My TV is about 10 years old, I got it 10 years ago, but not sure how long the model was around at that time, as it was a gift. It works fine, but I want an upgrade. I've been putting this off for a good year or so now, so finally ready to just pull the plug. So the other day at a friends house, I asked what TV she had, it was nice enough to me. She said it was a decently priced Toshiba "Fire TV". She said she loved it and a friend of hers has the same one, next day she sent me a link to one at $299 on Amazon. So I followed her link and started to research it. Just about every review I came upon mentioned that these level of TVs are known to be budget friendly. But they kept comparing it to a TCL Roku TV, which comes in at $269, for the same size, 50 inch. TCL had better reviews in all the articles I dug up, but I've never heard of TCL. Since I'm not super techy, I tend to just stick with brands I know. My TV now is Samsung and it's lasted 10 years with zero issues. So I do some research on TCL and learn it's a Chinese based company that's been competing with the more widely known Japanese brands for a while now, and kind of kicking ass at it. So I mention this to my friend and say I think I'm gonna go with that TCL, but she's like, hmm personally I'd go with Toshiba since you know people who have it and the other you don't. So now I'm torn, do I go for the cheaper, unheard of brand, that's gotten better reviews around the web, or a friend's advice who's not all that techy either? As for streaming, I have a Roku box attached to this TV. I totally understand that with either of these "smart" TVs, I will no longer need the box, as they're built in. WIth the Toshiba Fire TV, I'd have to switch to that method, which I guess is just the same once you get used to it. I'm guessing they're all a matter of just signing into the accounts once it's all set up? Or are there other differences between Roku and Fire TV? I mostly watch Netflix and Amazon Prime for streamed stuff. I'm assuming both are available on either platform. Decisions, decisions.