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Discussion in 'Internet Streaming Services' started by sstv, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. Rich

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    Huh. With 60 down and hardwired you should see a good picture. Did you try other content?

    You buy an HDMI switch you want to make sure it comes with a wall wart for power. Passive HDMI switches are problematic.

    You either need two sticks or you have to move one from TV to TV. Again, the sticks are the worst streaming devices. You can get the Fire TV dongle I linked to for about $50 at times. It's faster than a stick and just works better.

    Given a choice between a free Roku and that Fire TV dongle at full price I'd take the Fire TV dongle. Just my opinion, I have nothing good to say about the new Rokus.

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    I don't want to argue Bill, but I've got one TCL Roku TV and I can truthfully say it doesn't come close to the speed of a Fire TV stick, never mind an Apple TV box or a FTV box. The TCL is painfully slow. Good picture but underpowered.

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    Hard to get folks to believe how good the Amazon dongle is, they seem to think it has the same specs as the sticks. Best streaming device Amazon has made so far, I think. Roku clearly was not ready for 4K.

    Sports of all sorts are hard to deal with if you're a streaming only person. It's not only hockey. MLB blacks out home games so you can't sub to that and get all the games. All a streamer can do is get a cable replacement service such as PS VUE and hope your MLB team's games are available on that service. Not sure if you can get NHL coverage on any CRS.

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  4. sstv

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    It looks like 5 to 1 HDMI have "wall warts", 3 to 1 don't. I liked a 3 to 1, I will let you know how it works out. Your advice on the fire tv dongle is a good. It looks like you get what you pay for so that's the way we go.
    I called DTV to complain about the Genie 2, which is junk, and was told that a new HS17 will be installed this Saturday. If my Genie is still junk, we will go "streaming".
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  5. trh

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    Not sure exactly what you meant no home games for MLB. I subscribed to MLB.TV and I get home and away plus usually two radio stations (but not for my local team). And with a 35% military discount, it was only $75.00. And most games 60 FPS. Looks great.

    NHL is available on ROKU and Apple tv. Get to watch that as it comes with the DIRECTV NFL CO package.
     
  6. sstv

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    Did you read the reviews over at Amazon.Most of them said to throw it in a hole and stand upwind when you covered it up.
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  7. trh

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    Those reviews are comparing this device to the original Fire TV which isn't available anymore. And there are some differences like this device is only WiFi unless you buy a $15 adapter. This version has a short HDMI cable and hangs from the back of the tv and this one doesn't have an SD card slot.

    So everyone thinks it is inferior to the original.

    Which isn't available anymore.

    But when compared to the Fire Stick, which is available, it is the better product. And currently $50.
     
  8. Rich

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    Even if the unpowered HDMI switch works initially you will probably have problems with it at some time. I've tried them and every one had problems. But I've had problems with powered switches too. I wish you luck.

    Yeah, the dongle is a good choice, just be aware there are better devices out there...they do cost more tho. For the price and what you get the dongle's a "best bang for your buck" device. Amazon makes good stuff.

    Streaming video services such as NetFlix and Hulu can be overwhelming at first, have patience and give yourself some time to get it all straight in your mind. I don't see a need for a cable replacement service such as PS VUE or D* NOW unless you're heavy into sports. You can easily lose yourself in NetFlix for years...I have.

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    I meant, for me, the Yankees and Mets games. If I could get those teams' games I would drop D* today.

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    I always read the reviews. In this case they are right and wrong. The first dongle I bought was awful. The second dongle works well. Right and wrong. Simply put, if you get one that works correctly you'll be happy.

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    I have both the new dongle and the original FTV 4K box. The dongle is much better and does HDR. It's faster, it's easier to hook up, it's cheaper. Any comparisons to a Fire Stick...well, the Fire Sticks are inferior. I can state that as a truth. I've got a couple sticks, don't use them, too slow.

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    Too slow and buffering all the time. My is sitting in a draw some place.
     
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    Are the Roku sticks as slow? I've never had one.

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  14. sstv

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    Hi All
    I want to thank everyone for all the info which was well needed.
    Streaming was a option if DTV could not get my system working. The Tech showed up and his work order was nothing like the DTV conversation.The tech told me to call DTV see whats going on. I called DET RET and was told that on 4-17 I would get my Genie 2 replaced with a Genie 1 HR54 and my contract would be canceled. I had a HR54 and it was better then a HS17, I don't know if I was a exception but DTV RET said the Genie 2 had many issues to be resolved.
    Streaming is still a option and with the info I got here it could be a much smoother transition.
    Thanks SSTV
     
  15. trh

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    Neither have I.
     
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    Depends which one you get, kinda like Firestick. Pick out the Ruko that says 5X more powerful and you will be OK
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    I've got a old Fire stick, originally purchased for $20 a few years ago, with my living room TV. It's got a wireless connection to my router two rooms away but performs almost as well as my AppleTV, which is hard wired to my router in the family room. Most of our streaming is done with our Roku TV set from TCL.
     

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