DirecTV's PQ ain't what it used to be

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  1. lparsons21

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    The AppleTV box is a great box hampered by the worst remote, especially for DVR content when you try to skip ads. But I don’t find the video provided by it to be any better or worse than the Cube 2nd Gen or Roku Ultra with the same app or service.
     
  2. Mike1096

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    Nothing ATT TV broadcasts is 2160p. It’s upscaling. Just like every other streaming box upscales


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  3. harsh

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    I hadn't heard that AT&T TV was offering 4K. Are you sure?
     
  4. Rich

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    I've had ALL of them too. This is a subjective argument, YMMV. For me, the ATVs are the best streamer out there. I like the remote. It took some time to get used to it, and I do have a Function remote that does away with the touchpad of the Apple remote, but I don't use it. I bought it to compare the two remotes; the Function remote doesn't add anything to the experience. The touchpad turned me off at first, but I'm used to it now, and using the Function remote without the touchpad leaves something to be desired...in my opinion.
     
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    Oh, there you are. Still can't figure that remote out, huh? I was gonna PM you; I didn't want to see you miss an opportunity to dis the ATVs. I still don't see any difference in the first and second-generation Cubes' PQ as the reviews said when the second gens came out. Those Ultras are disappointing.

    How's the puppy? All grown up by now?

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    Correct. Not sure why you felt you had to say that, but it's correct. I want to try the ATT/TV system, but the Cloud DVR reports make me want to keep my DVRs. Once they get that fixed, I'm gonna take it for a ride.

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  7. lparsons21

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    Thanks for thinking of me. I have figured out the ATV remote, I just don’t like it for live streaming services since doing trickplay is such a PITA with that remote.

    2nd Gen Cubes are a bit better than the first gen for PQ but not by much, what is a huge difference is speed of operation. 2nd Gen is very quick compared to 1st gen and is every bit as quick as AppleTV4K. I tend to use it as I also have a Recast for the local subchannels and it only works with FireTV devices.

    Yeah, those Ultras are a bit disappointing in some ways. But it is quick and I really like the way search works on it.

    As to the puppy? Well, yeah she’s all grown up, spoiled as hell too! :). She mostly spends her day sitting with me on the recliner until she decides it is time to play.
     
  8. Rich

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    No. That was an assumption. Those boxes don't put out 2160p?

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    I don’t think the Cloud DVR issues will ever go away, they just work differently than a local DVR and you have to adjust.
     
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    ATT’s Osprey box puts out an upscaled 2160p all the time from whatever app you are using, does a good job of it too. It does support 4K directly if the source material is 4K but I don’t think it does DolbyVision, just HDR.
     
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    I haven't written anything about dogs for quite a while here. Did you know we bought a companion dog for Jax? Jax wants constant attention and the best thing I could think of was getting him a dog to play with.
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    20 hours of recorded content? That needs to be fixed.

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    Thanks, that supports my assumption.

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    For the non-contract version of their subscription that is what comes with it, but you can upgrade to ‘unlimited’ for $10/month. The contract version includes unlimited DVR. In both scenarios the DVR’d shows expire in 90 days which makes ‘unlimited’ of limited value IMO.
     
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    And I thought my dog was spoiled!! :)
     
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    Didn't know they had tiers. The 90 days wouldn't bother me, I don't save anything. What else is wrong with the DVR function?

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    I didn't see any other way to go. Jax was driving me nuts with the squeaky balls. It's a lot calmer with two dogs. The thing is, we've always had two dogs, you'd think I would have learned.

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  18. lparsons21

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    Managing recordings isn’t very straightforward, many find that irritating. They could make it easier if they had a list of events you want to record but they don’t. That’s actually the only thing I didn’t like about it.

    I’ve switched to YouTubeTV since most of what I actually do watch isn’t on live streaming anyway, but I like Boxing and Golf. Hell of a price to pay to not watch most of what is being provided.
     
  19. Mike1096

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    And the HDR is constant. No matter what you’re watching. Which sucks.


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    Will this setup allow me to watch 4k on Amazon Prime and Netflix with the Sony?
     

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