I want my HBO

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  1. Rich

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    Try an Echo Cube paired to your new TV. It's easier than using anything I've tried. Voice controls for just about anything you can do with a remote. It is 2019 and Alexa is ready and willing to assist.

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  2. Rich

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    Same here, I like "dedicated remotes". Just an opinion.

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  3. James Long

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    Adding additional equipment is ADDING to the complication of the setup. You may not mind the expense and hassle of setting up some Rube Goldberg arrangement. I want simple. (And I am not alone.)
     
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  4. Rich

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    I don't mind the expense and it's not a Rube Goldberg arrangement. It's a lot simpler than you think.

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  5. ejbvt

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    I can't believe that I agree 100% with James Long but I do. Spot on.

    Rich, your solution is ALEXA? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! That HAS to be a joke. You couldn't pay me to get one of those things, they are the single dumbest things ever invented. A pet rock is a better investment. And it's not an HDMI input, it's switching to the Netflix or whatever app, it's not a traditional input.

    This is 2019. There is no reason that it can't be all in one place, or as much as possible. It's NOT easier to tell a stupid Alexa to switch to HBO app when I can just press 501 and boom there it is. Hit the left button and enter and boom there is all the on-demand. It doesn't get any easier than that. It just doesn't. No endless menus, no waiting for another app to load, no waiting for every single program to load. You want to record something, a traditional DVR will do it 100 times better than scrolling through all the crap every time you want to watch a HBO series. I will assume (I know what that can do though) that the HBO go app will get you the latest seasons of the HBO series and it's not like Netflix where you have to wait 4 years.
     
  6. ejbvt

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    And she is willing to spy, too! And go down with the Internet.
     
  7. ejbvt

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    Me too. The technology is there for everything to be together, in one place, streamlined, ready for easy use. Why people make it more difficult for themselves when they admit it's not even a savings is idiotic in my opinion.
     
  8. Rich

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    Actually, I made things easier. And I'm not trying to save money. But I get your point. Paradigms are difficult to get rid of.

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  9. ejbvt

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    Making things more difficult is not a paradigm. Making things more difficult and not saving money is just dumb.
     
  10. James Long

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    "My" way ... buy TV and lease receiver. Connect TV to installed receiver. Watch TV.

    "Your" way ... do above PLUS install and configure at least one streaming appliance (more if your chosen services do not work on a common device - the streaming appliances may include a Smart TV). Connect each appliance to a TV (including configuring the TV for each input). Pay separate subscriptions to each service provider. Deal with family members who want ONE source for their TV or don't like your setup (having a family is optional). And now your suggestion for making this arrangement "easier" is to buy and install more equipment so Alexa can control everything for you? Which (beyond purchase) requires configuring Alexa for each device you want to control (activate skills) and teach each user yet another device.

    More than one TV? "My" way is add a client to each additional TV and share content across the entire house. The client can be on coax, Ethernet or wireless. "Your" way ... repeat the above for each TV. Multiply the complication.

    I am glad you don't mind the expense and hassle ... but try not to make it sound trivial.
     
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  11. dmspen

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    If you drop DISH and want a box that brings all your streamers together, check out the Tivo Bolt. It takes all your inputs, including Cable, and makes one comprehensive EPG.
     
  12. lparsons21

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    While I love my TiVo it doesn’t reall have any cable replacement type app.


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  13. Phil T

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    I have a Sony Android TV, a Apple TV, a Roku box and a TiVo Bolt. I end up watching 95 % of everything on the TiVo. The others just duplicate what is built in to the TiVo.
     
  14. tivofan2018

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    i have a fire cube t.v. 3 and all i do is say alexa turn on the t.v. and the dvr and alexa pull up the guide hey alexa tune to xx channel number hey alexa record xxx show at xxx time no remotes needed. or hey alexa search for xx movie or actor or actress
     
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  15. James Long

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    Most of the time that I am watching TV it would not be appropriate to shout at Alexa (or any other voice remote). Kept at low volume my wife and I can tune out the sound coming from the TV set --- but we find each other's voices "distracting". If I speak (or my wife speaks) we try to hear what each other says. If one of us makes a phone call the talking interrupts the other. Alexa would just be more noise with us shouting at each other "what did you say?" "just changing channels" "can you do that more quietly" "no, Alexa has to hear me" "can we get a TV we don't have to talk to?"

    I tried Google Assistant (since that is built in to my phone) and proved that it would be a distraction leading to the the "what did you say" conversation when changing channels. Maybe the younger generation doesn't listen to each other as much as my generation. Moving up another generation, my father in law moved last year and ended up subscribing to Comcast. They gave him a huge channel list and a voice remote. He hates it. The installer demonstrated how easy it is to simply talk to the remote (a hand held device, so no shouting across the room to wherever Alexa is) but he is an old dog and this is a new trick. Just give him a simple channel list and he'll be happier. Not a voice remote and not Alexa.
     
  16. dtv757

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    Altice (cablevision) lost STARZ last winter for about a month long dispute... in this cord cutting age anything is possible ...
     
  17. renegade

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    Agreed! I have other things connected to my TV that I don't watch sometimes (Apple TV, ChannelMaster DVR+, etc.) because changing inputs is just more than I want to do at that particular moment.
     
  18. Michael P

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    I was hoping to see if any progress has been made in the HBO negotiations in this thread. Instead the thread turned into a streaming discussion!?!

    People without "smart" TV's rely on the old fashion way of getting TV content.
     
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  19. Mark Holtz

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    Not true. There are alternatives available. You just need a... free HDMI port.

    AFAIK, if a BluRay player has network capability, it most likely also has the ability to stream media. Roku devices have the ability to stream Netflix, Hulu, Plex, Amazon Prime, CBS All Access, and HBO streams along with streaming versions of network channels. Options are also available if you have a Amazon Fire Stick.
     
  20. tivofan2018

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    i have a feeling that HBO is gonna become a competitor and not just be a vendor anymore but who knows!!!
     

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