Smart TV reading app?

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    I've googled this issue and I'm coming up empty. Maybe I'm not using the right search words.

    Problem: A family member's eyesight is failing. A few years ago he read 3 print newspapers each day. Now he can only read the headlines. Unfortunately, he's computer illiterate (in his 90s) and can't use a mouse or keyboard ... otherwise, I would hook up a computer to his 60" smart TV and use it as a display. Then I could get the digital editions of the newspapers. I also got him a smart tv so he could use voice commands to search for shows but he really can't do that either. He screws up his request ... tries to be conversational.

    Question: Is anyone here aware of any reading app for a smart tv or a way to get digital newspapers to the tv so they can be read while browsing? (similar to browsing digital editions on the computer but instead of a mouse, using a remote to navigate.

    Sounds simple but the only thing I've been able to find is a TV app for the Washington Post that is really a beta version.

    Suggestions? Ideas?
     
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    Use phone or tablet and cast/screen share to the smart tv. You can do books, newspapers... from app on the device cast to the tv. That's all I got
     
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      Thanks for the response. He can't navigate a smart phone... or tablet ... or Alexa. He can do a remote (the same one he's had for years).
      It may just come down to a caretaker turning pages for him on a cell projected to the TV.

      With the printed newspaper going the way if the dinosaur, and the crappy quality of network/cable news, and the aging boomer demographic, I think a digital version of the newspaper (without all the pop up ads you see on a computer) that can be navigated using the TV remote may keep that industry alive.

      Not helping now though.
       
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      Yup, only one I've seen do it right is my favorite Pakistani newspaper "Dawn." It's online,, but they do it ePaper so it's more like a pdf or kindle, but on the web.
      Dawn-ePaper | Mar 12, 2021 | Page Front Page
       
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        I’m sorry JDH, our family has been there and it’s so frustrating. Whoever can design these items for the elderly will make a fortune. It’s getting better but not there yet.
         
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          The key thing here is "SMART TV" aren't that smart. Like Detroitgator says a smart phone is getting very close to what you want but at 90 years old he will have to have help in projecting it to a big screen tv.

          Alexa will play Podcast on Fox News, CNN etc for hours on end.
           
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            We used Alexa for @Seedy’s mom and renamed it “computer” then put up a sign that said “computer call...” for her to remember what to say. It worked for a time and she could be left alone. Eventually her voice was too feeble for it to hear her. Alexa has a lot of great features but may not be right.

            I was thinking an Apple TV with the iPad that pushes it to the tv but that would still require assistance.
             
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              :lmao2: I renamed all my Alexas to "Computer" and that works until my brother-in-law calls for computer help and then it always ends up in a 3-way conversation.
               
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                We were given an Alexa as a gift and it was novel for a while but disconnected it. Have you ever logged into your Amazon account and delved into the history and what it has searched for?
                 
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                  Sure.....Have you ever seen a record of your browser search history and wondered what the hell was I looking for that day?

                  As far as Alexa remembering.......Just say Alexa, Delete everything that I have said today , I wish Google was that easy.
                   
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                    Yes but the difference is that Alexa picks up conversations and random words as opposed to an intentional search. :lol:
                     
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                    Alexa: If I say any bad things today, I want you to erase them......


                    Yes Master.......
                     

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