The end of year and holidays bring expanded trials of many streaming services, enhanced particularly this year/season by the upcoming demise of Playstation Vue. Youtubetv in particular raised their trial period from 2 to 3 weeks; but what is interesting is while taking advantage is to note some of the more unique interfaces and slick trick/play features that some of the providers have come up with. Here are a couple that I've run into in the past month or so that have really stood out. 1. Youtubetv and their visual scan during fast- forward and rewind. This stands out simply because virtually every other networked dvr system out there relies on users guessing just how much pressing of the ff or rew button will get one xx seconds in one direction or the other. One can easily nail the return to the program after adverts every time. (On roku at a minimum). 2. Philo has a feature where one can either join the live program in progress/live or from the beginning (it's a default setting per user) and where by using a long pressing of the rew or ff button can jump back to the beginning of any live program or jump to the current live playing. Now how slick is that? (Also has visual scan on roku). I'll post some other 'trick play' features that stand out as I run into them. It does go to show that some folks are 'thinking outside the stream' so to speak.