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Tech help needed
tailgater Offline
#1 Posted:
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I'm usually pretty good with the whole technology thingy, but I know my limits.

My parents want a small television in their kitchen.
They had an olde tyme style tv and it crapped the bed.

Mom is pushing 80 and she'll mostly be watching news, etc.
More of a background soundtrack than actual watching, but she won't switch to radio news. Plus she gets to put on her game shows in the evening, so a TV is useful.

They have cable service. Verizon Fios, to be exact.
Coax to the kitchen.

I'm thinking of an under cabinet mount, but I only find ones with DVD and it makes the base bulkier than needed.
So first question is: does anyone know of a good, slim under cabinet television that would fold flat?

But I also got to thinking.
What about these facebook type portals? A screen that would allow her to access the web, music and even skype type correspondence. She loves Alexa so it's not too big a task to teach her.
BUT.
Will these type of monitors also function as a TV?
Through standard cable, or only through some sort of fire stick?
Television is still the main objective here.

Thanks.
frankj1 Offline
#2 Posted:
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I have a flipfone.
clintCigar Offline
#3 Posted:
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TMK most of the portal type screens do not have cable hookup. U would need to get some sort of adapter box.

Here are some under cabinet mounts that you could mount any flat screen TV within size:

https://www.amazon.com/Mount-MI-4211-Ceiling-Kitchen-Retractable/dp/B00CO72X6G/
https://www.amazon.com/VIVO-Cabinet-Mounting-Monitors-MOUNT-M-FD27/dp/B01GGRJM4U
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#4 Posted:
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If they get internet through their cable, you could add a wireless router and go with a roku or firestick to a small flat screen mounted on the wall.
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#5 Posted:
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Used to have an under cabinet mounted one that folded down when you needed. Think it was Sony but don't know if they've kept a similar model around
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Hang a picture of pat sajack and tell her the cable's on the fritz...
USNGunner Online
#7 Posted:
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opelmanta1900 wrote:
Hang a picture of pat sajack and tell her the cable's on the fritz...


You are an evil genius! d'oh!
ZRX1200 Offline
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“Siri play two girls one cup”
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frankj1 wrote:
I have a flipfone.



Obama vintage?
frankj1 Offline
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Burner02 wrote:
Obama vintage?

yup.
asked for the free cheese, got a phone.
just another example of government inefficiency!
ZRX1200 Offline
#11 Posted:
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Shoulda asked Mitt when you had the chance.
frankj1 Offline
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We weren't on speaking terms at the time...
ZRX1200 Offline
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He’s a ****, you could take him.
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He's got the Super Hero Mormon undies, doesn't that make him invincible???Think
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RMAN4443 wrote:
He's got the Super Hero Mormon undies, doesn't that make him invincible???Think


Only in Mexico.
frankj1 Offline
#16 Posted:
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tail, this is all my fault.
madspackler Offline
#17 Posted:
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Sony made one in the past. Not sure they are still in production. The new tv’s are so thin. Don’t take up much room. Bet you could find space for a small unit on the countertop or wall mounted like a picture
tonygraz Offline
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I musta missed out on the free phone/cheese. I had to pay $ 9.99 for my flip phone.
tailgater Offline
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USNGunner wrote:
If they get internet through their cable, you could add a wireless router and go with a roku or firestick to a small flat screen mounted on the wall.


But do these offer local news and/or the major network channels like ABC, etc?

If they want to watch netflix or amazon movies, they would go to the den and watch on the larger TV.
this is just kitchen for typical network daily programs.

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#20 Posted:
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tailgater wrote:
But do these offer local news and/or the major network channels like ABC, etc?

If they want to watch netflix or amazon movies, they would go to the den and watch on the larger TV.
this is just kitchen for typical network daily programs.




A HDTV antenna will pull in locals. They make some so small you don't even see them.
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tailgater wrote:
But do these offer local news and/or the major network channels like ABC, etc?

If they want to watch netflix or amazon movies, they would go to the den and watch on the larger TV.
this is just kitchen for typical network daily programs.



If they already have a netflix or amazon prime account most portable pad devices have apps to run those. Or a small tv with a cheaper Roku input would access those accounts.

If you love your parents and want to be nice, you can get them a subscription to a streaming tv service (Youtube TV for live tv is what I use, $50/mo) if you don't love your parents, they can access a lot of generic tv through individual apps for each channel. For instance, CNN has an app that will stream their broadcast, not the same as the live show, but like highlights. The CW has an app that you can open and it will stream the most recent shows they released... Adult swim has one... etc etc. The disadvantage here is that you have to navigate to them individually.

Most of that can be accessed directly from some smart pad device, or from a TV with some sort of streaming system attached. (caveat - some smart tvs come pre-loaded with only a specific set of apps, with no ability to add more in, so you can't guarantee your particular system of interest is available unless you ask specifically)
tailgater Offline
#22 Posted:
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When did TV become something that required instructions?

Movies will be watched in the den. Because if it's a movie, they'll want to settle in and enjoy on the bigger screen.
The kitchen will just be used for news and other local programming. They don't need to watch the weather in LA or Omaha or Moscow. Just central MA.
They like jeopardy, although that might change when Alex dies.
My dad likes to watch Vanna White flip those letters.
And the local 5 and 6 pm news let's them know when someone gets shot or when a puppy is saved by the firemen.

I appreciate the answers and I might be looking at a Roku or firestick soon for myself.

In the meantime, I'll just get them set up with a flat screen and will let my mom know that I apparently don't love her enough.

She'll understand.


victor809 Offline
#23 Posted:
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tailgater wrote:
I'll just get them set up with a flat screen and will let my mom know that I apparently don't love her enough.

She'll understand.



No she won't. She is very disappointed in you
frankj1 Offline
#24 Posted:
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tell her to lose my number
Numismaniac Offline
#25 Posted:
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Just a side note, since we're talking of TV and various channels. THE VERY BEST deal on tv is with a "jail broken" fire stick and LockedDownTV!!!! $20/month for a few hundred channels, EVERY PPV lineup, MANY locals from around the US, ALL of the various sports channels, etc, etc. You just need decent internet, 25Mbps minimum. With fiber optic at the new place, we have far too many options to see. Did I mention it has multi-view with the option for 4 channels at once!!!
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Numismaniac wrote:
Just a side note, since we're talking of TV and various channels. THE VERY BEST deal on tv is with a "jail broken" fire stick and LockedDownTV!!!! $20/month for a few hundred channels, EVERY PPV lineup, MANY locals from around the US, ALL of the various sports channels, etc, etc. You just need decent internet, 25Mbps minimum. With fiber optic at the new place, we have far too many options to see. Did I mention it has multi-view with the option for 4 channels at once!!!


Got a jb stick. This sounds promising.
delta1 Offline
#27 Posted:
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LG makes a 24" countertop TV for about $90 at Best Buy...may need a small antenna to get over the air local channels for the news broadcasts...
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