Sony TV runs Android. I do not.
#1
I see a lot of shitty looking apps that would let me use my iOS device as a remote for my TV.  The problem, of course, is that while my TV will joyfully connect to an Android device, it doesn’t do anything with iOS.

Does anyone do this?  Is it worth the bother?  I just spent about 30 minutes resetting my TV, re-downloading apps, and re-entering passwords.  It sucks, and I hate it.

Do I suck it up, or is there a better way?
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#2
My LG OLED runs webOS, and does have an iOS app (or two) for controlling it. The thing is, my receiver is handling all the input changes (broadcast TV, Apple TV, or Blu-ray Disc) and volume, and I don't use any of the smart features of my TV, so the only thing I need to control with the TV is its power state, which my Harmony handles with aplomb. Oh, and I have both apps for controlling the TV on my iPhone, and they have never stayed connected with the TV. Shrug

That said, you could try something with Homebridge. There appears to be a plugin for Bravia TVs running Android.
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#3
I use my (‘smart’) TV as a dumb monitor. I see the Android TV splash screen, when it sporadically reboots. It’s not connected to anything but mains power and an HDMI cable coming from the AppleTV.

I trust Apple. I don’t trust Google.
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#4
I'll look into Homebridge. I typically use the TV as a dumb monitor as well, but my Apple TV and TiVo are aging out and do not support newer services like HBO Max and Disney+.

The TV's "smart" features and accompanying internet connection are just a stop gap.
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Yeah, mine’ll soon have to deal with a second HDMI cable for a RetroPi gaming console, when I get around to setting one up.
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#6
I’m the same as Alien. Bough the TV is smart I treat it like it is dumb. AppleTV and XBox are the only things hooked up. I have an Nvidia Shield which is actually quite nice, but once AppleTV fixes up its frame rate issues with international content I didn’t need it any more. I’ll probably re-use it upstairs on my monitor as a second way for me to watch something while the wife is watching ER reruns.

I wish the TV had a way to disable apps, but there’s not.

I still use a harmony remote for control. Once in a while I’ll use the iPhone if I need to search or enter a random password. The AppleTV 4K has been worth it.
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#7
Bugger that Google is killing YouTube support on the third-gen Apple TV. My neighbour has one downstairs, and my old one upstairs. They're just going to be AirPlay receivers from here on out; he watches a lot of British series on Acorn TV streamed from his iPad. He was thinking of a new Apple TV 4K, but I advised him to wait in case they introduce a new one with a faster processor. Of course, then he can be disappointed with the absolute shit-pile that is the YouTube app on tvOS.
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(02-07-2021, 05:45 AM)Skippy Wrote: Bugger that Google is killing YouTube support on the third-gen Apple TV.
What?! Fuckers.
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(02-07-2021, 06:39 AM)Alien Wrote:
(02-07-2021, 05:45 AM)Skippy Wrote: Bugger that Google is killing YouTube support on the third-gen Apple TV.
What?! Fuckers.
YouTube Discontinuing 3rd-Generation Apple TV App, AirPlay Still Available
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#10
Yeah, it would be nice if YouTube was easier to use on tvOS.
Also, 3rd gen AppleTV is old... can’t keep it current for ever.
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#11
Well, sure. But, I use the 3G one in Germany, and it would suck to not be able to use YouTube on it. It would also kinda suck to have to buy a new one. I barely use any of the other apps/features, and I don’t have a media library, there.

Fucking Google.
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#12
Might just have to get me another Pi, then.
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