Someone else posted both of these, separately, but Im going to put them together, as they are my solution of choice:

  1. Dont let the TV itself connect to the internet. If it cant connect, it cant do anything to you.
  2. Get a Raspberry Pi, and put LibreELEC with Kodi on it, for a fully FOSS smart TV interface. This is what I do and with addons you have access to Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Crunchyroll, Jellyfin, Pandora, etc etc, anything you could use on a Smart TV, but also with a great interface for watching your own videos etc. I swear by Kodi.

Serious question: How are you supposed to control Kodi? I tried to install it, but I realized I had to use the mouse/keyboard to do basically everything. Can I control it through a remote or my phone at least?

When I ran it I used an old wireless xbox controller.

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I use this remote. specifically made for Kodi https://osmc.tv/store/product/osmc-remote-control/

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I use a little wireless USB remote control designed for controlling TV interfaces. It works beautifully.

It may sound a bit hacky, but theres a web interface that you can use to control kodi from any other device on your network. Just enter the address and a logon that you set up and presto. Theres a default interface, but you can download some custom ones through the add-ons browser. It functions as a remote, plus you can scroll through your collection on your tablet/phone/laptop while watching/listening to something else on your tv. The main advantage over an app is that it will work on all of your devices through a web browser.

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Hmmm its also a really good solution

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Return it for a full refund and find one that doesnt?

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Then you throw it out.

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Another option that I do, is to go with a projector. Theyre rarely smart, are just as cheap as tvs, and more portable.

Its a cool solution tho, the problems is that I dont want to have my living room without any sun light in order to see my tv. But in the future I think is a cool solution.

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It used to be a problem, but even the cheaper ones are so brightsnow that you can still watch even with sunlight.

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True and an ultra short throw projector actually fits pretty much in the same space as a regular TV. Still a bit expensive though.

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I just buy the TV for its image quality, and never even setup the TV OS to connect to the Internet. I rely on a dedicated dongle or PC and let the TV be a display.

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This is the only way.

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I recently searched and found a used but pretty decent Sony flatscreen TV that was made just before SmartTVs became a thing. Pretty happy with it as I think 1080p is sufficient cheap too ;)

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I have a Smart TV, but instead of having it connected to the WiFi directly, I have linked it with my PC and it receives the content through it. With this I avoid ads and I do not have these privacy problems.

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Some secretly scan for open wifi networks and connect to them without any user interaction though.

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Not mine, I have a scansoft on my network and I notice it right away if there is something connected to my WiFi that should not be there. If its my neighbors WiFi, I dont care.

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It could still exfiltrate you viewing habits and other personal data through your neighbours wifi.

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Yes, but only if it knows that it isnt MY WiFi. Apart need also the Password to conect.

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Dude if theyre willing to go that far, youre already fucked and nothing you do will stop it.

I dont think so. One can always destroy the WiFi card of the TV.

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You should look into Hospitality TVs, mostly stripped down for business use https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=hospitality tv

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Yeah, the best you can do currently is not connect the TV to the network at all and use a set top style PC you can control to handle all media playback. It would be amazing if there was an ecosystem of privacy respecting custom firmwares for these devices.

You can get big screens without smart bullshit if you look for digital signage stuff. They are more expensive because they wont display ads but they might be more reliable.

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I never considered that. I wonder if theres any sort of digital signage that comes with home theater/gaming features like HDR and variable frame rate.

There could be hdr screens for shop window displays but probably nothing with more than 60Hz refresh rate.

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Unlikely, as theyll be tailored for image sharpness and visibility with a good amount of ambient light.

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LibreELEC / CoreELEC are pretty decent firmware replacements for those cheap Android TV boxes with KODI as a really nice UI. Definitly better that what most SmartTVs offer.

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Avoid LG

At this point I would just get a really big monitor.

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There are some Smart TVs that even have a camera on the front

No problem, also compatible with PC

And about mics. I think that you can always git some wires

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xD yeah I got a new TV but I checked there was no camera and microphone, thats stupid. On PC there is better solutions like a switch thing so you can still do meetings with webcam.

Am I the only one who thinks connecting a TV to the wider internet is crazy

Its sole function should be to display video and play audio

Just hook up the TV to a pc, raspberry pi, chromcast etc something that you have more control over and dont allow the TV connect to the internet.

Now having said that, given theres been more awareness about Right to repair lately, maybe theres an argument to be made for introducing legislation to ban TV makers from forcing users to connect to the internet, as well as being able to repair our TVs too

Just a thought

Just use a dumb TV flat-screen and an HTPC. Saves money and you have full control plus no ads.

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