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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by chevyguy559, Aug 15, 2016.
Sorry about the divorce man.
Not that I plan to drop Directv, but I have heard great things about Vue and their cloud DVR like feature.
One thing to keep in mind is the Directv OTT service coming up later this year. I have a feeling it will beat Vue and Sling in both features and price (including programming). Google "directv now).
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Well I went ahead and started turning my DirecTV service down. Got rid of all but my main DVR on my account, dropped to Choice from Ultimate and dropped the PP. Going to need DirecTV until Sept 21 for Big Brother :bang unless I can figure out a good source for episodes in HD on Kodi. I really liked the Vue setup on my Firestick, but will be trying out Sling TV as well before I suspend DirecTV after Sept 21. Also ordered a Fire TV box (going to make that my main one in the living room) as well as another FireStick for my son's room and move my existing FireStick to my bedroom. I'll rely on my Chromecast for my office TV. In 6.5 months of saving $21 a month in mirroring fees I'll recoup what I just spent for the FireTV box and FireStick (not counting my original stick as I had already had it). But the BIG savings will come with the monthly fees and no more HD and DVR fees! I'll be loading Kodi on both of those FireTV's so I always have that to play with as well :smoking: Thanks for all the tips!! I'll keep updating this thread as I go on with my cord-thinning experiment (can't truly call it cord-cutting :rotfl: )
Since you asked about SlingTV, I'll try to get back on topic... sort of.
Friend asked if I would help him install SlingTV Arabic.
Can't get DBS.
Told him to read the user reviews (almost all highly negative) and if he still wanted to go forward I would assist.
Has vision problems and can't differentiate SD from HD programming on his HD sets so he concluded it would not make a difference to him.
Had him get a Fire streaming device and helped him signup.
Every Arabic channel (20 or so as I recall) in the $25 basic programming package was unwatchable... horrible quality and constant buffering / drops on his 25mb/s connection.
It did make a difference... so he cancelled.
Since none of the programming was "live" anyway, setup his youtube and found a bit more than half of the programming that he had on SlingTV was readily available... at no cost and substantially better quality.
Can't speak to any other programming besides the Arabic programming... may be the issues are limited to only international...
Not sure about Kodi, but you might sign up for a month of CBS All-Access. Not only would you get the TV episodes, but the live feeds are included for the $6/monthly fee. You can watch both in HD thru the CBS app on the Fire Stick/box. Just do one month of non-renewing & you're save a LOT over keeping DirecTV just for this one show.
I have tried Sling twice & both time found it an unwatchable mess. The quality is constantly up & down & the interface is awful. The 2nd time was just so I could get the Cinemax add-on for Banshee. It was such an un-enjoyable way to watch TV that I just gave up on the season.
Good call on the CBS All-Access, I may do that, but I'm paid up on DirecTV until 9/2 so I might do that after the 2nd, but I also cancelled NFL ST and dropped 3 receivers so I have a credit balance on my account of almost $80 right now so keeping it until 9/21 would almost be a wash anyway...but I may just go the All-Access route, thanks :goodjob:
CBS all access is live some areas and won't be different than the VUE subscription and based on location if you get a live feed. If its already streaming live you can get it with the Vue subscription. You can check if live streaming is available here...https://www.cbs.com/all-access/?cbsclick=VwfxeCSg7QAN1uOR3Rz7FQPAUkkwT9VzhzEAR40&clickid=158101&sharedid=&ftag=AAM98bbc2a
I dropped Directv in May (after 13+ years) and installed a ChannelMaster DVR+, which included the Sling TV app. The app worked fairly well but after 3 months I found I wasn't using Sling more than a few hours a month, so I dropped it. I find that having (and being able to DVR) OTA programming is all I really need. I added a second DVR+ for the bedroom. Unfortunately there is no whole-home, which would be nice. The DVR+ uses Rovi for guide data and it has a few problems but is still much better than no guide at all.
Now I am getting mail from Directv every few weeks trying to get me to return but no thanks.
If you are using OTA only, then do yourself a favor and get TiVo . Roamio OTA has lifetime service included in the purchase price then you can add some Mini's for your other tvs. Mini has no service fees either. Or a Bolt with annual service of $150.
TiVo is by far the best whole home DVR solution for OTA
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My personal observation is that ChannelMaster passes a superior image compared to the TiVo, even just for channel surfing. However, TiVo's tuners more easily receive OTA signals, whereas the ChannelMaster needs an amplifier for many stations. But given a stable signal, the PQ from Channelmaster is definitely better, even superior to my Sony TV's built-in tuner. The TiVo's image is clearly below that from the 32-inch Sony's tuner.
Good topic. VUE handsdown.
I'm guessing interested to see what DIRECTV now will be. Should be very interesting on how it Competes with these others.
Agree will they even try and compete with Sony. Will Sony up the ante? This is actually exciting seeing Sony enter this part of the entertainment industry with everything they do seemingly successful.
Well, its been a full month of having a paid Playstation Vue subscription and 12 days since I put my DirecTV account on suspension. I thought I'd come give an update on how its been....GREAT! I'm really liking it so far. I've gotten the channels I watch in my favorites list and so far aside from one Fresno St football game that was on CBS Sports Network that I wasn't able to see, I've been able to watch all the games I've wanted to watch with no issues. The ONLY complaint I MIGHT have is being that its streaming, there is a delay of I would say about 15-20 seconds from satellite or cable feeds, so during the past few SF Giants games, I'd get texts from others about a great play before I'd actually see it LOL! Not a big deal though. I also paid the $40 for NFL RedZone and while I do miss Andrew Siciliano, its not bad at all!
I have found myself wishing for a rewind function while watching OTA local channels, and there's not the "instant on" like turning the TV on and DVR on and usually within a few seconds you're watching something. I have to fire up my TV, then bring the FireTV out of sleep, then launch the Vue app, pick the profile (since I setup a profile for myself and one for my son so he could have his shows in his room) and THEN I'm watching TV. Not a HUGE deal, but something worth noting. But thanks again for all the thoughts and suggestions everyone made, much appreciated!
Thanks for the update. I appreciate you taking your time to do so.
How is the Guide? Channel numbers?
Do you know if you can put the DirecTV account in suspension while still under contract?
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So how easy is it to watch a show on CBS say an hour or two after it's over?
I can answer the question about suspension, yes you can suspend while under contract. However the contract clock stops while under suspension so it does not get you out of any paid service time.
Do you know if it affects the discounts when I restore service?
Would it mess up my Unlimited data I have with AT&T because of bundling?
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Of course on discounts it works the other way, the clock does not stop. If you suspend for two months you lose two months of any time limited discounts. I have no idea on the bundling and unlimited data. I would think it would stay since you still have a DirecTV account but I dont really know.
The guide, when you first start out, is in Alphabetical order, however my local ABC affiliate streams through Vue and that's first, followed by Fox On Demand, then NBC On Demand. My local CBS affiliate doesn't stream through Vue, so I don't have access to any CBS content. Once you take the time to mark channels as favorites, they will show first in the guide, followed by ABC, FOX and NBC, then the rest of the channels. I find it to be not as cluttered as DirecTV as there really aren't any "crap" channels mixed into the lineup so its fairly easy to find something to watch just browsing the guide.
As longrider mentioned, you can suspend while under contract, but for however long you suspend for, they add that onto your term, so you won't "get out" of any time on your contract. I was out of contract so if and when I decide to pull the plug on DirecTV for good, I'm all paid up and suspended on the last day of my billing cycle, so I'm good.
As mentioned above I don't have my local CBS affiliate on Vue, and I don't have a CBS All Access subscription, but I actually found a workaround for my CBS soap opera I watch :rolling: It has a same day replay on Pop, which Vue carries and I have it set in "My Shows" so it records every day for me to watch when I can find time. Other CBS shows I either have to watch live via OTA or via other means
While I don't know about your unlimited data (I actually just dumped AT&T Wireless for StraightTalk to save $ as well :rotfl: )I DO know that while your contact extends the amount of your suspension, any monthly credits you may have on your account do NOT extend. You may want to give them a call to find out about your unlimited data. :goodjob: