A cord cutting experiment

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  1. the2130

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    Unfortunately there isn't any way to stop the credits from shrinking down to a tiny window, other than using a 3rd party app like PlayOn.
     
  2. Rich

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    Yes, if it wasn't for VCR + I don't think I could have done it. I had cable and twelve VCRs at one point. Had hundreds of blank tapes and a log book to keep track of what was on each tape. It was a PITA, but it worked and allowed me to begin binging. Expensive too. I used Sony VCRs and had lots of hardware problems. Had to keep a couple new VCRs in their boxes as backups.

    Discovered DVRs shortly after joining D* in 2002 and got rid of all the tapes and VCRs. Thought DVRs were the ultimate for a person who wanted to do what I was doing...and then streaming entered our lives. Now it's so easy it's almost ridiculous. Evolution's a wonderful thing, I can't wait to see what's better than streaming.

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    It's the only thing about NF that I can think of that annoys me. Aside from never renting UHD discs. I really wanted a 4K disc player. Now I see no need for one. I'm curious, what else annoys you about NF?

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    Oh yeah, get up for work, take a shower and spend quite a bit of time programming VCRs every day. Wonderful time in my life. Every room, except the bathrooms and kitchen, had racks of tapes and they had to be sorted numerically. More work than I thought it would be.

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    Much as it annoys me it is a useful tool at times. I use it to see if the content is in English. Finding a use for something that annoys me makes it less difficult to deal with.

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  6. mjwagner

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    Honestly, I’m not sure. That specific “feature” annoys me so much that I spend as little time as possible using the NF interface...LOL.
     
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  7. TheRatPatrol

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    I had 4 or 5 VCRs at one time and did the same thing you did.

    Then I got two of these Sony DVRs on clearance from Tweeter for $250, used them for OTA only. Great DVRs until they couldn’t support the digital OTA guide anymore. Luckily I sold them before that happened.
    Sony DHG CableCard HD DVR Series
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    Good times. Well except the working part. :)
     
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    We have a VCR gathering dust in the living room. Probably haven't used it in five years but we have some old family tapes still around. DVD player in family room is used occasionally, but most viewing is done by DVR or streaming services, mainly Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Acorn.
     
  9. Rich

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    Had all the tapes we valued converted to DVDs and threw all the VCRs away. Another sad moment.

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  10. billsharpe

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    My one DVR is seldom more than 30% full. We seldom record two shows at once. I can only remember one time when we recorded two shows and watched a program OTA at the same time.
     
  11. Oct 6, 2019 #111 of 168
    lparsons21

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    OK, my month long experiment is done and over. The first thing I learned is that I could drop my internet tier down from 200/20 w/2TB cap to the 100/10 w/1TB cap even if I went all streaming. After the month was up my usage hit a bit over 800Gb of use.

    I also learned that I could live with streaming only and maybe save money depending on which channels I was willing to give up.

    In the end, I just changed my cable subscription to Family Video and dropped my internet tier. Prior bill was $198 all in, new bill will be $145 all in. The internet tier as standalone would be $80, so about $65 for the TV portion. Next year when the next bump in the ‘deal’ comes around I’ll re-evaluate the setup.


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  12. Oct 8, 2019 #112 of 168
    B. Shoe

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    Enjoyed a lot of your personal insight and discussion through this. In regards to your internet usage, do you think your internet usage could potentially increase during the winter months? That would be my only concern in regards to lowering to the 1TB cap.

    I'm now finishing month two of an all-streaming world. A lot of my viewing seems second nature now. Flipping apps, finding content, voice search. Just a new system that I've mastered and I have no issue with it, and rarely do I miss much of the days prior with satellite.
     
  13. Oct 8, 2019 #113 of 168
    lparsons21

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    In my case, probably not. During decent weather I go to the golf course for a couple hours every day and then after that the TV is on. When winter weather keeps me off the course I generally don’t turn on the TV until about 3 hours after I get up.



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    Here’s a suggestion for a real butt kicker of a streaming experience, especially for those with Atmos gear.

    The Xbox One is the only box other than a Windows PC that has the Dolby Experience. With that app on the Xbox One you can have Atmos on nearly all audio. That’s because it either passes through Atmos from sources having it, or does a heck of a fake job to other audio. Huge improvement to the audio! The faked Atmos with 5.1 audio is excellent. Stereo audio sources aren’t as good but are better than just the stereo.

    While the Xbox One has quite a few streaming apps available, there are lots it doesn’t have. So add a Roku to the mix. Plug the Roku into the HDMI in port and you have all those apps that the Xbox One doesn’t have, including the superb AppleTV app.

    The HDMI in port doesn’t do 4K but streaming apps that have 4K are all available on the Xbox One so that isn’t an issue.


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  15. Feb 6, 2020 #115 of 168
    trh

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    There is now. I received an email today from Netflix.

    "We’ve heard the feedback loud and clear — members can now control whether or not they see autoplay previews on Netflix."

    NOTE:

    There may be a delay before the setting takes affect. You can force an update by switching to another profile, then switching back in order to reload your profile with the updated setting.
     
  16. Feb 6, 2020 #116 of 168
    the2130

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    What about shrinking the credits to a thumbnail? Are they listening to feedback on that? There have been tons of complaints about that, which they have ignored for years. And what about starting the video in a window before you press the Play button? Will that be fixed by this update? Netflix has so many annoying features, it's just a pain to watch anymore. I'm actually happy they are losing they are losing so much of their content to other services.
     
  17. Feb 6, 2020 #117 of 168
    trh

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    The credits on a thumbnail can be changed by using an arrow (I think Left?) and then Select. Then you're back to full-screen credits.

    Here are the two auto-play features they changed: How do I turn autoplay on or off?
     
  18. Feb 6, 2020 #118 of 168
    the2130

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    Yes, I'm aware of that. I prefer not having to fiddle with the remote while I'm reading the credits. And if you rewind a few seconds to see the part you missed, it will shrink again.

    The option of turning off auto-play was added years ago. That's nothing new.
     
  19. Feb 6, 2020 #119 of 168
    mjwagner

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    Turning off auto-play of next episode was added some time ago, you are correct. But what was added just today was the ability to toggle off auto-play of previews when browsing. That toggle was just added.
     
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  20. Feb 7, 2020 #120 of 168
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    It's interesting how different people view different features. I think there should be control over things like the credits, etc. But with that said I love being able to avoid watching the intro credits and the end credits on TV series. I watch them once in a while, but I really don't need to see them every episode - life is short, I don't want to waste it. I can look up the guest stars of episodes on IMDb. Different strokes, as they say.
     

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