ATT TV - a little review

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  1. mjwagner

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    As with most of this it is very dependent on how an individual uses the technology. Some people do use their DVR's for long term storage of content. For them cloud DVR capability is clearly not ideal. Thankfully that is something I have never done. If I don't watch something I DVR'd within a few weeks to a month I will never watch it. YTTV's DVR retention period is 9 months (unlimited storage) which is way more than I need. And thankfully they (YTTV) do not do forced VOD on any content. Of course any and all of that can change tomorrow, but until it does for me cloud DVR is superior to in home DVR.
     
  2. James Long

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    As I said, roses and thorns on both sides. A home DVR works when the Internet is down. We could go back and forth all day - please accept that neither method is perfect.
     
  3. mjwagner

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    I agree. Pluses and minuses, for some it’s perfect for others not so much. Internet outages are getting to be less and less of an issue. In the 3+ years now that we have been streaming only we have only lost our internet connection for any significant period of time twice. Both times I just turned on my phone internet hotspot and was back up in business in a few minutes. Weather issues caused me more trouble when we were still with D and unlike the internet their was no backup option.
     
  4. raott

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    I just can’t fathom that a design for a dvr wouldn’t incorporate the possibility that not all programs would fit into their broadcast window.
     
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    Another issue cropped up this morning......AT&T blue screen was on for an extended period, I went to guide and most of the channels are showing "no information available" though they can be manually tuned. However, if you manually tune a channel (ie 206) you cannot use the up and down channel button to change channel. Both boxes I tried exhibit the same behavior.
     
  6. techguy88

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    Short story I had to reactivate my AT&T TV Now account for a month so at the end of the month I can factory reset the devices and de-link the devices from my Google account. (The devices are useless without an active AT&T TV or AT&T TV Now account.)

    Interesting tidbit I just discovered tonight. When DirecTV is having a technical issue with a local channel and is displaying the "No need to call us, Service will be restored as soon as technical difficulties are resolved..." slide the AT&T TV / TV Now feed will also generate an error at the same exact time on the exact same local channels saying "There's a problem with this channel. Whoops, looks like the video feed for this channel isn't working. Please choose something else to watch while they try to get it going again.

    On D* my satellite delivered NBC, MyNetworkTV/MeTV, ABC, Fox, CBS, both PBS stations and CW stations are down

    On AT&T TV/TV Now my NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox stations are down (they don't have the MyNetworkTV/MeTV, both PBS stations, ION and CW stations)

    Praise be to the almighty LCC and AM21 plus antennas during parlous times as these! Praise be!
     
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  7. rey_1178

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    I noticed this yesterday morning too but this isn't common for the service.
     
  8. raott

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    Agreed....must have been a hiccup on their end....all was fine when I got home from work yesterday.

     
  9. lparsons21

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    HBO Max is now on the ATT TV box, and it also shows in the guide as a channel same as Netflix. One difference right now is that you can’t make it a ‘Favorite’ show it will show up in your Favorite channel list.
     
  10. lparsons21

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    OK, a little about a couple of streaming devices with ATT TV service.

    ATT Osprey box -
    The only way to have any trick play with live stream
    Remote is dedicated to the box, so the controls are all there and make sense.
    But, the box itself is sluggish in operation.
    Has a thumbnail when doing fast forward/reverse

    Roku -
    Also has a thumbnail when doing fast forward/reverse
    The only trick play with live stream is pause
    Quicker in operation and response than the ATT Box

    AppleTV -
    Only trick play with live stream is pause
    No thumbnail during fast forward/reverse but it attempts to do a full screen version of it that doesn’t work well
    Quicker in operation and response than ATT box

    FireTV
    Only trick play with live stream is pause
    No thumbnail at all, just an indication of time.
    Very sluggish, slower even than the ATT Box
     
  11. techguy88

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    I've given up on FireTV in general after using a FireTV stick which was way more sluggish overall than when I tried the first ever Roku Streaming Stick. I have given Roku a second chance after they had Roku Ultra's on sale discounting them down to $79.99/ea. until 5/23/20.

    Walmart glitched in their app for 1 day and priced the Roku Ultras at $69/ea so I jumped on the chance and ordered 2 of them for in-store pick-up and have been extremely pleased with the Roku Ultra's ever since! I would dare say they would be my all time second favorite streaming device as soon as they reach a deal with WarnerMedia to add HBO Max. Nvidia Shield TV is still my #1 just because of the customization while Apple TV would be bumped to #3 (but I love the app integration of Apple TV app running on Apple TV hardware best out of all so far) uggh choices!

    After having to reactivate my AT&T TV Now account for a month so I could remember to properly do a factory reset this time. I did notice it was running a lot more sluggish than during initial testing. YMMV but when looking through the settings (which was very sluggish) I noticed that the available memory I had was 550 MB and that the cached data being used was over 2 GB.

    I had to go through each individual app and "clear cache" (just selecting this option allows the app to retain your login info. If you select "clear data" then you have to re-login to the app.) By the time I was done I was able to regain about 2.3GB of free available data and the beta Osprey box's overall operation improved significantly. Prior to clearing the cache the Disney+ app wouldn't load but after that it was able to load and I was able to use it without much issue.
     
  12. lparsons21

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    Something I noticed yesterday. With the ATT box, using its remote, things are pretty sluggish. Both using the service and with apps.

    But I was using the Harmony Elite and response while using the ATT TV service was much improved. I wouldn’t exactly call it fast, but certainly faster than with ATT’s remote.

    As for the apps, well other than the HBO Max app I just don’t use them on the ATT box.
     
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    mrinker

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    Does the Nvidia Shield TV Streaming device have AT&T TV app that works with it? I have not found anything online and AT&T customer service was no help. I am considering purchasing one but if it does not support AT&T Tv then I will pass for now.
     
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    Officially there is no AT&T TV app for the Android TV platform. Since all Android TV devices have a built-in Chromecast you can cast anything from the AT&T TV app to an Nvidia Shield TV and it will work very well.

    Unofficially you can side-load the AT&T TV app to the Nvidia Shield TV (its the Amazon Fire TV APK) and it will run with no issues. The AT&T TV Now sub-reddit has a thread on that.

    I have side-loaded the AT&T TV app to both the Nvidia Shield TV and the TiVo Stream 4K and it runs way better on those devices than on the 2nd Gen Fire TV Stick that Amazon still sells for $34.99
     
  15. Jun 8, 2020 #235 of 339
    mjwagner

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    No one should still be buying the 2nd gen Stick, no matter what the price. The FireTV Stick 4k is the only one to buy even if you don’t want/use 4k.
     
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    techguy88

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    I agree with that the 2nd Gen Fire TV Stick was awfully slowwww. I got one in 2017 before the Cube and Fire TV Stick 4K came out to replace an older Roku Streaming Stick and the older Roku Streaming Stick was still faster (but not by much.)
     
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    I noticed that starting a few days ago, the Osprey box is not outputting DD5.1 for any content at all... live, DVR or on demand. Of course it’s not so obvious because even content that is normally stereo is always “forced” as Surround so my AVR always shows DD but stereo content would always just come out of the L+R speakers. That has always been rather annoying because I like to have my AVR simulate them surround if possible. But I learned to live with it as long as true DD5.1 content played correctly. But now for some reason all content is coming over L+R only on the box.

    I will probably just use the Apple TV app until they fix this, as that seems to be properly outputting DD5.1 for content that has it.
     
  18. Jun 9, 2020 #238 of 339
    lparsons21

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    It never put out DD5.1 for me, always DD+. And some AV gear doesn’t allow surround massaging. My soundbar was like that so I plugged the ATT Osprey box directly into the TV and took optical audio out to the soundbar. Since optical can’t pass DD+ it is deprecated to DD5.1
     
  19. Jun 9, 2020 #239 of 339
    swyman18

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    Yeah, I meant DD+, that is what always shows on my AVR. Are you able to tell if your osprey box is actually putting out any Surround content on your soundbar? Might be hard to tell because you’d have to know if the channel normally puts out surround.

    I subscribe to some of the premiums (HBO, Showtime, Starz) and most of the linear channels and the on demand content has been surround since I got the box. But starting a few days ago, it’s clear that nothing is being output as surround.

    It’s not a huge deal, but as others have mentioned it’s these little things like having Dolby surround that are part of what I’m paying a premium for. Kind of annoying when it doesn’t work right on the equipment they provide.
     
  20. Jun 9, 2020 #240 of 339
    lparsons21

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    Yep, mine is still doing DD+.
     

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