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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by NOLANSKI, Jun 5, 2011.
Echo THAT! Tony....
I guess people around here are strange then. Almost all have DVRs and most don't watch Live TV. Heck, several don't even have cable/sat just like me. IPTV baby! Then again I do work in IT and most "regular" people I deal with aren't talking TV, they want me to fix their computer problem. People I actually work with are usually talking about what they did in such and such game last night vs. TV. And before you ask, most of us are over the age of 35.
But even when I get out of that environment and get to my circle of friends out at the bar or something they aren't talking about TV shows. Again, they have DVRs. They are mostly talking about sports or games. So the talk with be the Tigers game last night. They'll watch whatever network TV shows they recorded on a non baseball/football night.
Since this is pretty much the same across dozens of friends in 3 different circles (most not in IT) and been that way for 3-4 years I figured it's pretty much the norm now. I guess not.
I always DVR shows that I want to watch and may end up watching them the next day or several days later. If you asked me which night they are shown live, I wouldn't even know.
I work with exactly one person who does not have cable or satellite. He is considered an oddball. Nor does he do IPTV. I know no one in non-forum life that does IPTV. Heck, I am the biggest streamer (mostly Netflix) that I know; and for the record, I know a lot of college students as well as a lot of people well over 35.
If you want great PQ, try streaming NetFlix content with a Samsung BD player. I use the Samsung 5500s, last time I looked on Amazon they were selling for $99, and the upscaling the 5500s do is something you have to experience to believe. Blows the Rokus and their ilk completely away. Even old 4:3 TV series are upscaled to 1080/60p and, as far as I know, there is no other device that upscales streaming content as well as the Sammys do for the price. I sold my three Rokus and gave away or sold three Panasonic BD65s after I saw how well the Sammys work. I'm not a big fan of Samsung devices, and the BD players do have some drawbacks, one of which is a poorly designed remote, but just for PQ, I don't think they can be beaten.
And they upscale standard DVDs very well too. So well that I rarely bother with BluRay discs anymore.
Roku is a great replacement for premiums when used with Amazon or Netflix, but I would never consider it a replacement for a lot of cable shows/sports.
If Hulu Plus had all Hulu content, it would be closer, but never that close.
I have a Roku (used primarily for Netflix streaming and the occasional Amazon VOD), DirecTV HD DVR (sports and current programming) with NO PREMIUMS and an XBMC media box (used for digitized versions of all my movies, tv shows, music, photos and some streams).
I can watch anything I want to watch at any time. I don't feel I'm being ripped off by paying HBO, Starz, etc. for their version of what I want to watch. I wait for their original programming to come to Netflix streaming or DVD.
I love the Roku, but it cannot provide college sports. So the DVR's main purpose is sports. I'm ok with that.
As far as water cooler buzz, it just has a new "second" question now. The first question is "do you watch show XYZ?" The second is "are you caught up?" or "did you see the last episode?"
My friends won't even discuss a game with me unless they know I've already watched the end of it (which might happen several hours later).
DTV is back and the picture quality is stunning compared to IPTV.....very happy camper right now.
I want to personally thank you guys for talking me out of a Roku at least for the time being. I was thinking about going the BD player route anyway. At least that's a multi function device!
I'm not a Sammy fan either, but I might take a look at this.
I was stunned when I tried the Sammy 5500 and compared it to the Panny BD65. I had bought a Sammy home theater system for the master bedroom that had a 5500 incorporated in it and I was still using the Panny BD65 when I thought I'd try the Sammy BD player. Stunningly better. And I'd been raving about the Panny BD65 up to that point. The BD65 is still better than a Roku.
roku xds does 1080p, older n1000 were 720p.
got both, love the xds.
The problem I had was that NetFlix didn't have much streaming HD content. The BD players upscale the NetFlix 720p content to 1080/60p. The difference is very noticeable. My older top of the line Rokus were also capable of taking a 1080p stream. NetFlix only streams that to the PS3s. The last time I checked.
yeah lot depends on content too.
and tv too actually.
I actually get 3 games a week - Sunday, Monday and Wednesday on ESPN3. Also mlb.com has a promotion of one free live game each day for the rest of the season.
I know I can get 30 Rock in 1080p and 5.1 sound on our PS3, doesn't seem to be a whole lot of other content in that format for streaming right now and, according to NetFlix, won't be for a while. They think it might take up to ten years to make a full transition to the streaming model that they are trying to build.
ESPN3 is only available on some IPs(why is that???!!!) so not everyone can rec'v it. My IP (Qwest) doesn't have it and no one in the immediate area has it. My XBOX could rec it but......Don't understand why ESPN only puts it on a few carriers...
Cause your provider has to pay ESPN.
I was talking about NFL games on ESPN. I don't think they are on ESPN3.
Agree wholeheartedly. Your description is exactly how I make use of my Roku's.