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OT: Smart TV...Hulu, Roku, questions

dmchicagodmchicago Posts: 1,798
I want to put a small TV (28 to 40" max) in our guest bedroom, mainly for when my 87 YO Dad or my 87 YO MIL stays with us. A couple times a year. They both have "complained" that it would be nice to watch local news, weather, etc. when before they go to sleep and in the morning before they come downstairs. They are early risers and we aren't always up as early.

I DO NOT want to mount a TV in the bedroom and pay for another cable box, etc. This TV would sit on a dresser.

I also want the option of taking the TV to our outdoor space on occasion to watch a movie or football game.

Again, I (or really, SWMBO) does not want a mounted TV out there.

SO, here's my question...and I'm stupid on this stuff so go easy.

Can I get a TV (Smart tv?) and use a FIrestick and a Hulu subscription to stream movies, sports and live TV?

I see some Smart TV's have some streaming apps built in...how does that change the process?

Thanks in advance!
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  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 17,996
    You just need an HDMI port and firestick.  Doesn’t have to be a smart tv.  You can buy some TVs with Roku installed.  No experience there.  

    II’ve had more luck with my fire sticks than my Roku.  It was having speed issues.  My in-laws have it now and they don’t have the same problem.  
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  • We got a 32”Roku tv for our boat for like $200. Everything is built right in. We stream football games through personal hotspot on the lake. This is an easy and inexpensive undertaking. 
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  • dmchicagodmchicago Posts: 1,798
     This is an easy and inexpensive undertaking. 
    Those are good words.
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    Dennis - Austin,TX
  • blind99blind99 Posts: 4,554
    Take a look at the different streaming services - hulu, roku, youtube, ps vue, etc, and see which you might like to use. then go pick a TV that has some built in support but don't worry too much about it...  a "smart" TV i bought 7 years ago is no longer supported.  it's handy if the TV should have both HDMI ports and a USB port - the USB port to power whatever streaming stick you may want to plug in later. 

    before you sign up for anything, hook up some rabbit ears and see if that gets you the local stuff.  then add it streaming to supplement.

    i've got a 32" tv that i drag outside. with and external antenna and a chromecast i can get local channels and can stream a fair amount of stuff from my cable subscription.  

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  • BattlebornBattleborn Posts: 1,222
    Basic smart TV's are relatively cheap. We got one for the kids gameroom. I think it is in the 48" range with roku preloaded from Wally for like $250. My wife moves it out to the garage sometimes when she works out.
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  • WebassWebass Posts: 217
    edited September 16
    I'm getting ready to switch over my 7 TV's from Directv to Hulu and have done a little research thus far.  

    Hulu i$5.99/mo but doesn't include any live news, sports, etc.  All "live" programming is available the next day. 

    Hulu Live is currently offering intro pricing of $44.99/mo. for 12 months.  I think it goes up to around $60/mo. after. 

    New Smart TV's will have Hulu installed and you don't need any other device.  You can get regular Hulu on a non-smart TV with Roku, Apple TV, Firestick, etc.  A basic Roku is about $30.

    I have a non-smart TV in a guest bedroom and I'll either put a Roku on it so guests can watch regular Hulu or spend a few more bucks and get a new smart TV.  For the little use it gets, I'm leaning toward just spending $30 for a Roku.  If they want to watch live TV they can come downstairs and join us.

    Hope this helps.  If anything here isn't accurate, I'm sure a Hulu subscriber will correct it.      

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  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 2,964
    If you have 7 TVs, make sure you check how many simultaneous logins whatever service you choose will support.
    NOLA
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 15,880
    Most if not all smart TVs already have the streaming apps built in. You likely won’t need a Firestick. Firesticks basically turn older non smart tv into smart tvs. 
  • CornfedMACornfedMA Posts: 239
    edited September 16
    I had to do this exact thing last year. I went with a cheap 40-something inch “dumb” tv for about $200 and amazon fire. It stays in the guest room 70% of the year. When the nicer weather comes to New England, I put a mount on the house and the tv stays out on the uncovered patio until the late fall. I cover it with an el cheapo weather cover bought on amazon and only bring it in when the torrential summer rains come through. I figure I can go through a lot of $200 tv’s before a $4,000 outdoor tv is warranted. 

    For streaming services I’ve done PlayStation Vue and Fubo. PS Vue was great until they got into a pissing match with the regional sports network and we couldn’t watch the Sox and Bruins playoffs out on the patio. Went to Fubo and it’s not nearly as good, but has all the local programming we need. I sign up for the 3-4 months of decent weather and then just bite the bullet and pay for a full month when Pops comes to town for a couple weeks a year. When he leaves, I terminate the subscription again. 


  • saluki2007saluki2007 Posts: 4,739
    Go get a TCL tv from Best Buy.  I bought a 49" a couple years ago for my outside TV.  Hook an antena up to it and you can get all your local channels and then it has ROKU built into it so you can have access to Hulu, YouTubeTV, Sling or another of the other 1000s of apps.  I bought this because my wife didn't want a permanent outside TV so I can store it in the garage and move with ease.  https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0741CQ3N1/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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  • Also interested in this discussion! Wife wants a small tv for the camper (a-frame) so I am looking at options. Seems like a small smart tv + sling+antenna could be a good recipe. I do have a mobile hot spot but only 10g of data for that. I told the wife that is just a want not a need, we really NEED a mini/mini max though =).
    LBGE
    SC AL
  • We have Spectrum and 3 cable receivers (1DVR), but needed/wanted another option to not pay the extra $7 a month for an additional cable box in the bedroom that gets used maybe once a month. So we got a fire stick and I downloaded ESPN, Netflix, CBS, ABC, Weather Channel, Fox sports, and a few other move channels. Pretty sure CBS and NBC have a live TV option for news/shows but ABC does not in my area. Seems to be a good option for this use, but don’t think I’d want it for all my TVs.
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,575
    I'd go ahead and buy a cheap antenna and plug that into your existing tv and position the antenna so that it is facing in the direction that it would when it is placed on the dresser by the new tv in the room where your folks would stay.
    With any luck it would be pointed in the right direction and you'll get a lot of good clean signals from your local stations.
    This site will help you figure out which direction will give you the proper direction from your house to receive a local signal(s) - https://antennaweb.org/Address

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  • Go get a TCL tv from Best Buy.  I bought a 49" a couple years ago for my outside TV.  Hook an antena up to it and you can get all your local channels and then it has ROKU built into it so you can have access to Hulu, YouTubeTV, Sling or another of the other 1000s of apps.  I bought this because my wife didn't want a permanent outside TV so I can store it in the garage and move with ease.  https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0741CQ3N1/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    This is the tv we have on the boat. Awesome for the money. 
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  • saluki2007saluki2007 Posts: 4,739
    @dmchicago  Who is your current TV provider?  Most TV providers allow you to have access to apps like ESPN or FoxSports using your tv provider log in info and you will be able to stream live content.
    Large and Small BGE
    Morton, IL

  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 10,343
    As stated above Hulu Live is $45 a month. It is a good option if you cut cable, but doesn't make sense if you already have cable and are trying to avoid the cost of a cable box. 

    One other option to consider is an HD antenna. Note the TV has to have an HD tuner, but I believe most TVs still come with a tuner built in. Something like this:
    https://www.amazon.com/Professional-Freeview-Channels-Television-Amplifier/dp/B07HFWRJHL/ref=zg_bs_172665_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=RJ4BJ4W1AY68BQ4BFN53

    Here is a useful site where you can enter your address and will show the strength of the channels to get an idea of what you might get. 

    https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps





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  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 9,637
    Go get a TCL tv from Best Buy.  I bought a 49" a couple years ago for my outside TV.  Hook an antena up to it and you can get all your local channels and then it has ROKU built into it so you can have access to Hulu, YouTubeTV, Sling or another of the other 1000s of apps.  I bought this because my wife didn't want a permanent outside TV so I can store it in the garage and move with ease.  https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0741CQ3N1/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Like the Stand Idea!
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • BotchBotch Posts: 8,796
    blind99 said:
    It's handy if the TV should have both HDMI ports and a USB port - the USB port to power whatever streaming stick you may want to plug in later. 
    Oh, oh, ohh!  I bought a 4K FireTV Stick awhile back, but it requires power from an AC plug/USB out, hooking to a cable with a mini-USB plug for the Stick.  Because my TV is built into the wall, the wall-wart situation is very cramped back there.
    @blind99 's post made the wheels start turning, and I checked the back of my TV.  Sure enough, there is a USB port, but it's marked "USB In".  My question is, does a "USB In" port also provide power out the cable?  If so, this solves my issue.  Does anyone know?  
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  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 9,637
    Botch said:
    blind99 said:
    It's handy if the TV should have both HDMI ports and a USB port - the USB port to power whatever streaming stick you may want to plug in later. 
    Oh, oh, ohh!  I bought a 4K FireTV Stick awhile back, but it requires power from an AC plug/USB out, hooking to a cable with a mini-USB plug for the Stick.  Because my TV is built into the wall, the wall-wart situation is very cramped back there.
    @blind99 's post made the wheels start turning, and I checked the back of my TV.  Sure enough, there is a USB port, but it's marked "USB In".  My question is, does a "USB In" port also provide power out the cable?  If so, this solves my issue.  Does anyone know?  
    All USB ports on TVs provide power, just like the HDMI that your FireTV plugs into. It depends on the specific TV as to how much power it provides each port.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • BotchBotch Posts: 8,796
    Thanks Darian!  I'll be hooking it up as soon as the news is over.
     
    (and I was kind've surprised that the FireStick didn't use the HDMI power, too)
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  • WolfpackWolfpack Posts: 3,057
    YouTube TV would solve your issues and from research had better access to sports channels if that is of interest to you. 

    We cancelled cable and only use this for everything- can watch live tv from phones, tv’s, etc. 

    $50/month- unlimited DVR for up to 6 family members. Works great if you have multiple houses, etc. 
    Greensboro, NC
  • saluki2007saluki2007 Posts: 4,739

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    Morton, IL

  • sumoconnellsumoconnell Posts: 1,563
    If you are not moving around much, OTA + Internet is a great option for you. I've got a lake house with internet and OTA antenna.  The over the air channels are great for my in laws, HD ABC, NBC,CBS, FOX etc.  My kids like to stream everything so the internet + smart TV works for them.  I refuse to get a second cable/direct TV bill.  

    Funny thing- OTA works better than I thought (for older folks). Lots of channels that play Matlock, original price is right, I love Lucy, John Wayne movies, etc. I get my CBS Sunday Morning and that's all the TV I need for the week. 
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  • sumoconnellsumoconnell Posts: 1,563
    Wolfpack said:
    YouTube TV would solve your issues and from research had better access to sports channels if that is of interest to you. 

    We cancelled cable and only use this for everything- can watch live tv from phones, tv’s, etc. 

    $50/month- unlimited DVR for up to 6 family members. Works great if you have multiple houses, etc. 
    That sounds great! I have slow internet, but I'm looking to ditch directTV.  
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  • GregWGregW Posts: 1,991
    Wolfpack said:
    YouTube TV would solve your issues and from research had better access to sports channels if that is of interest to you. 

    We cancelled cable and only use this for everything- can watch live tv from phones, tv’s, etc. 

    $50/month- unlimited DVR for up to 6 family members. Works great if you have multiple houses, etc. 
    That sounds great! I have slow internet, but I'm looking to ditch directTV.  
    If the current trend continues for DirectTV, they will hopefully be forced to shutdown. AT&T appears to be ready to sell them off.
    Subscriber loss for last quarter- Over 1.1 million
    Birmingham, AL
  • ToxarchToxarch Posts: 1,859
    Botch said:
    blind99 said:
    It's handy if the TV should have both HDMI ports and a USB port - the USB port to power whatever streaming stick you may want to plug in later. 
    Oh, oh, ohh!  I bought a 4K FireTV Stick awhile back, but it requires power from an AC plug/USB out, hooking to a cable with a mini-USB plug for the Stick.  Because my TV is built into the wall, the wall-wart situation is very cramped back there.
    @blind99 's post made the wheels start turning, and I checked the back of my TV.  Sure enough, there is a USB port, but it's marked "USB In".  My question is, does a "USB In" port also provide power out the cable?  If so, this solves my issue.  Does anyone know?  
    Take a power strip, plug it into the wall and leave it behind the TV. Makes it easier to plug in other items later. 
    USB in should provide a power out, but some on TVs are not 5 amps like many USB powered devices need. 
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  • ToxarchToxarch Posts: 1,859
    edited September 24
    GregW said:
    Wolfpack said:
    YouTube TV would solve your issues and from research had better access to sports channels if that is of interest to you. 

    We cancelled cable and only use this for everything- can watch live tv from phones, tv’s, etc. 

    $50/month- unlimited DVR for up to 6 family members. Works great if you have multiple houses, etc. 
    That sounds great! I have slow internet, but I'm looking to ditch directTV.  
    If the current trend continues for DirectTV, they will hopefully be forced to shutdown. AT&T appears to be ready to sell them off.
    Subscriber loss for last quarter- Over 1.1 million
    I have stuck with DirecTV because with their multiple specials, my bill was under $13 total for 4 TVs for the last 6 months. Those deals are expiring now and I might have to drop them because they aren't renewing any of the deals. 
    Aledo, Texas
    Large BGE
    KJ Jr.

    Exodus 12:9 KJV
    Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 31,666
    TLC usually has Roku built in.  I have 2 of them.  Happy endings.
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  • johnmitchelljohnmitchell Posts: 5,244
    edited September 25
    My apologies in advance if this has been addressed already.. Is there a difference in picture quality by streaming vs using the cable box?
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