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Enjoy Stella.
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I just spent several hours watching nothing I really wanted to see with the mute on most of the time. What a lovely television that is! I don't care what anyone says, that's as good as a sunset or sunrise: striking. Maybe it's because I am so old that I am fascinated by having a TV that large in my tiny living room :shock:

I learned that I don't get any more channels. It appears that when analogy whatever happened, my cable provider must have decided it was an excellent opportunity to slash basic cable's channels in half. I don't think I want to upgrade. It's like you either pay a reasonable rate for 30 channels or an inordinately high rate for a gazillion channels. There are no in-between packages.

I finally figured out the closed captioning. CC. To me, that means "carbon copy sent to XYZ." Which makes me wonder when was the last time I ever saw a carbon paper or tried to get just one more use out of particularly ragged one.

I guess I could eventually hook up a computer to it. I've been eyeing the HP Smartouch for about six months now, but they are pretty pricey. However, should I ever save up enough to justify it, I could have a computer in the living room and one in my office. I accidentally purchased a Belkin router about a year ago that I never got around to taking back. I could conceivably (I think) go from one room to the other to put in my eight hours each day.

What me turn into a technophile, now that I'm stylin' with a 37" television :lol:

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If your TV is what's known as a smart TV, you can hook up your router and use the TV for netflix and several other services. Sounds like you may just want to buy a fireplace DVD. When the fire burns down, you rewind it and do it again.

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When I was a kid my dad won a RCA 25" color TV. It was the fist color TV I had ever seen and it lasted for a very long time, with a few new tubes now and then.
This year I did some research on the best pictures and went looking at TV's. I got a 2 new net capable TV's. A 65" 3d for the living room and a 50" 3d for the bed room. I used HDMI cables, HDMI is the best way to hook a TV system up. You run the ant cable in to the box then HDMI to every thing but the internet.

It is no wonder my 92 year old father in law has a hard time with it, you have to be tech savvy to run a TV any more. Oh the codes are right in the controller he just forgets what buttons to use so he just pushes them all, one has to have patience with old people some day we may get there.

I just got a kindle fire; it is way cool for $200. You can stream movies on it and if you get Amazon Prime you get some free and free books. You can watch the Amazon Prime free movies on your TV as well. You can also watch their pay for movies. I have Netflix and have Netflix streaming, tons of movies there. Now if I only had more time to watch them.

This is my hook up, I am thinking of getting some wire hiders for the speaker cables as I do not want to go through the work of running the wires through the walls. I know I love photos. :oops:


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I never thought I'd be that impressed by a television set, Tom, but that's a truly gorgeous one. A 65" television set would be my living room. I might finally be getting past the first flush of infatuation with mine. I no longer have a tearing desire to dash out there and watch the channel listings go around and around.

I am old and, I suspect, much like your grandfather. When I couldn't get the TV to work yesterday morning, rather than check the remote batteries, I at first considered using it as contemporary art, maybe leaning it against the coffee table and staring at it appreciatively.

I wonder whether it is a smart television, like Charlie said. If so, I would have a use for that Belkin router without having to buy another computer. I'll have to study the directions on the router box. Netflix is only $8 a month, way cheaper than advanced cable.

During my television glut yesterday, by the way, I saw my first ever advertisement for a bullet. Flight something. Water fowl were dropping like flies; people were shooting in the rain and the mud; and there was a group shot of hunters at the end that had an eerie resemblence to the Montana Militia. Kind of gave me pause.

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Your manual will tell you if it is a Net ready TV. If so you can just take a cable off of the router to it. Many come with build in wifi so you do not need a cable. Some you need to buy the wifi receiver from RCA. If your TV is not net ready you can get a blu-ray player for about $100 that is and go through it. If you want a wifi blu-ray they are not that much more.

If you want to skip commercials and be able to watch the shows you like when ever you want get a DVR; they are way cool good to have.
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This is where my electronics are and you can see the big old wires running up the wall; ugly.

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It should say right on the box if the set is a smart TV. You should see the Netflix red logo and a few others. If it's not WIFI ready as Tom said you can buy an adapter for WIFI to put on the TV or a WIFI/ Netflix ready Blu Ray player pretty cheap. I'd suggest the Blu ray because you'll be blown away by a Blu Ray movie. Netflix rents Blu ray through the mail and it's really simple. Netflix will open a whole new world of programming. Serial shows like Lost and 24 we always avoided because we hate trying to remember the last show and these shows use cliff hanger endings at commercials...very annoying.

If you have a wifi equipped TV or Blu Ray player, your router will talk to it from the other room meaning no wires from router to TV.

FWIW, DO NOT throw the boxes away on the street. We keep boxes until the warranty period is up in case we have to return the gizmo. Even then you should cut up the box and put it in your regular trash. If you put the box on the street you just tell every thief in the town "I just bought a new flat screen TV. Please put me on your things to steal list.

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I am a bit embarrassed telling people our bedroom TV is 50â€

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[quote="tomf"]I am a bit embarrassed telling people our bedroom TV is 50â€

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Gumbo you got it. When I am down in the bay I love the shrimp. Yummy!

I work nights and sleep in the afternoon; I go to bed about 3:30. Tonight my wife went out to get some firewood and dad could not wait to watch his cowboys. He had a stroke so even the simple remote is too much for him to remember how to use but he picked up the universal remote and started pushing buttons. He must have hit the one that turns on the TV and the surround system as Christmas music was playing very loud and woke me up. I got up and set things right by putting on the cowboys. Try going back to sleep after that! Kids they are always a challenge.

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I have a football ritual myself. I started watching the Panthers when I lived in Charlotte and added the team in 1995. I had stopped watching NFL in 1972 when my hero Don Shula took the Dolphins all the way to a perfect season. As a kid I grew up as a Unitas/Shula fan.I was also a fan of Jim Kickk, Terry Hannraty, Bob Griese, Larry Czonka and Mercury Morris through their college years. This was a real dream team. I figured that I would never see a team win out and top it off with a Super Bowl again so I just stopped watching.

In '95 when the Panthers built a stadium a mile from my cabinet shop I got pulled back in. The Panthers had among the best start up records of any NFL team. It was fun. Then, they put Jake Dehlomme in at QB. He was very good but terrible all at the same time. The Panthers went ohfer last year and I started the new ritual. I record each game. Then as soon as the game is over, I delete it without watching. I paddle around in my canoe instead. I'm much happier and healthier.

I may have to re-think this if Cam Newton remains as good in the future as he has this year. Of course, the Panthers are one QB injury away from being a rotten team again as the Colts have shown this year.

I'm borrowing a wet suit this weekend and if I can take the cold, I will swim instead of canoeing. I do love the long distance swimming and miss it in the winter.

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I do not watch much football but I must say Greenbay has been one H of a team this year.

My football story;
Some one asked me if I was going to watch a football game on Sunday; I said no I am going skiing. The asked me "are't you into sports?" :roll:

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Last night I finally watched the only television show I never miss: NCIS. Could Mark Harmon be any more handsome than when viewed on a 37" screen? Even if that's the only television show I watch for the rest of the year, the purchase of this television would have been well worth it!

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tomf wrote:Gumbo you got it. When I am down in the bay I love the shrimp. Yummy!

I work nights and sleep in the afternoon; I go to bed about 3:30. Tonight my wife went out to get some firewood and dad could not wait to watch his cowboys. He had a stroke so even the simple remote is too much for him to remember how to use but he picked up the universal remote and started pushing buttons. He must have hit the one that turns on the TV and the surround system as Christmas music was playing very loud and woke me up. I got up and set things right by putting on the cowboys. Try going back to sleep after that! Kids they are always a challenge.

My father-in-law was a couple months shy of his 85th birthday when he finally passed away and as he got older, his hearing got worse and worse. When he watched TV, it was all you could hear inside the house.

If I were to watch it, I would have the sound level around 15 on his set. He'd have it around 35. Funny thing is, if he was watching TV and you were trying to have a casual conversation within his earshot, he'd fuss because you were talking while he was watching TV. He liked having it both ways.

He was also cold most of the time, especially in the winter months where he would keep the central heat up around 80 degrees. I'd suffer when I went to help him out when he was ill. He couldn't understand how I could sit outside on the porch in shorts, a t-shirt and sandals when it was in the mid 40's. I'd do that about a dozen times a day just to cool down and clear my sinuses.



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