The dedicated client box is an immediate non-starter for me. After seeing all of the benefits of a capable universal platform like the AppleTV, going back to a solution that requires input switching and another remote seems draconian. With all HDMI-CEC capable hardware, the single AppleTV remote does everything. One button and it powers on my receiver, my TV, and adjust the inputs so that everything is appropriately chained. From a single interface I can immediately launch into iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, Starz, or HBO for "catalog" movies and shows. For live TV I can launch into YoutubeTV, Philo, or the Channels app to stream OTA off a HDHomeRun. Across all of those apps the same remote is used, and search/text input can be done either through voice dictation on the Siri remote, or via an iPhone/iPad attached to the same network as the AppleTV. DIRECTV adding number buttons to an Android TV box remote so you can directly tune channels feels like they're trying to solve a UI problem that other players like YoutubeTV have solved more elegantly. These days I'm watching the NHL Stanley cup playoffs, so when I launch Youtube TV at night the first options on my home screen are links to the live games. I don't have to care if the game is on NBCSN, NBC, USA, or CNBC -- I just click on the thing that YoutubeTV has already learned that I want to watch and it takes me to that feed. The other area where YoutubeTV is leading is incorporating game stats into game coverage for most of the major sports leagues. Not only can I use the mobile app to see a list of key plays (hits, goals, shots) and click to be taken to those moments in the DVR recording, but they also use that live stats data to automatically adjust the recording duration for games that run long. Hockey game goes into double OT? YoutubeTV automatically extends the recording so you won't miss anything. Same thing with MLB games that go into extra innings. Unless I'm missing something, the only benefit to the new solution that ATT is rolling out is that it won't have up-front costs for the satellite install truck roll, and that's mostly a benefit for ATT. I'm not seeing where this service is going to meaningfully benefit subscribers. It's certainly not going to save the paying customer any money (especially if they have to pay fees like Xfinity's $50/mo upcharge for unlimited), and with the direction they're going with this box it's looking like it's not going to meaningfully improve the experience either.