One of our TVs is not smart, and I found a Chromecast a family member had from a few years ago.
Have set up the Chromecast, so I can cast Spark Sport/Netflix on it, and it works fine. But I'm a little disappointed I need to find the content on my phone and cast from there.
Are there any alternatives that have built-in apps? Would be also interested in options that allow me to install apps on it too, so I can maybe use a VPN to get overseas apps/channels (although not sure if you can install a VPN on these devices?).
I'm no expert when it comes to this space but a media box might be a decent option for you? I have an old minix neo u9-h running CoreELEC. I get NZ TV, AU TV, Netlflix, Youtube, Sky Go, NBA League Pass etc. Running NordVPN on it so that I can access Channel7 in Australia which is region locked.
How much are you wanting to spend?