Join Date: Dec 2009
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like the above said, your best option is some kind of set top box. I'm not familiar with your AVR so I don't know which STB may be problematic.
You could just connect the STB directly to the TV and use the audio outputs on the TV and feed that to your AVR. May be able to circumvent the problematic part of some STB. Hopefully, the TV can do DD passthrough.
As for smarttv part work the cost of the smarttv, too subjective to answer. they are very convienent and one less box to have near/next to the TV. As you suggested, you're limited by watch the TV manufacture adds to the smartTV line up. I can see Tou.TV not being available on most, unless you live in France.
In your case, for video services on the web, the PC you're using may be your best option. If the PC has HDMI out, it''ll be easy to setup; just connect the HDMI cable. Otherwise, it'll depend on what outputs the PC has and inputs available on the AVR or TV. Just try to use the digital outputs on the PC.