After years of faithful service, I gently retired my old Panasonic TV. It was, and still is a good TV. It has 2 HDMI ports, a straightforward menu, and not much else.

I got my old TV secondhand, and paid in cash. It has a little dark spot from where it toppled over and the seller caught it with the tip of their shoe to keep it from shattering on the sidewalk. It is still perfectly serviceable as a screen that shows me things.

That being said, there are two reasons for getting a newer, bigger TV:

  1. I play video games. It is painfully obvious most video game developers don’t test their games with living room setups, and also don’t include text resizing controls in their UI.
  2. This is probably my last chance to get a TV that isn’t smart.

Smart TVs are now cheaper to make than not-smart TVs, by which I mean the cost is offset by selling your personal information. This means that not-smart TVs will soon be a thing of the past.

My new not-smart TV’s menus are charmingly clunky and use icons that would feel at home in an obscure Linux distro. The picture quality is just fine, and the viewing angle is firmly in the acceptable range. Its internal speakers sound just a little tinny. Its black is still false. The remote is entirely forgettable.

All that said, my not-smart TV will not:

I would also like to extend kudos to the manufacturer, who included a separate single page leaflet on how to specifically turn off telenovela mode.

A TV is a passive device, used for passive consumption. I want operating it to be on par with turning on my shower and setting the temperature to something comfortable. This is to say that not every device needs to be smart.