C71KW Review (AT&T TV device)

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  1. Mar 6, 2020 #121 of 193
    rey_1178

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    I hope they do because so far I'm leaning towards staying with the service at least the first year.
     
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    I thought I read somewhere that you could pad a recording. Can’t remember where though.
     
  4. Mar 6, 2020 #124 of 193
    rey_1178

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    To me it's ok on most recordings but gotta have it for live events like sports etc.

    ATT is selling them for $120 plus tax.
     
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    I think it was said somewhere that it automatically ads to the recording for live events that exceeds its expected stop time.
     
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    Regarding the “New Episodes” series selection. I think I read somewhere that new episodes won’t show up under Upcoming Recordings until 2 days prior to airing. That bugs me a little bit, but I guess I can live with it.

    But it does seem strange how it handles the New flag in the guide. For example, on Monday I recorded episode 3 of Better Call Saul and watched it and deleted it on Tuesday. But the guide had a rerun of that episode on Thursday still flagged as New so it recorded it again. Episode 4 on Monday still doesn’t have the New flag in the guide. I assume it will by tomorrow.

    Not sure if these little things will ever change, because I assume this is the same behavior that has existed with DirectTV Now/ATT Now over the past few years.

    I was hoping the series recording options would be a little smarter, along with not flagging reruns as New in the guide.
     
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    That's what bothers me. I always stick an extra 3 hours on every sports event. Just in case. I'm having a hard time imagining life without my DVRs.

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    Right, forgot that. Wonder how well that would work?

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    I'm going to test it tonight with some basketball games.
     
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    Anticipating the answer, I am.

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    swyman18

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    I have another question for those that have used the device, apologies if I missed it.

    Does the remote have system on/off capabilities? Meaning being able to toggle power for the TV and AVR in addition to the device?
     
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    When I press the off button it also turns off my AVR.
     
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    Cool, thanks.
     
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    Let me add that while the box works really well with ATT TV, it has issues running apps. I get crashes, reboots etc. Unfortunately this is not a replacement for your streaming device. It could've been but the software is inefficient. The hardware seems to have enough horsepower.
     
  15. Mar 6, 2020 #135 of 193
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    Does it bother anyone the ethernet port is only 10/100?
     
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    It shouldn’t since you’d never exceed those speeds streaming video.
     
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    Looks like my Roku Ultra has 10/100. My Apple TV and Nvidia Shield appear to be gigabit.

    Haven’t really given it much thought, although I would prefer 10/100 wired over wireless if possible.
     
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    Yes for sure. I have all these devices hardwired.
     
  19. Mar 7, 2020 #139 of 193
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    Finally got my ATT TV device today. After putting it through the paces tonight, there is one thing related to the audio that bugs me:

    There are 2 settings for audio, Stereo Only and Surround Sound, as expected. I have it set to Surround Sound since I use an AVR.

    I noticed that for any content that is 2.0 stereo, the device appears to still be outputting it to my AVR as 5.1. So my AVR doesn’t know it is a 2.0 stream and it funnels the sound to only the L+R speakers, nothing at all on the center channel. That makes it sound kind of crappy. The app on my Apple TV (and the way pretty much every other app and device works) will automatically recognize it is a 2.0 stream and output it as such so my AVR can do its Pro Logic mix or whatever else is needed to simulate the surround sound.

    Anybody else seen this? It seems like a fundamental defect of sorts for it to behave this way. If I change the setting to Stereo Only, then it behaves as it should for 2.0 content. But then of course I don’t get any DD5.1 on channels that have it. But I would almost rather leave it on Stereo Only and live with the fake surround for all content then have to keep changing the setting back and forth.
     
  20. Mar 7, 2020 #140 of 193
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    I didn't have any issues with the apps themselves they worked just fine for me. The switching from the app back to AT&T TV Now was my main criticism. I didn't like the load time going back from the app to AT&T TV Now. (Apple TV is my main streaming device.) I did experience some crashes and reboots but they were infrequent and random during my testing. I usually had crashes and reboots when registering apps where I was opening too many within a short amount of time.

    It could be something to do with Android 8.0 in general as Android 9.0 was more optimized across the board (for mobile devices 9.0 optimized battery consumption for example). There are devices with the same specifications as the AT&T TV device running Android TV 9.0 so I'm thinking once AT&T upgrades the device to 9.0 it should help with a lot of issues.

    I do know my Amazon Fire TV Stick that I got on sale from Best Buy however is very slow, sometimes unresponsive and crashes frequently. According to Amazon's own specifications its running a modified version of Android 5.1 with 1 GB of RAM.

    Never thought to check considering on my 1080p TV sets the AT&T TV device and Apple TV (4th Gen) had the same PQ hardwired.
     
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