TVs come in all different shapes and sizes, as well as varying levels of â€œsmart.â€� When I bought my television a few years ago, I knew I wanted a bigger 4K TVÂ without any smart features. I didnâ€™t think I would use them (I already owned a Chromecast), and many manufacturers charge a premium for that extra software. To this day I donâ€™t regret my decision to buy a â€œdumbâ€� TV.
For those of you who do own a smart TV, do you use the built-in smart features? Or do you use a secondary device for your streaming needs? This is the very question I asked you last week, and out of over 600 total votes, thereâ€™s a clear method most smart TV owners use to stream content.
Smart TV owners, do you use the built-in smart features or a streaming device?
Surprisingly, 40.71% of voters who own a smart TV use an alternate method to stream their content. Out of that pool, a majority 36.67% use some sort of dongle â€” like a Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, or Roku â€” while 4.04% use a gaming console like a Nintendo Switch, Xbox, or PlayStation.
29.56% of voters exclusively use their TVsâ€™ on-device software for streaming. Even more people (29.73%) tend to switch between a dongle and their TVsâ€™ on-device software.
Hereâ€™s what you had to say
Here are some of the best comments from last weekâ€™s poll explaining why they voted the way that they did:
- djghettoredneck: Nvidia Shield Android TV console on all my televisions
- Theater Room: Shield TV Pro (also as Plex Server) -> 4K Projector & 5.1.4 Atmos Surround
- Living Room: Hisense H8F Android TV & 5.1 Surround
- Master Bedroom: Mi Box S -> 4K Samsung Tizen TV & 2.1 Vizio Soundbar
- Girlsâ€™ Room: Jetstream -> 32â€³ 1080p Vizio TV
- Boysâ€™ Room: Nexus Player -> 32â€³ 720p Insignia TV
- Garage: Nexus Player -> 40â€³ 720p Samsung & 2.0 Stereo Speakers
- Backyard Movie Night: Nexus Player -> 1080p Anker Projector & 2.0 Stereo Speakers
- : My LG TV was too old to get an app for Disney+ and a Mi Box S is a hell of a lot cheaper and simple than buying a new TV. Otherwise Iâ€™d still be using the built-in apps for YouTube, Netflix and Google Play Movies
- Â I have 3 Rokus (One for each TV in our house), my living room is an Android TV that I prefer to use (mostly for the Google Assistant capabilities) while my wife uses the Roku on it, and our bedroom TV also has a Chromecast just to be able to cast things from our phones like Twitch.
- Oversight68: I have 2 sets, Vizio and Sony.Vizio â€“ I donâ€™t use the smart/streaming functions, built into the set; however, I do have a Firestick on that television.
Sony â€“ I do use the streaming functionality that is built into Android TV.
- Â Iâ€™ve yet to find a decent smart tv OS. They stutter, lag and seize up all the time. I use Android boxes on all my tvâ€™s. Their flexibility and the power of the high-end ones canâ€™t be matched. 3-4gb of ram minimum.
- : Have a Roku TV that boots directly to a Shield. Use that for pretty much everything Video wise unless thereâ€™s an oddball service that doesnâ€™t have an android tv app or the roku app is better. I do have a PS4 and an Xbox One hooked up and if iâ€™m feeling lazy will use those to watch something after playing a game for a bit.
- D9: Depending upon the situation, I use the smart system built-in to my TV (2019 Sony-Android TV W/Chromecast and Airplay built-in), or that built-in to my set top box (Dishnetwork with Google Assistant integration) which features built-in channels for YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon prime video.
- Shooting Star Max: I use a computer I built for my living room TV. Itâ€™s got a small wireless keyboard + touchpad, so itâ€™s quite comfortable to use.
Thatâ€™s it for this week. As always, thanks for voting, thanks for the comments, and donâ€™t forget to let us know what you thought of the results below.