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Old 10-09-2015, 10:36 AM   #1
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Unhappy Samsung smart TV with Linux/tixen O/S.

Hi Everyone. Glad to have found this forum. I am a "newbi" ,quite a nice feeling as I am in my 80th year, so I really need some quiet slow info on my questions !
I have used a P.C with windows 7 (an ACER) for somne years. My wife has an HP laptop and we also have an HTC , old one. So we get along creakily with this lot.
In a fit of enthusiasm 3 weeks ago we bought a Samsung Smart Tv model UE 48J5500A. This was because we live in Portugal, although Portuguese residents we are British Passport holders.
The intention of buying it was to be able to use a tunnel via a VPN to get into the BBC & ITV transmissions. These are closed to Portugal due to restrictive licenses, despite this anyone who wants to uses a VPN for around 100 dollars per year. But no VPN provider seems to be able to download onto this Tizen/Linuz system. As a previous correspondent points out a dumb smart TV would be an asset.
Any simple advice ( apart from returning the set ?)
Thanks .
Old 10-13-2015, 03:19 AM   #2
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Any modding of the embedded Linux system is likely to require fairly high level knowledge of Linux and embedded systems in general.
My suggestion is to get a separate home theatre pc box running XBMC/OpenELEC or similar. That can be connected to any hdmi TV or monitor.

Also note that using a VPN to bypass region restrictions is a bit of a Legal grey area. You might want to verify the legality of what you are trying to accomplish before continuing.
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Old 10-20-2015, 05:35 AM   #3
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Thanks for your welcome advice Glue, and accurate re experience. The essence of stupidity someone once said is trying the same thing 100 times and expecting a different result. I fall into that category I regret to say.
I am giving up now and will follow your advice and get a set top box
Many thanks & best wishes.


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