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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by compnurd, Jun 19, 2020.

  1. SledgeHammer

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    I used to have a HR-24 and that was sluggish to the point where I was literally 5 minutes away from taking a SledgeHammer! to it. Part of my negotiation with DTV at that time was for them to comp me the free upgrade to the HR54 since I never used a free upgrade before. Have no complaints about the HR54 performance wise. Wasn't going to go through the hassle of putting an SSD in the 24 since I just had that one box.
     
  2. SledgeHammer

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    I found the ATT channel selection to be missing too many channels for the price. TVision was $100 out the door for the one package they have and it had all my channels. I wouldn't get any premiums, but I think they were pricier then DirecTV. I remember one of them, HBO I think was $17/mo.
     
  3. lparsons21

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    The last DirecTV box I had was the HR44(?) that seemed OK though not exactly a speed demon either.
     
  4. lparsons21

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    The ATT TV channel selection is the best one that I’ve seen though it is missing some seriously interesting channels compared to their satellite offerings. Notable NFL network among a very few others.

    I’m on Entertainment which is only missing IFC & Sundance. So for $5/month I sub to SundanceNow and IFC’s shows of interest are on Hulu which I also sub to. For sports Golf would be the only channel missing that I’m interested in but it sure isn’t worth the $30/month more I’d have to pay to get Xtra.

    Assuming I cancel at the end of the 1st year and go back to YTTV I’ll pick up IFC, Sundance and the Golf channel and pay $28/month less than AT&T seems to think full retail for Entertainment is worth.
     
  5. SledgeHammer

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    For me, its a little bit different. I don't care about sports, I care about a few channels that tend to be troublesome contract-wise: Science, NatGeo, History, WB, DIY and VH1. Don't know that I need to worry about VH1 anymore since the one show I watched on there is probably cancelled due to the host behaving badly lol. DIY, not sure either since the few shows I watched on there haven't aired this year. Not sure if its Covid or if they were cancelled due to the Gaines rebranding. The others are just the content owners being difficult to deal with.
     
  6. Rich

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    I've been using HBO Max for a few days and I think it works as well with my ATVs as Netflix does. That is saying a lot. I've always thought the ATVs had to be made with Netflix in mind. Yeah, same company, no excuse for the ATT app not working as well as possible with the ATVs. Other than we're comparing a streaming video service to a cable replacement service, two very different services. Streaming boxes aren't made with cable replacement services in mind.

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    That can be fixed for a few bucks. I've never had a better, faster DVR than my 44. With an SSD on it. Too put up with sluggish HRs when the solution to that problem is right in front of you borders on...forum decorum...I'll stop.

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  8. b4pjoe

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    I think he was referring to content that had been recorded to the cloud DVR with FF/RW so at that point they are basically the same thing. Programs from HBO Max and the AT&T TV DVR are both streaming from the cloud somewhere. If HBO Max can use the thumbnail for FF/RW in their ATV app I don't see any reason why AT&T TV can't. Plus it also works in the AT&T TV Roku app.
     
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    Another good reason to go with FireTV. Got an Amazon FireTV Recast OTA DVR today. Integrates nicely with the way FireTV’s UI works and the device really works well.

    Strongest OTA tuners I’ve run across so far, found more channels than any other device I’ve tried and the video quality is excellent. I need it for some of the local sub-channels that AT&T doesn’t bother with, like PBS and The CW.
     
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    10/mo per TV
     
  11. TV_Guy

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    I checked out thestreamable.com to see what services have the channels you want. The only channel in your list that is trouble contract wise in LA is The CW. Unless you want to try OTA or Locast for The CW then OTT services are out. Fubo and Sling have your remaining channels for $66 and $45 respectively. The DVR services on those 2 are not great in terms of capacity. Philo has an unlimited cloud DVR and 30 days retention for $20 but is missing Nat Geo. Fubo and Philo both have 7 day free trials.

    I find OTA to be a great backup for internet or OTT provider outages. It also offers all the subchannels not otherwise available.
     
  12. SledgeHammer

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    I watch other channels obviously :). Those are just the ones that seem to be missing from most OTT providers (or are add ons). Last time I looked on thestreamable, I needed 2 or 3 OTT providers and still missing a few channels. PBS was an issue too. I need that for This Old House. ATT, I think looked pretty good at first til somebody pointed out it was missing NatGeo or ABC / Disney owned stuff. Don't remember the details.

    I do have an OTA antenna, not as back up, but for a few local subchannels like Cozi and a classic NBC channel. Gotta get in an episode of Chips, Charlies Angels, Diff'rent Stroke, Knight Rider in once in a while. I would have included Night Court in the list, but my ABC -3 subchannel is hell bent on stretching the pic, so no...

    And at the end of the day, with loyalty discounts, my HR54 + Preferred Xtra is $105 out the door, so I can't really compare 4 OTT providers to a single provider since I don't want to go through the app juggling dance if I can avoid it. And price wise, I wouldn't be saving much on a 1 TV setup.
     
  13. TheRatPatrol

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    You can watch episodes of TOH for free on the PBS app.
     
  14. compnurd

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    Just cancelled ATT TV They waived all Cancellation fee's since I switched to Directv!!!
     
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    Glad to hear that worked out for you.
     

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