Coocaa 40S5G (40 Inches Full HD LED Android TV) Helpful Review

Actual Photo of Coocaa 40S5G Full HD Android TV

Coocaa 40S5G Full HD LED Android TV was introduce in the Philippines online market at very affordable price.

And as expected, the Coocaa 40S5G is none Netflix TV despite of being a bearer of Google Android Operating System.

This particular model does not even authorized you to search Netflix keyword on play store as confirmed by Coocaa Head Quarter and as what we have experience during the test.

However, youtube and other free video streaming appliccation are all available for you to enjoy.

Since, it was dubbed as none Netflix ready TV, in my opinion there is always a way to get around and get in.

But before we go further, let us first to take look the product specification. Let’s begin…

Coocaa 40S5G Specification

OS: Android Oreo 8.0
Design: Infinity Display
Processor: Quad-Core CPU, Cortex A53
Graphics: Quad-core GPU. Mali T860
RAM: DDR 1.25 GB
HDD: eMMC 8 GB
AI Assistant: Google Assistant

Sound:
DTS Tru-Surround
Dolby Digital™ Plus
Sound Mode: Sandard, Sport, Movie, Music
Speaker: Down-firing Speakers
Surround: Yes
Backlight System: Direct LED

Panel Type: IPS
Screen Size – Diagonal: 40 inches
Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Viewing Angle: 89/89
Clear Motion Rate: 60Hz
Response Time: 9.5ms
Brightness of Panel: 240
Picture Mode: User/Standard/Sport/Vivid
Display Mode: auto, 16:9, 4:3, panorama, zoom, P2P
Receiver: DVB-T2 Receiving System
Digital Audio Output: optical
Audio Output: Lineout/Earphone
Video Color Systems: PAL M/N NTSC-M
Audio System: CVBS,L/R(Mono L)
NEW! Remote with Voice Command Microphone!

Now that we have knowledge about the Coocaa 40S5G specs, lets dive to take some of it’s feature.

Life is Easy with Android TV
With Coocaa 40S5G you can control your Smart home devices using your Coocaa remote. Likewise, if you feel bored, you can also talk to your Coocaa TV Google Assistant. Explore and have fun!

Visualize what you say
No more search typing, just say what you want and Google voice search will find it for you.

Erupting Contents
You can find and download thousands of apps and contents in Google play store.

Infinity Display
Edgeless frame or 97% screen to body ratio known as FOCL technology Coocaa 40S5G utilize to reduce top, left and right frames to maximize the user home entertainment, whereas regular 40 inches has 94% screen to body ratio. FOCL stands for “Frameless Open-cell Lock-in Technology”.

Infinity View 2.0
We have dedicated to design an unprecedented display to give you a much more immersive, detail – oriented, comprehensive viewing experience.

From phone to Coocaa TV
Just click on the cast icon on your smartphone to cast videos and pictures on your TV and get better viewing experience. Thanks to built-in Google Chromecast.

Game in your style
Play games without your station. Google play provides thousands of games. However, gamepad is not included inside the box.

Window to the outside world
Full HD (1080p) brings every detail to your screen transforming your viewing experience Full HD TV is two times more detailed than HD TV.

Every port you need
Use USB to play movie or music in multiple codec, connect HDMI to expand computer screen, connect external speakers to enjoy surround sound.

About Coocaa

Coocaa is a mid to high-end internet brand that provides high specs, high cost performance produtcs and great service. They have set foot on more than 40 countries, built nine manufacturing bases and six R&D centers globally.

Coocaa slogan is “Play in your Style” which is to hit the PLAY button on the best contents that you love and have a great time.

All of the products are manufactured with a factory of 23 years experience under Chinese standard.

Here on the Philippines, Coocaa and Skyworth signed contract to cater after sales service. Therefore, expect the service Skyworth has.

Now that you have enough product knowledge about what is Coocaa 40S5G, then it is time for you to know how you will get around the problem.

And the most common and expected problem was Netflix installation. Then let’s go…

How to install Netflix to Coocaa 40S5G 2K Android TV?

Since, Coocaa 40S5G is none Netflix TV, therefore, it is normal to encounter the following Netflix error as follows; This device is not optimized for Netflix (-14)

Warning
This device is not optimized for Netflix (-14)

Or “Sorry, your account can’t be used on this device.”

Sorry, your account can't be used on this device.

The problem is given, but the question is “Is there any solution for TV user to gain access to the Netflix app?” to the fact that it is confirmed none Netflix TV.

Yes, there is a solution to that particular problem you’ve encounter but some Netflix feature will be compromised. Because, the application we are going to install to go around the Netflix server is the recent android version 4.4.4 Netflix app.

This application is work well with Jellybean but I think it is old enough for the new Oreo operating system or the Android version 8.0.0. However, it still works.

To make it happen we need to install the ES File Explorer File Manager first as our dependencies. Here’s how to install ES File Explorer to Skyworth Android TV.

  1. Go to Google Play Store.
  2. Search for “ES File Explorer File Manager”.
  3. Click “Install”

The installation is successful if the result will be the same as what you have seen in the figure below.

ES File Explorer File Manager Installation

Now that you’ve successfully Install the ES File Explorer File Manager, you are now ready to proceed to the next step.

First we need to download the older Netflix APK file or the Android Package Kit File from the trusted source. Here is the link to Netflix4-4-4-build.apk.

Since we already obtain the software we need, we will now proceed to install it. Below are the step by step procedure on how to Install the Netflix4-4-4-build.apk to Skyworth model 49E6, 49E6D, 49E3, 49E3D, 43E6, 43E6D, 43E3, 43E3D, 40E6, 40E6D, 40E3, 40E3D, 32E6, 32E6D, 32E3 and 32E3D.

Step by Step Procedure on how Install Netflix to Skyworth Android TV.

Load the Netflix4-4-4-build APK (Android Package Kit) file on your USB flash drive. Make sure that it will not be put inside a folder.

Insert the USB flash drive containing Netflix4-4-4-build file to the Skyworth Android TV USB 2.0 port.

Open “ES File Explorer File Manager ”

Go to install APK application found in the “ APP” menu.

Select the “INSTALL APK” and you will see the applications you save in the USB

A pop up menu will come out and select the “Package installer” for the application to be installed in the TV. You can select the “Just once” option.

Installing Application Using Factory Settings

Using original Skyworth remote or the Factory remote, Press “Source 3 1 9 5“.

Skyworth Factory Menu Settings

Use arrow down key on your remote and find “Others” menu.

Factory Others Menu

On “Others” menu, select Install app.

Select your USB flash drive it would be the one labeled with “sdcard0”.

Then select the APK (Android Package Kit) file that you wish to install.

How to install Netflix the easy way!

  1. Download Netflix4-4-4-build.apk here using laptop or desktop.
  2. Transfer Netflix 4.4 apk to usb (do not put in folder,hard drive is not applicable)
  3. Insert usb(flask drive) to Android TV
  4. Download “Es File Explorer” in Google play store using your Android TV
  5. Open “Es File Explorer” and look for Netflix 4.4 apk
  6. Install Netflix but do not update(install apps cannot see in HOME MENU)
  7. To open Netflix go to SETTINGS then look for apps
  8. Open Netflix and enjoy!

Coocaa 40S5G False Positive Defect

Some user believes that those dimmed light or dark spot near the frame and across the screen was a defect. But it was find out that those dark spot are false positive.

Coocaa 40S5G Parts

Coocaa 40S5G Mainboard

Coocaa 40S5G Power supply

Coocaa 40S5G Bluetooth

Coocaa 40S5G Wi-Fi Adapter

Coocaa 40S5G Wi-Fi Speaker

Coocaa 40S5G Remote

Coocaa 50S5G 4K UHD Android 8.0.0 Netflix TV Honest Review

Actual Photo of Coocaa 50S5G 4K UHD Android 8.0.0 TV
Actual Photo of Coocaa 50S5G 4K UHD Android 8.0.0 Netflix TV

Having a large TV with good specifications in the living room is a dream of every Filipino. But because of the price, this dream will be likely to be buried.

And that situation is perhaps a couple of years ago. Because, nowadays having a 50 inches TV is not just a dream. The TV market in the Philippines is now colonize with good specs at very affordable prices.

Coocaa is one of the player who made this Filipino dream come true. With Coocaa 50S5G, a 50 inches 4K UHD Android Netflix TV price is really affordable.

This Coocaa flagship will be sold online in the future probably lazada or shoppee. The question is how about the after sale service?

When it come to aftersale service, last Feb. 25th 2019 a pact was made between Coocaa and Skyworth Philippines.

The letter of service authorization was stated as follows;

This letter is made as of Feb. 25th 2019 (the “Effective Date”) between Skyworth (Philippines) Corporation, located at Unit 1903 Antel 2000 Corporate Center, Valero St. Salcedo Village, Makati City, Phils. (hereinafter referred to as “SKYWORTH”) and Shenzhen Kukai Network Technology Co., Ltd. located at Innovation Valley, Bao’An District, Shenzhen, China (hereinafter referred to as “COOCAA”).

The purpose of the letter of service authorization was stated as follows;

COOCAA hereby authorizes SKYWORTH as the Solo Service Agency across the Philippines country wide, SKYWORTH has the solo right of interpretation to COOCAA Service related issues in the Philippines.

Please refer to figure below as the photo of the actual letter;

Therefore, aftersale concern is not a problem anymore. I also write a post of the complete list of Coocaa Authorized Service center here in the Philippines that will accomodate your concerns.

What makes Coocaa 50S5G 4K UHD Android 8.0.0 TV

When it comes to the designed, Coocaa 50S5G 4K Android TV looks very simple. However, this flagship still give a luxurious impression.

It’s support legs are stylish which makes the screen appear floating. Furthermore, it’s edge bezel designed comes in chrome accent with Coocaa logo in the middle.

To compliment, Coocaa 50S5G UHD Android TV provided ports is somewhat complete. This includes one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, 3 HDMI ports, 1 service port, 1 antenna port, 1 LAN port and 1 AV IN port.

Likewise, it uses the Android 8.0.0 operating system. This provides Coocaa 50S5G 4K UHD Android TV an access to thousand of free applications from Google Playstore including Netflix.

Yes, Coocaa 50S5G 4K UHD Android TV is Netflix certified. Therefore, upon opening and unboxing, Netflix is pre-installed. Just sign in and enjoy thousands of movies.

Furthermore, the built in Google Assistant will help you control compatible smart home devices with just a voice command.

Just press the mic button on the top of the remote, then mention the keyword, the search results will be available immediately on television.

On it’s remote are also given a special button to access Netflix and Google Play directly.

While Google Chromecast help you project smaller screen into bigger one. However, in order for you to used this function, its minimum requirments is having a good internet connection.

Below is the specifications and features of Coocaa 50S5G 4K UHD Android TV;

OS: Android Oreo 8.0.0
Design: Slim Bezel
Processor: Quad-Core CPU, Cortex A53
Graphics: GPU Mali T820
RAM: DDR 2.5GB
HDD: Flash 16GB
AI Assistant: Google Assistant

Sound:
DTS Tru-Surround
Dolby Digital™ Plus 
Sound Mode: Sandard, Sport, Movie, Music 
Speaker: Down-firing Speakers
Surround: Yes
Backlight System: Direct LED

Panel Type: IPS
Screen Size – Diagonal: 50″
Display Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 (UHD 4K)
Viewing Angle: 89/89
Clear Motion Rate: 60Hz
Response Time: 9.5ms
Brightness of Panel: 350
Picture Mode: User/Standard/Sport/Vivid
Display Mode: auto, 16:9, 4:3, panorama, zoom, P2P
Receiver: DVB-T2 Receiving System 
Digital Audio Output: optical
Audio Output: Lineout/Earphone
Video Color Systems: PAL M/N NTSC-M
Audio System: CVBS,L/R(Mono L)
NEW! Remote with Voice Command Microphone!

Other intricate details that others do not talk when reviewing a TV

Coocaa 50S5G intricate details which include the mainboard, power supply board, T-Con, Wi-Fi Adapter, and Bluetooth Adapter is also presented on this review. Please refer to the following figure below;

Coocaa 50S5G Mainboard

Coocaa 50S5G  Mainboard

Coocaa 50S5G Power Supply

Coocaa 50S5G Power Supply

Coocaa 50S5G T-Con Board

Coocaa 50S5G T-Con Board

Coocaa 50S5G Wi-Fi Adapter Board

Coocaa 50S5G Wi-Fi Adapter Board

Coocaa 50S5G Bluetooth Adapter Board

Coocaa 50S5G Bluetooth Adapter Board

My Unique Experience with Coocaa 50S5G 4k UHD Android TV

Messing around with the Google assistant is what I love and enjoy the most on this 4K UHD Android TV (Coocaa 50S5G). Which I think it comes to the next level of comprehending words that is coming out on my mouth.

It’s like me talking to the real person next to me. The TV can pick up my word easily and react on my command immediately.

From searching specifics word on the search engine, searching song and video clip to youtube and Netflix, Installing app from play store and to even mining for cryptocurrency on the browser is well done by Coocaa 50S5G.

Thanks to the Google Assistant and to it’s all new voice command capable remote control.

However, before you enjoy this feature. It is a must to have the remote paired with Coocaa 50S5G 4k UHD Android TV and connected to the internet.

Why I can’t Install Google Chrome or Firefox Browser Coocaa 50S5G 4k UHD TV?

This is the only downfall I saw and encountered with this Coocaa UHD TV. I really need to install a browser like Google Chrome, Firefox or Brave but it can’t.

However, when I instruct Google Assistant to find me an available browser. It provides me options, I choose to install TVWeb browser and I figure it out that it is running on top of Google browser.

Author Insight:

This review is also applicable for Coocaa 40S5G 4K UHD TV. They have a lot in common, features and the operating. It’s is only size difference. Coocaa 40S5G comes 40 inches while 50SG5 comes 50 inches.

But when it comes to the designed, (both 40S5G & 50S5G) I think it fits to any living room and not really outdated, still it comes with slim bezel.

The specification and the user experience it gave it truly amazing, I a no fan of video game that requires high GPU. Instead I do love playing simple browser game on top of the steem blockchain such as steemmonsters and drugwars.

I really enjoy it and experienced the all new level of excitement playing steemmonsters and drugwars. Because it is big and it is amazing!

Price wise, this model comes really affordable compare to other brand of it’s kind.

Skywroth 2K Android TV E6, E6D, E3 and E3D Series Helpful and Honest Review

Skyworth 2K Android TV E6, E6D, E3 and E3D Series include the following model; 49E6, 49E6D, 49E3, 49E3D, 43E6, 43E6D, 43E3, 43E3D, 40E6, 40E6D, 40E3, 40E3D, 32E6, 32E6D, 32E3 and 32E3D.

Despite of being a Google Android TV, this particular models on the other hand is not a Netflix ready as confirmed by Skyworth Head Quarter and Netflix itself.

Yes, it is not a Netflix TV but what is the reason why you consider buying it? Simply, because compare to other 2K Android TV, Skywroth 2K Android TV E6, E6D, E3 and E3D Series is more cheaper than with the other on it’s kind.

Since, it is not Netflix TV, it probably got blocked to access Netflix server using there latest app. Which I think not be a big problem and there is always a way to get around.

But before we go further to identify the other problem attached to this particular Skywort models (49E6, 49E6D, 49E3, 49E3D, 43E6, 43E6D, 43E3, 43E3D, 40E6, 40E6D, 40E3, 40E3D, 32E6, 32E6D, 32E3 and 32E3D) 2K Android TV, let’s first take a look the product specifications.

Skyworth 2K Android TV Specs.

The following Skyworth 2K Android TV models 49E6, 49E6D, 49E3, 49E3D, 43E6, 43E6D, 43E3, 43E3D, 40E6, 40E6D, 40E3, 40E3D, 32E6, 32E6D, 32E3 and 32E3D mostly has in common when it comes to technical specification as follows. Although they have physical differences.

OS: Android Oreo 8.0
Design: Slim Body
Processor: Quad-Core CPU, Cortex A53
Graphics: Quad-core GPU. Mali T860
RAM: DDR 2.5GB
HDD: eMMC 4GB
AI Assistant: Google Assistant

Sound:
DTS Tru-Surround
Dolby Digital™ Plus
Sound Mode: Sandard, Sport, Movie, Music
Speaker: Down-firing Speakers
Surround: Yes
Backlight System: Direct LED

Panel Type: IPS
Screen Size – Diagonal: 32″, 40″, 43″, 49″
Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Viewing Angle: 89/89
Clear Motion Rate: 60Hz
Response Time: 8ms, 9.5ms, 9.5ms, 9.5ms : 32″, 40″, 43″, 49″ respectively
Brightness of Panel: 240, 240, 350, 350 : 32″, 40″, 43″, 49″ respectively
Picture Mode: User/Standard/Sport/Vivid
Display Mode: auto, 16:9, 4:3, panorama, zoom, P2P
Receiver: DVB-T2 Receiving System
Digital Audio Output: optical
Audio Output: Lineout/Earphone
Video Color Systems: PAL M/N NTSC-M
Audio System: CVBS,L/R(Mono L)
NEW! Remote with Voice Command Microphone!

Base on the following specification above, this particular model is somewhat perfect 2k Android TV. But because of Netflix incompatibility, it turns out so so TV.

As discussed earlier on this post, the following Skyworth model 49E6, 49E6D, 49E3, 49E3D, 43E6, 43E6D, 43E3, 43E3D, 40E6, 40E6D, 40E3, 40E3D, 32E6, 32E6D, 32E3 and 32E3D is confirmed by Skyworth Head Quarter in China and Skyworth Philippines as none Netflix Android TV.

Therefore, it is normal to encounter the following Netflix error as follows; This device is not optimized for Netflix (-14)

Warning
This device is not optimized for Netflix (-14)

Or “Sorry, your account can’t be used on this device.”

Sorry, your account can't be used on this device.

The problem is given, but the question is “Is there any solution for TV user to gain access to the Netflix app?” to the fact that it is confirmed none Netflix TV.

Yes, there is a solution to that particular problem you’ve encounter but some Netflix feature will be compromised. Because, the application we are going to install to go around the Netflix server is the recent android version 4.4.4 Netflix app.

This application is work well with Jellybean but I think it is old enough for the new Oreo operating system or the Android version 8.0.0. However, it still works.

To make it happen we need to install the ES File Explorer File Manager first as our dependencies. Here’s how to install ES File Explorer to Skyworth Android TV.

  1. Go to Google Play Store.
  2. Search for “ES File Explorer File Manager”.
  3. Click “Install”

The installation is successful if the result will be the same as what you have seen in the figure below.

ES File Explorer File Manager Installation

Now that you’ve successfully Install the ES File Explorer File Manager, you are now ready to proceed to the next step.

First we need to download the older Netflix APK file or the Android Package Kit File from the trusted source. Here is the link to Netflix4-4-4-build.apk.

Since we already obtain the software we need, we will now proceed to install it. Below are the step by step procedure on how to Install the Netflix4-4-4-build.apk to Skyworth model 49E6, 49E6D, 49E3, 49E3D, 43E6, 43E6D, 43E3, 43E3D, 40E6, 40E6D, 40E3, 40E3D, 32E6, 32E6D, 32E3 and 32E3D.

Step by Step Procedure on how Install Netflix to Skyworth Android TV.

Load the Netflix4-4-4-build APK (Android Package Kit) file on your USB flash drive. Make sure that it will not be put inside a folder.

Insert the USB flash drive containing Netflix4-4-4-build file to the Skyworth Android TV USB 2.0 port.

Open “ES File Explorer File Manager ”

Go to install APK application found in the “ APP” menu.

Select the “INSTALL APK” and you will see the applications you save in the USB

A pop up menu will come out and select the “Package installer” for the application to be installed in the TV. You can select the “Just once” option.

Installing Application Using Factory Settings

Using original Skyworth remote or the Factory remote, Press “Source 3 1 9 5“.

Skyworth Factory Menu Settings

Use arrow down key on your remote and find “Others” menu.

Factory Others Menu

On “Others” menu, select Install app.

Select your USB flash drive it would be the one labeled with “sdcard0”.

Then select the APK (Android Package Kit) file that you wish to install.

Other intricate details that others do not talk when reviewing a TV

Skyworth 2K Android TV E6, E6D, E3 and E3D Series which include Skyworth 49E6, 49E6D, 49E3, 49E3D, 43E6, 43E6D, 43E3, and 43E3D model mainboard, power supply board, T-Con, Wi-Fi Adapter, and Bluetooth Adapter is presented on this review.

Skyworth 2K Android TV E6, E6D, E3 and E3D Series which include Skyworth 49E6, 49E6D, 49E3, 49E3D, 43E6, 43E6D, 43E3, and 43E3D model mainboard, power supply board, T-Con, Wi-Fi Adapter, and Bluetooth Adapter is presented on this review.

Mainboard:

Skyworth 49E6, 49E6D, 49E3, 49E3D, 43E6, 43E6D, 43E3, and 43E3D model mainboard

Power Supply Board:

Skyworth 49E6, 49E6D, 49E3, 49E3D, 43E6, 43E6D, 43E3, and 43E3D model power supply board.

T-Con Board:

Skyworth 49E6, 49E6D, 49E3, 49E3D, 43E6, 43E6D, 43E3, and 43E3D model T-Con Board

Wi-Fi Adapter:

Skyworth 49E6, 49E6D, 49E3, 49E3D, 43E6, 43E6D, 43E3, and 43E3D model wi-fi adapter

Bluetooth Adapter:

Skyworth 49E6, 49E6D, 49E3, 49E3D, 43E6, 43E6D, 43E3, and 43E3D model Bluetooth adapter

Base on what I see, those components looks tough and can withstand to all possible natural phenomenon.

How to Update or Upgrade or Downgrade the Skyworth 4K Android Operating System (75G2, 55G2, 49G2, 58G6, 55G6, 50G6)

Why whould I need to update my Android LED TV Software?

Software update is a must do because, it contain bug fixes for a more improve performance, stability and security of the applications that run on your Android LED TV.

Installing TV software updates ensures that your TV operating system continues to run safely and efficiently. Keep in mind that many app exploits look for an outdated software with unpatched security flaws.

A vulnerable Android TV app might risk your personal data and privacy that may lead to financial loss and even a much great damaged.

Do Exploits and Malware or Virus infect Android TV Operating System?

Yes, infact I myself have test to write and execute an exploit to my own 4K Android TV. And as expected I got my personal data and I can remotely control the Android TV. Here is how to attack the Andriod TV;

To exploit the kernel of Android TV use “CVE-2013-7263 & CVE-2013-6282” to gain privilege to the root the Android LED TV.

Then use the “Leveraging the NDK and JNI” to create an application that deliver the payload to the target Android LED TV. This payload will bring a native code application that will root and SELinux Android 6.0 device.

Use static analysis to perform a “local” attack on a target Android application to obtain sensitive information from another Android app installed on the device.

Leveraging BakSmali to decompile, and dynamic runtime analysis of native code, we will peer “into” the process space of a running Android app to see what data it is transferring in an otherwise un-man-in-the-middle-able encrypted communication with a server.

Use Chrome WebView to gain a remote code execution to the Android TV. Once execute, you need to debug an app and heapspray into system_server in preparation for an actual exploit.

Using a logic analyzer reverse engineer pinouts of Android LED TV UART interfaces.

Now will download firmware of the LED TV DIRECTLY from the manufacturer’s website, unpack it, disassemble it, find the requisite parts (bootloader, filesystem, etc.), decompile the APKs, and go on a guided tour of the native code and Dalvik code that contain many interesting tidbits.

Now you “0wn” an Android device by leveraging JTAG interface via a LED TV VGA port or service port!

Now who told you that TV’s is not vulnerable to exploits and malware or viruses. Therefore, an on time update is really important if you want to be safe.

How to Update my Android LED TV?

There are two easy steps to Update the Android TV. First, online update. And Second, USB Update.

Helpful Illustration on how to Update Skyworth Android LED TV Online:

  • Connect the Android LED TV to the internet.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Go to About.
  • Go to System Update.
  • Check for Update.

If update is available “Download and Install it”.

AndroidTV Firmware Upgrade process via USB Flash Drive:

4K Skyworth Android 7.0.0 Software:

Link to Skyworth 4K Android Version 7.0.0 Operating System Available for download.

4K Skyworth Android 8.0.0 Software:

Link to Skyworth 4K Android Version 8.0.0 Operating System available for download.

11 Steps to Update 4K Skyworth Android TV:

  1. Format the USB to FAT32;
  2. Copy the file named”upgrade_loader_common-xxxx.pkg”(Around 600MB-800MB)into the root of the USB flash drive.
  3. Unplug the Skyworth 4K Android TV from the power source.
  4. Insert the USB Flash Drive that contain the software to USB 2.0 Port at the back of Skyworth Android 4K TV.
  5. Turn on the Android TV using the TV original remote control.
  6. The upgrade start, TV boot up and logo showing stack on the screen for a while during the upgrade, It will take around 5 minutes.
  7. Then the Android TV will automatically restarts, and restart again after an around 5 minutes.
  8. Then it will come to the TV setting.
  9. Press “source 3 1 9 5” to enter into the factory menu, and check the software version.
  10. Select General Setting->Out Factory Reset function.
  11. Finish.(To avoid the Android TV to upgrade again, better remove the USB or delete the software in the USB)

Remark: Above process takes around 14 minutes.

PQ/PANEL Data upgrade process

Copy the files in an empty USB Flash Disk and insert the USB Flash disk into the USB2.0 on the TV.

On your original skyworth remote press the key of ‘source’ to enter source menu and press the key of’3”1”9”5′ continuously to enter the factory general settings menu, you will see the UI as follows:

Go to and choose ‘General settings’ you will enter the UI as follows:

Choose ‘Overseas Settings’ you will enter the UI as follows:

choose ‘Update PQ; and ‘Upate Panel’ to upate PQ and Panel(Optional). When you see ‘Success’ on the TV means update success.

After you update PQ and Panel successfully. Please remove the AC cord and restart TV.

Please refer to step 2 to enter the factory menu and choose ‘General settings’ again.

Please choose ‘Restore Default Menus’ and press ‘ok’.

Please refer to step 2 to enter the factory menu and choose ‘General settings’ again.

Please choose ‘Factory Reset’ and Press OK,then TV will reset.

Skyworth 4K Android Version 7.0.0 is available to download using the following link below. Take note this software is coming directly from the Skyworth Head Quarter in China.

Even the instructions on how to update the TV is also from them. I just translate it to English to understand by none Chinese speakers.

4K Skyworth Android 7.0.0 Software Download:

Skyworth 4K Android Version 7.0.0 Operating System Available for download.

4K Skyworth Android 8.0.0 Software Download:

Skyworth 4K Android Version 8.0.0 Operating System available for download.

This software is also a solution for the following Skyworth Android TV problems;

  • Hang on Skyworth Logo
  • Keep on loading
  • Auto on and Auto off
  • Can’t connect to WiFi
  • Can’t access the Android TV Home Page
  • Distorted Sound 55G6

Skyworth Philippines Line up for 2019 Models (Specification and Review)

Skyworth 65S9A and Skyworth 55S9A OLED Android TV helpful review

Photo of Skyworth 65S9A and Skyworth 55S9A OLED Android TV

Both Skyworth 65S9A and Skyworth 55S9A is a custom made OLED Android TV, super slim body and brill contrast. Comes in 65 inches (65S9A) and 55 inches (55S9A) with Chameleon AI (Artificial Intelligence) PQ Extreme technology, that support “Dual IA”, Google assistant and Amazon Alexa which bring you double convenient.

Therefore with Skyworth OLED Android TV, you can control Google compatible smart home devices using just your voice. Create a center for your smart home and beyond. Plus it works with Amazon Alexa devices.

Unlike, LED TV’s OLED doesn’t have backlight so that it can minimize the harm of blue-light hazard that cause retinal injury, myopia, cataract and other diseases. Therefore, it is the best choice for our family to protect their eyes.

Furthermore, with Dolby and DTS Trusurround, Skyworth 65S9A and Skyworth 55S9A can Actively Regulate the audio to provide a rich, clear and stereoscopic surround sound effects. This feature is known as 360° Immersive Sound.

In addition to that, it’s screen adopts organic light-emitting materials, and each pixel of the screen can be independently controlled to realize pixel dimming, thereby precisely controlling every detail of the screen.

Since the sample unit of Skyworth 4K OLED line up for Philippine market comes with 120Hz refresh rate to ensure a smooth and clear motion picture. I had a hope that will sell the same. See below for it’s specifications and features.

Skyworth 65S9A Premium OLED Android TV Specification and Features:

  • 3,840 x 2,160 (UHD 4K)
  • Full Screen
  • 3.6 mm body
  • Pixel Dimming
  • Chameleon AI PQ Extreme
  • Pixel-Level AI Calibration
  • AI Skin Color Adjustment
  • AI Dynamic Contrast
  • AI Motion Compensation
  • True Color Restoration
  • Super High Definition
  • Home Control
  • Google Assistant + Amazon Alexa
  • Chromecast built-in
  • YouTube/Netflix
  • Linen Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • Dolby Audio
  • DTS TruSurround
  • 2.5G DDR3 + 16 GB Flash
  • 2.4G/5G WIFI

Skyworth 55S9A Premium OLED Android TV Specification and Features :

  • 3,840 x 2,160 (UHD 4K)
  • Full Screen
  • 3.6 mm body
  • Pixel Dimming
  • Chameleon AI PQ Extreme
  • Pixel-Level AI Calibration
  • AI Skin Color Adjustment
  • AI Dynamic Contrast
  • AI Motion Compensation
  • True Color Restoration
  • Super High Definition
  • Home Control
  • Google Assistant + Amazon Alexa
  • Chromecast built-in
  • YouTube/Netflix
  • Linen Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • Dolby Audio
  • DTS TruSurround
  • 2.5G DDR3 + 16 GB Flash
  • 2.4G/5G WIFI

Skyworth 55UB7500 and 50UB7500 Premium UHD 4K Android TV Review

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Skyworth Philippines Premium 4K ULTRA HD LED TV for 2019 comes with model 55UB7500 for 55 inches line up and 50UB7500 for 50 incher. This line up offers perfect picture quality and crisp sound.

Skyworth 55UB7500 and 50UB7500 dubbed us the Telivision for the future. Thanks to it’s AI AQ Engine, durable alloy thin frame design, Premium LED Panel and A53 Quad-Core processors for both Graphics and Power.

Like with OLED, this baby is equiped with Dolby and DTS Trusurround that can Actively Regulate the audio to provide a rich, clear and stereoscopic surround sound effects.

Powered by Android 8.0 operating system for the great combination of free content and apps.

Furthermore, the built in Google Assistant will help you control compatible smart home devices with just a voice command. Below is the specifications and features of UB7500 series both 55″ and 50″;

Skyworth 55UB7500 Premium UHD 4K Android TV Specification and Features:

  • 3,840 x 2,160 (UHD 4K)
  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Unibody design
  • PCM back
  • AI PQ Processor
  • Pure HDR
  • Android 8.0
  • Google Play
  • Home Control
  • Google Assistant
  • Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • AI AQ Engine
  • Dolby Audio
  • DTS TruSurround
  • Chromecast built-in
  • YouTube/Netflix
  • 2.5G DDR3 + 16 GB Flash
  • 2.4G/5G WIFI
  • Bluetooth Remote


Skyworth 50UB7500 Premium UHD 4K Android TV Specification and Features:

  • 3,840 x 2,160 (UHD 4K)
  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Unibody design
  • PCM back
  • AI PQ Processor
  • Pure HDR
  • Android 8.0
  • Google Play
  • Home Control
  • Google Assistant
  • Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • AI AQ Engine
  • Dolby Audio
  • DTS TruSurround
  • Chromecast built-in
  • YouTube/Netflix
  • 2.5G DDR3 + 16 GB Flash
  • 2.4G/5G WIFI
  • Bluetooth Remote

Skyworth UB5500 and UB5550 Series (55UB5500, 55UB5550, 50UB5500, 50UB5550, 43UB5500 and 43UB5550) Premium UHD 4K Netflix Smart TV Review

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The Skyworth UB5500 and UB5550 Series 4K Ultra HD Netflix Smart LED Television offers premium picture quality and sound at an affordable price. A TV made for the future with its premium LED Panel and Quad-Core processors for the both Graphics and Power.

Running on the Android TV Operating System for the best combination of content and apps available for your TV. Android TV brings you thousands of movies, shows, & games from Google Play. Discover the perfect combination of picture & entertainment. HDR10 Technology and the ability to use your remote for Voice Control with Google Assistant.

Skyworth 55UB5500 Premium UHD 4K Netflix Smart TV

Specification:

  • 3,840 x 2,160 (UHD 4K)
  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Unibody design
  • AI AQ Engine
  • Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • USB Display
  • One push to get
  • Netflix
  • Netrange Portal
  • OpenBrowser
  • YouTube 2018
  • Mirashare

Skyworth 55UB5550 Premium UHD 4K Netflix Smart TV

Specification:

  • 3,840 x 2,160 (UHD 4K)
  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Unibody design
  • AI AQ Engine
  • Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • USB Display
  • One push to get
  • Netflix
  • Netrange Portal
  • OpenBrowser
  • YouTube 2018
  • Mirashare

Skyworth 50UB5500 Premium UHD 4K Netflix Smart TV

Specification:

  • 3,840 x 2,160 (UHD 4K)
  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Unibody design
  • AI AQ Engine
  • Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • USB Display
  • One push to get
  • Netflix
  • Netrange Portal
  • OpenBrowser
  • YouTube 2018
  • Mirashare

Skyworth 50UB5550 Premium UHD 4K Netflix Smart TV

Specification:

  • 3,840 x 2,160 (UHD 4K)
  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Unibody design
  • AI AQ Engine
  • Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • USB Display
  • One push to get
  • Netflix
  • Netrange Portal
  • OpenBrowser
  • YouTube 2018
  • Mirashare

Skyworth 43UB5500 Premium UHD 4K Netflix Smart TV

Specification:

  • 3,840 x 2,160 (UHD 4K)
  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Unibody design
  • AI AQ Engine
  • Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • USB Display
  • One push to get
  • Netflix
  • Netrange Portal
  • OpenBrowser
  • YouTube 2018
  • Mirashare

Skyworth 43UB5550 Premium UHD 4K Netflix Smart TV

Specification:

  • 3,840 x 2,160 (UHD 4K)
  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Unibody design
  • AI AQ Engine
  • Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • USB Display
  • One push to get
  • Netflix
  • Netrange Portal
  • OpenBrowser
  • YouTube 2018
  • Mirashare

Skyworth 32TB7000 2K Android Smart TV

Specification:

  • 1,920 x 1,080 (FHD 2K)
  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Unibody design
  • Android 8.0
  • Google Play
  • Home Control
  • Google Assistant
  • Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • AI AQ Engine
  • Dolby Audio
  • DTS TruSurround
  • Chromecast built-in
  • YouTube
  • Netflix
  • 2.4G/5G WIFI
  • Bluetooth Remote

Skyworth 32TB7500 2K Android Smart TV

Specification:

  • 1,920 x 1,080 (FHD 2K)
  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Unibody design
  • Android 8.0
  • Google Play
  • Home Control
  • Google Assistant
  • Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • AI AQ Engine
  • Dolby Audio
  • DTS TruSurround
  • Chromecast built-in
  • YouTube
  • Netflix
  • 2.4G/5G WIFI
  • Bluetooth Remote

Skyworth 43TB5000 2K Netflix Smart TV

Specification:

  • 1,920 x 1,080 (FHD 2K)
  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Unibody design
  • AI AQ Engine
  • Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • Dolby Audio
  • DTS Trusrround
  • USB Display
  • One push to get
  • YouTube 2018
  • Netflix
  • Netrange Portal
  • OpenBrowser
  • Mirashare

Skyworth 43TB5050 2K Netflix Smart TV

Specification:

  • 1,920 x 1,080 (FHD 2K)
  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Unibody design
  • AI AQ Engine
  • Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • Dolby Audio
  • DTS Trusrround
  • USB Display
  • One push to get
  • YouTube 2018
  • Netflix
  • Netrange Portal
  • OpenBrowser
  • Mirashare

Skyworth 40TB5000 2K Netflix Smart TV

Specification:

  • 1,920 x 1,080 (FHD 2K)
  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Unibody design
  • AI AQ Engine
  • Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • Dolby Audio
  • DTS Trusrround
  • USB Display
  • One push to get
  • YouTube 2018
  • Netflix
  • Netrange Portal
  • OpenBrowser
  • Mirashare

Skyworth 40TB5050 2K Netflix Smart TV

Specification:

  • 1,920 x 1,080 (FHD 2K)
  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Unibody design
  • AI AQ Engine
  • Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • Dolby Audio
  • DTS Trusrround
  • USB Display
  • One push to get
  • YouTube 2018
  • Netflix
  • Netrange Portal
  • OpenBrowser
  • Mirashare

Skyworth 32TB5000 and 32TB5050 2K Netflix Smart LED TV Review

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The Skyworth 32TB5000 and 32TB5050 2K Netflix Smart LED TV is the perfect TV for your home or office. Get premium picture quality for your full entertainment needs. With it’s vivid quality picture and superior LED panel this is the perfect TV for your room.

Both of the TB5000 and TB5050 Series is stylishly designed with a luxurious black piano finish that’s suited for any room in your home.

Furthermore, experience Cinematic and Realistic Dolby Audio and DTS TrusrroundSound. While 1080P FHD 2K Resolution 60 Hz Refresh Rate for Smooth and Perfect Picture Quality.

Skyworth 32TB5000 2K Netflix Smart TV

Specification:

  • 1,920 x 1,080 (FHD 2K)
  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Unibody design
  • AI AQ Engine
  • Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • Dolby Audio
  • DTS Trusrround
  • USB Display
  • One push to get
  • YouTube 2018
  • Netflix
  • Netrange Portal
  • OpenBrowser
  • Mirashare

Skyworth 32TB5050 2K Netflix Smart TV

Specification:

  • 1,920 x 1,080 (FHD 2K)
  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Unibody design
  • AI AQ Engine
  • Magnetic Loudspeaker
  • Dolby Audio
  • DTS Trusrround
  • USB Display
  • One push to get
  • YouTube 2018
  • Netflix
  • Netrange Portal
  • OpenBrowser
  • Mirashare

Skyworth TB2000 and TB2050 Series Digital Smart TV (43TB2000, 43TB2050, 40TB2000, 40TB2050, 32TB2000, and 32TB2050) Review

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The Skyworth TB2000 and TB2050 Series Digital Smart TV is the perfect TV for your home or office. Plus get premium picture quality for your full entertainment needs with it’s built in Home KTV (Karaoke television) loaded with famous and trending songs.

Besides, with it’s vivid quality picture and superior LED panel this is the perfect TV for your room.

The models 43TB2000, 43TB2050, 40TB2000, 40TB2050, 32TB2000, and 32TB2050 is stylishly designed with a luxurious black piano finish that’s suited for any room in your home.

Furthermore, since it is a Digital TV, experience Cinematic local broadcast and Realistic Dolby Audio Sound and the 1080P FHD Resolution 60 Hz Refresh Rate for Perfect Picture Quality.

Skyworth 43TB2000 Digital Smart TV

Specification:

  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Think Minimalist design
  • Round corner design
  • Brilliant Clear Enhancer
  • Home KTV built-in
  • One push access
  • USB DIY song
  • HDMI
  • 8w X 8w Power Output

Skyworth 43TB2050 Digital Smart TV

Specification:

  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Think Minimalist design
  • Round corner design
  • Brilliant Clear Enhancer
  • Home KTV built-in
  • One push access
  • USB DIY song
  • HDMI
  • 8w X 8w Power Output

Skyworth 40TB2000 Digital Smart TV

Specification:

  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Think Minimalist design
  • Round corner design
  • Brilliant Clear Enhancer
  • Home KTV built-in
  • One push access
  • USB DIY song
  • HDMI
  • 8w X 8w Power Output

Skyworth 40TB2050 Digital Smart TV

Specification:

  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Think Minimalist design
  • Round corner design
  • Brilliant Clear Enhancer
  • Home KTV built-in
  • One push access
  • USB DIY song
  • HDMI
  • 8w X 8w Power Output

Skyworth 32TB2000 Digital Smart TV

Specification:

  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Think Minimalist design
  • Round corner design
  • Brilliant Clear Enhancer
  • Home KTV built-in
  • One push access
  • USB DIY song
  • HDMI
  • 8w X 8w Power Output

Skyworth 32TB2050 Digital Smart TV

Specification:

  • Full Screen Pro tech.
  • Think Minimalist design
  • Round corner design
  • Brilliant Clear Enhancer
  • Home KTV built-in
  • One push access
  • USB DIY song
  • HDMI
  • 8w X 8w Power Output

Most of the Skyworth Philippines model entry for 2019 is Netflix ready especially it’s Android category. However, it’s Smart Digital TV and Basic TV has carried out it’s previous technology.

This model will expected to be sold in Philippine under home appliance in brick and mortar stores like SM Appliances, Anson Appliances, Emilio S. Lim, Abenson, Robinson, Puregold, and other traditional dealers. Prices, or tag price is perhaps differ from one another.

There is also a leaked information that it will soon be available online, shopee and lazada. Likewise, shopee unit price is differ with lazada online tag price.

Philippines TV Market Share, Competition, Growth and Industry attractiveness

TV belongs to the category of household appliances. So the TV market size is closely connected to family quantity and population of the country.

At the moment of writing, Philippines has an around a total of 20 million families. Among them which are the 85 percent have already owned at least one TV set. Therefore, an around a total of 17 million families are TV users. Supposing TV’s life span will exist up to 10 years. This figure translate that annually, there are around a total of 1.7 million new TV to be buy that will share by different TV brand in the market. 

TV competition in Philippines Market

At the moment, the top three players occupy an around half of Philippines TV market, which as follows; Samsung, Sony and LG.

While the second class TV brands which acquires more or less 35 percent of the market are the following, Skyworth, Sharp, TCL, Haier and DEVANT.

And the rest of the TV market is competed by Changhong, Hyundai, Toshiba, Panasonic, EZY, Pensonic, HK TV, Nova, and many other TV brands.

TV Market growth rate and stage in growth cycle

According to the study Filipino people have an average age of 23 years old to form a family. Therefore, every year many young Filipino people have form a new family. This figure translate into the expectation of TV market here in the Philippines will grow at around 10 percent yearly.

TV Industry profitability in the Philippines

TV industry here in the Philippines comes in serious competition. There are more than 10 players in this market and each of them is going stronger every year. That’s why the industry profitability is very low. Almost half of them even face loses every year.

Analysis of TV competition and it’s environment.

Five forces in TV industry

The five factors of competition in the Philippine TV industry are the following;

  • Threat of new entrants to a market.
  • Bargaining power of suppliers.
  • Bargaining power of customers (“buyers”).
  • Threat of substitute products.
  • Degree of competitive rivalry.

Threat of new entrants: many new establish players are planning to jump into TV industry, such as Apple, Google, OEM brands and other China brands. However, compare with the mobile phones industry, the TV industry is more capital-concentrated and require a big scale to reach economic manufacturing. Therefore, the threat of new entrants is moderate.

Bargaining power of suppliers: The most important suppliers for TV industry are panel supplier and micro chip supplier. But compare to them, TV manufacturers are also strong. Therefore, bargaining power of suppliers is moderate.

Bargaining power of customers:  nowadays customers have many choices for choosing a TV. Thus their bargaining power is really high.

Threats of substitute products: more and more young Filipino people are spending less time watching TV program, movies or playing with video game. Instead, most young Filipino nowadays are spending more time in front their smart phones and laptops. Therefore, the substitution of smart phones and laptops to TV is really high.

Degree of competitive rivalry: as mentioned above, degree of competitive rivalry is very high. Price wars happened in the daily basis. And it turns out into a very few profit margin between companies that will probably resulting to cost cuts and lay off.

With the above information, the TV industry here in the Philippines is really tough for all kind of players. If one cannot able to cope with the competition it will surely fail to survive.

Identify drivers of change and it’s possible impact to the TV industry

As mentioned earlier in this post, the Philippine TV industry has positive development in the long term. The market will increase to an around 10 percent every year. And as the electronic commerce continue to improved, innovate and developed new technology that help the company to reduce cost, the industry will survive. But this innovation will also eliminate some jobs.

When it comes to the potential buyers, it is expected they’re a young people, thus they will be easy to accept new technologies, cool design, as well as excellent but affordable new brand from new players.

Other factors are the new TV technologies are emerging. Such as new display technology as ultra high definition (in short: UHD), OLED panel, new operation system such as Android OS. Those brands that cannot follow up the new technologies and develop their competitive product will face out.

And since, the introduction and the development of a new TV product and TV technology is come so fast. The TV model lifespan becomes shorter and shorter. Where in every 3 to 6 months a new model is introduced and the old model will change or gone obsolete. This factor may result and bring high challenges to the Research and Development department and the supply chain management department.

Major competing group and their strategies.

Samsung: Samsung is currently the leader in TV industry. Its strategy is technology leading orientation. It focuses on big size such as 46 inch to 80 inch TV. It always plans to introduce next generation display panel.

SONY: SONY plan to push UHD technology, which will have extreme clear picture quality as 4320*2160, known as 4K*2K.

Other Chinese brands as Skyworth, TCL and Haier, will focus on UHD technology too. At the same time, they will widely adopt Android operation system in their smart TV with very competitive price.

The factor of success in TV Industry

Technology and products

Like other consumer electronics product, good product is NO.1 factors to succeed in the competition.

Supply chain management

The product life time is becoming shorter and shorter. And the price is prone to mark down from time to time. Therefore, the supply chain management will play a key role in competition. The product is needed to deliver on time.

Sales and Marketing.

Sales and Marketing is another key factor. It should be fast and future oriented. Nowadays, sales and marketing style is changing rapidly. Billboard and bus or cab advertisement are gone obsolete rather they all go online. Likewise, the mortar and brick physical store is less effective. New generation embrace online stores.

After Sales

After sales service is always neglected and less priority when it comes to TV industry and other home appliances which I think a big mistakes. As a consumer, I care the most with my after sales.

TV Industry attractiveness and possible competitive strength

Industry attractiveness:

TV industry is an increasing industry. Philippines have the largest and youngest population. Which the market has positive prospect.

Competitive strength of Chinese Brand TV:

Low cost, to achieve it the manufacturing and labor cost is should be low but the quality will retain. Chinese TV brand is also active to adopt new technologies and develop new products. Finally, its company culture is aggressive and good at marketing.

Identify the strategic issues for TV Industry.

Since new technologies and products are emerging in TV industry, a new player should grasp the opportunities to overtake its competitors. As new brand in Philippine market, it should make itself product-oriented. It should also have strong supply chain management and ally its suppliers to win the competition. As a low brand profile, it should also focus on brand exposure as well as adopting aggressive marketing action. In short, it should make its products ”Excellent and Affordable” .

How to connect your Smartphone to Skyworth TV? (Viewing phone screen to Android, Smart, Basic TV)

Viewing smartphone, tablet, laptop or even a personal desktop computer screen into a larger TV screen is known as screen mirroring or screen casting. As of the writing, most Android smartphone or tablet, laptop and even desktop personal computer comes supporting google chrome cast. And as early as 2013, most Smartphone have already support’s screen mirroring function.

Therefore, use either Screen Mirroring or Google Chrome Cast to share whatever is on your Android or Linux and Windows devices directly on your TV. Stream a video. Share your photos. Play games. Or mirror exactly what’s on your device’s screen — all with Google chrome cast or Screen Mirroring.

However, if your Smartphone or TV does not have a Google chrome cast or Screen mirroring function, you can often still connect using a HDMI cable if the TV is DLNA-certified.

DLNA® stands for Digital Living Network Alliance. Any DLNA-certified smartphone can able connect to a DLNA-certified TV such as Skyworth.

How to connect Android Smartphone to TV using Google Chrome Cast?

In order for you to use this function (Google Chrome Cast), a minimum requirement are; the TV must have featuring Google Chrome Cast function; user must have a good internet connection; Smart Android TV must able to be connected to the access point or router and an Android Smartphone.

Now that we already know the minimum requirement in order for us to use the Google Chromecast function. Then we need to install an Android application that we need in order for us to connect the Smartphone to the TV.

This application are the following; Google Home, LocalCast for Chromecast, Cast to TV, Video & TV Cast, Apps for Chromecast, All Screen, Web Video Cast, AllCast, Any Cast, Videostream Chromecast, AllConnect, EZCast, TVCast and more other.

In this post, we use Google Home app to control our Chromecast ready TV and share the smaller screen to bigger one. Aside from sharing screen, Google Home app can also use to control lights, cameras, air-con thermostats, playing music and more.

How to Install Google Home to Android Device?

  1. Navigate your Android Smartphone or Android Device and look for Play Store.
  2. Tap Play Store icon.
  3. On “Search Google Play” text box, key-in “Google Home” then tap search button.
  4. Tap Install and it automatically download the app which has an around 9mb of file size.
  5. After a successful installation, tap “Open”.
  6. Tap “Get started”.
  7. Choose a Google account that you want to use with Google Home app.
  8. Tap the Google account icon or login then tap “OK”.
  9. On your mobile phone screen choose “Home” then tap Next.
  10. The app will ask a “Location access”. Which is neede to detect nearby Wi-Fi signals and determine your location during the setup process.
  11. Tap “Next” then tap “Allow”.
  12. A window pane pop out with a title “Your home in your hands”.
  13. Tap Watch Now.
  14. Then it will redirect to Youtube and play the demo animation.

Step by step guide on how to connect your Android Smartphone to TV using Google Chromecast?

By default, all available Cast devices will automatically appeared on Home screen under “Other Cast devices” as long as the Android Smartphone and the Chromecast ready TV is connected to the same access point or router. However, if you want to configure it manually the following steps below will help you.

  1. Navigate your android mobile phone.
  2. Look for Google Home icon and tap it to open.
  3. Tap the “plus sign”. Then choose nickname for this home to help you identify it later.
  4. Tap “Set up device”.
  5. Tap “New devices”.
  6. Choose a “Home”. You will able to control the devices and services in this home.
  7. Tap “Next”. Device start a search “Looking for devices”.
  8. Then manually choose the device.

To play video, share images or anything from your Android smartphone screen. Just open the Chromecast compatible app and tap the cast icon that is usually appeared on top of the app. E.g., Youtube, Netflix, Iflix, google chrome browser, and more other cast compatible applications.

How to connect Linux or Windows Laptop or Personal Computer Desktop to Chromecast ready TV?

A few years ago, if you want to share your Laptop or Personal Computer Desktop to the larger screen, you need to have the following; a VGA cable or a HDMI cable that will physically connect from device port to port.

In order for us to connect the Laptop or Personal Computer Desktop to Smart TV, we need to do following steps;

But that good old days are long gone. Today, wireless technology have replaced it. And the most known technology was called “Google Chromecast”.

How to connect Laptop and Desktop Computer to Chromecast ready TV
with helpful illustration.

  1. Must have an installed google chrome browser.
  2. Update the browser into the latest version.
  3. Connect the chromecast ready TV and computer to the same access point or router.
  4. Then do the following steps below;

Connect Skyworth TV and Computer to the “SAME” Network.

Open Google Chrome Browser and go to “Customize and Control Google Chrome”.

Look for “Cast…” and click

Select “Cast to” then a drop down menu appear down below.

Select your source

Note:
Cast tab – share only browser tab.
Cast desktop – you can share the content of your desktop.
Cast file – you can stream a video or audio file.

Select your TV name.

Please Note: Skyworth TV default name in this guide is “globe”

Select “globe” then click “Share”.

TV and Computer Successfully Connected!!!

The whole process is just takes a few second. By default all cast device that is connected to the same access point or router become available to one another.

Connection desktop PC to bigger screen like TV is also known as extend desktop PC screen or laptop display to Chromecast ready Smart TV.

Connect Smartphone to Smart TV via Screen Mirroring (Wireless Display, Wi-Fi Display or Cast Screen)

Screen mirroring (also known as Skyshare™ for Skyworth TV) let you wirelessly beam your photos, videos, presentations, or even your video, games to your Skyworth TV Screen. For example a Samsung Android Mobile (Tablet or Phone) you can connect to Skyworth Skyshare™ using the AllShare® Cast function.

You will be able to connect directly to the Smart TV. To verify, if your TV support Screen Mirroring, please refer to your TV user manual.

Step by Step guide connecting Skyworth Skyshare to Smart Phone with helpful illustration.

In this tutorial we will use Skyworth Smart TV to connect with mobile phone via Skyshare function.

Using your Skyworth Smart TV remote, press HOME and select Skyshare on the TV’s display.

Skyshare display turn over and it looks like the figure below.

On your mobile phone / tablet, Menu >> Settings>> AllShare Cast. Touch the slider to turn it on.

Then select your Skyworth Smart TV from the list (commonly look like RealtekBC:EC:23:67:F9:35).

Your device is now connected to the Smart TV via Screen Mirroring, and all in your screen will be share automatically to the bigger screen.

Connecting Android Smart Phone to Skyworth MiraShare with Helpful Photo illustration.

  • Open the Skyworth MiraShare Application on your TV.
  • On your Smart phone, find and open the screen mirroring function of your phone.
  • Search for the Available Device
  • Connect to the Available Device
  • Then, finally if the connection is successful, you can now project your phone screen to the TV.

HDMI via DLNA
One cable end plugs into your phone or tablet while the other plugs into the HDMI port on your TV.

DIY Repair and Trouble shooting guide for Common LED TV Problem

LED TV brand that is prone to Defect

All LED TV brand is prone to defect and no such thing as tough LED TV. Remember they’re all made with the same material and powered with electricity. However, quality may vary with workmanship.

Currently the following LED TV brand that is available and well know to the market nowadays are the following; Samsung, Sony Bravia, Apple TV, LG, TCL, Haier, Sharp, Sanyo, Skyworth, Toshiba, Devant, Hisense, Xenon, Prestiz, Pensonic, Promac, Nova, N. Vision, H.K. TV, Panasonic, National, EZY, and many more Chinese brand TV.

I write this article for one thing in mind. That is to help you getting out of the frustrations or give you an idea of what is really happening on your LED TV, here are the complete list of problem or defect you are currently encountering or might be encountered in the future.

So let’s get started…

A helpful troubleshooting guide, symptoms of the defect, options you may want to choose to save money from further repair and DIY repair and troubleshooting is included on each topics.

Color Discoloration

Color discoloration is one of the most common LED TV problem ever encounter. Discoloration is not easy to distinguished by a normal eye if the problem is mild. But sometimes it comes really visible. Therefore, if your not really sure or have a doubt about your LED TV color call the TV brand after sales service hotline and request for a visit.

Screen discoloration is not a problem you want to ignore with, it might become a serious problem after a while. If this symptom persist, immediately call the after sales service and ask for replacement.

However, if you think your LED TV is not covered with warranty, better to buy brand new one. Somehow, a second hand screen replacement is also good sometimes but don’t expect it to last long.

Flickering Display

It’s Christmas, oh I am sorry it is not, this is no Christmas lights. It is a flickering display of defective LED TV. Sometimes people believe that it was happening because, the electricity is fluctuating which is not a reason.

Flickering LED TV display is due to a defective power supply. Sometimes it flicker because of a defective back-light IC or blown out capacitors. You can also use multi-meter to check the output current going to the main-board if it correct as written on the PCB then the culprit was the back-light.

If you want to same some money from check up, here is a DIY guidelines on how to check if the culprit is your power supply or a back light. To do this, check your power supply board first and locate the power IC or any blown capacitors or resistance.

Dismantling a LED TV panel is not easy and it need an experience technician to do that. Therefore, call your local to do the repair.

However, if this symptoms persist and your LED TV is still in warranty period, you must call a TV brand after sales service and ask for a technician to replaced those parts and electronic component for you.

Take note, if your TV is still in warranty period, don’t ever think to troubleshoot it by yourself. Else, your warranty will be declared void.

Lines on Screen

Have you ever experience a problem such as the following “while you are watching your favorite TV program, for no reason you have notice a colored horizontal or vertical hair line across the LED TV screen”. Or likewise a vertical or horizontal colored bar lines all over the LED TV.

This is a really serious problem that need an immediate action. If you’ve encounter line on screen problem, the best thing you can do is to call immediately the LED TV after sales hotline number to avail your warranty. However, if your LED TV with line on screen lapses the warranty period, better to buy new one.

The cost of repair for line on screen problem is really high, usually 80% of it’s cash price. For example, if you buy that LED TV for $100, the panel price will be sold $80.00 to you by brand service center. However, if you find one from LED TV repair shop a second hand panel somehow is better. You may get it for much lower price.

But the second hand LED TV replacement panel will last shorter than the brand new one. Therefore, if the price is of brand new LED TV and a second hand LED TV panel replacement not much different in price, better to buy a new LED TV.

Line on screen sometimes is due to corrosion that built on screen metal frame. Corrosion on metal frame is cause buy water damaged, animal waste or dead insects. Line on screen problem is very common to all LED TV brand across the globe.

Moving Line on Screen

Moving line on screen is not similar to line on screen, because it moves. This LED TV problem comes either in a form of horizontal or vertical lines. But unlike line on screen it is more ticker and wider. Sometimes it will covered the whole LED TV display or just a half.

If this symptoms persist in your LED TV set, call your TV brand customer care hotline to avail your warranty and get repaired. However, if your warranty period is already lapse, moving line on screen has a higher chance to get repaired and has a lower cost.

Local TV technician can also apply some remedy for lower cost but don’t have to expect that it will last long.

Usually, mowing line on screen problem is cause by a defective T-Con board. Other symptom of defective T-Con board is changing colored bar lines. Sometimes an intermittent bar line, which is sometimes the line is visible then it goes away.

Four Faded Bar Lines

Any kind of line that appeared on your LED TV, either it’s faded or sharp is a sign of defect. The newly encounter defect among the Android TV’s are the Four Faded line. The cause of this problem is due to the mainboard defect.

Therefore, if this symptoms persist, you should call the LED TV brand after sales service right away and asked for replacement mainboard replacement. Otherwise, if your unit is already beyond the warranty period buy a replacement mainboard to solved it.

This four faded bar lines is really confusing, some technician consider it as a panel problem which is wrong, rather it is mainboard. But most of line on screen problem is panel defect.

Aging Mode

Upon opening your LED TV instead of your favorite TV program a switching color green, blue, red, white and black greets. Then you think it might just be a little error and you decide to turn restart it. But upon opening your LED TV displays the same switching color green, blue, red, white and black.

The switching color green, blue, red, white and black is known as the aging mode. The cause of this LED TV problem is by an accidentally press factory default combination in your TV remote to initiate the aging mode. Or either a software glitch.

If this symptom persist ( switching color green, blue, red, white and black ) in your LED TV, don’t hesitate to call the TV brand after sales service. your LED TV main-board is needed to be replaced.

But if you think that your LED TV that is suffering an aging mode problem is an out of warranty unit, try the following DIY to help you save from repair cost. Here you need to have the original remote control of the LED TV. On your remote, press exit or back. If it works that way congrats you save some cash.

However, if that DIY guide doesn’t help you. Try to look for a new mainboard replacement somewhere else and change it. Buying a new mainboard is far cheaper than buying a new TV set. Therefore, try to find a new motherboard from your local TV shop or from online seller.

No Display with Sound

Upon switching the TV on, the on light indicator turn over, however, the logo doesn’t show up. Then in a few more second you only hear the sound but no images came out the screen. Then you think it is just a software glitch because the last your TV is still working fine. You’ve restarted it and the same problem persist.

If you experience a no display with sound LED TV problem, call the TV brand after sales service immediately and ask for assistance. If your TV is covered with warranty period, you might get a new replacement. Otherwise, the cost of repair is either low or high depending of it’s problem.

This symptom (No display with sound) is either TFT problem or busted backlight. To save some few consultation fees, here is the Do-it-yourself guide to check if it is a back-light or TFT.

Plug in your LED TV to power supply, turn it on and lightly press the screen. Remember to much force applied will break your LED TV glass. If there is a visible light appears while you lightly press the screen then the problem is your LED TV TFT. It’s repair is costly better to buy a brand new.

However, if you can find a second hand LED TV panel from local TV repair shop, then I think you will save some but don’t expect it will last long.

For the backlight problem the Do-it-yourself is almost the same. Plug the LED TV to the power source, turn it on and go near the TV screen. If you see a dim images that is visible when you get near the LED TV Display then, the LED TV backlight is defective.

TV Back-light is easy to repair but to dismantle the whole screen is somewhat critical. If you do not know how to do it better call a TV technician.

Auto On and Auto Off

You afraid to stay alone in your house now. Because, one day you left your LED TV on standby mode. And before you leave the house, you make sure that no one is left behind and the door is locked. But in a few minutes, you came back to get your purse in living room and you notice that your TV is open. It looks like there is something in the house except you.

Then you just ignore it, since your in a hurry and need to go out. Like what you did before, you just put that TV into standby mode and locked the door. After a couple of hour, you came back home and discover the TV is turn on.

Your heart pounding really hard by now and feel ghostbum. You feel that your not alone and feel someone is watching you. Your imagination working really hard.

The culprit in this situation you afraid of is not a ghost or unwanted spirits. There is no paranormal activity. The culprit might be your LED TV mainboard or it’s software. Sometimes a set timer will do.

To troubleshoot, here is a DIY guide. If you have an access where to get your LED TV software try to update it or reinstall. If the problem refrain to shown then it is a software.

But if you do software update and nothings happen, you might want to check your mainboard. Usually, the culprit is found on it’s main IC. Replace it will help you solve this problem. However, main IC replacement needed an expertise else you will just damaged the mainboard.

Therefore, if your experience this problem and your LED TV is still covered with warranty period. It is advisable to call the LED TV brand after sales service and request for a visit. They might just replaced the whole mainboard to fixed it.

Hang on Logo

One morning, you turn on the TV but it wasn’t work well, something’s wrong. It just not come over and remain on Logo. You’ve restarted it but a couple of minutes pass nothings change. It just hang.

Hang on logo usually is due to a defective software or mainboard. Like auto on and Auto off, hang on logo is easy to repair if you have access to the software. Otherwise better to call the LED TV after sales service and asked for assistance.

It is possible for them to replaced the whole mainboard kit or just update the software. However, if your unit is already out of warranty, buying a new mainboard is the only option you have. But get a copy of software will save you a lot.

No sound with display

This kind of problem is rare to happen but it does. When you turn on the TV it come over but no sounds is coming out. This usually a speaker problem or main-board problem.

To troubleshoot, use multi-meter and measure the output from the mother board going speaker. If the result doesn’t much to the printed output then it is the mainboard otherwise speaker need to be change.

To point out the exact culprit on LED TV mainboard component with multi meter check the fuse and audio IC. If the fuse is blown out replace it with new one as well as then audio IC. However, if you find fuse and audio IC is good, then the culprit was the main IC.

For warranty covered LED TV’s call your after sales service and asked for technician to do the job. However, if your unit is out warranty, buying a new mainboard or speaker will solve the problem.

Standby Only

Yesterday before I fall asleep I remember my LED TV is working but now I can’t turn it on using remote or key button. The standby light indicator come over but the TV can’t turn over.

The standby only problem is also common to all LED TV brand. It is a sign of defective LED TV mainboard or software.

Therefore, if your LED TV is still in warranty period then call immediately the support and asked for home service. However, if the unit is out of warranty, consider to buy a new mainboard replacement which is I think available from your local repair shop or brand after sales service centers

Another option is software re-installation but it wont 100% works, if you find the mainboard is still good and doesn’t have any blown out components then software will do. However, the main IC may also be a culprit.

Dim Backlight in one portion of TV

I just watching a few hours ago and now somethings weird is happening. When I plug my LED TV into the power source, it automatically lit from the background even I didn’t press the “power on” button on the remote or the power key button of the TV.

Light came out but no images, no sound, just nothing. But when I try to press the power on button from my LED TV Remote control, TV come over but some portion seems to be dim.

The culprit of dim light in one portion is the TV power supply. If this symptom persist, call your LED TV service center near you and asked for replacement. However, if your unit is beyond warranty period, buy a working power supply and replace it.

A new power supply is available from your brand service centers for a lower cost.

No Power

No power is one of the most common problem of TV. The symptoms is obvious, light indicator won’t came up when you plug it into the power source.

If your LED TV is still covered within warranty period, call the service center and asked for replacement. Commonly, in this kind of problem, technician replaced your power supply board.

However, if your TV is out of warranty, buying a new power supply board will solve this problem. Power supply board is comes available to your LED TV service centers. But if you don’t find one, a universal power supply will work well too.

Missing pre-installed application

Missing YouTube app, missing Facebook app, missing Netflix app, missing browser app, and etc. All missing app is cause by either an automatic update or by the user itself.

I could say it cause by an update because some update will removed an old version of software. The other culprit is a user accidentally uninstalled the software.

This problem is the easiest to be repair, if you want to restore all those per-installed application, then reset the LED TV into its factory default state.

To do that, you should have an access to it’s factory settings. But the brand service center will probably not give the combination code to access it to you, that’s your only problem.

Therefore, call the service hotline and ask for an assistance. If your LED TV is still covered with warranty, then you got the service for free. Otherwise, you need to pay for the labor which is I think an around $10.00 only.

TV Can’t connect to speaker via Bluetooth

One common problem is a Bluetooth connection. Symptoms are, it can’t search the device or can’t connect into other Bluetooth devices such as speakers. This is really frustrating among LED TV user.

The most common culprit on this kind of problem is all about compatibility issue between devices.

But sometimes the main board or the Bluetooth adapter inside the unit. If this the problem is incompatibility, a chance of being get repaired will fall to 0% unless they will update the software with the a new firmware.

But if the problem is the main board or the Bluetooth adapter, a replacement of a main-board and Bluetooth adapter will solve the problem.

Therefore, if this symptom persist on your LED TV, call right away the after sales service centers to get a help. Schedule a home service and request for a replacement of a new component.

However, if this symptoms arises beyond your warranty period, the problem might be the main board or Bluetooth for sure. Because, the compatibility issue will be notice right the first time you buy the LED TV, right the time you unboxed it.

TV Can’t connect to smart phone

Another common issue arising in the LED TV nowadays are the compatibility issues. Some TV especially those from Chinese technology has this issue. Skyworth, TCL, Hisense, DeVant, Pensonic, EZY, Nova and other Chinese brand are among those brand who suffers compatibility issue.

The most recent problem those brand have encounter are the sharing screen from smart phone to LED TV. Besides, iOS doesn’t have a chance to share screens with most of this brands.

The good news is, this problem persist the time you unboxed the unit. Therefore, even in selling area, you could surface it by trying this feature.

TV Can’t connect to Wi-Fi or Access point

If your LED TV has a hard time to connect to the access point or wi-fi, the most common culprit of this issue are; compatibility issue, defective LED TV Wi-Fi adapter, defective main board, or obsolete LED TV firmware

For the compatibility issue, the problem will surface right the time you unboxed it. Update the software and firmware of the unit will solve this problem.

For the defective LED TV Wi-Fi adaptor, an experienced technician is needed. Because, they need to dismantle the LED TV and replaced it.

Likewise, if the defect is found to be the mainboard, an experienced technician is needed. Like with the installation of new Bluetooth adapter technician also need to dismantle the LED TV to install a new mainboard.

While if the problem is found to be the obsolete firmware, then this probably can do by you. Somehow, this TV brand made this firmware available online with no brainier step by step guide.

Countdown Timer Pop out then the TV turn off

This is not a usual problem and might not encounter before. This is new to LED TV industry and the infected are only the Android Smart TV’s. At the moment, this problem surface to most Chinese TV technology, Skyworth, TCL and the few other brands are among them.

The symptoms of this problem as follows; while you enjoying watching your favorite TV program or movie played from USB flash drive. For no reason a number appears in your screen and starts the countdown. When it reach 0 the TV turn off.

The said countdown has no chance to be cancelled. It doesn’t seems to respond in you command through remote control. Even you press cancel button, ok button or back button, the countdown continues.

If you encounter this problem, you may call the after sales service support and ask for assistant or replacement of the LED TV. The cause of this problem is yet to determine. Somehow, a mainboard replacement will solve the problem.

This problem has been surface a few months ago and continue to balloon.

Distorted Sound

Distorted is might due to defective LED TV mainboard, speakers or software. To determined the culprit an experienced technician is needed to check it. But the first suspected component was the mainboard therefore a technician need to determined if the output from mainboard going to speaker is correct. If the output is correct then the speaker might be the culprit.

Using the same technique, a technician will check the speaker, if the diagnosis was correct then it is a software problem.

If you suspected a software to be the culprit, then try to update it. But if it doesn’t work, try to change the mainboard or the speakers. It is somehow a no brainier guide.


Things to consider before buying TV in the Philippines, a helpful tips.

Buying a new TV regardless the brand is really frustrating nowadays especially when it comes to after sales service. Since TV’s is an electronic and electricity powered appliances, when it going to crash and malfunction is unpredictable. Therefore, for you to avoid the future frustrations here are some helpful tips to consider before you buy TV here in the Philippines.

Buy TV with huge numbers of Service Centers.

The more the service center the TV brand have connected with, the better. Why? Because, it has a competition between service centers. And since service centers is a third party player and not really own or connected to the TV brand, the turn around time when you get the service is more faster.

Look only for TV brand with established service center in you area.

Like as discussed earlier, the life of your TV is unpredictable, it will crash and malfunction anytime regardless what brand it is. Therefore, an easy access to after sales service is truly important.

Buy only a TV brand who is offering home service.

This is the most important factor to consider before buying a TV, regardless of it’s size they should offer a home service. There are TV brand out in the market today that do not cater home service for sizes less than 32 inches, which I think isn’t fair. Therefore, before buying asked the sales promoter if they’re offering home service. Because, the time you wasted in there deffective product is priceless. Better avoid buying it.

Buy TV with 24 hours call toll free hotline.

A 24 hours toll free hotlines is also important for the following reasons; you need an assistance on how to operate the TV in the middle of the night. And why would you spend cash for NDD calls to the hassle that is not really your fault. It’s a factory defect. Therefore, toll free hotlines with 24/7 access it really important.

Easy to get an answer from your query over the phone.

Yes they have 24 hours toll free hot-line, but have you get the service you want from them? Therefore, before buying a TV, give it a try to test there hotline number first. Call them and asked something. If you get a good answer then they’re good. But if you find yourself waiting to the other line for someone pick the phone or left you hang for more than a minute then this is a really bad sign. Don’t ever think to buy TV from that brand. What if you really need a help and none from them is there to help you, it’s frustrating isn’t it.

Checked the warranty policy.

Checking the after sales service policy is also important. Asked for what is warranty covered and what is not. Also be vigilant, some TV company do not covered the rusty screen panel frame which resulted to line on screen. Rather they declare it water damaged or animal urine. In my opinion not all the time a rusted metal frame is cuase by water damaged or animal urine. Sometimes the TFT set also producing liquid like substance that cause corrosion.

Buy only a TV brand offering two years warranty or longer.

Some people think warranty period is not important, thinking that there TV will last long because of it’s brand name. And they’re all got it wrong, an average TV lifespan will only last for a year. Therefore, if you got two years TV warranty or more, the chance of getting a replacement without buying a new one is higher. Since, TV model change really quick you might get a new model with an improved features without spending a dime or few.

Do I need to consider the TV brand name?

Sometimes choosing a brand of which is a best TV is also very tricky, a sales person that assisting you might tell you some deceiving facts in order to close a deal. One best example of it is “this TV is an American brand” but the fact is almost all inexpensive consumer electronic item nowadays is China made. I am not against the Chinese people or China, in fact my grandmother is from Guangdong (formerly Canton Province), a coastal province of southeast China, borders Hong Kong and Macau. Therefore, do your own research to identify where those brand component is coming from.

Should I buy a China made TV brand?

Yes, there’s nothing wrong with Chinese made brand. In fact most of the consumer electronic product nowadays are Chinese made. Even the most expensive Apple products to the inexpensive transistor radio.

How to I noticed where do the TV is made?

Look at the back of display TV and you will find out where country is made. However this is also deceiving, most of this product are just assembled only in that pertaining country but the components and all the parts is somehow imported from China.

How to notice if the TV component and parts is Chinese made?

Do not believe on what you heard from the sales person. What ever he is talking about the product is always for there own good. Once it is a less expensive, the TV product is somehow from China. Because, if you’re the owner of the company and want to bag more profit even you sold your product in the cheapest price. Then you will import component and parts from the country that will afford to give you cheapest.

Why most of the electronic parts and component is imported from China?

Simply, Chinese electronic component, parts or evev products is far more less expensive than from other countries. Therefore, a company than what to cost cut and earn more profit will import component from China as I mentioned earlier.

Should I consider the higher the price the better when buying?

In my own experience as a consumer, the higher the price tag is, the better the product, it will last longer than the inexpensive one. But in the case of TV or electronic consumer products, they all the same. There lifespan is unpredictable therefore the after sales is really important. But when it comes to features, quality of display, design and materials where it made. Expensive TV is better than less expensive one.

Why do a sales person pushed me to buy the less expensive TV?

Are you one of those people who is a victim of the sales deception. You already decided for which TV model you want to buy, but the sales person whispered negative things in your ears about that certain model of TV you really want to take home with you. Then they will lure you to the nearest display with less expensive price tag and discuss about the features somehow, you never tried because, there is in fact no internet connectivity in the area or no time for testing. So many blah, blah, blah, of never heard features as if you can use them or function well without any issue. If yes, then you are now a garbage collector.

As a consumer electronic sales consultant for sometimes now, this technique is the most effective way to sell out the product that is soon out on the market. In this way the TV buyer or feel that the sales person is truly care about them but the truth is they’re not. They are just want to push the obsolete products. Therefore, if you find out that the model you want is not available then jump on the next TV authorized dealer.

Don’t be trick, same function but different names.

Another tricky stuff on buying new TV set nowadays is when you look at there offered features. There are different names but the functionality it offers is the same with what the other brands features. Don’t be a victim of there explanation, all brand of TV generic features comes the same nowadays. They’ll only renamed it for what is best for them.

For Android TV buy only a TV with full Google license.

Not every Android TV is the same and not every Google license TV is the same. Android TV comes into two category, the Android TV and the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) TV. The AOSP TV comes in with limited support and doesn’t grant an access to Google services. On the other hand, an Android TV is also devided into two category, Android TV limited Google license and Android TV full Google license.

How to notice an Android TV with full Google license?

Simply, browse to the Google play services or Google play store on the TV and try to install Google chrome or other browser. If you can able to download Chrome or Firefox browser then the TV comes with full Google license. Otherwise, it is limited Google license.

Why I can’t install Google chrome on my Android TV from Google play store?

Have you been promised by sales person to be able to install all applications from Google play store. But when you get home and try to install a simple Google Chrome browser, but how unlucky you can’t find one then you made a call to the TV Hotline number and they say, the Google Chrome is not built for TV but rather try to find the TV browser and install it. Then your confusing right now but still gladly do install the browser you never heard before and try to use it but it crash often. The reason, you have buy an Android TV with limited license from Google.

Test for Netflix certified TV to avoid return hassle.

There are countless of complaint about “Netflix is not certified with your TV”. Yes, they do exists, there are some TV brand model that is not Netflix certified because, they don’t have license to use the Netflix product. Therefore, as a new TV buyer, to avoid future frustrations you should need to test the TV for Netflix first before buying it. Luckily, there is no way to determine if its not a Netflix certified but to installed the app and test it with your account.

Avoid buying TV with Analog Reception.

Very soon, here in the Philippines, analog broadcast will be replaced with full Digital broadcast. And digital broadcast is far more clearer and vivid than the analog. Therefore, considered to buy TV that has a capability to receive digital channels.

How to notice a Digital TV?

Asking the same person is one thing but if you want to confirm and see it by yourself, look at the back of the TV. With the current design, Digital TV always comes with two coaxial cable receiver. Where in the one reciever is labeled with AIR and the other one is labeled with CABLE.

Buy only a full HD TV.

The Philippines is heading to digital broadcast and for you to appreciate the digital broadcast service as well as the images, you must have an at least full HD TV.

Buy TV only with cash.

When you have cash in hand and planning to buy a new LED TV, then buy it with cold cash. It’s because most authorized TV dealers always give a cash buyer a big discounts compare to credit card straight payment or ATM cash payment. Sometimes you even received another freebies for paying cash. But some people thinks that, why should I buy my cash if it’s offered for 0% interest payable for 12 months? Yeah, sure but wait does it really offered 0% interest or with hidden interest.

0% interest is not exist, it always have an interest.

The truth with 0% interest is, there is no such thing as 0% interest as they advertise to the public. In fact the product was sold to consumer with 20% to 30% markup from it’s original price while 30% to 50% markup on there so called 0% interest deal. Therefore, always pay cash when buying LED, Android, Smart or OLED TV.

Author Insights about buying TV

Buying which brand of TV that is perfect for you is not made simple. The money you might spend is not small and the experience you might expecting might not met or the after sales service might be very frustrating. Therefore, I made this helpful tips to consider that might work with buyer all over the world. This is only my opinion as TV sales and service consultant who experience the frustrations of consumers.

Everything You Need to Know: TV Technology and Terminologies

Basic TV, Digital TV, 2K Smart TV, 2K Android TV, 4K Smart TV, 4K Android TV, OLED TV & HDR TV, sounds great but more confusing, right? Therefore, before we proceed we will try to define each TV category in the most simplest term and easy to understand.

What is a Basic TV?

  • It is a type of TV commonly use for watching TV broadcast program.
  • It can play sounds, music videos and movies via use of USB.
  • Commonly, the resolution for this type is HD ready to FHD.
  • For the size, it ranges from 24-43”.
  • Interfaces includes USB, VGA, HDMI, MHL, earphone, RF, RGB, composite and audio jacks.

What is a Smart TV?

  • Has the functions of a Basic TV.
  • Has the capability to surf in the internet.
  • Interfaces includes USB ( USB 2.0 and USB 3.0), MHL Cable, VGA, HDMI, earphone, SPDIF, channel connector, RGB, composite audio jacks and additional LAN IN connection.
  • For the size, Smart TVs started from 32” and above.
  • Resolution started from HD to UHD.
  • Uses wireless connection called the Wi-Fi.

What is an Android TV?

  • Has the functions and features of a SMART TV.
  • Aside from using a software, android TV uses Android OS for its system.
  • It has a built-in memory that allows the user to install applications that can be used even on offline mode.
  • Android TVs are not virus prone as opposed to the popular belief. Android TVs can only read APK applications.

What is a Digital Signal Processor TV?

  • It can be Basic, Smart or Android TV.
  • It has 3 types: DVB, ATSC and ISDB-T.
  • ISDB-T is what the Philippines using.
  • The highest resolution that it can support is FHD.
  • The medium of receiving the signal is “T” which stands for “terrestrial” using an antenna .
  • It has an additional feature called the PVR (Personal Video Recoding) and EWBS (Emergency Warning Broadcast System).

What is a PVR or Personal Video Recording?

A good feature of the ISDB-T Digital TV that allows the user to record the program with the help of a USB or HDD. can only be used if the available signal in the area is digital. Recording can be done whether the TV is on or off(standby mode) however the time should be set before turning off the TV.

What is an Emergency Warning Broadcast System?

A system wherein the government has an access to a certain area to give an advisory like calamities including typhoon, earthquake, tsunami and the like. As of the moment, the standard of EWBS here in the Philippines is still not yet finalized. So the strict implementation here in the country can be expected in the near future.

What are he Digital TV Standards

Different digital TV standards in the world:

Europe:
DVB
According to the transmission medium:
DVB-S (Satellite)
DVB-C (Cable)
DVB-T (Terrestrial)

America:
Broadcasting-Terrestrial Standard: ATSC
Satellite/cable adopts European standard: DVB-S/DVB-C

Japan:
Broadcasting-Terrestrial Standard: ISDB-T
Satellite/cable adopts European standard: DVB-S/DVB-C

What is a Digital TV Standards here in the Philippines?
Philippines to adopt the Japanese Technology digital signal known as ISDB-T or the “Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial”.

What is an Analog Signal Processor TV?

  • It can be Basic, Smart or Android TV.
  • It has 3 types: PAL, SECAM and NTSC.
  • NTSC is what the Philippines using.
  • The highest resolution that it can support is SD.
  • The medium of receiving the signal is “T” which stands for “terrestrial” using an antenna .

Analog TV Signal Formats

  • Different countries(areas) use different analog TV signal systems.
  • PAL(PAL D/K, PAL I, PAL B/G)625/50i
  • China, Vietnam: PAL D/K
  • Britain, HK: PAL I
  • Germany, Australia, Southeast Asia countries: PAL B/G
  • America, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, Philipines, etc.: NTSC 525/60i
  • France, Russia, Eastern Europe: SECAM 625/50i

Common TV Technical Terminologies

In this section we will try to find out and try to define some sales person technical words.

Pixel:
The smallest element or the basic unit that builds up an image in the screen. It is derived from the two words “Picture” and “Element”. It can sometimes refer as “dots” or “pel”. It is the smallest controllable element of a picture represented on the screen. Therefore, the more the pixel the clearer the picture is.

Resolution:
Refers to the total number of pixels in an image. It is expressed in two set of numbers which are the width and height. See figure below;

Hertz:
A unit of measurement (Hz) to describe frequency. One Hertz equals one cycle per second. In video, Hertz is used to describe a frame rate in frames per second.

Frequency:
Refers to the speed of transition of one frame to another. Its unit of measurement is express in Hertz (Hz). This is also known as the frame rate.

Response Time
-(unit: millisecond or ms) refers to the time that a generic system or functional unit takes to react to a given input.
E.g. Switching from one local channel to another.

Illustration of TV quick response time and TV Slow response time.

Viewing Angle:
Refers to the maximum angle at which a display can be viewed with acceptable visual performance. The higher the viewing angle means the clarity can be viewed even watching on the side of the TV. It can be measured horizontally or vertically.

An illustration of TV wide viewing angle and narrow viewing angle.

Viewing Distance:
The suggested distance of a viewer from the TV to appreciate the clarity of the graphics being played in the screen. Viewing at a nearer distance might result to noticing the pixels.

Suggested viewing distance to appreciate TV clarity.

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio of a Display is the proportional relationship between the width of a display and its height. The aspect ratio is expressed as two numbers separated by a colon (x:y). Current common aspect ratios for displays are 5:4, 4:3, 16:10 and 16:9.

Common aspect ratios for TV Displays

Types of TV According to Display Technology

CRT TV:
A term which stands for Cathode Ray Tube. A type of TV that uses a vacuum tube and a fluorescent lamp to produce images. This is already an obsolete or outdated type of TV.

CRT TV

PDP TV:
A term which stands for Plasma Display Panel. It uses ionized gasses between two panels of glass to produce images. This is already an obsolete or outdated type of TV.

Actual Plasma TV

LCD TV:
A term which stands for Liquid Crystal Display. It filters the light coming from its backlight to produce an image. The filter is called the “shutter-filter” and this produces “sub-pixel”. This “sub-pixels” blend together to produce pixel. The shade of color is controlled by changing the relative intensity of the light passing through the sub-pixels. It was initially commercially released by the year 2007.

lcd tv actual looks

First Generation LCD TVs have backlight called CCFL ( Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp. ) Advantages of LCD TVs over CRTs and PDPs are Lower Power Consumption, Slimmer and Lighter.

LED TV:
A term which stands for Light Emitting Diode. It is the 2nd generation LCD TVs but marketed as “LED TV” due to its LED backlight. It also uses LCD panel and same technology to produce images.

Advantages of LED TVs from LCD TVs:
1st Slimmer Design – This is due to its backlight.
2nd Lower Power Consumption – This is due to its backlight.
3rd Better Picture Quality- Dimming can be controlled thus giving an advantage in watching dark scenes. Brightness can also be controlled since LED backlight are easier to control.
4th Longer Lifespan of Backlight – LED lights have a lifespan of 100,000-120,000 hours compare to the 50,000-60,000 hours for CCFL.

OLED TV:
A term which stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. Unlike a typical LED TV, OLED does not need a backlight. It uses a thin film which is made up organic material which is the carbon. This organic film has the capability to produce light when an electricity is supplied.





Types of TV According to Display Resolution

SD TV (Standard Definition)

SD TV resolution is 640 × 480 pixels (width x height) and aspect ratio of 4:3. This resolution is applicable for TVs with the size of 14 inches to 24 inches. It is commonly installed with the late CRT TV’s called as 480p TVs. At the moment Standard Definition is become an obsolete resolution.

HD TV (High Definition)
HD TV’s is more clearer than SD, it’s resolution is 1280 × 720 pixels (width x height) and aspect ratio of 16:9. High Definition can only be appreciated for TVs with the size of 24 inches to 40 inches. HD TV’s is also known as 720p TVs. However, it has two variations that makes confusions, the HD and the HD ready. The difference lies on the processing of signal through the use of antenna.

FHD TV’s (Full High Definition)
FHD TV’s resolution is 1920 × 1080 pixels (width x height) and aspect ratio of 16:9. Full High Definition can only be appreciated for TVs with the size of 40 inches to 50 inches. FHD TV’s is also called as 1080p TVs. Somehow it’s more clearer than SD and HD TV’s at some point. Because, if you play a low quality video on this kind of screen, I assure you, you really don’t like the result, it’s blurry or pixelated.

UHD TV (Ultra High Definition)
UHD TV’s resolution is 3840 × 2160 pixels (width x height) and aspect ratio of up to 16:9. Its camera sensor equivalent resolution is 8.3 MP and 4 times the resolution of FHD. Ultra High Definition is best appreciated for TVs that comes with the size of 55 inches and above. UHD TV’s is also known as 4k TV’s.

8K UHD TV’s (8K Ultra High Definition)
As of the writing 8K UHD TV’s is currently the higher version of Ultra High Definition. It’s resolution comes with 7680 x 4320 (width x height) and aspect ratio of up to 16:9. Its camera sensor equivalent resolution is 33.2 MP and 4X the resolution of UHD and 16X of FHD. 8K Ultra High Definition is best appreciated for TVs with the size of 85” and above. 8K UHD TV is commonly known as 8K TVs.

Types of TV According to Backlight Arrangement

DLED TV (Direct)

  • It can be a Basic, a Smart or an Android TV.
  • Physically, it’s thicker than an ELED TV. Thickness is due to the presence of backlight.
  • Power consumption is generally HIGHER than 20-30% .
  • Have an enhanced performance on the dark scenes due to the better control of the backlight.
  • Graphics are more brighter due to its better control of the backlight.

ELED TV (Edge)

  • It can be a Basic, a Smart or an Android TV.
  • Physically, it’s thinner than a DLED TV. Lights are placed on the edge of the frame.
  • Power consumption is generally LOWER than 20-30%.
  • Ideal for wall mounting .
  • ELED TV can still produce good quality of light due to the help of its “diffuser” that scatters the light evenly all over the screen.

Types of TV Panel General Classification

VA Panel (Vertical Alignment)

  • Vertical Alignment Panel is commonly known as the soft panel.
  • An obvious watermarks can be seen when you touch, lightly press or tap the panel.
  • VA Panel usually comes offer a wide viewing angle of up to 170 degrees.
  • VA is usually the best choice when it comes with colored images.
  • VA Panel is commonly seen on the following LED TV sizes; 14 inches, 19 inches, 24 inches, and 40 inches LED TV.

IPS Panel (In Plane Switching)

  • In Plane Switching panel is commonly known as the hard panel.
  • No to slight watermarks can be seen when you touch, lightly press or tap the panel.
  • IPS comes with more wider viewing angle of up to 178 degrees than VA Panel.
  • IPS is usually the best choice when it comes with on dark images.
  • It usually intalled on the following LED TV sizes; 32 inches, 43 inches, 50 inches, 55 inches and higher.

TV Terminal and Port

USB Port
USB port (either USB 2.0 or USB 3.0) is where in you can plug your USB drive to watch movies and videos, play music, view photos as well as read documents.

What is the difference between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0?

  • USB 2.0 comes in color either white, black or gray. While USB 3.0 is blue.
  • USB 2.0 comes in 4 pins. While USB 3.0 has 9 pins. The is the reason why USB 3.0 is much faster than 2.0.
  • USB 2.0 transfer speed is 480 megabit per second. While USB 3.0 transfer speed is 4,800 megabit per second.

HDMI (High Definition Multi-media Interface)

  • Connect HDMI Input signal from signal source such as DVD.
  • It is the first and only industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface.
  • By delivering crystal-clear, all-digital audio and video via a single cable, HDMI dramatically simplifies cabling and helps provide consumers with the highest-quality home theater experience.

Composite Video

  • Is an analog video transmission (no audio) that carries standard definition video typically at 480i or 576i resolution.

Component Video (a.k.a YPbPr or RGB)

  • By splitting the signal into three separate cables by delivering color and luminance through their own individual channels.
  • A component cable delivers a great picture with a minimum of interference.

S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format)

  • Is a type of digital audio interconnect cable used in consumer audio equipment to output audio over reasonably short distances. The signal is transmitted over either a coaxial cable with RCA connectors or a fibre optic cable with TOSLINK connectors.

Earphone Jack

  • Earphone or 3.5 mm jack, it is also termed a Phone Connector (Audio), audio jack, phone jack, phone plug, and jack plug. Specific models are termed stereo plug, mini-stereo, mini jack, headphone jack, microphone jack, tiny telephone connector, bantam plug.
  • It is cylindrical in shape, typically with two, three or four contacts. Three-contact versions are known as TRS connectors, where T stands for “tip”, R stands for “ring” and S stands for “sleeve”.

RF IN (Radio Frequency)
Connect a coaxial cable to receive signal from the antenna or cable. The global TV system in Philippines is NTSC.