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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by andygradel, Jul 13, 2019.
THAT is impressive. Always appreciate people/companies that solve problems rather than make excuses.
Advice taken & appreciated. I'll add that to my toy wishlist.
Now that's a cool feature, as it would correct mismatch at the source instead of just avoiding it on their end. Everyone else is busy making apps/devices to listen to you so they can sell stuff, Apple is using the ability to make things work better.
Yeah, I did too. If you keep an eye on their specials and sign up at just the right time, you can get a good deal on standalone Comcast internet for the first year, maybe two. I'm paying $30/mo the first year, then $40/mo the next, for 60/5 speeds. But then they go up to the regular price.
My parents have had standalone Comcast internet plus DISH for TV for years. Have tried to get Comcast to budge on the price of internet repeatedly but after it rose to the standard price, the only way they'll offer them any kind of discount is to add other services.
Well, yes and no. Apple has a preferred set of playback controls, both in terms of how buttons work on the remote but also how the playback timeline appears and works on-screen, and the vast majority of popular apps (about everything except YouTube and, I assume, YouTube TV) adopts the Apple standard. Those apps also adopt Apple's preferred slide-down-from-the-top panel for additional info and settings.
So when you go from one app to another on Apple TV, there's a LOT more consistency in the user experience than when you go from one to another on Roku. Not even close, IMO. It may sound like a little thing but it's one of those details that makes the Apple TV so much nicer to use.
I'd suggest trying Netflix exclusively for a month or two. Takes a bit of time to understand NF. I know just opening the app can be overwhelming to folks that are just getting started. There's so much good content on NF that...well, I spend most of my time on that site. Took me years to figure out how much better streaming is than cable or sat and I didn't expect that to happen. One day it dawned on me that I was streaming so much that D* had become unused for the most part. Wasn't for sports I'd drop D* today without any qualms. Try Netflix with an open mind. I think you'll see what I mean. In the context of streaming Netflix is truly the "gateway" drug. I think.
The ATVs are a pleasure to use, no doubt about that.
If Xfinity provided the same sports programming as Directv does it would be a no brainer to go quad play or triple play as it would save a bundle with 1gbit internet, phone, and a Flex box. Although 1 HD channel for MLB EI and NBA League Pass is unacceptable and also a deal breaker.
The Flex is basically the X1 box over internet with a voice remote and it's faster than my smart tvs or rokus. For some strange reason they also turn on moca when you add a Flex box.
The customer service with Xfinity has improved to the point where it's not a hassle to call them anymore, the same can't be said for Directv(minus just skipping straight to Retention), AT&T, Centurylink, or Verizon during the day(late at night more experienced reps seem to work).
Outages are more frequent than Century Link DSL and past experience with the X! DVR with mini boxes didn't lend itself to much confidence in its TV product. Outages that can't be fixed with a reset or cleaning of the dish during freak snow storms have been zero with Directv over 15 years the same can't be said for the 7 months with Xfinity internet/phone or the years I had with an X1 system at a 2nd residence.
If you have CenturyLink DSL and don't mind it, hold on a few more months. I bet you a dollar that before long, CenturyLink will be bundling the forthcoming AT&T TV streaming cable TV service instead of DirecTV satellite. We'll have to see what the channel packages and pricing looks like on AT&T TV but the CEO has already publicly referred to it as their "satellite replacement product," so it won't be skimpy in terms of offering a big range of channels for those who wish to pay for them. The thin-client set-top box that will come with AT&T TV (powered by Google's Android TV) looks pretty nice too.
We left Centurylink couldn't stand 20down/2 up garbage internet anymore, with their customer service closed on the weekends too because, why not. If Prism Fiber to home ever had a chance to come down from CO, which I don't think it does, then I'd go back. Just going to stick with the same grandfathered Premier package at about choice extra price, that we've had for 15 years.
Also the landline phone, went from about $45 with taxes to $10 with taxes through Xfinity, so can't really complain about that either.
Yep, can't blame you for dumping that. I don't think CenturyLink is all that interested in their residential business. They're just not investing enough in the network in enough places to be competitive with cable.
Congratulations Nick! I have enjoyed reading your posts over the years.
I am coming up on two years with Comcast TV and don’t have anything bad to say about them. Dish was great years ago but got too pricy. DirecTV was great but AT&T ended that quickly. I have gotten older and want reliability. Comcast has provided that for me with both TV and internet. I went the TiVo route and couldn’t be happier. I also own my modem and router so I try and minimize what fees I pay them. I don’t have to worry about lnb’s SWiM switches, rain fade and all the additional hardware associated with satellite. I also have a ROKU, Apple TV and a antenna so if I decide to dump Comcast TV, I am in a good position to do so.
Crazy that it seems all telcos have given up on residential service ,
I wish the telcos would expand FTTH again that way they would own the broadband market share and not the cable cos
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Other than the remote (which I’m not crazy on) it’s one product Apple really got right. Maybe it’s because I have an older model Roku in my other room, but there is no comparison between the two.
I have one of the Harmony remotes that uses their Hub - works great with the ATV. I don't like the ATV remote either.
That will never happen. FTTH is too expensive to deploy in existing construction. There will NEVER be another hardwired deployment on the scale of phone lines / cable, etc of any kind. Just too costly to tear up streets, yards, driveways, walls, wire up homes, etc. It will be some wireless technology like 5G or Starlink.
Unless I missed it earlier in this thread, Xfinity has NHL, MLB and NBA ALL in HD but in a beta mode where you can't record, but you can pause, rewind and fast forward.
I switched almost 4 months ago and have been wanting to do a review of my own. Had Directv for 24 years and thought I'd never get over switching. Took 3 weeks to acclimate. Love the way they neighborhood their channel, the X1 has a ton of cool features my Genie didn't, there are tradeoffs though and and if my picture quality was an A with Directv it's an A- with Comcast. Excellent. And I haven't had to run for cover from my wife from the many major storms we've had when the picture would go out at the best time with a show or sporting event. Yes my dish was aligned correctly. Lot to be said for the reliability.
And I saved a ton of money.
Then there was the switch to Xfinity mobile where I saved a bundle too.
The remote could be better, I think you could say that about any remote, tho. I had the newest Rokus when they came out in the 4K versions and I had the chance to compare them to my ATVs and FTVs. For PQ, the Rokus were behind the FTVs and the FTVs don't put out as good a picture as the ATVs do. That was enough for me. I tried those Rokus with using them in mind. I had always had a good experience with the Rokus before 4K hit and I was disappointed in the new Rokus. The first one I got was that monster with the large fan in it. That was an awful box. Then they came out the next year (or season) with a model without a fan and I tried that. That was when the comparisons started. First the most expensive, then the next two in line, then I gave up.
Huh. Just another YMMV moment. I've had the Harmony remotes, still have one, nobody uses it. I like dedicated remotes. I've gotten used to the ATV remote, it's a bit more complicated than it looks at first glance and it takes a bit of time to get used to it. You could say the same thing about the Apple TV box, that took a bit of time to get used to. All this new stuff takes time to get used to.
Love the ATV...hate the remote.