Smart TVs

Why does my phone keep casting to my TV?

YouTube app

Episode 1492

Brett from Woodbridge, NJ

Brett has issues accidentally casting to his TV while watching YouTube. How can he stop doing that? Leo says that something on the TV or streaming box is enabled. It's probably a Smart TV feature. Can he get rid of the button in YouTube? Leo says no, it's part of the app. He can go into his phone settings and disable casting, though. He could also look in his router and disable casting there. If his cable router doesn't do that, then he can buy his own router for $100, and it'll pay for itself in no time. Then he can block it that way, too.

Should I buy an Apple TV?

Apple TV

Episode 1483

Anthony from Carpenteria, CA

Anthony wants to know what the advantage is of getting an Apple TV if all the modern TVs are so-called "smart" TVs? Rich says that apps are always better, and updated more on a dedicated device like the Apple TV. Smart TVs, on the other hand, rarely get updated, if ever. TV makers are in the TV business, not the app development business. So Apple TV has that advantage.

Why is my SmarTV browser out of date?

LG Blu-ray Player

Episode 1427

Manny from Florida

Manny has an LG 4K TV and Blu-ray player. But when he uses the web browser, he gets a message that it's out of date. Leo says that's not surprising and he doesn't think he can solve that issue since browsers in Blu-ray Players aren't updated all that much. Manny should try using the browser in his SmarTV. It uses WebOS and that's supposed to be update-able. At least it should be updated more often than his Blu-ray.

Why does my TV restart?

Sony XBR55X850D 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV

Episode 1366

Bill from Fullerton, CA

Bill has a Sony Smart TV, and it has to be rebooted pretty often due to the computer crashing. Leo says this is why the industry doesn't need a computer inside of everything. A TV shouldn't need to be rebooted, so that points to something being wrong with the TV. Sony may have a reboot procedure that can wipe it and reinstall the OS. Since it runs Android TV, there should be a way to do it, but the question is how. Only Sony can tell him that.

Why does Netflix crash on my smart TV?

Roku Ultra

Episode 1352

Sandy from Orange County, CA

When Sandy tries to stream Netflix on her Sony Smart TV, the app crashes. Leo suspects that the app has become corrupted, and it appears to be a common problem on Bravia TVs. A refresh of the firmware should solve the problem. The OS in Smart TVs is terrible, though, which is why Leo always recommends using a Roku, Apple TV, or even the PlayStation to stream Netflix.

What is a smart TV?

Episode 1329

Katrina from Trinity, TX

Trinity wants to understand the so-called "smart TV." Leo says all that means is that she can stream video from the internet as well as watch from cable or antenna. She'll have to have a good internet connection to do that, though. If all she is doing is streaming, she won't get the live broadcasting options like sports, news and awards. If she has line of sight to a transmitter site, she can get an antenna and that will give her what she's missing from live TV.

Why can't my smart TV connect to the internet?

Episode 1288

Greg from Kansas

Greg is in a rural area and he has a Panasonic Viera LCD. He got a new Asus router, but it won't work with it. Leo says he doesn't like smart TVs because they're dumber than a box of rocks. It's obvious that it can't connect. He could try running an ethernet cable to it. That's how Leo connects his Viera. Sometimes it takes a few minutes for the TV to realize it's online, so let it sit for awhile. If he can get onto any channel, then he can eliminate a hardware issue.

What TV should I buy?

Roku 4

Episode 1265

Steve from Detroit, MI

Steve is looking to get a new HDTV and wants to know if he should get a smart TV or rely on a set top box like Roku. Leo says that most HDTVs are smart TVs, but the apps are awful. He ends up using the Roku or the Apple TV to run all those apps. Steve can get an HDTV that isn't "smart," but they are usually low end options. Leo also says that UltraHD Premium sets are now all the rage and the prices have gone down on 4K TVs. But at the end of the day, it's best to just go with the TV he likes and a Roku.