ATT TV - a little review

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  1. Oct 27, 2020 #501 of 1811
    harsh

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    The price per channel appears to be >$1 so it isn't very appealing from a cost standpoint. The non-premium channel set includes around 50 channels yet they compare themselves to YTTV that gets more than 80.

    They've definitely taken some plays out of the AT&T playbook and that's not a good thing.
     
  2. Oct 27, 2020 #502 of 1811
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    Yeah, YTTV has more channels, but the reality is who the hell actually watches all of them? Most likely I would watch the same handful I do now. So I could save some serious bucks because I don’t care much about sports and could do fairly well with the $10/month Vibe level but would most likely get the $40+$10 combo as it picks up some things I actually do watch.

    That puts it right in line with my promo Entertainment package on ATT TV @$50 and I wouldn’t be missing any channels that I actually watch. Sure I’d be missing a few of the ‘rerun’ channels that have no or extremely little in the way of original programming of interest. And maybe even some reality channels that I never watch.

    Plug in the antenna and this, and I’d be good to go.
     
  3. Oct 27, 2020 #503 of 1811
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    While it isn’t on everyone’s Ultra, I just got it today on my 2019 Ultra. Actually works great after you get it set up. It is a menu selection in Settings.

    I selected AirPlay & HomeKit. Config automatically sets it to require a PIN code the Ultra will show and you type it in on your iOS device. I did that, and then set up HomeKit for it via the QR code that is presented on the Ultra and thought I was good to go.

    Cranked up HBO Max and the AirPlay icon showed the Ultra, selected it but each time I tried it just pulled up the AirPlay setting screen. Frustrating!! So I thought, why not check with Apple’s TV app on the iPad. Did that and this time it actually played the show on the Ultra. Stopped that and then re-ran HBO Max and it now plays on the Ultra just fine.
     
  4. Oct 27, 2020 #504 of 1811
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    A little more on the Ultra...

    Voice trickplay is supported on many more apps than are on other devices. ATT TV, Prime, Netflix, Sling, Hulu and maybe some others I haven’t tested yet. In Peacock you can voice pause/play/FF/Rewind but can’t skip a time.

    Voice search doesn’t work within any app I tried, always goes out to Roku’s main screen and gets the search and provides a list of where to get the show. Notably the only app it doesn’t seem to voice search at all for is Apple’s TV+.

    Hmm.... This may become my newest favorite even though it doesn’t do Atmos in Netflix.
     
  5. Oct 27, 2020 #505 of 1811
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    I checked one of my Roku Ultra (2019 model) and AirPlay is now available. It was very easy to set up. My one complaint over the Apple TV app on third party devices was the lack of iTunes Extra for digital movies (purchased or redeemed.)

    Since movies that supports iTunes Extra has alternate cuts of some films I did a test with opening the dreaded theatrical version of Batman V Superman. So I started the theatrical cut on my iPad Pro via iTunes Extra then selected AirPlay to my Roku Ultra. Quality is very good no jittering or skipping at all. I can still use the iPad for Discord, Facebook, Twitter, etc. or set it aside while I watch the movie.

    I can now give my mom the Apple HD 4th Gen and use the Roku Ultra in my bedroom. The quality will be perfect for a 24 inch HD Vizio set lol.
     
  6. Oct 28, 2020 #506 of 1811
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    Yeah, the video on the Ultra is slightly softer than on ATV4K, FireTV Cube and ATT’s box. Not by enough to matter to me.

    While the Roku UI doesn’t have anything like ‘up next’ or ‘continue watching’, the simplistic UI makes it pretty handy to use.
     
  7. Oct 29, 2020 #507 of 1811
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    And now for a big wart on the Ultra. The blasted remote loses its ability to use voice and requires re-pairing which always seems to require pulling the battery and pulling the power from the Ultra. When everything works it is fine though.
     
  8. Nov 2, 2020 #508 of 1811
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    Found out that after doing an update on the Roku Ultra it decided it was a different Ultra. Had to delete the ‘old’ version in the Roku software and all is good.

    But yesterday I went to Wally World and got the 2020 Roku Ultra. For me the reason was to get Atmos with Netflix on the Ultra. That does work now, but it is one odd damned audio setup!

    The 2020 Ultra decodes Atmos which previous versions did not do, they just used passthrough. And all the posting i saw said that was why Netflix Atmos didn’t work. The 2020 Ultra defaults to ‘Auto Detect Decode’ or some such. If you use that the audio level is much lower and it forces Atmos if your audio gear supports it. For instance, with it set that way playing a show from Hulu, who doesn’t have Atmos on anything, forces it to do it instead, makes for one odd soundstage.

    The fix is to change it to Auto Detect PassThrough, which works fine and still allows Netflix to do Atmos. Technically that is supposed to be the same as what the older versions of the Ultra does, which would mean no Atmos in Netflix.

    AirPlay support doesn’t seem to be rolling out to the 2020 Ultra yet. I can’t figure out what Roku is thinking by not installing the latest and greatest version of their firmware on their newest box.
     
  9. Nov 5, 2020 #509 of 1811
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    Looks like there may have been a recent software update some time in October. Incredulously, still cannot pad recordings.
     
  10. Nov 5, 2020 #510 of 1811
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    Does any streaming service let you pad recordings?
     
  11. Nov 7, 2020 #511 of 1811
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    None that I’m aware of. I know it has been an asked for feature for ATT TV & Now for a long time. I’ve heard that YTTV is doing some auto padding.

    Now on to the Roku Ultra 2020 a bit. Finally some official though not published news. AirPlay 2 is coming to it as announced, they are now waiting for approval from Apple for the Ultra 2020, seems each device needs certification and the Ultra 2020 hasn’t been certified yet. Expected timeframe is 1-2 weeks. This wouldn’t be an issue if Roku & HBO Max could come to terms.

    The audio on the Ultra 2020 with Auto Decode on has improved and is actually quite good now. It basically upscales all audio to the highest form your sound equipment supports. IOW, if you have an Atmos capable device, then everything gets up scaled to Atmos. That’s the same thing that the Dolby Experience app for the Xbox One does.
     
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    I’ve read that YouTube TV does.

     
  13. Nov 8, 2020 #513 of 1811
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    It doesn’t. It will auto extend but reviews say it doesn’t work
     
  14. Nov 8, 2020 #514 of 1811
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    We have had reports on our forum of YouTube adjusting start and stop times of programming (mainly due to sports overruns).

    Not the feature we are accustomed to on satellite receivers and other home based DVRs where one sets their own padding and extensions. But it serves the need when program times do not match scheduled times.
     
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    Ummm
     
  16. Nov 8, 2020 #516 of 1811
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    I don’t have nor pay for YouTube TV so it’s a moot point for me.


     
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  18. Nov 15, 2020 #518 of 1811
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    Yeah, but it ain’t all roses and clover with the live streamers either! :)

    Today ATT TV wouldn’t record the last round of the Masters. Neither would AirTV with OTA. Recast came to the rescue though...
     
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    Last night neither the timers for Fargo on FX nor Last Week Tonight on HBO fired. Fortunately I have other ways of getting both of those.
     
  20. Nov 16, 2020 #520 of 1811
    harsh

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    Apparently not.:eek:
     

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