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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Citivas, Oct 14, 2018.
I switched to streaming almost two years ago. I do both of those things easily, all the time.
I signed up for a trial of Vue today and am watching the local news now. Using a Fire TV Cube. I’m not sure five days will be enough to understand it fully and to adjust. I already messed up once when I asked Alexa to tune to Channel 4 instead of to NBC. That’s minor. The DVR looks like it works in a totally different way than we’re used to and that might be a struggle. But the big issue so far is, no surprise, my wife grousing. When I explained the price difference, she understood why I think we should explore it. But she won’t pay attention to how to operate it and she won’t watch the tutorial the app provides. I guess I’ll have to type up an instruction sheet, which seems like a big job for a five-day trial.
I’m a bit concerned that it froze, probably buffering, twice so far during the 6:00 news. Our Internet connection is plenty fast (see below), so I’m not sure what the issue was. Both times I caught up during the next commercial, so no big deal tonight, but my wife will go ballistic if it’s a regular issue. I guess that’s why you do the free trial!
I have tried all the streaming services. Vue is the best. There is also a study that says they have the less buffering (google search for it and stuff on CordCutters keyword).
Any way, even with my solid 120 MPS internet it still has White Screens and lock up.
Local channels are the worse.
You get what you pay for, after all it is half price compared to cable.
I am thinking of going back to Directv, I would a new customer now.
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Thanks. Good info to have—and I guess with the satellite dish we get rain fade and snow disruptions, so it’s just a case of what interferes, right?
I'm off work this week and I've been re-reading this thread this morning and I just want to say thanks again because there is a lot of really useful information here. I think the hardest thing about understanding the various streaming options—regardless of whether you're talking about cable replacement services, streaming video, whatever—is wrapping your mind around how it's a different paradigm. I suppose to some degree it's not unlike how when DVRs first appeared it was difficult to get non-users to understand what they did and how they fundamentally changed how you watched TV. The "almost everything except sports will be available on demand so you don't have to bother recording it" is perhaps the biggest mental adjustment, and it also makes it seem like the cloud DVR functionality the various services offer is likely to be far less important than it initially appears to be (this is coming from someone who constantly records stuff using the DirecTV DVR).
That's good to know from my point of view because I'm finding the Vue DVR to be confusing and hard to understand. For example, I told it I like to watch hockey. But I can't figure out how to tell it that I would want only Capitals games saved to the DVR, not every hockey game that airs. Same thing as to college basketball—I attended UVA and Duke, so those are the two teams I watch, and I don't care about anyone else. It instead wants to save all college basketball. Surely there has to be some way to narrow that down. Frankly, I don't usually record sports anyway except for F1 racing. I record F1 because so many of the races are on in the middle of the night due to time differences around the world. But stuff like hockey and basketball is something I usually don't watch if I already know the score; instead, I just watch the highlights. So I suppose I should just tell it not to record sports at all, but on the other hand, I would like to know how to tell Vue to record a single game if I were to want to do so (for example, last October when the Caps raised the Stanley Cup banner, you're darn right I recorded that....and now that I bring it up, I should burn it to DVD while we still have DirecTV active!).
I guess my comments are underscoring a common point I've seen throughout this thread about how sports are the main sticking point one might encounter in going through this transition.
It surely is a different paradigm. One that takes time to get used to. It took me years to see the light. Yes, there is little reason for cloud DVRs if you're not interested in sports. In fact, there's little reason for a cable replacement service other than for sports. Sports is the big hangup. I can't get past that.
Yeah, we watch hockey constantly. Missed four Caps games over the past two weeks while we were out of town, but otherwise I think we've missed maybe one game this whole season (not counting games we attend in person, of course). As noted earlier, I watch all the F1 racing as well. I thought about subscribing to F1's new streaming service for $100 a year, but since I still watch ESPN often enough for college sports and the NFL, I figure it makes more sense to maintain something through which we can watch ESPN.
The ultimate problem for us is still going to be watching baseball because of MASN's utter intransigence on making a stream available. The Fire TV Cube is not a solution because I understand it gets its location data from your linked mobile phone's GPS via the Alexa app, so a VPN or Unlocator wouldn't work. I suppose we'll have to invest in another Apple TV at some point. I know we could listen on the radio, but we prefer watching on TV. Maybe Peter Angelos will die soon and his heirs will prove more reasonable than he is.
I haven't found anything, any provider, any way to get sports that's better than what D* gives me. Sports is far too important to me to make a switch to streaming services totally. I've spent a lot of time in MD and I know they have great fans in the Baltimore area and you're right, the present regime has wrecked the O's.
Once the Super Bowl is over I'll get into a cord cutting mood. All my DVRs will be recording very few shows until the MLB season begins. Once that starts all my visions of cord cutting will be over for awhile.
The Cube is brand new, I didn't expect much out of them but I do use them. Give them time, Amazon will improve them.
I don't know where negotiations stand now but, as this article from November explains, it's possible that we'll see MLB offer in-market streaming of games on a standalone basis through their MLB At Bat app in 2019. There are lots of factors and parties involved (including various RSNs that are up for sale by Disney), so who knows how it will turn out this year. But if not in 2019, then I'm sure it's where baseball (and other major pro sports) will eventually wind up.
To make myself clear, up until now, one could only stream in-market games through MLB At Bat if one authenticated that app with his cable/satellite TV credentials if those baseball games were aired on a channel in his cable TV package (like one does with the HBO Go app if you have HBO as part of your cable package). But we may see that switch this year so that viewers can buy access to in-market games directly from the MLB inside their MLB At Bat app without the need for a cable TV package (like one does with the HBO Now app). That kind of direct standalone subscription to out-of-market games has been available through MLB At Bat for awhile now. But in-market games -- which is what most fans want, since they live near the teams they root for -- are a whole 'nother ball of wax.
That might be just what I need for getting baseball games. But I don't watch live TV, is MLB gonna have a DVR cloud function? Or leave the games in a cloud for enough time to stream/watch the games? Still have questions.
We live in Northern Virginia and we follow the Nats. Couldn’t care less about the Baltimore team except for one thing. The issue is that MASN airs both the Nats and Baltimore games and Angelos controls 2/3 of MASN because of a settlement MLB made in 2005 when they still owned the Expos/Nats franchise. Angelos, for unknown reasons, is dead-set against allowing MASN to be carried on any streaming service other than MLB.tv (and he wouldn’t allow that if he had a choice). Just one more of many reasons why most of us in both the DC and Baltimore areas don’t think too highly of him.
Fascinating reboot of this conversation guys.
It seems so basic, but sports and spouses are huge hangups and the latter in this case isn't necessarily wrong.
And as basic as streaming is, my wife says spend the extra $$, whatever, a month for Directv. "I want to turn the TV on and punch in 628 to watch the Bruins." And they're there instantly. Me, HNIC Saturday late night 769-1, push and it's there. No click on the Roku NHL app, then going through scores, home or away feed....we're not impatient millennials, I guess we're impatient 50 something year olds. If you're going to sit down and watch the Bruins and Caps from wire to wire basically, then I guess getting to the end point and watching on the NHL.TV app is fine. But if I want to jockey between The Bruins/Caps and the Kings/Preds, whether it be doubleplay or the last channel button, it's so much quicker doing it with a Directv remote.
We're a mixed family...Directv XTRA, Xfinity Basic ($10 only + $5 fees local channels/cable access/New England Cable News and secondary channels not available obviously on Directv) as it's cheaper to have that than not with their bundle.
If I put the whole ball of wax with Xfinity, I'd save $125 for 24 months vs. Directv. But I don't have the time to list the bunch of small things Directv does that Xfinity doesn't (DVR storage, amount of channels that AREN'T in HD blah blah).
So when the goal is to STREAMline, our family has satellite, cable and streams. Go figure.
And I should add I'm not a hopper, been with Directv since 1995.
To get my semantics straight, I should point out that their streaming subscription service is actually called MLB.TV, and it can be accessed through their MLB At Bat app (or a web browser).
To answer your Q, you don't need cloud DVR because I'm pretty sure that all games you have access to in your subscription for that season are available to stream on-demand about 90 minutes after the conclusion of each game. At the end of the season though, your subscription ends and so does your access to all those on-demand games. I think a subscription also includes on-demand access to some noteworthy games from years past too. As it's been done so far -- for out-of-market games only -- you can buy access to the entire league (except for your local team) or just to a single out-of-market team for less.
However, if you do stream a live game as it's happening, the app does give you DVR-like controls to pause, rewind, instant replay, etc. Also, their app for Apple TV (4 or 4K) includes a catch-up feature so that if you start watching a live game midway through, it can give you the highlights of what you missed before joining the live stream. And it's all HD at 60 fps.
If you have NHL CI, you have NHL.TV. That means you can watch on the road or watch the replays. No need to miss a game unless you were tied up with family comittments.
We do not have it because we live in our team's local broadcast area, so they black out the games. Wouldn't have mattered anyway—for some of the games we missed we were driving (some people might watch videos while going 70 mph at night on I-26, but I'm not one of them!), and for the other two we were out at restaurants with relatives. No big deal.
You should be able to use the NBC sports app to stream Capital games, if they’re your local team.
Playstation Vue did a lot White Screen cut outs a lot last night, not good.
Ours only froze up once last night and it was during a commercial. I’m looking forward to watching tonight’s Caps game via Vue. It’s on the alternate RSN channel (NBC Sports Washington Plus) due to a basketball game on the main channel, and on DirecTV the Plus channel would go black (except for a small white square in one corner) at least once per period during hockey. I’m interested to see whether that was a DirecTV problem or a network problem.
I love streaming and paying half price but it seems like everytime there is a big game on there are issues or its delayed 4 mins.
Vue and Hulu , I tried both.
Thinking of going back to Directv
Watching the pregame show via Vue and there seem to be more interruptions than last night. May switch over to DirecTV if it keeps up just because my wife will complain too much.
The picture quality via Vue is very sharp, I must say.
Edited after the game: No interruptions during the game, which was great, and we didn’t have the issue with the screen going dark. I’m reasonably happy with Vue after three days. I don’t think we’ll start a paid subscription immediately; for one thing, I need to get a streaming device for downstairs as well as an HDMI-to-component adapter. But we’re leaning towards taking the plunge. Still have to figure out how to watch baseball, though.