ATT TV - a little review

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  1. raott

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    This is the way I'm set up as well. HDMI from AT&T box to Vizio TV and optical out from TV to Sonos playbase.....passing a 5.1 signal.

     
  2. lparsons21

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    It is probably the best way for many with soundbars. I found the DD+ that ATT is doing to be very heavy on the bass and the front speakers to overpower anything going to the rears. Of course that could be just the way my soundbar deals with DD+
     
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    On a slightly unrelated side note (more-so to do with the AT&T TV app) my friend that went with the AT&T TV Now Max + Sling TV Blue w/ Total TV Deal hybrid combo found a way to get the AT&T TV app installed on his Roku Ultra LT. He showed me what he did and the AT&T TV app running on his Roku Ultra LT and the bloody Roku version of the app has Trickplay functionality when watching recorded programming! It shows the preview window when RW/FF during recorded shows just like on an AT&T TV device! Still shocked that AT&T hasn't rolled out that functionality to Apple TV and Amazon Fire devices.
     
  4. Rich

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    Yup. We have 4 soundbars, all connected by optical wires. Matter of fact, both AVR systems we have are connected the same way.

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  5. lparsons21

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    In general I don’t like using optical because the best it can do is DD5.1. But between how ATT implemented DD+ and how my soundbar works, it makes the most sense. All my other boxes are connected via HDMI so I can get Atmos when it is available.
     
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    Tell me again how well that soundbar handles bass response? Every Samsung sound system I've had mangled the bass. Several Samsung soundbars and an AVR-like system, all with passive subwoofers. I think the passive subwoofers cause the problem, we have two Polk soundbars, both have active, powered subwoofers and they work very well when it comes to bass response. Is the sub on the soundbar you have passive or wired?

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    All my TVs are Samsungs and I use an ATV on each of them. All kinds of issues pop up if I use HDMI rather than optical. It's just easier if I use optical. I am not an audiophile.

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  8. lparsons21

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    I have the Samsung HW-K950. The subwoofer is an 8” wireless one and does a great job. Even the rears are wireless which is one of the things that attracted me to it. The sub is a powered one and not a passive. I think the reason passive subs underwhelm is because in general they aren’t very good subs to begin with.

    If you’re interested in a higher end, Atmos soundbar there are quite a few. Samsung has some, Nakamichi has some. If I were to replace my current one, I’d probably go with the Nakamichi Elite 7.2.4, retails at about $1K. Dual subs, 2 rear surrounds. Rear surrounds hook to the subs. Or the Nakamichi Ultra 9.2.4 at about $1400. Dual subs, 4 surrounds.

    If I wanted to save money and my room was a bit different I would consider the Nakamichi 7.1.4 at about $750. Single sub, 2 surrounds that connect to the subs.

    Rtngs.com has some good reviews of the Nakamichi.

    Sony has their newest one, the HT-G700 at about $600. Soundbar and wireless subwoofer, no surrounds. They do all the sound stuff with electronics and from some reading it appears it does a really good job of it. They claim a ‘nearly 7.1.2’ experience from it.
     
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    I’m not either and have tinnitus. But I’m a firm believer that the audio for movies is as important as the video. So while I may not be able to hear everything my system can produce, it produces everything I can hear much better.

    IMO, if I were just wanting a better soundbar without breaking the bank I would seriously consider getting the Sony HT-G700
     
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    The Sony soundbar, I wonder if that would be better than my Polk soundbar: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AT3IIFG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    The Polk has a great subwoofer. The soundbar itself could be better. Geez, I paid $399 for mine, now they want $700 for it. My son has a smaller Polk soundbar, I like his better than mine but his is a lot taller and I'd need a new cabinet.

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  11. lparsons21

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    Yes it should be better than that one. The Polk is 5.1 while the Sony plays with the audio electro magically to give up to near 7.1 and with height too. Should make it a broader and fuller sound field.

    That said I can only go on articles I’ve read and some postings here and there.
     
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  12. I WANT MORE

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    Mind if we get back to discussing ATTTV?
     
  13. lparsons21

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    Sure, why not?? :)

    Yesterday I thought to add the ATT Box to my Google Home app. Nope, not happening. I wonder why. I was hoping to be able to just say ‘ok google do something on the box’ and have it happen. Nope, won’t do it. Not an earth shaking missing feature, but would have been nice.

    I can do that with Alexa on my Amazon devices and I think that TiVo’s new little streaming box can do it with Google stuff.

    Using voice on the ATT’s remote works OK but it is laggy by quite a bit. Still functional, still valuable, just slow to respond. Found out you don’t have to hold down the button, just push it and wait for the onscreen indication that it is listening.
     
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  14. Jamie

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    How’s the data usage with the att box?
     
  15. lparsons21

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    Same as it would be streaming with anything else I suppose. Possibly some minor increase with the talking to Google and all.
     
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    OK, ATT TV and ATT TV Now app is back on Roku!

    Did a little testing with my Roku Premier. Just excellent! Speed is about the same as on the AppleTV, but operationally it is better! Skip and so forth show a thumbnail, just like the ATT Box.

    It just shows that ATT can do it with the app but chose not to on the FireTV and AppleTV.
     
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    I mentioned thumbnails Sunday when my friend got the AT&T TV app on his Roku Ultra LT through a workaround by adding the AT&T TV channel through Roku private channels.
     
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    I was hoping it would be less if they’re using HEVC. I’d like to consider this over Directv but my isp has data caps.
     
  19. lparsons21

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    My ISP does too. I currently have 200/20 with a 2TB cap and my average per month, watching about 10 hours per day shows around 1.4TB actual use.
     
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    OK, let’s do a little wrap up of this. I’ll start with the cons.

    Con:
    Prices in 2nd year
    2 year contract
    Early termination fees

    That’s it and note that none of the cons are about how the service itself is.

    Pros:
    Excellent HDPQ, some have said as good as DirecTV
    Widest channel selection available with streaming
    Dedicated box, it really is excellent for working with the service.

    There are essentially 3 different streaming services with ATT TV. The differences are as much about how they are marketed as much as anything else, with the exception of ATT Watch TV

    ATT Watch TV - this is strictly a live streaming service. No on demand, no DVR functionality at all. Even uses a different app than the other two. But it is dirt cheap considering what you get IMO.

    ATT TV Now - This is a live streaming service with fixed pricing and the only one where the price in big print is actually the price you pay. No extra fees though there might be taxes in some jurisdictions. Channel selection is similar in makeup to competing services. IOW, a fairly wide range of channel interests. And like competing services, no contract, no cancellation fees. Good DVR and VOD.

    ATT TV -This is a cable/sat service disguised as a streaming one! Pricing, structure, contracts and ETF just like cable/sat. It has signup deals just like cable/sat too. Currently offering one free dedicated box, $100 (or more) rebate and free HBO/HBO Max for the 1st year, and 3 months of Starz, Epix and Showtime.

    It should be noted that both ATT TV Now and ATT TV use the same app and the box will work on both services.
     
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