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Should have done my homework. Because this is a Prime or Amazon interface it does NOT support Xfinity Streaming App. !!!
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Good tv for pricePosted
TV is pretty decent given cost. The FireTV is a little annoying as a base interface as the HDMI inputs come second to Amazon's Video service (surprise! @@@@@@@ Roku TV is still the smart TV standard bearer.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great Quality for the PricePosted
It hasn't really been that long since we bought our last flat screen but the prices have dropped so much lately for such better quality that it was hard to resist. Throw in Fire-TV and Alexa and it is practically a no brainer, especially if you want to be a cord cutter and just get high speed net access from your provider without spending a ton of money for a higher end unit. Setup of the unit was a breeze, just have to wait a little bit for the software upgrade. Picture quality is great, especially for the price point. I wish we could get a larger screen, but this is what fits over the fireplace without doing major work. Fine when sitting at edge of screen though our room isn't that wide where it might be a problem. Sound quality is fine as the room isn't that large. No need for a soundbar, though I'm sure would be better with one, for a larger room. User interface is a bit awkward in places, all depends on what you'll frequently be doing. I like the voice input and connectivity to Echo for voice controls. Just have to "train" the eleven year old to not abuse it. For now the novelty is too new to him to care about his annoying behavior when watching TV. While the system has its own parental controls, not sure if it is worth using on top of controls from service provider. Definitely would have benefited from longer power cord.
I would recommend this to a friend
Insignia 5 Stars, Fire TV 2 StarsPosted
The Short: Insignia Good, Fire TV Bad. 4K/HDR extra price for performance not gained...At this size, save your money, buy a 1080p non-smart version and add your steaming player of choice. Quick background, I've purchased many of Insignia TVs of the years and have turned to that brand again and again for budget sets. I'm also a long time Roku platform user/advocate and at this price point this product was offered to me, I thought I'd give Amazon a shot, both to test the Fire TV platform and to replace an aging 32" TCL Roku TV. In short I'll be putting a Roku Streaming device on this set as the Amazon Software just stinks. Setup: A neat feature, probably better suited for this size tv versus larger tv's is the that set was in addition to the typical foam protection, came in a big bag with handles, which made removing the tv extremely easy. I install and mount tv's for cabins quite often by myself and that normally requires cutting the box to safely remove the set from the packaging. A 43" is neither heavy nor awkward to remove, but this was made even easier by the handled-bag-design. Installed the two separate stands quickly (they are not reversible) and clearly marked which way is front and which is right/left and then moved on to plugging it in. The cords on TV's these days are getting annoying. I did not measure but I'm gauging it is in 3.3 meter (4ft) range. 6ft would definitely have been welcomed seeing as the power supplies are either on the far right or left. I had to move my power strip to the other side of my dresser to plug-in the set, mild annoyance. However, if this set is sitting on a taller dresser (mine is short and wide) you may need an extension cord to reach a wall outlet. The design of the TV is black plastic with a brushed aluminium texture. There was only one sticker/protective wrap on the tv (a first) and it was the yellow power consumption sticker. Bezels are thin enough. The TV is quite thick for its size due to the lighting type. The startup procedure took a little longer than expected. I had assumed there would be software updates, but it took about 5-7 minutes to download and install. I did notice the set does not have 5Ghz Wifi capabilities. I prefer that for my smart tv devices and use the 2.4Ghz for smartphones, computers, and tablets. I don't count that against the device, but it could have been why it took longer to update as my 2.4Ghz network is full of devices. What was interesting after the update it asked me if I wanted to use the same Wifi Network I just setup minutes before. Um...YES why would I want to change the network? A cool feature that others could learn from, when signing in to the internet and amazon accounts, the keyboard interface was standard qwerty for email, but not for password. However, both interfaces use program the Menu Button and Play/Pause Buttons as quick keys to toggle Upper/Lower Case and Continue respectively. That's different from other devices I've used. Hardware So far the Hardware seems fine for a budget tv. it is a definite upgrade in both picture and speed from my current bedroom TV (minus the software update). The speed could be the differences in the smart platform, but I'm inclined to think the hardware upgrades are definitely helping out. I could not find out what type of lighting it was prior to purchase, but surmised it would most likely be edge lighting and after turning it on for the first time, that's correct. There are definite dark and light spots, again this is a budget TV, so don't expect the true 4K HDR combo of pricier sets. The HDR compatibility will be for HDR10 as it is the current industry standard and Dolby Vision requiring certain hardware requirements. Picture quality and sound quality are great for this price range. Again 4K is the new fad, so it has to have that, HDR as well as, but I'm hard pressed to think this set has any advantage of having it. Better lighting mechanics would greatly improve it, but for what you are paying its a fine entry-level 4K TV. There are 4 Display Settings to change the warm/cold color of the TV: Standard, Movie, Dynamic, Natural. And then also a Custom setting. Each pre-programmed setting can be tweaked. Sound comes from two down firing speakers. They are a bit hollow and have an echo effect, treble and bass could be adjusted (deep in the settings menu, more on that below). I've never had a TV set that sound was excellent, but that can always be remedy by adding a soundbar or even computer speakers via 3.5mm headphone jack, which this TV has that and Optical Out. However, the 3.5mm headphone jack was not working properly. It was displaying sound out of only the right speaker and at a greatly reduced rate than what the volume was. The speakers I know work fine on the tv it is replacing, so I'm inclined to think it is the port on the Insignia. Sound I also found to be very loud at only 12-13 sound level. Distortion will occur around the 20 level with any content containing explosions or high treble and bass sounds. Of course having that high I think will be at the max range for any viewers listening experience as it will be extremely loud (and no I'm not old, I still listen to my music loud...I really like to feel the percussion in my Beethoven and Bach...that was a joke. . but also true). I did not tweak the treble or bass settings as it seemed fine for normal listening level, but if for some reason you like it louder, I'd definitely lower the stock settings. The remote is good sized, actually like it better than the Roku remotes. You may have to reach a littler further to get to the top most buttons, but that's hardly anything we are not used to. Roku Remotes that have sound control capabilities, place them on the right side edge. Very easy to accidentally mute or change volume. This remote is also bluetooth and it responded quite well, with no noticeable lag. Software I'll start with the one positive I mentioned above, this OS is based off of Android TV, which means Apps/Channels can be sideloaded. So if you like to tinker or have specific apps you want, you can get them. But the average user I'd not recommend that as you are not even guaranteed a good user experience. And that's where the good stops. My 2 Stars is generous for this platform. I had hoped that it would improve greatly on the Prime Video App on other platforms, but it is an absolute mess just the same. Adding the fact that you have to use the UI to access other streaming apps, makes it even more a mess. Again, I new this already and for the price point it was offered to me, I went with it, however, Amazon puts is services first, which translates to it does not offer any other apps for download that competes with its ecosystem ie Vudu, Google Play Movies, Fandango Now, etc. Amazon and Google are also in a small war and so you cannot even get Google backed Apps even though the platform is based off of Android TV. This is mainly for Video Steaming services. It does have Spotify, which competes with Amazon Music. There are definite nay-sayers that Roku is a boring tired UI, however, it works and anyone can quickly navigate it. It took Apple's formula and applied it to its OS, simple, easy, even a mere child or octogenarian could navigate it. If Fire TV is innovative, then I prefer boring. My two biggest complaints with Fire TV, just like Prime Video App, is I don't know what I'm selecting half the time. It takes a while to determine if what I'm highlighting is Yellow or not and then the UI navigation is all over the place. I first thought there was no way to access Display or Sound Settings, but after delving into the Settings Menu (and turning off all the "data sharing info" I found them. You are then instructed to hold down the HOME button to bring display this pop-up settings menu, which pauses whatever streaming content you are watching. Each Input HDMI 1, 2, 3 can be adjusted accordingly. Steaming content is lumped together. When it comes to steaming players the options are: Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and then whatever fork of Android also exists. Samsung, LG, and Vizio are busy building their own Smart TV OS Platforms and so to keep things cheap budget brands like Insignia, Toshiba, Element, TCL, Hisense, etc. are turning to partnerships. Google does partner its Android TV with Sony and Hisense and gives built-in Chromecast functionality to Vizio, but Vizio uses its owns limited Smart OS platform. This is new territory for the TV industry having Third Party software running on a multitude of hardware manufacturers devices and quite frankly its scary, its Android but in the tv arena and Google is trying to fix this fragmentation. The difference is the UI with Fire TV or Roku is the same no matter the brand tv, however, if there is an issue the brand only has control of hardware, not software. I ran into this with a 2018 TCL 55" 6 series Roku TV and returned it after 14 days, since the only remedy was to ship for repair, no thanks!
No, I would not recommend this to a friend