Where there’s a will…
I don’t get the impression smart TVs are really all that smart. Or at least, not smart enough to justify bringing spyware into your home for. The good news is, that can be remedied. Both those things! TVs may be dumb, but they’re hardware you physically own. So until companies start providing TVs as a Service, you’re in control.
I’ve been looking into that recently, actually. The smart TV homebrew scene. Or, well, homebrew… It’s really just a bunch of people installing Android TV onto things. But a few have been doing some work with WebOS, which ships on LG products. You can get root access and install unofficial applications.
Apparently there’s a development kit out there. This could be fun.