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Hulu, Netflix apps: Better on set-top box or TV?

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Posted on December 15, 2021 at 08:50:07
glennw
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Hi everyone, just acquired a smart TV (LG C1) and am debating whether to install my Hulu, Netflix, HBO etc. apps on the Xfinity set-top box, or on the TV. Looks like both platforms support all the apps.

What has been your experience and what would you advise?

 

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RE: Hulu, Netflix apps: Better on set-top box or TV?, posted on December 17, 2021 at 16:59:55
budget fi
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Works about the same for me. Streaming from your Xfinity box would probably be one less remote to deal with.

 

RE: Hulu, Netflix apps: Better on set-top box or TV?, posted on December 19, 2021 at 05:09:51
Doublej
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Why not install the apps on both and see which platform you like better?

 

RE: Hulu, Netflix apps: Better on set-top box or TV?, posted on December 20, 2021 at 09:32:11
glennw
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Great point about the remote. And thanks for the info that you didn't notice much difference. In theory, there should be no loss of quality with either solution, but I was curious.

One other "plus" with using the Xfinity box for streaming is that I could leave the TV off the WiFi network, and just connect it for firmware updates.

 

I never connect a tv directly to the internet, posted on January 4, 2022 at 22:27:10
mbnx01
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I do not want updates installed without my permission.







'A lie is halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on'. -Mark Twain

 

Netflix and Amazon stream in 4K on my Oled Smart TV., posted on March 24, 2022 at 21:32:54
oldmkvi
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My Satellite Box only gets Standard Hi Def.
The TV upsamples it to 4K.
So I think a Smart TV with the Streaming Apps is the way to go.

 

You can choose no Auto Updates, no problem. nt, posted on March 24, 2022 at 21:34:51
oldmkvi
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Better on apple tv 4K and Amazon cube IMO. Nt, posted on April 28, 2022 at 15:19:30
Nt

 

Sound?, posted on July 20, 2022 at 16:03:16
lokie
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What about all subjects regarding sound? Latency, formats, bandwidth and other things I'm not thinking about.

 

More to do with the app, posted on July 30, 2022 at 06:56:27
budget fi
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I have found that some apps like Sling, Youtube, and Fubo just to name a few only stream in stereo so any other processing from an AV is kind of like the old dolby pro logic. Apps like HBO Max, Showtime, Netflix and Prime send an actual Dolby Digital Plus signal and have better sound overall. If you subscribe to HBO through Sling you miss out on true dolby digital.

Any digital out source whether its from the tv or straight from a streaming device provides good results. The only thing I miss about my cable provider was the better audio feed across the board.

 

RE: More to do with the app, posted on August 1, 2022 at 07:27:49
lokie
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Good info.. and makes enough sense I can even follow.

I plan to stay stereo but managing sub-woofers via digital might be beneficial. Although not sure how to do that as I would want to send the 2 ch signal through my favorite DAC, so the XO would need to happen before the DAC. Hmmm..??

 

RE: More to do with the app, posted on August 1, 2022 at 17:52:22
budget fi
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Not really sure but if it's two channel from a DAC I would image the sub would have to be set up with a filter after the DAC but would probably still sound great. Getting a dedicated sub signal (.1) would probably require an AVR.

 

RE: Hulu, Netflix apps: Better on set-top box or TV?, posted on August 26, 2022 at 14:27:06
pbarach
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I just bought a HiSense 4K "smart" TV. Regardless of whether the TV is connected to the internet over WiFi or ethernet cable, the built-in apps tend not to get a full 4K signal. It's odd because I have a "Google Chromecast with Google TV" plugged into my AVR two feet from the TV, getting internet over WiFi, and it has no trouble playing 2160p from its apps. A family member who bought the same TV has the same situation.

HiSense never responded to my email about this.

 

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