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  1. Nov 29, 2020 #21 of 153
    mlsnyc

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    If that’s how it was meant then I agree they shouldn’t charge $5 to rent something on iTunes when it’s $4 to rent elsewhere. But those other outlets (Amazon, Google, and a few others) are available to be played on an ATV as well, so there’s that. Also, while I don’t know what every rental price is on iTunes, the few I’ve seen in the past cost the same there as they did on other platforms.
     
  2. Nov 29, 2020 #22 of 153
    TonyD79

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    I found a dedicated button remote for Apple TV from a company called function. It does almost everything you can do with the tiny touchy remote they provide. Website is function101.
     
  3. Nov 29, 2020 #23 of 153
    TonyD79

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    I always forget what Apple TV costs. I got mine free as a first customer to DirectvNow. That deal was worth it just for the device.
     
  4. Nov 29, 2020 #24 of 153
    TonyD79

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    Well. I just checked the New Mutants as an example of a very new movie. Apple TV, Vudu, Prime, Fandango Now and Google all charge $5.99. Only Redbox had it at $4.99 but Redbox didn’t offer 4K like all the others did.

    This was via Roku search and prices confirmed.
     
  5. Nov 29, 2020 #25 of 153
    Gunnyman

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    My free HBO max finally went away after I canceled my AT&T fiber. :( now I guess I’ll have to pay for it, but I’ll wait for Wonder Woman 1984.
     
  6. Nov 29, 2020 #26 of 153
    Bierboy

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    There are a few after-market remotes (specifically for the Apple TV) that are MUCH better from what I've read. I don't even use the  remote; I just continued using my Harmony 650 which is more than adequate.
     
  7. Nov 29, 2020 #27 of 153
    TonyD79

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    I use a universal as well. Apple TV has a reverse learning capability that you can assign functions to preset buttons on remotes.
     
  8. Nov 29, 2020 #28 of 153
    efilippi

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    My complaint about AppleTV, re costs of content, was as Madscientist thought: I have no quibble with paying for a gadget, as I did, but I resented the fact that Apple then always overpriced rentals and purchases compared to what Amazon and others charged. TonyD79 now points out that my quibble is no longer valid so that complaint no longer applies. Maybe I helped level the playing field? :>}
     
  9. Nov 30, 2020 #29 of 153
    Steveknj

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    I have had an HBO sub on DirectTV for years. I like the convenience of being able to watch HBO either streaming or via "normal" means via HBO channels. If it cost me a dollar or two a month it's worth it to me. Heck, sometimes I just record it and then watch it on HBO Max since the resolution is better, and my recording serves as a reminder.

    I was looking at ATV and I see it's on "sale for $179. So ATV fans, what makes ATV 6x better than a 4K Firestick or even a $70 Roku Ultra (of which I have both). Is the resolution or sound better? Both support Atmos and 4K Dolby Vision (if your TV supports it), depending on the App.
     
  10. Nov 30, 2020 #30 of 153
    Bierboy

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    First of all, that's definitely NOT on sale. My  TV is SO much faster than a Roku Ultra (which I also have; I don't have a firestick), it's not even worth comparing; MUCH quicker to respond. Resolution/sound are the same. The main reason I like it is the speed plus I'm totally immersed in the  ecosystem. So it may not be for you.
     
  11. Nov 30, 2020 #31 of 153
    Steveknj

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    Faster? what are we talking about milliseconds? Even a few seconds wouldn't matter to me. Once everything is loaded, the experience shouldn't be any different I would think. That doesn't seem worth 6x the price.

    BTW what is this? To me that symbol looks like a box with FB on top of FF, so not sure what that's supposed to be (I'm using Firefox browser, maybe it shows up as something else in another browser?)

    I guess if you are an Apple person then it's an Ecosystem thing. I have ZERO Apple devices (my daughter has an iPad), so that's not an enticement for me.
     
  12. Nov 30, 2020 #32 of 153
    Tony_T

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    I'm pretty much  everything except for my TiVo and my Roku (since with a TiVo, my streaming is limited).
     
  13. Nov 30, 2020 #33 of 153
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    I substituted Apple for the square box and it seems to read correct.
     
  14. Nov 30, 2020 #34 of 153
    Steveknj

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    Oh, is that supposed to be an Apple? Got it.
     
  15. Nov 30, 2020 #35 of 153
    kaszeta

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    Apple uses that for their logo. Which generally works, but U+F8FF is in the Private Use part of Unicode, so there's no standard for it. If it's an apple system, it likely renders correctly. Anything else? It's a crapshoot.
     
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  16. Nov 30, 2020 #36 of 153
    Steveknj

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    thanks for the explanation. That's why it looks funny to me. Funny, because this is the first time I noticed it's use in all the time being here.
     
  17. Nov 30, 2020 #37 of 153
    Bierboy

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    Way more than "milliseconds" or even "seconds". I can't put a percentage on it, but I would say significantly. And why so antagonistic? Geez, you asked and I answered...lighten up. Sorry my answer doesn't please you. And you're welcome.
     
  18. Dec 1, 2020 #38 of 153
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    Hah. I had sideloaded Max on my Firestick. I hadn’t watched since 11/18, when the firestick got native support for Max. So I go to fire up the finale of The Undoing and I get error messages! Yikes; so I signed up for the HBO trial on Amazon so I could watch it when I wanted. Today I figured out what was wrong and uninstalled my side load, and then installed the native app. I get HBO Max included in my AT&T fiber, so I definitely didn’t want to pay for HBO in Amazon. While canceling the trial, I noticed that I was paying for CBS All Access, which I tried for Picard but then quickly said nah, but forgot to cancel the autorenewal.
     
  19. Dec 1, 2020 #39 of 153
    ThePhoenix

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    I have an Apple TV and probably 5 or 6 Fire Sticks. I almost never use the Apple TV. I think the one thing it does much better than the Fire Stick is keeping track of the shows I’m watching from different apps (HBO, Netflix, Hulu, etc.). Right now, my use is almost exclusively when I need to mirror my iPad to my TV.

    The Fire Sticks are so cheap, I can put them everywhere and keep a spare for traveling. The Fire Sticks also play all the shows recorded on my Recast DVR. If the ATV was only twice as expensive, I’d probably go with it, but with the current pricing, I’m staying with the Fire Sticks.

    Speed - my Fire Sticks get really slow after a while. Some apps take as long as 30 seconds to a minute to load; long enough I end up wondering if it’s frozen or something.

    Another plus on the Fire Stick side - I prefer its remote control.
     
  20. Dec 1, 2020 #40 of 153
    Steveknj

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    My 1st Gen firestick got slow like that, but it's in my backpack and I only use it for travel now. I have a newer 4k stick that loads quickly. After a few early quirks, I'm starting to like the TiVo 4k device for some of the reasons you like the ATV, it's easy to find stuff I've watched before. And it was only $50.
     

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