Smart TV without Internet?

Hi,

I'm considering to buy a new TV, an OLED from LG. I have no experience with Smart TVs yet. However, I've read that some Smart TVs were known to spy on their users, and so I would like to block its access to the Internet in the router.

Has anyone done this? Will a Smart TV typically complain incessantly that it can't reach the Internet? Or will it behave, and work as a Dumb TV?

 

KR

Jochen

 

 

Original Post

I have a new’ish’ Samsung tv. It’s not connected to the internet as it has no need to be. I told it I’d use a wired connection. Set it up and then unplugged it from the network. No complaints from the tv and it does work without issues as a ‘dumb tv’. 

You won't be able to use any apps (catch up TV, YouTube etc.) and updating will be a PITA. The issue of spying was Samsung smart TVs which sent unencrypted voice recognition data across internet (now fixed) but the vulnerability was hard to exploit anyway.

I've been using my Sony on internet & if someone is really,  that really,  interested in spying on me,  go ahead,  am I bovver'd,  am I paranoid ??    At best it'll be nothing more than tracking your watching habits & maybe suggest some progs that might interest you,  just like all your internet services & apps do.

robgr posted:

You won't be able to use any apps (catch up TV, YouTube etc.) and updating will be a PITA.

I would use a dedicated box for streaming, one that I potentially trust more regarding privacy.

Regarding updates: a.) updates are not so essential to me if it's not connected to the Internet anyway (the old Panasonic never got one) and b.) I could open the firewall specifically for that purpose.

Finkfan posted:

I have a new’ish’ Samsung tv. It’s not connected to the internet as it has no need to be. I told it I’d use a wired connection. Set it up and then unplugged it from the network. No complaints from the tv and it does work without issues as a ‘dumb tv’. 

OK, sounds as if the Samsung behaves well without Internet.

The LG OLED is here now. So far I couldn't find any negative impact of blocking the TV in the router. Some apps can't be started of course, but that's it. No annoying nudging. And now that my mind is at ease, I'll connect it to the Internet and explore the Smart features.

And what a difference to the 10 year old Panasonic, picturewise.

 

 

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