1. A little bumed about no CAT 5 connect at all. Could the Vizio internet box for 100 buck even be hooked up? Perhaps through the USB I am thinking. At the Vizio site the say all you need is an HD display to run it. But not sure and did not spend too much time looking at that device (with regard to a Vizio 3d LCD I am also testing now).
2. Obviously no smart TV. This feature is underrated as I can tell you I do not like having a freaking desktop running 24/7 just to surf....
3. No 3D option should the desire strike. 60" is a crapload of TV screen to let go to waste...! I really wonder could firmware modifications be uploaded or made to circumvent lack of things like 3D as future options for this set.?
1) Absolutely. Also you can hook up a Roku or a WD TV Live, or other media player/streamer. Like so:http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B005KOZNBWhttp://www.amazon.com/Roku-XD-Streaming-Player-1080p/dp/B005CLPP8E
2) After having a couple of Smart TVs and using some friends, it isn't that special. The apps are generally poor, and *all* of the TV web browsers are pretty dreadful. The specialized devices (see #1) typically work better, support more media, and get updated more often (and for longer periods of time). Also in a few years, your "Smart TV" will very likely be a "TV running old software you no longer want", then you are just stuck with it.
3) Don't count on getting 3D added later through any means.
Other than that its a pretty nice TV for 900 bucks.. It would have been 2500-3K back in 2007 when I got my pani 50's...
My big Questions are this:
1. Brightness - Is that all its got? Is no one else noticing this?
2. A potential perk - I read somewhere that the USB could be used for PVR purpose? Is it possible that this set has built-in PVR function that all you have to do is hook up an external drive? I think I read it would play several video formats. Do you think I could hook up my HHD with my Movies I have backed up and just play them without my HTPC.??
1) Brightness in a store and brightness in a house are tough to compare. Most of the store TVs are specially set in "torch mode" to catch people's attention. Just because they *can* get that bright, doesn't mean the LG can't get bright enough in a normal room. Torch mode usually is horrible for quality and in home viewing. But hey it looks good in the store, so TVs default to it for store demo... Very few owners complain about the brightness levels once they get the TVs home.
2) Yes you can, however it depends on the format. For this, you might also find it easier to just stream over your home network using a media player (see #1 again). My friend has a 2TB drive hooked up to a WD TV Live, it has a freaking ton of media on it, it all plays great without any media format issues. He replaced a HTPC with the WD TV Live he bought for like $75 on sale.
PS, and just one more note: It really kinda bugs me that LG doesnt seem to publish much infor on this TV at their site. Its a joke to select these models and hit the COMPARE button, cuase they have provided nothing but blank boxes.. They dont even officially publish the runing Watt usage and says "TBD". Really? You cant tell me how much power your set uses!!!?!?! I emailed them this AM an got NO REPSONSE... But what kind of business is this?
All of the TV manufacturers have bad web sites.