel apps as well as Netflix, Stan and Amazon but none of them seem to have everything.

Any suggestions? It is built in obsolescence, surely people don’t upgrade their TVs that often?

#2 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 14 July 2019 - 03:33 PM

Playstation 4 for us (although SBS dumped their app access last year)

We use Stan, Amazon, Netflix, ABC iView, Foxtel Now, 7plus and YouTube

Edited by Veritas Vinum Arte, 14 July 2019 - 03:36 PM.

#3 Grrrumbles

Posted 14 July 2019 - 03:47 PM

Thanks, unfortunately we have a newish Nintendo Switch now so not looking to update our Playstation.

#4 José

Posted 14 July 2019 - 03:52 PM

when you say older what do you mean?

im thinking people probably mostly do upgrade their tvs often.

#5 Grrrumbles

Posted 14 July 2019 - 03:58 PM

Less than 10 years for the TV. The DVD player is 3 years old.

I really do try and get the most out of any big purchase we make both from a cost and environmental point of view.

It seems to me the point of a smart TV is to use the smart functions but they withdraw support for them so quickly. We don’t watch much free to air so the apps are important.

#6 4*shining*stars

Posted 14 July 2019 - 04:11 PM

We have two Fetch devices.

We have the Fetch Mighty on the main TV. This can record free to air. It has all the streaming apps plus all of the Catch Up apps. For $1 a month, you can also get 30 movies.

On our second TV, we have a Fetch Mini which can do everything the Mighty can, except record. You can link the two so that you can set recording on the Mighty from the Mini, and watch the recordings from the Mini.

The only thing I don't like about the Fetch is the way you pause/rewind live TV. You have to have paused the show first, before you can rewind. We used to have a Beyonwiz which would cache what you had already watched so that you could go back if you missed dialogue etc without the need to pause first.

Fetch also allows you to connect to your home network if you have movies stored digitally.

#7 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 14 July 2019 - 04:26 PM

View Post4*shining*stars, on 14 July 2019 - 04:11 PM, said:

The only thing I don't like about the Fetch is the way you pause/rewind live TV. You have to have paused the show first, before you can rewind. We used to have a Beyonwiz which would cache what you had already watched so that you could go back if you missed dialogue etc without the need to pause first.

I hate this too! We bought the Fetch when Tivo went under. Tivo had that feature and I loved it.

#8 ~Jolly_F~

Posted 14 July 2019 - 06:10 PM

You can get a Telstra tv device. We have that on our older tv and it can do almost everything out newer tv can do. It has apps for sbs, abc, Foxtel, Netflix and so on.

I got mine for free as part of my home bundle.

Edited by ~J_WTF~, 14 July 2019 - 06:11 PM.

#9 Froyohoho

Posted 14 July 2019 - 06:16 PM

Hmmm, we have a 2010 Samsung smart TV and a 2015 ish smart blu ray player. We use the apps via the blu ray player and the only one that it doesn't have is tenplay.

#10 Manicmum

Posted 27 November 2019 - 06:44 AM

We can no longer use tenplay, can’t even airplay it to Apple TV. It’s really not ok to withdraw services so quickly. Should be mandatory 10 years.

#11 AdelTwins

Posted 27 November 2019 - 07:36 AM

The newer Apple TV should have most of these. I think the free to air channels have been rolled in the Apple TV+ app.

#12 Backtoschoolchef

Posted 27 November 2019 - 08:30 AM

View PostWeavile, on 14 July 2019 - 04:13 PM, said:

We don't bother with TV's any more. The smart functions are so questionable and features can be changed or totally removed at any time. A large PC monitor with telstra TV, playstaion, computer or chromecast etc works better depending on your needs.

I was going to say chromecast but it doesn't appear to support skype. There are some lesser known casting devices that might. Looking into it...

#13 Jingleflea

Posted 27 November 2019 - 08:57 AM

We're replacing our 11yr old 'smart" Blu Ray player and Samsung TV because we can't get Disney+ on either.

But 11 years is pretty decent for a TV and it'll go to my sister in law who has a TINY tv.

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