Anyone tried Youtube Tv and can compare it to Tivo?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by omelet1978, Mar 18, 2019.

  1. omelet1978

    omelet1978 Member

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    Hi,

    Long time Tivo owner that currently has a Tivo Bolt 4K 1Tb with lifetime service. I'm going to be done with my subscription with Xfinity in a few months and have been looking at YouTube Tv. Specifically the unlimited DVR storage for 9 months (now with fast forwarding), and their updated channel lineup which now has all the channels I usually watch.

    My Tivo Bolt is not updated to Hydra and I'm not going to because the Live Guide is gone. That being said everything works fine as is, and my goal was to use it for years (it's 2 years old now). That being said, I'm periodically tempted to cut cable even though I really like Tivo, so just wondering if anyone had any thoughts or recommendations (for or against) YouTube Tv? It'd be cheaper than Xfinity, but then again I've always been a fan of the TiVo interface.

    YouTube TV - Watch & DVR Live Sports, Shows & News

    Thanks
     
  2. Tony_T

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

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    Best to try it yourself. They must have a 'try it free' offer.
    Just get a Roku or FireStick, or AppleTV, or... (good to have anyway).
    There are also other services you can try (i.e. DirectTV, Hulu Live, and more!!)

    (When I tried a few of these services (for a vacation home), FFing through commercials didn't compare to TiVo SKIP (although YouTubeTV was one that I did not try))
     
  3. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    Yeah, you can try it for free, see how you like it. YouTube TV is my cable tv, and has been for a year. I like it. I still use an OTA TiVo too, as it's paid up for lifetime, but I'm on YouTube TV more than the TiVo these days.
     
  4. foghorn2

    foghorn2 Well-Known Member

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    YouTube Tv is garbage vs TiVo with cable, and cheaper too when you consider bundling it with your internet service in some markets
     
  5. samsauce29

    samsauce29 Active Member

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    I don't agree that it's garbage. But I will say that TiVo still wins the day operationally by a good margin. We've been running TiVo (via Spectrum) and YouTube TV in parallel for 6 weeks now. I'll turn on YTTV in the kitchen over the Spectrum app, but anywhere that we have a TiVo, we use it.

    That said, Spectrum is no longer offering deals, so when the Pirates season ends, we'll likely run YTTV in parallel with Philo.

    Really hoping that Spectrum changes their stance by October 1st...

    (The current "killer app" for YTTV is the family plan. Up to 6 accounts on a Google family plan can use the same account with up to 3 accounts streaming at once.)
     
  6. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    Not garbage at all. It depends what you want. It has more than I need, and is so flexible with our family's individual profiles, easy use on every device, ...it's been a pleasure.
     
  7. omelet1978

    omelet1978 Member

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    When you say Tivo wins the day operationally by a good margin is that with Hydra or with the old software? I have the old software which I'm keeping bc of the live guide.
     
  8. samsauce29

    samsauce29 Active Member

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    I'm still using the old interface. I've seen the new interface at my parents and have used it briefly. I'll be sticking with the old interface for now. We've been using it for 10+ years and everything is muscle memory at this point. If we stick with TiVo come October, will probably jump to Hydra at that point.
     
  9. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

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    I had a hard time making it work how I wanted. An exercise in frustration. Not horrible, but important details were hard to manage.
     
  10. chiguy50

    chiguy50 Active Member

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    Before you pull the plug on Xfinity, talk to a customer retention CSR (call up and select "cancel services"). Tell them that you enjoy their service but that you are on a tight budget and your current bill is too high, forcing you to reluctantly close your account with them unless they can reduce your bill. See what reductions or discounts they offer you. If the response is inadequate, call back again later and see if you have better luck. Since the start of this year Comcast has eliminated some of the "customer courtesy" codes that CSR's could apply, but there are still interesting promotions to be had--particularly if there is competition from other MVPD's in your area. There's no need to wait until the end of your current subscription (unless you are on a contract with early termination penalties)--call now!
     
  11. ah30k

    ah30k Well-Known Member

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    I hated having to use my phone as a remote and the worst of all was that they quickly replace your recording with VoD versions that are not ad-skippable.
     
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  12. schatham

    schatham Active Member

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    I tried it and it was missing some popular channels. It also froze a lot.

    I would try it before canceling cable. Use it without touching your Tivo for a week and see how you like it. I doubt you will.
     
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  13. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    I don't use my phone as a remote, and only a couple channels use VOD versions. Although I have found even those helpful when my regular TiVo recording got messed up by scheduling issues.
     
  14. texasPI

    texasPI Member

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    THIS! It was the showstopper (pun intended) for me. Didn't even run out the free trial.
     
  15. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    You don't have to use your phone as a remote. Like any service, you use its app on a set top box that supports it.
     
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  16. David B Gregory

    David B Gregory New Member

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    I like youtube tv. LG and Samsung TV have native app as well as Roku. Best feature, I can use it in either of my homes and get the local stations where I am. I will say UI is not as easy to use as Tivo, but if you have a google home device you can set it up to use voice commands which works very well. No HGTV if you have a spouse that requires that
     
  17. johnfasc

    johnfasc Active Member

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    Live guide? What's that! I have been switched since the update and by now it's not even thought of anymore. Hydra is good, clean, no real issues to speak of. Think of it this way...when a computer company upgrades their software, something's you may like others not so much. But you get used to them. If not, you stay in the 20th century.
     
  18. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Misanthrope

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    Yeah, that sounds more like a Chromecast issue than a YouTube TV issue. (Chromecast doesn't have a remote.) I used the regular Apple TV remote when I tried YouTube TV.
     
  19. mattyro7878

    mattyro7878 Active Member

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    Anybody with remote issues can just hook an HDMI cable and use your computer. A wireless keyboard helps as well. Yttv will do one passes and keep them. Unlimited recording. I never recorded more than two or three things at once. I don't know the limit of tuner usage. If you are a sports fan this service is great. I got all my local sports channels, plus all the ESPN'S. Plus the big 10 and longhorn and pac12. I'm in CT. PQ is ok but not Tivo quality. Check it out. I would go back when Xfinity starts charging full price
     
  20. schatham

    schatham Active Member

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    You mean like windows 8?
     

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