Question for those who switched to streaming...

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  1. trh

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    Note that on Netflix, that changes the playback settings for a profile. If you and your spouse both have profiles and want to turn off the auto playback, you have to change each profile.
     
  2. shabadoo25

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    I am working on switching to streaming and this will be our setup:

    Apple TV latest generation in main family room, ethernet wired to router
    OTA TiVo in main family room ethernet wired to router; bought the unit with lifetime service on a sale a few years back
    Roku sticks in other rooms. Will eventually find a deal on a Roku Ultra for a bedroom to ethernet wire through the power outlet adapter to the router
    TiVo mini(s) ethernet wired through the power outlets in a bedroom or two
    YouTube TV
    Philo
    Showtime (free due to AT&T unlimited cell service)
    Hulu with limited commercials
    Amazon Prime Video
    Netflix

    I might choose another streaming cable option, but they will have to make their DVRs more robust first. A 28-day or less recording expiration window won't cut it for us.
     
  3. mjwagner

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    And unfortunately their is still no way to turn off NetFlix s most annoying feature of all, the auto play of previews when you are just browsing. It is literally the most despised feature as indicated by every poll and forum and yet NetFlix still refuses to provide the ability to disable it!
     
  4. James Long

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    Perhaps for $5 more they can introduce a "no previews" mode?
     
  5. scottchez

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    I am the other way around. Switched to streaming looking to come back to Directv via SAT.
    Even with my rock solid 120 Meg Service with Fiber to the none and zero CRC
    I get a lot of white screens, pauses, lots streams with Playstation Vue, Hulu, and Directv, now.
    I have tried them all, using the latest Fire TV 4Ks.
    It is not so bad with normal shows, but with Sports the streams often get 1-4 mins behind and with others text you score updates your behind.
    Also the Cloud DVR for Vue and Hulu they often replace your recording with On Demand content that you cant skip commercials on.

    Guess what I am saying is you get what you pay for. . . .
    Right I am saving some much, putting in the back that soon, I could afford to get all Movie channels once I switch to Directv. I think I saved $600 so far but with lots of pain and waiting for pauses and forced to watch commercials.

    ===THE FUTURE===
    I am very interested in the new Directv Hybrid solution where you can save $10 a month on your Sat bill if your bring your own locals. With Dish you save $12 but they are missing most of the OTA guide data.
    Search for the LCC thread there, very interesting idea. Once they get this and finish adding all the OTA local guide data, I think I will be ready to switch.

    In other words bring your own Local OTA channels (I get 37) , save a little, and have a really good DVR and no drops or buffering and pay more.
     
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  6. trh

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    It has never bothered me.

    Amazon Prime Video on Fire TV has Auto Preview that you can't disable. Longer time to start than Netflix though.
     
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    Speaking of the future and the Direct Hybrid solution did I just see Directv add a new channel called Chedder News?

    and it does not come from the SAT, instead the channel calls a mini app on the genie then then streams the channel over the web live?

    I ask as there are tons of free web channels out there with commercials, just look at Pluto TV App, if Directv can add some maybe we would get the Weather Nation channel back, it streams for free on the web now along with COMET and other Sinclair owned Digi channels (they also have a free app full of free streaming channels not on the SAT, most of their Digi Nets)
     
  8. mjwagner

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    To each his own for sure. Thankfully on FireTV as long as you turn off “Allow Video Autoplay” and “Allow Audio Autoplay” off in Settings/Preferences it only happens on a few rows and a few shows...which I avoid like the plague...LOL!
     
  9. mjwagner

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    I hate it...not enough to pay $60 a year to avoid it though...LOL You used to be able to turn that feature off. They just need to enable that ability again. My guess is that they have some pretty solid market research that says they make more money with that feature permanently on. That would be the only reason why they would put up with what I am sure is constant customer complaints to keep it enabled.
     
  10. Rich

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    Minor annoyance, forgivable considering what we get from NF, I think.

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    I've watched some good programs I wouldn't have if not for the autoplay. Yeah, it can be annoying but if that's all we have to say bad about NF...well, that's pretty good. Think of how much complain about a much more expensive service that doesn't have anywhere near the content of NF...D*.

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  12. James Long

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    More expensive because they are delivering content you will not see on Netflix.
     
  13. Rich

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    What would that content be besides sports and PBS programs?

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    We have a winner! (Although I doubt you want to claim Netflix has EVERYTHING except sports and PBS. Perhaps everything you care about except sports and PBS?)
     
  15. rccoleman

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    The Netflix trailer auto-play annoys me so much that I try to move onto the next option before it starts. It's sort of a race to see if I can read the synopsis and make a decision before it starts blaring some intro music.
     
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  16. James Long

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    I don't have Netflix but I am in the habit of hitting mute at the end of shows I watch on my DVR so I don't have to hear whatever programming the DVR takes me back to between playing back events.
     
  17. Rich

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    Yup, I'm as egocentric as most people.

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    The thing I like the most is it tells me if the program is in English. That's a big deal for me. I don't like sitting down to what I think is gonna be a great movie only to find out it's in a language that I can't deal with. I watch programs in Spanish and use CC but that doesn't work well with other languages.

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  19. rccoleman

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    A lot of foreign Netflix series are dubbed into other languages now. I watched a few with subtitles last year, and was surprised to see that new ones have lots of different spoken languages to choose from. Whether you can stomach the mismatched visuals is up to you, but using the trailer as an indicator of language hasn't been a good predictor for me lately.
     
  20. Rich

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    Oh yeah, I don't know how many dubbed movies I've given up on. I just can't watch them. I don't think I've ever seen any indication of dubbing on the NF shows...until the dubbing begins. The descriptions always make the shows sound good or I wouldn't keep getting sucked in.

    I didn't mean I used the trailers for particular languages other than Spanish (shows like Narcos where there's a lot of Spanish spoken) and English. Seems like if the show is in English the people in the trailer speak. Don't remember seeing that in dubbed trailers.

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