Question for those who switched to streaming...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Citivas, Oct 14, 2018.

  1. NashGuy

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    You're remembering the last-generation TiVo Roamio OTA. It was regularly $400 with lifetime service but, as you say, occasionally on sale for $350 or even $300. But that product has now been discontinued and replaced with the Bolt OTA. It's regularly $250 and service is purchased separately. Lifetime service costs another $250, for a total of $500. Or you can buy it annually for $70 or monthly for $7. It'll probably be on sale, especially around Black Friday, but I seriously doubt we'll see the new Bolt OTA plus lifetime service go for anywhere close to $300 any time soon. Maybe $400 though.
     
  2. NashGuy

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    If you're going to buy one of those for $229, you should just get the bundle deal for $250, which also includes their new Fire TV Stick 4K and an OTA antenna:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H3MKT3G/ref=fk_dp_hqp

    The new stick is a pretty nice upgrade over all earlier model Fire TV devices.
     
  3. slice1900

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    They had a special recently for $300, but maybe it was the Roamio OTA instead of Bolt OTA. Doesn't much matter since for OTA only they are basically the same other than the Bolt being faster, and either would be superior to Amazon's product.
     
  4. reubenray

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    I need to make a list of the channels we watch to check out streaming options. I would also have to get a DVR to record the OTA programming. What options would I have for recording streaming shows? We record everything and watch it later with our current Directv system. I would then have to get a decent wifi system that would give me enough speed and not break the bank. This cost plus the streaming cost would have to be considerable less than what I am paying now to Directv to cancel. Some people have internet services at decent prices, but my only option is wifi.
     
  5. NashGuy

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    Most of these streaming channel services include at least some of your local channels, so you may not even need to bother with an OTA antenna and DVR. These services also typically include a "cloud DVR" which allows you to record shows on their server and then stream your recordings to your TV later. So again, you don't need an actual DVR in your home for use with these services.

    But there are trade-offs in using any of those services rather than traditional cable or satellite TV like you have now. The main trade-offs include:
    • fewer channels
    • DVR that isn't as good (because you don't have as much storage space in the cloud DVR and/or because recordings automatically delete after a certain amount of time and/or because you may not be able to FF through ads in recordings from certain channels)
    • less reliable service

    The details vary from one streaming service to another. Whether or not the savings you would receive would be worth those trade-offs is, of course, up to you. YouTube TV, from Google, has a reputation of being the most reliable. DirecTV Now probably has the reputation of being the least reliable, although they've gotten a lot better this year.

    This website can show you which services offer the specific channels you want, including locals available in your zip code:
    www.suppose.tv
     
  6. Rich

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    Thanks for that suppose.tv link. Really useful site I’ll have to look at in more detail at home. Too hard to read on my iPhone screen and don’t want to spend much time on the office PC looking at that sort of thing.
     
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  8. slice1900

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    I don't get why Sony is doubling down but leaving it with the same stupid name that turns off many of their potential customers who either assume it requires a Playstation or assume it is a "toy" product.
     
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    The start of just about every conversation I have ever had about PSVue...me:have you tried PlaystationVue?...other person: oh I don’t use PlayStations...me: palm slapping forehead-
     
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    Shows that Sony named the service poorly. How about "Sony Streaming"?
     
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    Rich

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    Sony seems to be aware of the mistakes they've made. Naming the service as they did was a whopper.

    Rich
     
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    Rich

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    Dumb mistake. Not the first dumb mistake we've seen from Sony...remember the Betamax? Why they can't just say, "We made a mistake, here's a name that makes sense and is not confusing."

    Rich
     
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    That would work.

    Rich
     
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    slice1900

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    They'd want to keep some continuity with the old name, and calling it "Sony Streaming" is like Ford introducing a new model called the "Ford Automobile".

    What's wrong with Sony Vue?
     
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    Rich

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    That would work well too. Who cares what they rename it? Could not be worse than what it is. "Playstation Vue", could not be more confusing. Vue isn't even an English word. And that name sure makes it sound like you need a Playstation to use the app, doesn't it?

    Rich
     
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    Rich

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    The title of this thread leads me to ask another question: How do you stream? Do you see the need for a Cable Replacement Service? Do you just use Streaming Video Services such as NetFlix and Hulu? Do you binge on series or watch them in the manner you watch series on D*? Do you even bother with BDs anymore?

    Would be interesting to know.

    Rich
     
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    1995hoo

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    I certainly thought that when I started investigating options! Had folks like you not cleared it up, I’d likely have ignored Vue.
     
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    Rich

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    Did you get a Nvidia Shield streaming box to go with PS Vue? I had one when I tried PSV and I've never used a faster remote or streaming box.

    Rich
     
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    1995hoo

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    I haven’t done anything yet. Watching DirecTV via the dish as I type. Haven’t finished my due diligence.
     
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    b4pjoe

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    Tried a trial of youtube.tv. It worked okay. Quality was acceptable. DVR was OK giving you unlimited space and recordings good for 9 months. It had all 4 of my local network channels. What wasn't OK was the channels I watch like DIY and HGTV and several others wasn't on it. And no FF through commercials was the biggest deal breaker. To get all the channels that I have on DTV I would have had to subscribe to at least 3 services. And I would still have the not being able to FF through commercials problem. So I won't be switching to streaming anytime soon.
     

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