Question for those who switched to streaming...

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  1. Jan 6, 2019 #181 of 223
    rccoleman

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    The big counterpoint to this for me is the lack of fast-forward or commercial-skip capabilities with VOD, and the varied amount and type of commercial interruptions with different channels. Several times I've lost my place in a VOD program or had to rewind for one reason or another, and wasn't able to catch up without re-watching the whole thing. I just gave up and found another way to watch the program. This is why a fully-functional DVR (cloud or local) is critical for me, independent of sports.
     
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    Rich

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    Found this article this morning: What Cord Cutters Actually Want Is Cable in Disguise -- The Motley Fool
    I understand folks thinking they have to replicate the viewing experience they're used to. My mileage varies greatly on this.

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    For cord cutters who are doing it simply to save money, that's probably true. They aren't looking to change how they watch TV, only to change how much they pay to watch TV.
     
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    1995hoo

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    I think a lot of people don't know that there are other options. We have a discussion going on a neighborhood forum and one of the common questions is "what channels do you get with Roku?" People don't really understand the concept, and I think that's somewhat understandable.

    It's probably an oversimplification to analogize a Roku or other similar device to a provider-neutral cable box, but it seems to help people get the idea (coupled with a comment that the device is simply how you get programming from the Internet to your TV).
     
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    Rich

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    It took me a couple years to realize what I could do with streaming options. Once it sunk in I stopped using D* for anything but sports. It takes time and a willingness to make the change. And it's something you have to experience.
    Telling folks how to stream and what the benefits are is difficult and probably futile. Paradigms are difficult to break.

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  6. Jan 6, 2019 #186 of 223
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    That is why I usually refer to Netflix as a 'channel' when discussing this with someone who hasn't used one.
     
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    1995hoo

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    I don't find it at all odd that people think in terms of what channels they'd get rather than what programming they want. Long-time habits are hard to break, and we've thought in terms of channels for a long time (40+ years in my case since I'm in my mid-40s). In a way I guess it's sort of like how some people, usually older people, still think in terms of channel numbers rather than network names, as though the numbers were the same across all providers.

    I suppose for some things it makes sense to think in terms of channels—my wife likes to watch Hallmark Channel movies, for example, so it's easier just to get that channel rather than to look at a listing to see what they're airing and then find those movies.

    Our Vue trial has gone quite well and we will probably subscribe to it, but I'm going to cancel tonight after the hockey game ends so that we don't get billed tomorrow. As noted earlier, I have to deal a few other things before we make the switch, including the non-trivial task of setting up the downstairs TV and making sure the wireless streaming performance is acceptable given the greater distance from the router.
     
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    trh

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    Of course I still 'dial' my phone.
     
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    And I know people who still ‘tape’ things.
     
  10. Beerstalker

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    I hate this too. Every now and then I will run across an issue with one of my recordings, and have to catch up using on demand or apps and it is horrible.

    For example on a recent episode of a show I watch, the last 5 minutes of the show were missing from our DVR recording because of a bad storm that came thru. I was able to find the episode streaming on one of the apps on my AppleTV 4K so I used it to watch the part I missed. This required me to fast forward thru the entire show to get to where the recording cut out, except the app drops you out of fast forward multiple times to make you watch forced adds. It took me something like 10-15 minutes to fast forward thru 37 minutes of the show so I could see the last 5 minutes I missed. It was very annoying. If I had to deal with that every time I was watching a show and got interrupted and the app somehow lost my place in the show, or every time I fell asleep in the middle of the show and had to start it over again and fast forward to where I was at, I would probably just stop watching that show altogether.
     
  11. Rich

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    Which app was that? I use a lot of apps on my ATVs and that sounds like one I'd like to avoid.

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  12. Beerstalker

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    I don't remember off the top of my head, but I'm assuming it was one of the ABC/CBS/CW/FOX/NBC apps.

    Thankfully my DirecTV recordings don't screw up all that often so I don't have to rely on those apps much.

    I mostly just use Netflix and Amazon, and the only issue I have with them is I don't like that the auto play the next episode. Last night I fell asleep in the middle of an episode of Luke Cage, and woke up later with it still playing. Now I've got to go back and try to figure out which episode I was really watching, and then fast forward to try to find where I fell asleep during that episode. I also need to restart all the episodes it played while I was sleeping so it no longer shows them as being watched.

    When you start fast forwarding it would bring up the progress bar and you would see the little white tick mark in the bar that represented a commercial break. When you reached that point it would kick you out of fast forward and play the ads, then it would start playing the show again and I would have to fast forward to the next tick mark where it would kick me out again, and so on.
     
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    I rarely use those apps. I did watch the new Star Trek series on the CBS All Access app and I don't remember being bothered by commercials. Just turned it on and I don't see commercials. I haven't tried the other apps you listed. I avoid commercials. I think one of the biggest benefits of streaming is...no commercials for the most part.

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  14. Beerstalker

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    Most of the streaming apps have commercials, with the exceptions of the ones you pay for like CBS All Access, Hulu (if you pay extra), Netflix, Amazon, and the Pay TV channels that have never had them like HBO/Showtime/Starz.

    All of the regular OTA and cable channel apps (AMC, TBS, USA, etc) tend to have them. Some work like I talked about before, others will let you fast forward thru the commercial breaks until you find where you need to be in the show, but when you hit play they will show some commercials before it actually starts playing the show. Ones like that I can deal with, but the ones that stop at each commercial break are horrible.
     
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    Ahh, all the apps we use we pay for. I don't view TV the way most people do. I'm always a season or two behind so I have never had the need to use one of the apps that have commercials. Been that way for many years.

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    My cable went out all day yesterday, so I missed recording Big Bang Theory, Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Good Place and Orville. I streamed them off the CBS, NBC and Fox sites, and the first two had full sized commercial breaks where they are during the show. I could barely stand it! Fox was nicer, I don't know if I could have handled all the commercials for an hour long show all at once!
     
  17. rccoleman

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    Some of the streaming apps have more limited breaks that just advertise for their own shows and I don't mind those as much. The shows with full-size regular commercial breaks that go on for many minutes just make me tune out. And then there are the daily news/talk shows that increase the number of breaks as the show goes on until they get to <long break><teaser for next short segment><another long break>. It's almost as though they want you to only watch half of the show. The only times that I tolerate commercials are a) live news and b) the Superbowl.
     
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    The other things I have noticed with the network streaming services, they seem to only have a hand full of commercials, and many times when you watch an episode, you will see the same commercial 3 or 4 times. And if you watch more than one episodes, you get the same 3 or 4 commercials. That was a problem with Hulu, it is well worth paying the little extra not to see the same ad over and over. I know I tried the CBS All Access app for a week a couple of times, and every break had the same Mr. Peanut ad.
     
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    Well worth the money. Streaming really spoils you when it comes to commercials. Not having to have the remote in your hands constantly is a pleasure.

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  20. NashGuy

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    I don't like the auto play feature either. You can turn it off for Netflix in a web browser:
    How can I prevent Netflix from auto-playing episodes?

    You can turn it off for Amazon Prime Video in a browser or their app:
    Prime Video: Help
     

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