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Thank you again, so I have used the following method (sorta):
*OTA*
1. Download zip
2. copy zip to USB Drive (FAT32)
3. plug it in TV (preferably USB 2.0)
4. in the settings -> update -> choose local update

Instead of transfering the ZIP file to the USB, I copied the .bin to the USB. This method is not working with V628 anymore to downgrade to a lower version.

Now I see the other method:
*IMG* (this will wipe your android data)
1. Download zip
2. unpack zip (sometimes it contains one IMG file, sometimes some files in it) & copy to USB Drive (FAT32)
3. plug it in the tv
4. shut down the tv with remote
5. then press & hold the power button on the tv (not remote) for 5 seconds until the LED is flashing and wait for it to be installed.

If I understand this method correctly; I extract the .BIN (or .ZIP) contents (v466 or v467) to the FAT32 USB stick (see screenshot). Right? And then follow the steps mentioned above.

However I noticed the following warning: IMG FILE WILL ERASE ALL THE APPS!
Will I still be able to use Netflix afterwards or should I re-do the normal firmware upgrade method (OTA) afterwards?

Sorry for my stupid questions, just wanted to make sure that I understood it correctly.
 

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Thank you again, so I have used the following method (sorta):
*OTA*
1. Download zip
2. copy zip to USB Drive (FAT32)
3. plug it in TV (preferably USB 2.0)
4. in the settings -> update -> choose local update

Instead of transfering the ZIP file to the USB, I copied the .bin to the USB. This method is not working with V628 anymore to downgrade to a lower version.

Now I see the other method:
*IMG* (this will wipe your android data)
1. Download zip
2. unpack zip (sometimes it contains one IMG file, sometimes some files in it) & copy to USB Drive (FAT32)
3. plug it in the tv
4. shut down the tv with remote
5. then press & hold the power button on the tv (not remote) for 5 seconds until the LED is flashing and wait for it to be installed.

If I understand this method correctly; I extract the .BIN (or .ZIP) contents (v466 or v467) to the FAT32 USB stick (see screenshot). Right? And then follow the steps mentioned above.

However I noticed the following warning: IMG FILE WILL ERASE ALL THE APPS!
Will I still be able to use Netflix afterwards or should I re-do the normal firmware upgrade method (OTA) afterwards?

Sorry for my stupid questions, just wanted to make sure that I understood it correctly.
Attached file is OTA ...do NOT unzip !
Copy zip file to USB and try downgrade , by local update.....

V466 is BIN (IMG) file (PDF attached)
V467 is OTA file
 
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stasiof

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Okay. Thank you for explaining.

I will give this method a go, when I get back home.
Sidenote; if this method fails, should I use the other method (as described under IMG)?
Yes, of course.
You will have clean install, just must install all apps again.

Edit:
Seemse V466 is update from local update and
V467 zip file.... as IMG.
Try both methods, just do not unzip V467.
 
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Yes, of course.
You will have clean install, just must install all apps again.
Okay. Will give it a go later today. :)

One final question, probably very dumb, how do I reinstall the apps? I have never done this on this TV and I also never saw any kind of option to install apps on this TV before.

In the living room, we have a Samsung TV; there you have an app portal to install all kinds of apps. But I never saw this on the Thompson TV to be honest.
 

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Okay. Will give it a go later today. :)

One final question, probably very dumb, how do I reinstall the apps? I have never done this on this TV and I also never saw any kind of option to install apps on this TV before.

In the living room, we have a Samsung TV; there you have an app portal to install all kinds of apps. But I never saw this on the Thompson TV to be honest.
I don't know well for this old model, but I think app(s) should also copy to USB and install.
You can google also....
 
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Attached file is OTA ...do NOT unzip !
Copy zip file to USB and try downgrade , by local update.....

V466 is BIN (IMG) file (PDF attached)
V467 is OTA file

Well success!

I couldn't get V467 to work. However I did manage the V466 version to work. However I was presented with "double" image (also TCL logo instead of Thomson). So I decided to download the original Thomson V466 version instead and use the USB method.

The Thomson version I used was from here: https://www.mediacenter.tcl.eu/uploads/common/V8-S586T02-LF1V466.zip. Maybe it will help others.

It flashed and now it's working again (Netflix and so on).

Excellent help. Thank you!
 
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