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Discussion in 'Internet Streaming Services' started by lparsons21, Sep 12, 2019.
Finally. I just shut it down. Thanks.
Agreed, we do it the same way. And it is much easier to just use IMDb for finding cast members. On an ATV you can ask the remote to "show cast of this episode" too. That works well at times. When using a Fire TV Cube (or any Fire TV device) you can use the "Diamond" feature to see the cast.
A bit happier today?
Finally able to actually use the Netflix UI to browse...yes. Really does make me laugh though...first world problems for sure...
Yes, it's nice to be able to skip the intro to a TV show and to go directly to the next episode from the credits, but there is no reason it shouldn't be left up to viewers to decide for themselves. Not everyone wants to go to a web browser or app to look up cast information. And what's the point of even showing the credits if it's in a window so small you can't read it? Amazon gives you the ability to jump directly to the next episode by placing a thumbnail in the corner of the screen while the credits are playing instead of shrinking the credits screen to the size of a thumbnail.
I was able turn off that feature, which is an improvement. However, when I pull up an episode of a show, it still starts playing in a window before I press the button to start it, which is very annoying. Why would anyone want the video to start before they are ready to watch, and why would anyone design a program to work that way?
No idea why they are designed that way. But I do think NF is by far the best video streaming service when it comes to navigating thru the app. Yeah, there are some small annoying things I don't like but for the most part I think NF is rather trouble free. Certainly better than AP or Hulu. Not talking about the content, just the navigation thru the app.
Well, not experimenting any more! Cut cable TV off today.
Brought my Tivo in and ran a new setup for OTA, getting ABC, CBS and Fox with their subchannels, NBC is a no go as expected.
Rest of the setup is an AppleTV4K with Sling Blue/Hulu no ads/CBS All Access no ads. Didn’t lose any content availability that I watch or would want to watch. Savings about $45/month.
I’m going to keep watching bandwidth usage the rest of this cycle and the next to see if I can drop down a step.
Well after monitoring bandwidth usage for the last month doing nearly all streaming it looks like I won’t be able to drop down a step as I hit the bandwidth cap for that level yesterday.
After I got the TV portion of cable turned off and they put in their filter, I swapped my Tivo unit for the one with lifetime service. Surprisingly it got all my locals including both CBS and NBC, and of course all the sub-channels.
I got to thinking a bit today, always a dangerous thing for me!
Since my Tivo gets all my locals and does DVR so well complete with auto-ad skipping, I could make some changes to my streaming subscriptions.
Hulu provides me with NBC, Fox and ABC shows next day with no ads at my current subscription. But I also use it a lot for daytime viewing where my attention is not always on what is on the TV. So is not having ads worth paying for? I’m beginning to think, no.
CBS provides me with same or next day prime time CBS shows plus some originals and no ads.
So I’m beginning to think maybe it makes more financial sense to change to ad-supported on Hulu and CBS which saves about $10/month. That would make my total streaming bill, not counting the internet cost come in at around $47. That’s made up of Sling Blue w/expanded DVR ($35), Hulu ($6), CBS ($6).
The only question is whether ads during the Hulu or CBS All Access original programming is an issue.
Do you need the Sling DVR? Can you get that content on-demand?
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I will gladly pay an extra $10 per month for the ad-free versions of those services. I have ad-free Hulu and CBS All Access. In fact, I have the Disney+/Hulu/ESPN+ bundle with ad-free Hulu. It's just not worth it to me to put up with ads to save a few bucks a month.
The Netflix interface does have some advantages in navigating to the stuff you want to watch, but it is over-designed with a lot of intrusive features. It's like it was designed by a bunch of videogame geeks who have no idea how people actually watch TV. They couldn't have spouses or they would realize that most people don't want the sound of previews blaring out from the TV when they are trying to talk or decide what to watch. And I doubt there are many people out there who want a movie or show to start playing in a window before they are ready to start watching.
Sling’s on-demand isn’t so good IMO. If I were more willing to put up with ads, YouTubeTV is much better for VOD. Covers more channels. So yeah, you do need their expanded DVR though an argument could be made that right now, since the cable channels aren’t really putting out much in the way of new shows, I could just use the included and bump it up when the cable channels new stuff starts up again. But then again, the basic DVR is so small that you really would have to manage it closely.
As to ads. Well I’m more tolerant of them for daytime watching as I don’t pay close attention then. Usually it is noise in the room while I do something else. The difference with streaming is that I get to pick what reruns of old shows I want to do that with.
That’s kind of my feeling. I keep thinking that I’ll go to ad-supported levels but everytime I do I end up changing back.
Netflix lets you turn the auto previews when browsing off now. That changed was rolled out 3 or 4 weeks ago.
Yup, every app we have is commercial free. Worth every penny.
I think the auto-play thing is fixed. I shut it down a few weeks ago. Haven't paid attention to whether that worked. As I said, there are some things about NF that can be annoying but it seems to me it has the best interface of all the apps we've tried. Especially when you throw an ATV into the mix, it seems like the ATVs were designed with NF in mind.
Yes, but it still starts playing a program in a window before you tell it to start. They didn't fix that.
Yup, just saw that yesterday.