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@emanuele That’s the problem with having vast differences in standard of living between countries. Margins are low for hardware relative to ads etc in high income countries. This is what happens when goods can move across borders much more easily than people can.

@freakazoid in the end it's only up to you to buy one or not. I don't. I am still using a ten year old 32" lcd tv which is more than enough for my needs. When I will upgrade it, I will keep it off from the internet: the "smart features" will come from my Smart systems (HA, Plex...).

@emanuele FWIW I find my most expensive TV, the Samsung Frame, to be the most annoying from an ad standpoint, though its smart features are at least usable. The LG OLED TV I used to have didn't have ads that I remember, but its smart features were unusable. My favorite is also the cheapest: a TCL TV that uses Roku firmware. Roku occasionally inserts apps I don't want, but overall I find it surprisingly non-annoying, and I love the cross-service search feature.

@emanuele I was concerned Plex would not work without an Internet connection, but I have used it on one or more of my smart devices when my Internet connection was down, and it worked. I don't think you can do initial setup without an Internet connection, though. Of course, you can always use a separate device. If you find/build a decent one please let me know, because I would love to go fully offline at some point.

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