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Old 05-17-2008, 04:29 PM   #1  
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I'm looking to break into the flat panel world and decided that I want to make sure I have some 'future-proofing' features. In my personal opinion, that means a television that has the ability to accept streaming media directly from the internet. By 'directly' I mean doesn't need to be hooked up to a PC. I figure that those models that have Ethernet ports may be able to be hooked into my router and thereby be able to say, stream videos off Netflix.

I thought I heard that some Samsung models can get RSS streaming but am worried that it is limited to the content provided by Samsung (or some affiliate vendor).

For more clarity, I was looking into the Pioneer or Panasonic 42' on the plasma side or the Samsung 40' (A550s or A650s) LCD.

I'd truly appreciate any info you would have on Internet to TV capabilities.

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Old 05-17-2008, 08:53 PM   #2  
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What ever TVs have an Ethernet connection...I believe they're designed to get on your LAN and play back media you have on your LAN, but not on the Internet directly on its own.
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Ditto that - obviously, if a set were in some manner enabled to connect directly to the internet, then it would need an onboard computer, keyboard, etc. - else, how to tell it where to go and what to do.
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i know sony has something as a add on that will connect to the internet to view youtube and some other video sites for 399.99 but u can't go on the net like a computer. At that price you can buy a computer and have it do all that.
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You're looking too far ahead... they can't even get cable cards figured out for national delivery. If it comes down to material delivered on the net, you'll have a set top box for it, but until then you might look at sets that accept streaming data from a wireless connection via your PC.
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Your closest thing would be to pick up an MSN TV (formerly Web TV) set top box that allows connecting your TV to the internet without a computer of any kind.

http://www.webtv.com/pc/

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Looking too far ahead?

Hell, I'm not gonna buy a new TV until I can get one that is really "future proof".
That means when they come out with a set that has the ability to display real-time internet porn, including virtual touch, feel, and smell, that's when I'll buy dammit!
Until then, I'm perfectly happy with my Silvertone 13" black & white and my new D/A converter box. I'm future proofed.
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Pre-release info for the Panasonic PZ850 series plasmas due out later this year indicates they will offer very limited built-in direct Internet access, for example YouTube. Whoopee!

Details are sketchy at this time.
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This too shall pass and youtube will be but a footnote.....
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Thank you all for your responses. In the research I've done since posting, the only ones that have mentioned anything about internet connectivity has been the Samsung 6-series (in this case the LN-40A650) having an Ethernet port and being able to accept RSS feeds, and the Sony BRAVIA Internet Video Link. So basically, I have the options of some kind of limited support for RSS, build a home media PC explicitly for internet connectivity, or buy an appliance (see Sony or Apple). I was hoping for a TV with an integrated browser (much like the WebTV of old but you know.. more useful) or if I had to go through a vendor IP like Samsung or Panasonic, that they would have the browser app on their servers with the ability to hit the internet from there... Looks like it won't be that easy.

Bummer...

ah802: I was afraid this idea was ahead of the current hardware. I've been out of the loop on A/V for about a decade and wasn't sure what was out there.

Scottnot: LOL! I have something that sounds like a limited version of that... It's called a 'wife'. Unfortunately it has a slightly more limited 'library' that most broadcasts and attempts at changing the channel is costly and sometimes dangerous.
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RCA had a couple of web browsing enabled DLP RPTVs, but they didn't accept cookies which made they "difficult" with many web sites since many now require you to enable cookies to even use those sites.

I think they were before their time when they came out in 2004, but this will likely be some future feature with HDTVs I think. When is more likely the question.
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Old 05-19-2008, 01:43 PM   #13  
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Snooping around and I came upon this internet ready panel, Sharp has unveiled a new lineup ahead of the summer games. The internet ready part so far means internet access to a specially tuned Yahoo!

http://www.engadget.com/2008/05/19/s...et-ready-lcds/
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