ATT TV - a little review

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  1. lparsons21

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    Yes, it will show there. Go to ‘all dvr recordings’ and at the top of the list is ‘upcoming’, click that and it will show what is scheduled.

    As to how it deletes, I’ve been told that it deletes oldest first and records the new, if you run out of space. I’m on an older TV Now sub and have 500 hours so I haven’t had an opportunity to see if that is actually what happens.
     
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  3. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Ok thanks. I finally found it on my ROKU. You have to arrow right on the My Library all the way to get to the option. It should be there with the GUIDE, ON NOW, LIBRARY options tho. But, at least I found it now that you verified it was actually there. Appreciate it.
     
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  4. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    OK, Other than legal, copyright or other reasons...
    Is there any TECHNICAL reason why a TIVO (or a new device) could not be upgraded to be a DVR for ATT TV?
    I would think if ATT could work with Tivo to come up with an APP for the Tivo to record to hard drive, and allow all current Tivo trick play functions, it would greatly increase the sales of both. I Never understood why streaming services are not supported (for recording) on TIVO's. Even a ROKU with a SSD and some DVR functions that allowed recording and playback later would be a great seller I would think.
     
  5. James Long

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    Has anyone built a streaming receiver with built in DVR storage (beyond a small buffer for received content) or do all streaming receivers rely on the service to provide the "DVR" features?

    The limitation is probably a legal, copyright or other reason. Streaming services wanting to be able to control their streams and cut off users when their subscription lapses or the service loses the rights to deliver the content. I can't imagine that no developer has come up with the idea. It is either prohibited or deemed not worth the effort/expense.

    OTA DVRs exist and I could see it as being the difference between buying an Orby satellite/OTA receiver vs an Orby satellite/OTA DVR. Cheap boxes with the main difference being the ability to record. It shouldn't be hard to do that with streaming.
     
  6. swyman18

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    I’m sure there is equipment you can get, and cobble together something that would record the output of the ATT TV video to a hard drive. But I imagine it would be quite a PITA and very cumbersome.

    Interesting concept though, I would love to be able to have a “Tivo” like experience with ATT TV.
     
  7. compnurd

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    TiVo can barely support what they have right now lol
     
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  8. I WANT MORE

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    I am a D* subscriber.
    I ordered an Osprey from ebay and signed up for ATTTV service to try it out.
    I canceled ATTTV after one week.
    • The osprey box itself is fine.
    • PQ was excellent.
    • Using the ATTTV app on ATV sucks (technical term).
    • ATTTV app on Google Chromecast with TV not available.
    • No mix channels.
    • No sports pack. (I knew this going in).
    • No 4k. (I knew this going in).
    • No NFLST (I knew this going in).
     
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    5 of them you should have known going in
     
  10. lparsons21

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    Yeah, the last 5 should have been known as I think all of those 5 have been discussed in this thread.

    I’ve made a change to my streaming lineup. ATT TV is out, not because it isn’t excellent from a service standpoint, but because there are so few channels I actually watch and it set the base price of streaming at $80/month. Just too much money for so little content of interest.

    Shifted to Sling Blue+TotalTV @$50/month until July, then rises to $56/month. Still way more channels that I actually need to have, but $30/month cheaper base price. This gives me more flexibility with other streaming services kicking in and out at times.

    Got HBO Max for $11.67/month, 6-month prepaid. Showtime @$4.99/month for 6-month after one month free, CBS All Access @$8.34/month prepaid which will renew for a year @$4.16/month as Paramount+.

    And of course, Amazon Prime which is essentially zero since I’ve had it before Amazon Video was offered. Got Hulu w/ads prepaid @$5/month.

    I lose the better PQ of some shows that I did watch on ATT TV, as well as the DD5.1. But that list is very short. I use my Amazon Recast for the locals and those have DD5.1 and great PQ also. And of course I lose the simplicity of using one UI for most things as I have to switch apps.

    All in all a positive change with a reduction in streaming cost at the expense of some PQ and AQ and convenience. But I live alone and convenience isn’t an issue.
     
  11. Davenlr

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    Ah, I was going to ask you about PQ and 5.1, which you answered. I just have to much money invested in a Dolby atmos/DTS sound system to switch to any service without 5.1. To be honest, I just got a email from Comcast wanting me back, and their package has all the channels I watch for a year, for $50. But then I only get 720p. I never understood why Comcast did that. They have plenty of bandwidth for 1080i.
    I am on ATT-TV Entertainment. Has all the sports channels that carry Nascar, and the entertainment channels the family watches, and its $69 a month with no contract. $13 a month more than you are paying with better PQ and 5.1 is OK with me. I noticed the ATT app reloaded last night on my Roku. Now I have a previous channels option hitting up arrow. Yea, I think $50 should be the going rate, but as I can see with all these streaming services, its the channels themselves raising prices forcing the high monthly rates. I could get by with just Peacock, HBOMax (both free to me), Disney+ and Paramount+ for the family...and it would cost me almost nothing....But Sports... If only I didnt like watching sports :)
     
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    Amen to the ‘if only I didn’t like sports’!!

    For me it is boxing and golf, boxing is on enough places that quite a few services could fill the bill, but golf, other than some weekends is usually only on the Golf channel. If I could wean myself away from sports I could really do some cost cutting without losing either PQ or AQ!! :)

    My switch loses ESPN but to get that would increase the cost by at least $15/month and frankly not worth it.

    As to PQ and audio, with using other apps to get most of the content I enjoy, it isn’t that hard to find. Most of the VOD type services have great video and audio, including DD5.1. So mostly it is just not nearly as convenient to get that as it is with just using AT&T TV.
     
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    Sounds like your dissatisfaction with AT&T TV comes down to it not being as good for sports as DTV. (I realize 4K HDR and mix channels aren't strictly sports-related features but both are probably most important to sports viewers.) I wonder if AT&T hasn't intentionally held off on improving and adding features to AT&T TV so far in order to allow DTV to remain the preferred service for major sports fans. Well, they had no choice but to keep NFLST exclusive to DTV but I see no reason why they couldn't have offered live 4K HDR sports on AT&T TV (as Fubo TV has done for years now), as well as mix channels (which PS Vue was doing before it died) and the Sports Pack (although getting that on AT&T TV may be a difficult licensing issue).

    As for apps, well, I think AT&T will always want their own dedicated Android TV device to be the best way to experience the service. But if they're going to offer an app for Apple TV, Roku and Fire TV, I don't see why they don't put out a similar app for Android TV on the Google Play store so devices like the Chromecast with Google TV (and TiVo Stream 4K and Nvidia Shield TV) can access the service.
     
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    Ha! You're very good at figuring out the best deals for your needs. I would bet that a lot of folks who are content to get their locals for free via OTA but who still want certain live cable channels could cobble together a lower-cost solution by using some combo of Sling, Philo and/or Frndly TV versus going with YTTV, Fubo TV, Hulu Live or AT&T TV, as long as you don't mind switching between apps/inputs to get your various TV channels and recordings.

    Unrelated Q that I can't remember the answer to: when watching recordings on AT&T TV using the Osprey, is there a way to skip ahead or backwards by set increments (e.g. 30 sec or 15 sec) by pressing a single button on the remote, with playback immediately resuming? That's possible with DVRs from TiVo, DISH and probably other providers, maybe DTV too (can't recall as it's been years since I had a DTV Genie). Can you do it on the Osprey?
     
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    I don’t know how good I am at it, or if it is just that I have way too much time on my hands and constantly twiddle with all this stuff! :)

    And yes, you can bump 15 seconds forward with a right arrow on the d-pad of the Osprey remote. Not quite instant, but close enough.
     
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    You know the biggest problem with the cable channels these days is the real lack of many original scripted shows. Or at least it is to me. I don’t care for the real life, reality that isn’t or inane game shows. And frankly you can find plenty of all those on the various freeby services out there.

    But things like SyFy’s Resident Alien, USA’s Queen of the South and so many others are just so few and far between that paying to watch them is really irritating. I mean why have SyFy if they only have one show of interest? Same goes for all to many cable channels.
     
  17. NashGuy

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    Nice. And you can bump 15 second backwards (i.e. instant replay) by clicking left on the d-pad too?
     
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    You can do this with the Channels DVR app and server. You can record the TV Everywhere (TVE) streams to a local hard drive connected to whatever you use as your DVR Server. I use an nVidia Shield for this.
     
  19. lparsons21

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    Yes.
     
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    Yeah. Well, Hollywood is just shifting to where the future lies, at least for scripted entertainment, and that's SVODs. Blame Netflix (and the superior economics of direct-to-consumer), I guess. But Disney, Warner, NBCU, ViacomCBS, etc. are only going to spend so much on scripted (i.e. expensive) content and they're trying to spread it between their linear channels and SVODs, with the latter getting more and more of it.

    It just points again to the truism that, if you don't care about sports, cable "news" or locals (or you can get your locals via free OTA), then there's really not much reason to stick with cable TV any more, other than because of familiarity/convenience.
     

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