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Roku Today Showed Why Roku TVs Are the Only Smart TV You Should Buy


There is always danger in buying a smart TV. TV manufacturers often fail to update the OS on their TVs sometimes leaving TV owners with a bricked TV.

That is why recently we have been recommending Roku TVs over other TV brands, and today Roku showed why the Roku TV brand is the best TV brand to get. It was announced yesterday Haier would switch OS from Roku TV to a new Google OS with Google Cast.

For most TV manufacturers that would mean the likely death to any future updates of the current TV OS; however, Roku came out and said it will continue to provide software updates to Haier-branded Roku TVs.

“Roku TV offers a superior streaming experience over other smart TVs since they regularly receive software updates with new features and enhancements and new streaming channels, making the TV experience incredibly satisfying for consumers long after purchase.” Said Said Tricia Mifsud VP of Communications for Roku in a statement to Cord Cutters News.

Having smart TVs abandoned by TV manufacturers or app developers is commonplace. Back in 2015 owners of Sony and Panasonic TVs—some with TVs just two years old—found out that YouTube would soon no longer work.

Instead of relying on TV manufacturers to update the TVs with Roku TVs Roku plays a big part in the update. That makes the Roku TVs some of the most updated smart TVs sold and why I recommend them over other smart TV brands.

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  • ChanceDM

    Anecdotally, I like my TCL Roku TV alot more than my Samsung Smart TV, from an interface and fewer bugs perspective.

    • iSRS

      Samsung has had the worst interface. I, personally, love what LG has done with webOS 3.0. The response time alone is about a tenth of as same age Samsung

  • REP

    I’m leaning towards getting a TCL Roku TV but i wish they have a TV Guide for OTA channels.

    • Elvis Black

      I got a TCL Roku TV this past December and It I is probably the best smart tv that I have ever owned how ever the lack of TV guid for the OTA is a little annoying but I use my tablet as the remote so I am able to pull up a channel guide on that.

    • Chris K.

      The internal tuner app doesn’t really have one (just what’s currently on), but the OTA channels in the Pluto TV app should get that worked out within the next few updates.

      I still like it though, and wish one or two of the standalone Roku models also included a TV tuner – especially the one connected to my projector.

    • KKel100

      I suggest you look at getting a TabloTV device (tablotv.com). I have one and it has a Roku channel that includes an OTA channel guide. You plug your HD Antenna into the TabloTV tuner and connect it to your network and you can stream and record shows (via an external usb hdd).

  • supervolt

    This sounds like a paid / sponsored post.

  • FREETELEVISION

    LUKE is dead on, this is factual not a sponsored post. I was always anti smart TV for the reasons he stated until I discovered ROKU TCL. I used a PC for 10 years for streaming. I no longer do that. I have 4 ROKU’s in my house and purchased 3 each for my kids houses. ROKU is the best far and away. Keep up the good work LUKE!

  • HeyRadar

    I only agree that Roku TVs are viable on TVs less than $200. When a Roku is $50-$100 and you can by a 32in Roku TV for less than $150, then really you’re only spending $100 or less for the TV. And not as big a deal to replace the TV in 3-4 years.

    For a $1000 TV, then the TV is not as disposable and thus the Smart TV functionality needs to be upgradable.

  • Scott Blanchard

    The forthcoming Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs appear to be taking on the Roku TCL TVs head on. The Fire TV televisions are 4k (no HDR yet) and have built in OTA tuners that are integrated into the Fire TV User Interface (similar to what AirTV is doing).
    As cord-cutting continues to grow, expect to see more integration of OTA content with streaming content. Unlike the current streaming devices positioning of App streamers that work on a TV, the new crop will be more tuned as TV devices that are capable of hosting apps.
    The UI’s will more closely resemble what we currently see with PS Vue and DirectvNow, where live and on demand TV is front and center and apps are accessible via a menu (instead of a home screen just showing app icons like Apple TV)

  • Anthony L Pena

    I have one of those very expensive Panasonic TV’s that got left behind and I have a Roku TV that I obtained for less than half the price of my albatross. My Roku TV gets regular software updates and I enjoy navigating and using it very much. It’s simple and understandable. Seems that different people prefer different interfaces… as one makes sense whereas another doesn’t. Not everyone is necessarily in love with the new Fire TV interface. People just want choices.

  • iSRS

    This is actually a great tale of why set top boxes are better.

    LGs webOS is good and easy to develop for.

    Go for the TV that, minus the smart functions, checks the boxes you want, and get a set top box for your primary source

  • HUBEMX

    Sorry but i love my Sony Bravia with Android TV and Kodi. Roku will never can beat it.

  • Tom G.

    Have been using Roku like forever. Actually an early adopter and Roku finally stopped updating that very old box after about 7 years. However it does still work and still streams stuff like Netflix.

    My intentions are to not buy a TV with any type of streaming device built in. If it comes with it fine but that would never be the make or break purchasing decision. Instead the way technology is changing my intentions are to just use an external device.

    My current boxes are a Roku 2 running over powerline adapters and connected by ethernet and an Android TV MXIII-G II box running on 5G wireless. Both work flawlessly and receive periodic updates. Don’t EVER BUY a TV box that doesn’t have Over-The-Air [OTA] updating. Many Android TV boxes do not so be cautious what you buy. Happy streaming 🙂

  • NoNotThatOne

    When I was shopping for a reasonably priced TV a year ago I looked at the Roku TVs. I already had a Roku 3 and thought I might move it into my bedroom.

    Unfortunately, their options to adjust the TV settings were very limited. I ended up going with a Vizio TV with a separate Roku Streaming stick. I get great Roku performance and lots of options to adjust the TV display and sound.