Originally Posted by tomanystraydogs
Prior to my H9F I was on a 10 year old dumb tv so I had to use Roku. Now I have Amazon Prime, Vudu, Disney+, Netflix all built in.
That said I mostly use my Fire Stick 4K because it integrates so well with my Ring security system. However if I want to watch my Vudu DV content I have to use the H9F because neither Fire Stick 4K or Roku Premiere+ can do that.
I'm curious is there is a difference in the hardware / quality of internal vs external streaming.
Yes, integration with an "ecosystem" of other peripherals and services can be a big reason to use a streamer.
Bottom line- there are 3 "Standard" "TV OS's" out there- Roku, Fire and Android
3rd party App developers will target those three first. With built in apps, you will generally be stuck with the whims of the TV vendor- LG, Samsung, etc.
I generally wouldn't buy a TV without one of the standard TV OS's builtin- RokuTV, FireTV, or AndroidTV.
FireTV is also the only one with a real web browser easily available or installable, FWIW.
(Not counting using a Rpi or Windows mini PC/stick)
As quoted above, we are currently in a stage with a lot of churn and "gotchas"- one streamer or App can do HDR10+, another can do DV, another can't do this or that but can do this.
With always increasing DRM, I think the days of DIY media PC/apps/streaming are over. Yes, you can get Kodi working for a few months , then things break, sources taken offline, etc. Totally useless for non-tech moms/wives/etc.
With the low cost of the streamer sticks, not really an issue to buy a TV with Roku, Android or Fire builtin, then add a stick or 2 to cover all your bases/tech gaps.
Fire and Android have the biggest game libraries at the moment, and all three have the most up to date apps in general vs LG/Samsung's OS's
Heck even full blown WIn PC's are on a stick now if you want bog standard browsers & plugins, desktop apps, and PC games & emulators