Anyone tried Youtube Tv and can compare it to Tivo?

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  1. Jan 23, 2020 #321 of 1763
    trip1eX

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    No. That's not accurate. It says Watched when you have watched something in its entirety. And much like Netflix, a red line at the bottom of every thumb nail indicates how long an episode, movie, event or game has been watched for.
     
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  2. Jan 23, 2020 #322 of 1763
    trip1eX

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    Yeah but I would say it's pretty much the same thing as Tivo. I mean there is only so many ways to display a list of recordings. :) It's much more the same than different.

    And the inclusion of on-demand is analogous to what Tivo does with streaming where it displays streaming episodes/seasons in with recordings in the same UI.


    Also below the thumbnail of each recorded episode or movie etc, it will say "Recorded days/weeks/months ago." On-demand stuff will say "Released days/weeks/months."
     
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  3. Jan 23, 2020 #323 of 1763
    pdhenry

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    My recordings are ordered so that the most recent unwatched recordings are shown first. Once I've watched a show its icon moves down the screen appropriately.

    I also like that recordings are padded at both ends. It I record the Late Show followed by the Late Late Show there's about a minute in common between them.
     
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    Everything I've watched also has a bar across the bottom of the thumbnail indicating how much I've watched. It's not an issue at all.

    People who complain about no "watched" history at all usually have inadvertently disabled it.

    However, keeping both cable and YTTV makes absolutely no sense to me. Nothing on TV is important enough for me to pay double just to have a cloud copy and a local copy in case one fails.
     
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  5. Jan 24, 2020 #325 of 1763
    ncted

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    YTTV pads recordings.
     
  6. Jan 24, 2020 #326 of 1763
    pdhenry

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    Yeah, I like that.
     
  7. Jan 24, 2020 #327 of 1763
    saeba

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    cnet just named YouTube TV best overall TV streaming service in 2020:
    Best live TV streaming services for cord-cutters in 2020

    YouTube TV has more top channels for the base price than any competitor, including all four local channels (ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC; note that CBS is the parent company of CNET) in most areas of the country. It also has the best cloud DVR of the bunch, including unlimited storage and a generous nine months to watch recordings (most are 30 days). YouTube TV's interface is no-nonsense, if a little drab, and yet it offers most of the features a cable service can give you. And unlike Sling and others, it's dead simple: One package, one price, done.

    With its best-in-class channel selection and cloud DVR, YouTube TV is our favorite option for cord-cutters who want the perks of cable without the hassle. Like all premium-priced ($50-ish) services, however, its relatively high monthly fee makes it more difficult to save money over a traditional cable subscription.

    Top channels not available: A&E, Comedy Central, History, Lifetime, NFL Network, Nickelodeon. Read the YouTube TV review.
     
  8. Jan 24, 2020 #328 of 1763
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    Youtube would charge me for locals I already have for free, therefore its not the best service out there.
     
  9. Jan 24, 2020 #329 of 1763
    saeba

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    If you've read through the thread, I've repeatedly told people that they need to define their own requirements and then evaluate available services (cable, streaming, OTA, etc.) versus these needs. The cnet article is targeting people who are using cable as their source for TV and are looking to replace it. For this purpose, they find YouTube TV to be the best overall.

    If you want to argue their scoring system, take it to the cnet site.
     
  10. Jan 24, 2020 #330 of 1763
    trip1eX

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    AT&T Watch Now is the ultimate YTTV add-on channel package. $15/mo and basically fills in all the gaps. Even better than Philo. lol.

    YTTV has been a great service so far for me.
     
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    Unfortunately not for me. Here "Spectrum Sportsnet" channel which carries local sports including Lakers is only carried via cable TV (Spectrum, Cox, etc) in southern CA. None of the streaming services carry it. I believe there are a few other regions with regional sports channels not covered, so streaming has yet to catch up with those at least. Don't see much incentive for Spectrum to change that at least in short term.
     
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    trip1eX

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    lol. you can see how it would be the ultimate add-on package for YTTV users though right? ;)

    I did read an article about sports in your area I think. Where some major sports were only available from a specific cable company. Not just any cable or satellite company. Or something like that. Maybe that was resolved or whatever. I think it was Dodgers games. If you lived in an area without Spectrum and had a different cable co then you couldn't get the games. Something like that.
     
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    I can get the locals OTA for free but after a week of YTTV it's nice to have everything in the same app on the same device. If I had Sling Blue + Gold and added TCM I'd still be at $50.

    YTTV gives me the Baltimore PBS station in addition to the Harrisburg, PA PBS station and I can't get the Baltimore station OTA.

    I miss MeTV which is in my OTA lineup (and is in Philo's lineup) but since I have one Premiere TiVo connected to OTA and Bolts at the other TVs in the house I can live with that.
     
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    moyekj

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    I'm with Cox and can get that channel, so it's not Spectrum only. I believe satellite services have it too.
     
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    Update after using YTTV for over 1 Month:

    I have to say I am actually more satisfied with my viewing experience with YTTV than I was with cable TV.

    Although I still prefer the interface with TiVo (which I am still using for OTA), I find the reliability of the picture is better than it was with cable (I used to get occasional pixilation on some channels) and the quality of the picture looks better to me.

    While I was concerned there might be stuttering, especially when trick playing, that has not been the case. I actually prefer the fast forward and rewind with mini-video windows showing me where I am versus TiVo's fast forward and rewind, which sometimes does not go fast enough between the hour slots on long recordings.

    I like the fact that I can just pause the service whenever I want to and catch up. Much easier that fighting with the cableco.

    Overall, I do give it a 10 for my needs at this price. If they start tacking on broadcast fees, sports fees, and taxes, I'm outa here!
     
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  17. Jan 25, 2020 #337 of 1763
    trip1eX

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    Same here except I sold my Tivo after a month of using YTTV.

    Pretty amazing that it is actually a better experience than cabletv/Tivo for me. Who woulda thought.
     
  18. Jan 25, 2020 #338 of 1763
    saeba

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    And since there's been much discussion regarding the UI for locating new content in YTTV, here are some pictures from the Android TV version. First, the Library screen using the "New in Your Library" sort (default sort with others selectable from the left menu):

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    You can see the most recent recordings as well as the count of unwatched new shows and can scroll down to see further recordings.

    When you select one of the shows, this screen appears:

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    And you can see the new and watched shows (watched shows are tagged with "Watched" in lower left corner and with a red played bar). NOTE: The "Added to library" checkmark shows that this show is currently scheduled for recordings. It also shows the next new episode will be recorded on Tue, Jan 28.
     
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  19. Jan 25, 2020 #339 of 1763
    moyekj

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    Thanks for the pictures. It would take some getting used to having to deal with large thumbnails instead of simple lists for seeing "recorded" shows (why I like TE3 much better than TE4). But seems to be the trend with all GUIs these days is people like to see pictures all over the place instead of text.
     
  20. Jan 25, 2020 #340 of 1763
    saeba

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    Agreed. I suspect this style interface may be desirable on mobile devices or smaller screen TVs; however, on a 65" screen, there are better ways to use the screen real-estate than with very large thumbnails. Scrolling down to locate content is quite crisp so it's not a showstopper for me. And: Big feature of YTTV that helps - Up to six family members can have their own profile and library of recordings. So I'm just scrolling through just my recordings, not my wife's as well.
     
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