- Jan 31, 2005
Yea ... and definitely brand and age dependent. A smart TV differs hugely from brand to brand .... LG and Samsung are the best ones.I guess it may depend on what apps you use. The DSTV Now app on Hisense barely works whereas it's perfect on Android TV (Mi Box S).
But on the apps, it coveres the popular ones easily. The 2019 Samsung TVs have DSTV Now, Showmax, Netflix (UHD/HDR), YouTube (UHD/HDR), Amazon Prime (UHD/HDR), and even Apple TV (UHD/HDR). It even does Dolby Atmos streaming, which the Mi S (and I think any Androd box) can't do either. I also find it quicker, more nimble and more fluid.
And lastly it's just so convenient - it's just 'on' and available ... there's no need to click and select a source.
Granted, the TV may stop receiving updates in 4 years and then you'd need a streaming box. I've had a Samsung H7000 (2014) / KU7000 (2016) / Q7F (2017) and Q70R (2019) and my Q7F was still recieving updates 2 years later.
Speedwise, even the (almost) 4 year old KU7000 was decent - but going a bit older than that, can be laggy.