A PC isn't an "extra box" its the ONLY box that can do everything and will continue to do so years after your smart TV's app's are no longer supported and obsolete. Even a brand new "smart" TV's cant do what a 10 year old PC can do because they are dumb.
If you are after the best playback quality possible a properly configured PC is not optional its a requirement, and I DON'T consider madVR in any way essential or even needed, I prefer FFDshow. A smart TV is not in the same class as a PC and never will be.
I haven't played a game since the 1990's, and putting up with a dumb as dog sh!t "smart TV" is not my idea of fun or progress.
Seriously you need to grow up and realise that everything you think is right may not be the same for others. You preach some serious crap at times, and I swear you like to re-read your own posts over and over for self gratification.
The Hisense TV's last year to current have been doing exceptionally well in individual professional testing, and in people's homes to date. No one here has stated they are as good as an OLED panel, but for edge lit they are now up the top with their peers and the retail pricing is starting to reflect this. But hey, since you don't own any of the models in question, you know best right? I wait in vain for you're counter-argument. There always is one!
Many people don't want the extra box to fiddle with mate. I have 3 pc's at my place, an nvidia shield and a sony android tv. They all point to my Nas and i watch what ever i want.. The sony andriod tv is as good as a shield and htpc for general playback. It does all the current standards in playback. Unless your running madVR on high settings or playing pc games a htpc is pretty redundant. I still use mine because i have them and i game.. If i didnt game i wouldnt bother to replace them, id probably replace them with a shield.
thanks for the suggestions ! i will look closer at these models
looking at some of the beyonwiz related posts in the forum from the last few years, i see many people commenting on reliability problems with the hardware. their brand website even sells refurbished ones, so this indicates a quality control problem in production or low quality components used in manufacturing. atm this regretfully means this choice has moved to the back of the list