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    Default Hisense Smart TV

    Well, not so smart.

    Hi All.

    I bought this like 2 years ago. HiSense 58" UHD (model:58N5000UW).

    It comes with only a few apps such as Netflix, YouTube etc. installed.

    How do I get any other application such as Amazon Prime etc installed?

    The in-built app store (Opera Store) only has few apps.

    Anyone any help? How do I get a hand at many of those apps that I might be interested in?

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    Get an Android box, one with RJ45 and SPDIF connection. Ematic or Mediabox. Message me if you want more info.
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    Try doing a software update.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtshark View Post
    Try doing a software update.
    Pffffft... Its easier getting sigarettes... Hahahahha

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    Sorry, you were scammed, your TV is possibly a bit clever, but definitely not SMART.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SUZITIAAN View Post
    Pffffft... Its easier getting sigarettes... Hahahahha
    Indeed

    TV shows up to date!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtshark View Post
    Try doing a software update.
    TV shows up to date!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teryos View Post
    ...

    I bought this like 2 years ago. HiSense 58" UHD (model:58N5000UW).

    It comes with only a few apps such as Netflix, YouTube etc. installed.

    ...
    Five years from now the screen will still be good... the part that was smart two years ago is now really stupid... it does not matter what brand you buy... the two technologies move at very different rates with different drivers behind them.

    As mentioned, the answer is an Android or Apple "TV Box", and make sure to get one with the latest current software. Even new, the "Smart" part of the TV is nothing like a standalone "TV Box"
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    Yup as said it's a common problem with smart TV's, very few manufacturers actually keep updating their TV's software for longer than a year or so, it obviously also depends on which model, higher end models will get updates for longer.
    Basically if you buy a TV don't worry much about the smarts, as long as the panel is good and it has a couple of HDMI inputs then you're good, most people anyway couple it to a external Android or Apple TV box.
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    Thanks guys. I guess Android smart TV box is the answer.
    No idea which one to buy!
    Any suggestion?
    Mi, Ematec etc?

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    Ematic is really good, just because it has the ethernet and the optical sound out, for your surround sound. SPDIF connection. also runs on the latest Android 9.0(Pie)
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    I have a Skyworth. R800 or something like that. Its ok for Youtube, it does Showmax although I dont use it for that. No Netflix. Rather spend a bit more and get something decent.
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    How much are the RAM/Storage important?
    I'm hearing that it should be minimum 4gb RAM and 64gb storage.
    Most of the easily available ones in the market are all max 2gb/8gb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teryos View Post
    Thanks guys. I guess Android smart TV box is the answer.
    No idea which one to buy!
    Any suggestion?
    Mi, Ematec etc?
    Top of the range, AppleTV, but you pay for that.
    I have two Amazon Fire TV Sticks, works very well too.

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    Unfortunately i had the same problem with my one. The issue is that you cannot sideload apps onto as it doesn't run android. It runs a type of ported custom Hisense Linux operating system. Only way is as previously mentioned, buy a Certified Android TV Box. Don't worry about onboard storage as anything newer than android 6 can utilise USB storage as system storage, just make sure you get something with 2gigs of RAM and a recent version of Android.

    I bought myself the Xiaomi Mi Box 3. Get yourself the following also:
    USB 3 Hub
    Mini 32gig USB stick
    Network Cable to USB 3 adapter

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    Mine has been running for a few years now with no real issues. It smoothly runs all my HD content via plex and when i still had the Hisense 4K tv ran that fine also (over a wired network, hence the adapter). I have since gone to a 55inch Samsung TV which is only 1080p (but with a better quality image) and even though the TV has Plex, Netflix etc i still use the Android TV Box. Its just a better experience in my opinion. So far the Mi Box is the best Android Tv Box i have used out of:
    Skyworth
    Mygica (about 4)
    Minix Neo (2 of them)

    If you have the Moola and want the best, buy the Nvidia Shield.

    Edit: The large USB stick is for a controller. You can install a PS1 game emulator and then play old games like Worms Armageddon and Hogs Of War with friends. Its a real blast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk View Post
    Top of the range, AppleTV, but you pay for that.
    I have two Amazon Fire TV Sticks, works very well too.
    I disagree with Apple TV, it is the most limiting in terms of what you can do. Also Apple doesn't allow updates on the device after a couple of years. My mate has the apple TV 2 that cannot install Plex natively. To get plex on it is a mission (https://mattgadient.com/jailbreaking...he-apple-tv-2/), its really stupid.

    Nvidia Shield for me is the best, for value for money i would get the new Mi Box S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teryos View Post
    How much are the RAM/Storage important?
    I'm hearing that it should be minimum 4gb RAM and 64gb storage.
    Most of the easily available ones in the market are all max 2gb/8gb.
    Good luck finding a 4gig RAM version. That's total overkill. Even the Shield (voted for years as top Android TV Box) is 2 gigs or 3 gigs for the pro. These are not phones, they do not run the same operating system (if you stick to certified android tv). Read up here to understand more: https://www.androidheadlines.com/off...0Android%20TV.

    The cheap versions that are not running certified Android TV run the open-source android operating system, this is obviously not optimised for tv and contains bloat apps like phone capability etc. This is why on those devices you will need more RAM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walnut View Post
    Good luck finding a 4gig RAM version. That's total overkill. Even the Shield (voted for years as top Android TV Box) is 2 gigs or 3 gigs for the pro. These are not phones, they do not run the same operating system (if you stick to certified android tv). Read up here to understand more: https://www.androidheadlines.com/off...0Android%20TV.

    The cheap versions that are not running certified Android TV run the open-source android operating system, this is obviously not optimised for tv and contains bloat apps like phone capability etc. This is why on those devices you will need more RAM.
    Thanks. Yes, there are plenty in the market with 4gb/64gb. I'm going to stay away from those then...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walnut View Post
    I disagree with Apple TV, it is the most limiting in terms of what you can do. Also Apple doesn't allow updates on the device after a couple of years. My mate has the apple TV 2 that cannot install Plex natively. To get plex on it is a mission (https://mattgadient.com/jailbreaking...he-apple-tv-2/), its really stupid.

    Nvidia Shield for me is the best, for value for money i would get the new Mi Box S.
    Apple, uhm... Probably not, just because it's so limiting, I agree.

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