DIRECTV PQ Complaints/Comparison

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  1. HGuardian

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    The on demands catalog apps of programming are nothing like the live sports apps regardless of internet speed.

    Many are lucky enough to have great internet service (that works perfectly for Netflix/Disney/HBO Max) but even then watching a live game on Fox Sports Go, ESPN Plus, or a Turner app is only better picture quality if you eliminate the 2-5% of the game that you can't see because the app crashes, the feed goes black, the feed starts to digitize for whatever reason. It's like the dishonest comparison that Comcast used about rain fade. Yeah rain fade sucks for the grand total of 5 combined hours in 12 years of having satellite. My cable completely going out for 3 days straight in 1 year of having Comcast was far worse.
     
  2. Davenlr

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    Location Location Location. With 4 yrs of Comcast, cable went out one time, but then the entire city was without power too. DirecTv went out with every thunderstorm, Spring and Fall, that would be two or three times a week. You country guys will be able to subscribe to Starlink soon enough...probably before the NFL deal goes into effect in 2023.
     
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  3. harsh

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    The testimony from those who have auditioned both clearly contradicts your statement.
     
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  4. longhorn23

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    I've had a friend come over and sign in to their youtube tv account. The picture quality was def better than directv's HD picture quality. Nothing beats directv's 4k picture quality though. But to say that streaming will have downgraded picture quality is false. I do have a very fast and reliable internet connection through fiber. (940 Mbps (download) and 880 Mbps (upload))

    Also it's probably time to upgrade from a big HD flat screen to a big 4k tv.
     
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  5. dtv757

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    I wish I had fiber / fios . I had it before (at another location) it was amazing . Much better that the un reliable docsis

    But again key point folks are making not everyone has FTTH fiber broadband or even "fast " broadband. Hopefully starlink and 5G home broadband expand so folks in rual or even in cities like me can get better broadband.


    And I think I said this I tried to stream the world series on a hard wired (ethetnet) 4k streaming thing and it all kinds of issies . Breaking up evey few minutes contant skipping and more . I'm so glad I had the live 4K feed from direcTV.
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  6. Grafixguy

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    I bought a top-of-the-line Vizio last year. The PQ is incredible combined with a Roku Ultra to feed it. DTV HD is terrific and the 4K, while not up to Disney+ and Apple TV+ is excellent. Watching the Altitude and NBC Chicago hockey broadcasts leaves me wanting much more.

    Fios is awesome. I was lucky enough to live in one of the first towns in the country to get it. When we moved, I told the realtor not to bother showing us anything in any town that didn't have it. I realize that not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to do that, but progress is progress and still surprises me when I see folks living in my area not realizing that Fios wasn't available until after they moved in.

    For those that can't get decent broadband, I feel bad for you, but that doesn't mean the rest of the world is going to stop moving ahead.
     
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    agree next time I move it must have FTTH. Im tired of suffering from docsis. A its not only my home my place of work also is a docsis only area and they have outages every other week. its horrific.
     
  8. DMRI2006

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    We also have Fios, plus a Roku Ultra for the bedroom TV and it's excellent. I will say the the Nvidia Shield TV Pro (the $200 version) is even better. It has fantastic "AI" 4K upscaling for 60fps sources so whatever you feed into it, either AT&T TV or Youtube TV or whatever, has a clarity that surpasses even the Roku. It is more expensive, but its a worthwhile investment if you are planning on switching over to a streaming TV package. (Note there is a cheaper, $150 Nvidia Shield "tube", but it doesn't have the horsepower of the "Pro" and can't do the enhanced 4K upscaling on streaming).

    When we first signed up for D* we only had a Cox cable monopoly in this area that was built on another, defunct cable company's ancient coax network. Both the image and their internet would have slowdown/glitches whenever the wind blew hard from a certain direction! D* was a savior in the TV department for us. Once Fios became available here years later, we signed up for the internet from them. It's a great network IMO. D* served us really well for many years, and the image is still very good, but there are options that are better right now. If you can't see the difference, you may need equipment (a better streaming device or newer TV) that will benefit from it.
     
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  9. Davenlr

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    Its not DOCSIS, its crappy old cable lines and amps that need to be upgraded. Your cable co isnt investing in its infrastructure. I had 300 Mb/s DOCSIS for 4 years, and had one outage when the towns power went out. You need to call your mayor and complain that the cable co that they gave rights to isnt living up to their contract.
     
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  10. compnurd

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    As pointed out there isnt an issue with Docsis.. I get 8-900Mbps consistently.. You need to complain about it to get it fixed
     
  11. NashGuy

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    It's been a long while now since Hulu capped out at 720p. At least for their on-demand library, some stuff is 1080p and a few things (certain Hulu Originals) are even 4K. Now, for their live TV add-on, IDK, maybe it's true that all channels are done at 720p. I just know that the "Hulu only does 720p" claim that was true a few years ago isn't true any more.

    But as far as what you're saying in terms of general reviews of live TV PQ, yeah, I agree that it seems to be AT&T TV tops, then YTTV, then Hulu Live, then Sling. (And I honestly don't know where FuboTV slots in there, other then somewhere behind AT&T TV.)
     
  12. NashGuy

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    Yeah, Hulu's on-demand library has better PQ than what you're going to see over cable, satellite or OTA. I remember the first time I watched SNL on Hulu and how blown away I was by the clarity and crispness versus watching it from my local NBC station OTA. I don't have Hulu right now but for the few NBC shows I watch, I tend to watch them now on Peacock instead of OTA DVR since Peacock's PQ is better.

    On-demand streaming content is generally going to have better PQ than live streaming channels, though, because on-demand stuff is encoded ahead of time, allowing them to take their time with multiple passes, while live content must be encoded once on-the-fly, in real time, and so the visual results aren't as good at a given bitrate versus what you get with on-demand content.
     
  13. compnurd

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    I was specifically referring to Live TV My friend has it.. Thought it was obvious since i was referring to ATT Tv and YTTV also
     
  14. NashGuy

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    So you've confirmed that all live channels on Hulu are only 720p? Because this Hulu support page directly contradicts that.

    Watching live TV
    If you’re a Live TV subscriber, you can stream almost all of your favorite live TV broadcasts and Cloud DVR recordings in up to 720p/60fps or 1080p/60fps on these compatible devices.

    It then goes on to list which devices support 720p vs. 1080p for live TV. Maybe your friend is using a device that only supports 720p for Hulu's live channels?
     
  15. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    That is a change. It used to be 720p@60 or 1080p@30. They updated. It say if they have Dolby Digital?
     
  16. compnurd

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    Yup That would explain it not a long list supporting 1080p
     
  17. NashGuy

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    Here's a different Hulu support page about sound quality. Apparently Hulu offers "select titles" in 5.1 surround sound on certain devices but I don't know if that includes anything on their live channels. Last I heard, little if any of their live channel content supports 5.1.

    Hulu Help
     
  18. mccarthymac

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    I'm planning to try YTTV in anticipation of dumping DTV. I have a 2016 LG OLED. Is there any difference in picture quality using the app on the TV or going through a Fire Stick?
     
  19. DMRI2006

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    There could be. The device you use can make a difference. I'd check with owners of your TV and see how it stacks up. I love my Sony x900h but the internal apps are so unreliable
    it's usually best (at least on this TV) to use an external streamer that works like the Shield or Roku
     
  20. Grafixguy

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    Sounds like something to check out. I stopped thinking it can't get any better quite some time ago because it just keeps getting better. And that's a great thing.
     
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