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  1. wmb

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    The Apple TV app aggregates games from different apps into one place, for apps that provide support for it. I went into it on my iPhone and it linked right to English League Caraboa Cup matches from ESPN+ that are currently live. One was West Ham, another was Everton.

    I see this as a system feature.


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  2. B. Shoe

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    I don't disagree. It still has its imperfections. (ex., I want my NFL Sunday Ticket games to integrate in that screen. And even my local RSN games will default to open in MLB.tv, instead of YTTV or FSGo.)
     
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    I just avoid them because I still have Directv. If I need to cut bills in the future I’ll probably just get the lowest package on xfinity with my rsn. If I go the streaming route I’ll probably go Hulu or YouTube so the rsn would be integrated with locals/ESPN/tbs/nbcsn etc.

    I always have issues with having to re login to apps for cable channels. I hate the process of having to type in the website on my phone, put the code in, type my directv email and password, and then hoping it actually processes it. I’ve had it fail more often than it hasn’t.
     
  4. Rich

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    I like to watch several football games on Sundays. I record all the games I have interest in (most games) and watch them a quarter at a time. I watch the first quarter of the first game and then switch to the second game, watch that quarter and then switch to the third game in the line and so forth. I bet on football games and have to watch a lot of games. All that switching from game to game is relatively easy when I use my D* DVRs.

    MLB games are a bit easier to handle, I watch Mets and Yankee games and switch back and forth during the games. I'll also keep an eye on any other games that are on. I bet on those games too. I need to see a lot of games, helps my betting.

    The D* remotes work really well for me and the way I watch sports, I haven't been able to find any other remotes that work as well. I've tried ATVs (of course) and their remotes and it's just cumbersome. I've tried a couple cable replacement services and they just don't work as well for what I do. For the way I watch sports. The one service that might work nearly as well is the ATT app. I don't think I could do what I do with that either.

    In short, I'm used to the way D* works with sports, using anything else seems like a step down. This isn't about loyalty, I'd drop D* in a heartbeat if I found something better. And, I've tried. Tried and been disappointed each time.

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    Correct, as always.

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    I think David was speaking more about the experience rather than the content. It's just easier to do what we do on D* DVRs.

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    Having tried that on other platforms, I don't think it's a nuisance, I think it's a PITA. Streaming was not built with what we do with sports in mind, in it's present form I can't see it as a viable alternative to D* and their DVRs. Sundays are chaotic enough using D* DVRs. If I had to use an ATV...that would border on insanity. To do what I do. But to sit down and just watch one game at a time? I could do that on a streaming platform. What would I miss? The 30 Second Skip, for one thing. To me, that is vital.

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    Quick comment on your one issue with the ATV remote. I agree - it sucks. I have a Harmony remote in our main TV room, and it handles the ATV as well as our DTV remotes did. If that's your only complaint about the ATV you might want to consider replacing it's remote.

    Here's the Harmony I'm using (I have 5 devices in that room as well as smart lighting and it switches between them seamlessly):

    https://smile.amazon.com/Logitech-Harmony-Companion-Control-Entertainment/dp/B00N3RFC4G/
     
  9. Rich

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    Yup, just another YMMV moment. I've been trying to dump D* for a couple years now and all I've done is prove to myself how much I like and need physical DVRs. I don't like live TV. I have found ways to avoid spoilers. For instance, I have taught my self to ignore the crawler with all the scores on the bottom of the screen during football games. I used to tape a strip of cardboard on the bottom of the screen to block out the scores but that's kinda cumbersome. I do slip up occasionally and read the ticker.

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    Gonna take time for that wish to come true. I think it will happen but it's gonna take time.

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    In July of 2019, the YTTV update included this:

    "This YouTube TV update delivers progressive fast-forward, which means holding down the button for longer will skip portions of the program faster. Specifically, it will skip 15 seconds, 30 seconds, and 1 minute the longer you hold down the button. It makes skipping commercials or longer portions of the program considerably easier than before."
     
  12. CTJon

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    From what I read here and other forums the problem with DTV or cable stuff is price and not content. If price was lower I wonder if anyone would "cut cable"
     
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    I do have a Harmony, a 650. I don't like universal remotes, I prefer dedicated remotes. I have tried the more expensive Harmony remotes, sent them back. Getting my wife to buy into using a Harmony...priceless. Ain't happening.

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    I did try YTTV and was disappointed by the PQ. How do you "stack" remote clicks on YTTV?

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    My wife 'bought in' when it eliminated the clutter. Plus, she only had to learn the one remote. I've always liked universal remotes, and IMHO the right Harmony's are the best (they have a few I would not go near). Bottom line, for the ATV, the one I have in that room works great.
     
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    If streaming and D* were reasonably close to each other in performance and picture quality that would be a good question. The reason I only use D* for sports has a lot to do with performance of the DVRs and PQ. I can do more with a physical DVR than a cloud DVR in the context of sports. For watching movies and series I prefer a streaming platform. I'm caught between two worlds.

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    Wanna trade wives? My wife wanted nothing to do with a Harmony. The only reason I have the 650 is it's used as a backup for the Polk soundbar remote.

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    Using the Harmony (lol), I simply hold the button down. It becomes second nature after a while. 'Clicks' are not 'stacked'.

    Having said that, I ff in a different way, and find it easier to do. I hit 'pause' first. Then I press the forward button which then shows thumbnails. The longer I hold down the forward button the quicker the thumbnails scroll past. When the thumbnail shows the beginning scene after the commercial break, I do one click back and start the show. There's no more the 5 seconds of commercial time left when I do that. The process is very quick - much quicker than it took me to type this.

    And, there is no way I'd try that with the ATV remote.
     
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    Lots of good discussion all around, guys.

    This is a fair question. I'm split on saying yes and saying no. During my time with D*, I was never unhappy with the service. But the cost, at times, became burdensome (but not overwhelming) on the budget. I also did not have fiber internet service available at where I previously lived. That played a big factor into making the jump to streaming. I tried playing CSR roulette on my bill after I moved and didn't win. I figured it was a sign to try something new.

    I'm near 14 months into an all-streaming environment. It had its hiccups and learning curve, but now I enjoy it, don't really miss D*, and I'm saving a few bucks in the process. Others still really enjoy what D* offers and prefer that. I don't think anyone is right/wrong on the issue. Just different needs and wants for consumers. Having choice is the best win of all, for all of us.
     
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