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[Costco] TCL 4 series TV’s 50”, 55” & 65”

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crockpot wrote:
Mar 14th, 2019 9:08 pm
Why buy TCL when you can buy Samsung - a Korean (God-tier) brand - for nearly the same price.
I used to think the same thing until I turned on my nearly-new Samsung TV only to find their proprietary Smart TV had deleted a pile of apps, including CBC All Access and in order to use my streaming services, I had to spend $50 on a Roku dongle and lose an HDMI slot.

Amazingly, the cheap Hisense and TCL TVs, with non-proprietary Roku Smart TV handle it no problem and have a ton of apps.

Trust me on this, DO NOT buy a Smart TV with a proprietary interface - stick with branded Roku, Fire TV, etc. models, as companies like Samsung and Sony didn't want to pay for a reputable Smart TV service like Roku or Fire TV, but they also do not have the manpower to actually develop and support their own Smart TV software, so if they find a problem, they just delete the apps rather than fix them. Then next week the cheapasses find more problems and just delete more apps. Then soon all you have is Netflix and Prime TV... at least until those start giving them trouble too.

And as the lady on Samsung support told me, "if you lose an app, it's not coming back, ever." :facepalm:

Idiots.
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I was about to pull the trigger on vizio p65 this weekend, but now will have to look into TCL.
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Still surpeised no one commented on the quality of this series 4 yet
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crockpot wrote:
Mar 14th, 2019 9:08 pm
Why buy TCL when you can buy Samsung - a Korean (God-tier) brand - for nearly the same price.
Samsung isn’t a good TV buy these days. There are other TVs with better picture quality and/or Smarts.
JackWhyte wrote:
Mar 14th, 2019 9:18 pm
I used to think the same thing until I turned on my nearly-new Samsung TV only to find their proprietary Smart TV had deleted a pile of apps, including CBC All Access and in order to use my streaming services, I had to spend $50 on a Roku dongle and lose an HDMI slot.

Amazingly, the cheap Hisense and TCL TVs, with non-proprietary Roku Smart TV handle it no problem and have a ton of apps.

Trust me on this, DO NOT buy a Smart TV with a proprietary interface - stick with branded Roku, Fire TV, etc. models, as companies like Samsung and Sony didn't want to pay for a reputable Smart TV service like Roku or Fire TV, but they also do not have the manpower to actually develop and support their own Smart TV software, so if they find a problem, they just delete the apps rather than fix them. Then next week the cheapasses find more problems and just delete more apps. Then soon all you have is Netflix and Prime TV... at least until those start giving them trouble too.

And as the lady on Samsung support told me, "if you lose an app, it's not coming back, ever." :facepalm:

Idiots.
I wouldn’t put Sony in the same category as Samsung. Sony has AndroidTV which I think is the best SmartTV OS.
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55inch TCL 4 series is available too at Costco for $459.99. All TVs come with a two-year warranty, and you can buy three additional years for $29.99 as long as the TV price is $500 or lower.
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crockpot wrote:
Mar 14th, 2019 9:08 pm
Why buy TCL when you can buy Samsung - a Korean (God-tier) brand - for nearly the same price.
Brand is often meaningless. The best TCL is far better than the worst Samsung. The TCL R617 for example, will blow away anything Samsung makes in the same size and price range. The "God-tier" brands are often only great at higher price points.

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What is the model number on these? Reading review and without knowing the specific model it is hard to tell if I m comparing Apple to oranges
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jetertmac wrote:
Mar 15th, 2019 12:25 am
55inch TCL 4 series is available too at Costco for $459.99. All TVs come with a two-year warranty, and you can buy three additional years for $29.99 as long as the TV price is $500 or lower.
What Costco did you see this at?

Also anyone know the difference between the S421 (Walmart), S423 (Costco) and S425 (Amazon)?

I know the difference between the 6 series is the remote... S615 (IR) vs S617 (RF)
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ludhi wrote:
Mar 14th, 2019 9:24 pm
I was about to pull the trigger on vizio p65 this weekend, but now will have to look into TCL.
Vizio P is still going to be a better TV. Are you hoping for the TCL 6 to be much cheaper than it? That's possible but it won't be as good. It should be better than Vizio M though.
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Gee wrote:
Mar 15th, 2019 6:21 am
What operating system is TCL using for their Smart TV Platform?
Roku
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Gutty96 wrote:
Mar 15th, 2019 6:25 am
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Can you stream from a NAS with Roku?

Sorry, I have only used WebOS (LG) and Android TV (Sony)
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Gee wrote:
Mar 15th, 2019 6:39 am
Can you stream from a NAS with Roku?

Sorry, I have only used WebOS (LG) and Android TV (Sony)
I was able to stream with plex, not sure if it will play from a NAS.
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I just bought a tcl 4 series 43 inch for bedroom. It was $349 plus tax with Amazon prime and ebates 1%.. Will let you know my thoughts of it when using 4k on amazon fire stick. I have both bell fibe tv and Netflix premium to test 4k.

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