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Message 1638608 - Posted: 7 Feb 2015, 17:27:10 UTC

I expect it would at £4000 Mike :-))
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Message 1638610 - Posted: 7 Feb 2015, 17:41:38 UTC

The cost of the 57" was $1,100.00, plus $400.00 for shipping, except for buying lamps, it has cost Me nothing, no repairs at all, it's the best $1,500.00(£983.89 if bought today, instead of in late 2006) I'd ever spent. Not bad for something that I bought on ebay.
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Message 1638613 - Posted: 7 Feb 2015, 17:46:30 UTC - in response to Message 1638564.  

70" ??? why does she need a 6 foot wide television, does she live in a very large mansion ?

A very nice house...
And the living room is large enough to accommodate it nicely. It's as large as she would ever go though.
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Message 1639353 - Posted: 9 Feb 2015, 15:38:14 UTC

And you thought it was the NSA that you had to worry about..

http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/samsungs-warning-our-smart-tvs-record-your-living-room-chatter/
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Message 1640179 - Posted: 11 Feb 2015, 15:01:02 UTC - in response to Message 1639353.  

And you thought it was the NSA that you had to worry about..

http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/samsungs-warning-our-smart-tvs-record-your-living-room-chatter/

While we have a Samsung SMART 65" 3-D TV; it either doesn't have voice features, or they are turned off. No microphone has ever been seen on our TV screen. Even if our TV had the voice feature(s), we would NOT use them. So, our family's privacy is still intact.
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Message 1641420 - Posted: 13 Feb 2015, 20:43:40 UTC

I have set mine to not use the voice feature. And I only plug the internet cable in once a week for updates or for Skype. Smart TV's are great, but you have to be also smart to use them properly.
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Message 1641446 - Posted: 13 Feb 2015, 21:38:21 UTC

Is it possible that by turning the command feature off the
TV may still be listing to what is going on in the room?


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Message 1641457 - Posted: 13 Feb 2015, 22:02:17 UTC
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I don't think so. It can only transmit what it hears for a translation, if firstly it is turned on, and secondly it has a live internet connection. As far as I know there is no storage or memory function, it is in real time. It is monitoring conversation for assumed commands that it can recognise, it is not eavesdropping on private secrets!! That is the media having a laugh at everyones expense, to sell a few more copies with lurid headlines.
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Message 1641467 - Posted: 13 Feb 2015, 22:14:42 UTC - in response to Message 1641457.  

Thnx Chris. As you may know, I am not as accomplished as
you and others when it comes to computers.


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Message 1641525 - Posted: 13 Feb 2015, 23:25:08 UTC
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So far the Mitsubishi won't admit their firmware update did any harm, the TV only sees 95 channels with or without the CableCard plugged in now, Mitsubishi thinks the card died, the card was working before the firmware was flashed and had not been removed or touched at all during the process, if the card had died, it stands to reason that the TV would be dead too. Along with the CableCard slot which their .04 firmware Bricked, the .00 firmware mostly worked, though it would add channels and sometimes not change channels until the tv was reset, the new firmware also adds channels, I did get a $10 Yellow/White Kingston 8GB usb memory stick out of it, I called Mits at the phone numbers here. So I have a useless cable card slot and useful usb card, does not sound like much of a fair trade, Mits wants Me at My expense($105 for a trip charge by Midway Appliance in Victorville, which is about 45-50 miles away, and an unknown amount to examine the TV, all of which I don't have, Mits caused this, I've suffered harm) to have the local Mits dealer come out here and examine the TV or have TWC examine the TV, TWC has said no to that, as they are not equipped to test the two TWC Scientific Atlanta CableCards that I have, so they refuse to send anyone.

Of course I can't call them now, My phone is out of minutes, so I have to wait until March 1st 2015 to get My phone service back and that's $35 then, I've switched plans from 400mins for $20 to Unlimited Talk for $35 a month, the new plan starts on the 1st, until then if I wanted to use the phone I'd have to pay an amount of $21.60 to get another 400 mins and pay for the calls that went past the 400 min limit, I don't even have $4 in My bank account.
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Message 1641542 - Posted: 13 Feb 2015, 23:45:50 UTC

From what I've read about the voice activated TVs the problem can be third party cookies, downloaded to the TV when you visit certain web sites through the TV. These cookies have been collecting usage data and transmitting it to the creator of the cookie for years, with the computer owner usually being totally unaware this is going on. The concern is that on these TVs the third party cookies could capture and transmit any sound reaching the TV.

Chris is doing the right things to prevent this, but I wonder how many other people are?

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Message 1641777 - Posted: 14 Feb 2015, 9:16:05 UTC

In a sort of related kind of way. In cars the "On-Star" feature can be compromised in the same way. A few years back I was listening to a news report on the radio about the FBI I believe it was. They used the On-Star microphone as a listening device in a vehicle.

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Message 1641781 - Posted: 14 Feb 2015, 9:19:52 UTC
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One thing I noticed is My TV will add phantom channels, even though I'm not scanning for channels, My TV is acting weird, on the 27th if the box is still there on ebay, I'm buying that Samsung 530 box for $110.23 and an extra 150w tv lamp for $23.99.
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Message 1641782 - Posted: 14 Feb 2015, 9:22:15 UTC

Samsung Smart TV's have been giving Aussie owners program interrupting Pepsi adds. :-O

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2395060/samsung-investigating-mysterious-cola-ad-break-on-its-tv-sets

Thankfully I don't own 1.

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Message 1642669 - Posted: 16 Feb 2015, 1:54:47 UTC - in response to Message 1638564.  

70" ??? why does she need a 6 foot wide television, does she live in a very large mansion ?

It's hard to explain but once you have seen a 90 foot by 7 story movie, nothing on the small screen is the same.
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Message 1642676 - Posted: 16 Feb 2015, 2:07:27 UTC - in response to Message 1642669.  

70" ??? why does she need a 6 foot wide television, does she live in a very large mansion ?

It's hard to explain but once you have seen a 90 foot by 7 story movie, nothing on the small screen is the same.

Computer screens aren't the same either after using a wall projection system. When you have a 8 foot verticle screen. A little postage stamp screen is hard to go back to.

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Message 1642681 - Posted: 16 Feb 2015, 2:19:14 UTC
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I have a 27 inch TV and I'm touching nothing, flat sceen sure. Can't hardly nothing anyway :(
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Message 1642688 - Posted: 16 Feb 2015, 2:46:13 UTC - in response to Message 1642669.  

70" ??? why does she need a 6 foot wide television, does she live in a very large mansion ?

It's hard to explain but once you have seen a 90 foot by 7 story movie, nothing on the small screen is the same.

Lori had a 60" Samsung DLP before that and THAT was also an impressive set.
Last time I checked, it had an AMAZING number of hours on the lamp, and it still had not failed.
But...the Samsung LED set is light years ahead of the DLP. The first time we fired it up...sheer awe set in. Brilliance and color like you only imagined could exist. It was not just the size, but the impact.
I once was treated to a studio showing of some minor motion picture in studio settings....this was from a 35mm master film in what producers would use to view things in editing. Special screen, special projector with special lenses.
Nothing closer to real life.
When we first watched a movie on the new set, I had a freaking flashback to that viewing experience. It was that vivid. I realized after about 15 minutes that my mouth was hanging open like a carp outta water....LOL.
So, even if your living quarters do not support a 70" set, get an LED flatscreen and be prepared for some awesomeness. There are colors inbetween colors that you have never seen before...
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