k3lit0 wrote:How is the wifi thing? Is it worth it over buying a roku?
I have a "smart" Vizio (32"?) that I bought new from Costco about thirteen months ago. Wifi itself works great: in thirteen months, I think I've had a buffering error once while using the Netflix app - even when my router was located on the other end of the house. [Okay, to be fair, my house isn't very big! And only one floor, so I have no idea how well it would pick up a signal from another floor, but that would depend (in part) on your router, signal strength, and house construction/layout]. I confess that the only app I've used is Netflix. As I said, it's worked quite well for me.
However: it takes quite a while to load. The remote, at least on my particular model (which isn't offered here) really wants to be aimed at the left side of the TV. That's not the best angle from how I have my living room set up, so I often need to click the "internet apps" button several times, although I'm finally learning. After the app menu loads and I select the Netflix app, it also seems to take a while for it to load - although once it's loaded, it's very quick to start playing video; it's just the menus that take forever to load. On top of that, I have the TV attached to a power strip that I only turn on when I want to watch TV, so first I have to wait for the TV to turn on, then for the internet apps to appear, then for Netflix to load... if I'm intended to watch something while eating dinner, I plan three separate trips from the kitchen to the living room, while juggling food that's almost ready to eat and kibble that's almost ready to serve and two dogs who are DEFINITELY ready to eat and nipping at my feet because they're concerned that I'm walking AWAY from the kibble, to ensure that it's ready to go when I'm ready to eat.
Two other positive thoughts: I recently bought an HD antenna with hopes of getting a clear NBC signal so that I could watch the Olympics. I was able to watch several sports' Olympic trials and I can't believe the picture quality. It's amazing! I also use a mini-DP-to-HDMI adapter to stream non-app video from the web. Again, can't believe the quality of the picture. Unfortunately, this ties up my computer, which brings me to...
Biggest downside: No way to stream video directly from the web, so I've stopped watching The Daily Show and the Colbert Report. This makes me sad. When I bought the TV and it said, "Wifi-enabled!", I assumed that I'd be able to stream those shows. If I were willing to pay for a Hulu membership, there's a Hulu app, but I don't watch enough TV to justify both Netflix and Hulu. If anyone has a suggestion for how I might be able to get The Daily Show to stream directly to the TV without needing to hook up my computer, I'd be incredibly grateful!