Convert to Smart TV

piccadilly

Standard Member
I am trying to convert my Sony Bravia KDL 40EX503 , year if manufacture 2010 into a Smart TV.

I suspect this may not be possible!

Can anyone advise what device I need to buy to do this?

Chromcast has been suggested - but I don’t have a sufficient understanding of such matters.

Thank You.
 

zeppelino

Distinguished Member
If the tv has hdmi ports it’s very much possible. Roku stick or Amazon Fire are two of the better known options.
 

noiseboy72

Distinguished Member
Many blu-ray players also have smart functions. Was there anything in particular you wanted to access?
 

piccadilly

Standard Member
Thank you for the prompt replies.

I like to watch Yesterday on the UKTV channel - usually via my iPad ,however would like to watch on my TV , and I have bought an iPad flash connection from the Apple store - this will connect my iPad to the TV to watch BBC iplayer - UKTV have told me they do not support this connection - but if I have a smart TV then I can receive the channel using Chromcast.

I am afraid I am not really experienced in these matters!

Will Roku or Amazon fire stick allow me to do this?
 

zeppelino

Distinguished Member
Uktv have a catch-up app that you can download. Advantage of going with something besides chromecast is that you don’t then need to use your phone/iPad to send across content. With the chromecast it also pushes everything to 60fps regardless of the actual frame rate.

I think the Roku is best as it’s not pushing content on you like the Amazon fire does. Apple TV could also be an option though probably more expensive
 

noiseboy72

Distinguished Member
Have a look here: Chromecast - 3rd Generation - Google Store

It's a small widget that plugs into a spare HDMI socket on your TV and then needs connecting to your wifi and a power outlet. Download the app onto your ipad and you can then set up the Chromcast and download the apps for the channels you would like to receive. You can add iplayer, youtube etc. so really it's whatever you use.

It's really very simple to use and the app will walk you through the initial setup.
 

piccadilly

Standard Member
Thank You.

I will try these suggestions - I will probably buy a new TV eventually but that is confusing choice with all the options available!

I realise I can receive Yesterday via the aerial, but I would like to watch on demand rather than depending on my DVD recorder.

I may even try Netflix as I tend to drive down to the library and pay £2.50 for a weeks DVD rental.

Kind Regards
 

piccadilly

Standard Member
Sorry to reignite the thread.

I have found the Roku device to be excellent and thank you for your suggestions.I fact I have fitted it to my mothers Sony TV and I have subscribed to NOW TV for her.

She struggles however with the use of 2 remote controls.Is there a way she can control the TV and the Roku from the Sony remote only?

Thank You.
 

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