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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by SledgeHammer, Aug 11, 2019.
Vanilla Ice would probably be the least likely to be on the Gaines network.
Interesting. I'm in the process of installing a pool and a hot tub in a section of our property that we've never been able to use because of the slope. Lots of excavating and the cost of the pool and hot tub has become incidental. Walls and patios are more expensive than I thought they'd be.
I think I know what is going to drive me to cord cutting - political ads. Here in Maine we are already seeing ads for / against candidates. In the next 6 months there probably won't be anything else. I don't care what candidate I don't want to see political ads and the quantity we see.
That's what a DVR is for. I almost never see ads, and I live in Iowa where we probably get 5x the political ads you see anywhere else other than New Hampshire and South Carolina.
You should watch Pool Kings. You might get some ideas. They've built amazing pools on lots with 45 degree slopes.
Unified? Siri on Apple TV. It works fantastic for me and makes life super simple. Find whatever and it lists it and let’s me play it from whatever app has it available. Faster than you’ll ever search for something on DIRECTV.
And it’s extremely useful in the car and for adding to lists while doing something like cooking or what have you.
It’s way more than a gimmick if you actually stick with using it for a while you’ll soon find it simple and second nature. And for those it doesn’t understand they need to use it more and teach it their voice to have it work right. It really does get better over time shockingly.
Voice control just makes all aspects of TV watching simpler, but it seems to make folks think it complicates the experience. One of these days someone at Apple is gonna get an Echo Cube and once he sees what you can do with that...well, I'd like to have an ATV that has voice controls that mimic what the Cube has. I have spent hours watching content on my Cubes and never had to pick up a remote. There's not much you can't do with voice controls and a Cube. I'd like to see a Cube/ATV hybrid. That would be awesome!
As someone is who is diving head first into streaming-only after five years with my current satellite provider, I look at it as simply another system to learn. Over time, I learned all the ins and outs of navigating and using my satellite system. With a little bit of patience, I'll learn how to whip back and forth between apps, shows, channels, etc, as quickly as possible on my Apple TV box. Will it be easier to bounce back and forth between a couple of college football games on YouTube TV? Maybe, maybe not. How quickly can I change apps? Who knows. But I'll figure it all out and become as swift as possible with it.
It's fun to learn new things.
On AppleTV the TV app makes it much simpler for many of the streaming services though not all. Pick a show and it either runs in the app itself or starts the needed app and runs the show there. Not quite as smooth as linear tv imo, but pretty darned close.
Voice control for me is just a non-starter. The only time I use voice is for searches. And even sometimes that doesn’t find everything on the Tivo. I’ve had no few times where voice search didn’t produce the right results but typing in a search did. Irritating!!
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Agreed, it's not as smooth, overall. But I'm quickly getting used to it. I've started to gather up my favorite streaming apps into order of preference, added my favorite five at the top of the Apple TV page, and I'll continue to keep using voice searches/commands until I figure out the nuances and tricks to getting it right.
I also watch very little live but news and sports and driving me crazy already
Watching multiple games is where D* stands out. I can't figure out how to that as easily with the ATVs and if you can't do it with them I kinda doubt there's a better alternative. Changing apps takes a few steps but you get used to it. Have patience, you'll get it. Oh, BTW, you just made my "intelligent" list.
Even the ATVs can't navigate thru Hulu very well. That's one app that has problems. But it seems to be improving.
Have you tried using voice commands on the ATV? I have no problems there. For searches, I mean. Always seems to get me where I want to be.
The ATVs have more of a learning curve than any streamer I've used and once you figure everything out it gets pretty simple. Lots of stuff to learn in the ATV's menus. Gotta remember, you're using a very powerful box there, damn near an iPad.
Gonna get even crazier over the next year.
Yeah, voice search on the ATV seems very solid. On my Tivo it works but just often enough it doesn’t do as good a search as typing the search in.
One of the biggest reasons I don’t use voice much is that I almost always use my Logitech Elite remote.
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One thing about the ATV and the Amazon Cube that always bugged me is that there is no clock. Finally it dawned on me to just use the voice remote and ask it what time it was. Works perfect.
There is a clock on the ATVs. Take a good look at the Progress Bar.
The ATV NFLST app lets you watch 4 games at once.
I'll admit...that is one place I never looked for it.