Peacock - NBCU's streaming service outlined

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  1. phrelin

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    Ok, so now that a few hours have gone by since the Olympics was officially postponed to 2021, I expected to see some indication from Comcast/NBCU that Peacock would be up and running soon.

    At a minimum I thought maybe they'd change the April 15 premier date for Xfinity Flex (and cable TV) customers only to a broader audience. No such announcement yet.

    So I thought maybe I should order that free Flex box, which is simply another streaming box like Roku or Amazon Fire Cube or.... Can't seem to order one right at this moment.

    Well, it is a big unwieldy corporation that takes no risks without dozens of meetings. But maybe we'll see an announcement before April 15.
     
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    If this helps you: I've been using Cubes for the last few weeks and they work damn near as well as an Apple TV box. And they cost less.

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  3. lparsons21

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    Well as long as you don’t worry about how slow they are and how the video isn’t quite as good as the AppleTV’s. And of course, their UI is among the worst out there.
     
  4. phrelin

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    I wasn't really looking for something for my TV's other than the 2nd gen Amazon Fire TV Cube and the old Roku 3 we use now. I was trying to see if I could get an Xfinity Flex box sent to me so we would be eligible for the Peacock service limited roll-out on April 15 should Comcast not try to serve a broader customer base before July.

    One of my TV's is a 2003 Panasonic Plasma 720p, the other is a Samsung 1080p. So I don't need better video from my streaming boxes. Both the Fire TV Cube and the old Roku 3 seem to have adequate speed. And regarding UI, I've seen the Apple TV when visiting my youngest son. I don't see any big difference once I learned the Cube and the Roku UI's, though they do change them now and then. The big problem I have is with the various Apps UI's. And the box differences don't seem to offer real solutions to that problem IMHO.
     
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    They are a bit slower but I haven't been bothered by the PQ at all. I like the UI in the Amazon environment a lot better than using the AP app on the ATVs. I tend to use a Cube when using the Amazon site. Of course, YMMV.

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    I get a slight jerkiness with my Cube. Just enough to be irritating as hell. I could deal with the UI and the general sluggishness, but that jerky video just bugs me.

    With the AppleTV the PQ and SQ is better overall and it is definitely speedy.

    The XboxOne would be ideal if the Dolby Experience app worked differently with stereo audio. The DE fakes Atmos for 5.1+ sources but doesn’t do diddly with stereo sources.
     
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    Right, if all the apps would emulate Netflix...well, that would solve the problem with the various UIs. But that's never gonna happen and you will get used to the UIs on the apps. They are the problem.

    BTW. I have one second generation Cube and five first gen Cubes. I have yet to see any difference between the first gen and the second. Must be some difference, I just haven't found it.

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    I haven't seen any jerkiness (juddering, perhaps?) on any of my Cubes. For the most part, I don't see much difference between the Cube and an ATV. This is new to me, Amazon must have done something to update the Cubes. There was a time I wouldn't use any Fire TV device just because of the PQ.

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    It isn’t juddering, it is when you see someone walking for instance, and the steps speed up for just a very short period of time. Almost not noticeable, but for me I do notice and it irritates.

    Tried doing a menu restart and then I did a power pull restart. No help, still there, still sluggish. I’ve been seeking a one box for all solution for a mix of streaming and OTA. Was going to get a Recast for OTA and use it with the Cube. But that’s off the table because of the way my Cube performs.
     
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    Haven't seen anything like that. The Cubes could use an Ethernet port, I'd much rather have a hardwired box. Did you reboot your Cube in this manner: Press and hold the Select and the Play/Pause buttons at the same time for five seconds. Might help, might not. I've never had to reboot a Cube. Can't say that about my ATVs. Seems like I'm always rebooting them.

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    My 1st gen Cube came with an Ethernet adapter. Looks like the new ones still do too.
     
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    Forgot about that. As usual. I must have them lying around somewhere. I'm gonna find one and see if it makes a difference. Thanks.

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    Must have thrown them all out for some ungodly reason. Off to Amazon.

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    Bought three adapters. I'll come back after I get them, see if it makes a difference. I've been using CBSAA for a few weeks and the slowness on that app is troubling. Good app aside from that, lots of good shows. And a good picture.

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    That app is just bit slow on everything I’ve tried it on.
     
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    Kinda figured that since I don't see the buffering on any other apps. I'd rather have the Cubes hardwired, glad I was reminded about the adapters.

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    I don’t get buffering with it, not on any device. Just a bit sluggish operation.
     
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    Well, according to Peacock Loses Olympics But Its Vast Library Provides Timely Launchpad Comcast/NBCU intends to follow its schedule of a limited launch "for certain Comcast subscribers on April 15, offering a limited version of the service that just has library programming" and then will become available July 15 for everyone with its planned full offering.

    IMHO reruns have a limited attraction. But what do I know?
     
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    NBC has the Indy 500 this year ... which will be in August instead of Memorial Day (thanks COVID!).
     
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    Upper 80s and humid. Great time to not be in Indianapolis. I hope the drivers prepare for the heat.


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