Do any streaming services offer dual live buffers?

Discussion in 'Internet Streaming Services' started by itzme, Jun 19, 2020.

  1. mjwagner

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    What I described is definitely done with pointers to the data stream. I probably should not have used the term “buffer” as the 10-12 second buffer is a completely different thing than what I was describing. I have paused live tv for around 45 minutes already but not entirely sure what the actual limit is. It does not use any local storage. It appears to work the same on all the devices I have tried it on - FireTV Stick 4k, Nvidia Shield, and ATV 4k.
     
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  2. itzme

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    True. I always thought that Double Play was a feature to attract and benefit the subscriber. Then Start from Beginning And On Demand was developed to benefit providers and DTV‘S fees to providers. Since it’s inception I nerve used watched from beginning (forced ads).
     
  3. Newshawk

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    You do realize that "dual live buffers" is a hardware-specific feature (two physical tuners feeding a physical hard drive,) right? As streaming services are not hardware dependent, they have no way to offer dual live buffers.
     
  4. mjwagner

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    They could easily provide the same functionality. It obviously wouldn’t be implemented the same way and you wouldn’t call it the same thing. YTTV already does half of it. You can pause live tv and then resume it later (and FF/REW). I’ve done it for about 45 minutes or so and it worked fine. Not sure what the upper limit is but it does not use any local storage. To mimic “dual” they would just need to keep the pointer when you change channels. Theoretically they wouldn’t even be limited to “dual”...
     
  5. James Long

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    Any service could provide a rewind to beginning of programming or even further. The technology is there and having one buffer for all subscribers (per data center?) would not be a huge challenge. As stated in the early posts in this thread, it has been done. The biggest limitation would be permission from the source feeds.
     
  6. itzme

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    Yes! Thank you for articulating the feature set I want so well! It could be offered by a streaming service like YTTV or even streaming devices like HD Homerun using software like Channels or even Plex. And you’re right that it could work on multiple tuners— I’d love that!
     
  7. itzme

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    Right, the source feeders love Watc From Beginning because it forces commercials. For about 20 years now I’m used to skipping commercials. I don’t ever watch them.
     

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