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Finally cancelled DirecTV entirely... feels good!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by smithrh, May 9, 2018.

  1. Aug 9, 2018 #121 of 191
    1948GG

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    Would be nice on reports such as this if folks listed their ISP, physical location, etc. 40+ years designing and building us fiber infrastructure and there are spots in the us that despite the local interconnect speeds are on the back roads of the internet.
     
  2. Rich

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    Been asking folks to list their locations for years. Better now than it used to be in that regard. I tried PS Vue last winter and had absolutely no problems. I'm in Central NJ and my provider is Optimum. I have about 300 down most of the time.

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  3. demyhhh

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    Rich, I have a ps3 but never really use it. I am thinking of canceling direct tv. Do you use the ps3 controller to change channels.
     
  4. mjwagner

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    Oddly enough the ps3 is not a very good platform on which to run PSVue. I run PSVue on Amazon FireTV devices (boxes, sticks, dongles) as well as Nvidia Shield. Their are PSVue apps that run on most, if not all, of the major streaming devices (ATV, Roku, etc). PSVue really doesn’t have any connection to the PlayStation game consoles (except of course the Sony company). They really should change the name.
     
  5. demyhhh

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    Thanks R rich, I thought the vue was used with the game controller through the ps3 because I noticed the app in one of the lists on ps3. Thanks
     
  6. trh

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    PSVue can be watched via PS3 or PS4. I don't know how it is done, but my guess would be the controllers.
     
  7. lparsons21

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    Yes, it is the controllers. The game controller isn't the handiest thing with PSVue but it works. There used to be an optional media controller for the PS3/4 but I don't know if it is still available.
     
  8. mjwagner

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    Correct. Sorry if I wasn’t clear enough. PSVue certainly can be used on a ps3. It’s just that, oddly enough, the user experience is not nearly as good as on the other streaming devices I mentioned.
     
  9. Rich

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    We do have Playstations in the house but I was using a Nvidia Shield when I tried PS Vue. Fastest device for streaming out there. If I ever decide to go with a Cable Replacement Service I would use my Apple TV boxes to change channels and all other commands.

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  10. Rich

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    Read some articles weeks ago that hinted at a name change. All the present name does is confuse folks. Confused me.

    Rich
     
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  11. trh

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    It is a significant 'mistake' on their part. When I first mention getting PSVue, everyone in my family wanted to know how they were going to be able to watch TV since we only have one PlayStation (son's room).
     
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  12. Rich

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    Same thing the articles said. Big mistake. Very confusing.

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  13. Blitz68

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    That is not an accurate statement, sounds like a hater.

    You get what you pay for.

    Have had DirecTV since 1995 and it has always been nothing but top notch.

    If you are downgrading it is because you are to cheap to pay for what you really want and are just settling.

    I love these goofy threads....good luck.
     
  14. ColdCase

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    Let me ask you this, its probably covered somewhere but I can't find it.

    When streaming services, like PSView, say the offer BTN or MLB, is that just the main channel or do they also carry the alternative channels?
     
  15. Rich

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    No, he's just reporting what he sees. He's certainly not a "hater". He's exercising the courage of his convictions. I think he's right.

    Rich
     
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    Calling someone you know little to nothing about a “hater” and “cheap” in a single post is probably not conducive to reasonable discourse, but be that as it may...
    I started with DirecTV around the same time, before it was even called DirecTV and you had to buy your equipment from the local hifi store and install it all yourself. It was great at the time mostly because it had excellent (digital) picture quality. The fact that it was less expensive than cable was just a side benefit as far as I was concerned. For a long time DirecTV was pushing the envelop wrt in home entertainment and really was on the cutting edge (hence the sub forum in which I was an active participant). IMO that all started to change prior to, but around the time of the AT&T purchase. My wife and I found ourselves using DirecTV less and less. We already had streaming devices on all of our TVs and thankfully had inexpensive high speed net access that we were already paying for. We started trying out the various OTT services that started appearing and found that PSVue had all the channels we needed that we were using DirecTV for and we liked the cloud DVR better than our Genie (no conflicts or storage to manage and no in home HDs). As an added bonus it was $80 a month less than our DirecTV bill. In fact the entire PSVue monthly cost was about the same as what we were paying DirecTV just for the “extras and equipment fees”. Thankfully my wife and I are lucky in that cost is not really an issue for us. But why waste money. We switched to 4k almost a year and a half ago but why would I pay DirecTV $10.99 for a 4k movie rental when their are several places you can rent 4k movies for $5.99 for current releases (VUDU and others).
    I understand that lots of folks still want/like/need DirecTV for many different reasons. I have no issue at all with that as long as they are doing it with their eyes open and fully understand that their are now alternatives IF your viewing habits, channel requirements and availability of reasonably priced high speed net access allows it. If not than by all means stay with DirecTV. The good news is that for many people their are now lots of alternatives. Consumer choice is a good thing and will hopefully continue to put downward pressure on prices. That is good for all of us, including those that, for whatever reasons, stay with DirecTV.
     
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    I don’t watch BTN or MLB but I just checked my PSVue guide and I see the BTN channel and then 3 additional channels all labeled “BTN Alternate”. Hope that helps.
     
  18. ColdCase

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    Thanks, that helps.
     
  19. Bribom

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    So, after 17 years with Directv i was all ready to cancel this weekend and go to Playstation Vue. Even with the discounts from Directv, my bill would have been $40 a month cheaper and i would have lost minimal channels that i don't watch anyway. However, upon further research, it appears as though all the streaming services only stream in 2.0 stereo, No Dolby Digital 5.1. I'm not willing to compromise on the audio, especially with my home theater setup, so anyone who was thinking of making the switch, there is another data point for you.
     
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    I recently did an exhaustive search of streaming TV options and found the exact same to be true everywhere I looked. We watch pay channel movies and "big" shows like GOT, Designated Survivor, Fargo, etc. in the theater room from DirecTV, and I just can't imagine a blast of dragon fire without the benefit of 5.1. To me it's not worth the cost savings to give up so much on the audio end.
     

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