ATT TV - a little review

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  1. mjwagner

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    Shouldn’t the dedicated box be both a con and a pro. Even if you don’t even have to plug it in, the fact that the service only provides 100% of its capabilities when using the dedicated box is certainly a con to many people, me included. Also, wasn’t their issues running other apps on the dedicated box? That would certainly be a con, no?
     
  2. Rich

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    The biggest "con" I see is getting involved with ATT again. When they do something like this it just makes me think they'll never change. You have to have the box but you don't need to use it? Who else does this?

    BTW, I think Lloyd did a great job on this thread. Without his revues, I might have cancelled and gone with this app. After reading everything I think that would be "settling" on an inferior product. I'd rather not do that. I have yet to see any cable replacement service that would be a step up from D*.

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  3. lparsons21

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    I can’t argue with your position. So yeah, the box has pluses and minuses, mostly with the other apps. While I haven’t used it much on my Roku, it seems that the Roku version of the app has almost all the capabilities, and has all of the ones that really matter IMO.
     
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  4. lparsons21

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    Thanks.
    The reasoning behind the box and providing it is all about marketing IMO. As you note, the box isn’t actually needed but until the Roku version of the app came back, it was so much better working with the service that it is worth having. And one of them is part of the service and is provided for no separate charge. ATT doesn’t want ATT TV to appear to be competing with other streaming services, but as another way to service similar to cable/sat but gotten via streaming.

    One thing that makes the box such a benefit is the simplicity of setting it up. Open box, read BIG get started sheet, connect HDMI & power, turn on and follow the instructions on the screen. Couldn’t be simpler even for those with 12:00 blinking on their VCRs! :)
     
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    Found another nuance (a negative).....I don't see a way to extend recordings like you can on Directv. I set the Tiger Woods, Brady, Manning, Phil golf thing set to record today and there was not option to pad the recording, which is a huge detriment for recording sports.
     
  6. lparsons21

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    That particular nuance exists on all the live streaming services I have tried out, and it is often complained about.
     
  7. James Long

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    Doesn't YouTube (or one of the other services) automatically extend?

    That would be one of the bonuses of a cloud service. Someone at the system can mark the actual beginning and end of each program and adjust the recordings for the customer - often retroactively if the live feed is fully buffered.
     
  8. raott

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    Does anyone know if AT&T TV automatically extends?
     
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    YTTV does automatically extend but from posts in other places, it is a bit hit or miss.
     
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    For any sports that have live stats available (NHL, MLB, NFL, NBA, most NASCAR/F1, some college sports), YTTV automatically extends. They're able to correlate the game stats with the TV broadcast to extend the recording until the game is over.

    You can also submit a help request to YTTV for other live events, and they can manually adjust the recording after the fact.
     
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    That is huge.

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    Can you not do manual recordings at all on AT&T TV?
     
  13. lparsons21

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    No, nor on any other live streaming service as far as I can tell.
     
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    They certainly left a lot out. Compared to the sat version.

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  15. lparsons21

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    It is all about the DVR. No cloud DVR will work the same as a local one.
     
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  16. James Long

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    The potential is to work better. With a home DVR a tuner needs to be available for each customer to make the decision when to record what. With cloud DVR a stream can be captured 24/7 and split out to the actual programming when there are delays. The potential end of Sunday night TV schedules being destroyed in Eastern/Central times by Sunday afternoon sports running over. The potential is there.
     
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    I already find it better even with the current limitations. I can’t imagine myself ever going back to an in house DVR. In addition to not having to worry about tuner conflicts you never run out of space (ar least with YTTV) and you don’t have to worry about hardware failure or manage upgrades.
     
  18. James Long

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    Although home recorded content can be marked for limited playback (generally applied to PPV content) having a recording on your DVR generally means the recording will stay on your DVR, playable until deleted. Most streaming services have time limits that are shorter than hardware failure or replacement rates. Some have enforced policies where DVR content has been replaced by VOD content (including forced commercials). There are roses and thorns on both sides of the issue.
     
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    One thing I like about AT&T TV Now (which extends to AT&T TV) is anything you record to the Cloud DVR has no restrictions when it comes to rewinding and fast forwarding. In that regard it acts like a hardware-based DVR. It doesn't replace any of the recordings with an on-demand version and force you to set through the commercials. It does have a 90-day limit on the recordings which any time limitation is a deal-breaker for some. To me its not a bother as shows and movies typically stay on my DVR for about 60 days tops.

    I will say one of the smart decisions they made was going with Android TV as the OS. Android TV OS is the only OS I've noticed so far that will stop streaming through any app the moment the device notices you are not on the same input as the device or the TV has been turned off and the device is on.
     
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    Just a confirmation, it in fact did not automatically compensate for the golf match running long and cut off exactly at 8:01 pm.

    This is a big issue in my opinion for those that watch sports. Granted, it's less so because most sports I watch there are replays available on the ESPN app, but still, basically any live even has the possibility of running long and this needs to be fixed. There are virtually no sports (especially college) that fit into the scheduled broadcast window.

    Another complaint I have is there is no tick marks or ability to "skip to tick" in the recording bar. I therefore had to ffw through 5 hours of the golf match to see where it cut off. That makes ffw more of a pain than it needs to be.
     
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