Response to Not that smart

It’s increasingly difficult to buy a non-smart TV, so your only options are to never connect it to the internet (impossible on a Samsung), use router level DNS blocking (until the TVs start using encrypted DNS) or connect something like an Apple TV and use that exclusively.
They still sell "dumb" TVs, but they no longer call them TV. They call them "Commercial Displays". Wish I had known that when I was in the market for a TV 5 or so years ago.

I took the opportunity from a router upgrade which caused my Panasonic TV to be unable to connect to the WiFi any longer to start relying entirely on my AppleTV for Netflix etc... It's a much better experience except inputting Japanese. I have to use my iPhone for that instead of being able to switch keyboards in the native FirefoxOS.
  • @jamesvandyne We’ve never connected our LG β€œsmart” TV ito the internet. We used to use Roku for streaming but now we use a regular old web browser (our home server plugged into the TV) with an air-remote. The remote was a game changer, and we use Firefox bookmarks for all our favorite channels and shows.