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  1. Dec 1, 2020 #41 of 153
    mattack

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    Though I stream various shows/movies, I still want the actual cable HBO so that I can tivo documentaries (and Last Week Tonight, when it's in production) so that I can watch them faster than realtime. Lately there have been some interesting documentary series.

    Without that, I'd probably get it 'sporadically' and binge on just HBO shows for a while, then cancel it... then wait a while and subscribe again.
     
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  2. Dec 1, 2020 #42 of 153
    Snappa77

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    Should rename this thread "AppleTV featuring HBOMax".
     
  3. Dec 2, 2020 #43 of 153
    Steveknj

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    As I said, I like to record the HBO series and then for some, I'll watch on HBO Max because the resolution is better. DirecTV is 1080i and HBO Max is 1080p. So it looks a little better. There are two advantages to watching on DirecTV though. One is that it's there in the interface I watch as my go to, so it's just click and play. And second.....trick play...FF, REW, 30 second skip and so forth just work SO much better than in the HBO Max app. To me, that's the one thing that it still missing in any of these apps, and that's a more convenient, TiVo/DirecTV like trick play.
     
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    jr461

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    I agree about trick play on apps in general. They are not consistent between apps and some are much better/worse than others.

    That said, since all our streaming is commercial free, aside from pause we don't have much need (if any) for FF and only the very occasional REW in case someone missed something. so not much of an issue in that regard.

    I also will always watch the streaming version of an aired show for the same improved resolution reason (and if a network show, no FF commercials). I too was recording as a reminder but have forgotten to do so. I should get back to it so I know when new episodes are on, particularly for network shows where weeks get skipped.
     
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    Steveknj

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    Another issue I've found, particularly with ATV+ is that when you stop a show and come back to it later, it's very inconsistant where it starts from again. Sometimes it doesn't go back to the exact spot ( a few minutes early usually) and occasionally from the beginning. Watching Long Way Up for example, often I'd have to FF 5 minutes worth of content to get back to where I left off. Other venues have different issues. And often it's hard to pinpoint how far you have to go back. That's fine for streaming like Netflix, but my experience when playing with YTTV was that this functionality on live TV is sorely lacking.
     
  6. Dec 2, 2020 #46 of 153
    jr461

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    Actually yes - the ATV+ app (at least on the 4K Firestick) is about the worst interface of any streaming app I have seen. And shows stopped in the middle of an episode sometimes just start over when you go back to them. I forgot about that.

    But even navigating that app is a chore like trying to find the main show page for a specific show you are watching.
     
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  7. Dec 3, 2020 #47 of 153
    reddice

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    HBO Max app for the Apple TV is better at performance. I also find that from other apps too.
     
  8. Dec 3, 2020 #48 of 153
    TonyD79

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    Back to HBO Max itself.

    Warner has announced that all 2021 theatrical releases will be on HBO Max on release date and included in package for one month.
     
  9. Dec 4, 2020 #49 of 153
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    They also announced that "Wonder Woman 1984" will be available in 4k, HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. Here's hoping the 2021 releases will be the same.
     
  10. Dec 4, 2020 #50 of 153
    Hoffer

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    In the exact same boat as you. Get HBO Max "free" from my AT&T mobile plan, and I don't have cable or satellite service.
     
  11. Dec 4, 2020 #51 of 153
    KungFuCow

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    Thats huge. Dune and Matrix 4 from the comfort of my living room will be great. The theater experience has degraded so much over the last 10 years I refuse to go anymore.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    I still prefer the theater, especially for big movies, especially in the premium theaters (IMAX, Dolby, etc.). But if it's not an option, seeing it at home for free* on my 75" 4K TV with Atmos sound system is a decent enough consolation prize.

    *Yes, I know, I'm paying for HBO Max. But I'm paying for it anyway (thanks a LOT, John Oliver! :D), so that makes this effectively free.
     
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  13. Dec 4, 2020 #53 of 153
    hapster85

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    I agree that it has gone down in many respects -- people talking, or worse, using their @%&# phones. Man those screens are bright in a dark theater. But it has also improved in many ways, too. Concessions are not just popcorn, candy, and soda anymore. My local Cinemark has a wide assortment of food, made to order, and bar service on certain days/times.

    I do, too. You can only do so much to replicate the experience at home. A lot of great memories seeing movies with friends and family. I'll be glad when Covid is behind us, and I can feel safe going back to the theater.
     
  14. Dec 4, 2020 #54 of 153
    TonyD79

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    Also all the theaters around here (other than the discount ones) have recliners and reserved seating. The experience has actually gotten better in the last couple of years.
     
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    Steveknj

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    But I wonder if it's worth the extra cost when my TV / Sound system can make for a very satisfying experience? And I think that's the case for most movies, watching at home is fine. Certain high tech movies, like the Star Wars movies, or some Super Hero movies are usually better in the theater, but even that is less so for me. Now, one thing the theater experience is that stay at home isn't, is exactly that, a night out, so unless you send your kids out of the house, the experience of being in a theater is your night out.
     
  16. Dec 4, 2020 #56 of 153
    SteveD

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    If only we still had the IMAX 3D option, an experience that's hard to replicate in the home.
     
  17. Dec 4, 2020 #57 of 153
    Snappa77

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    Via CNBC....

    Warner Bros. movies launching in 2021 include “The Little Things,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Tom & Jerry,” “Godzilla vs. Kong,” “Mortal Kombat,” “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,” “In The Heights,” “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” “The Suicide Squad,” “Reminiscence,” “Malignant,” “Dune,” “The Many Saints of Newark,” “King Richard,” “Cry Macho” and “Matrix 4.”
     
  18. Dec 4, 2020 #58 of 153
    mooseAndSquirrel

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    They'll stream these movies, but will they charge additional?
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Apparently not.
     
  20. Dec 4, 2020 #60 of 153
    TonyD79

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    I have a great system. Theater is still more immersive. Home theater (unless you have a rock star’s setup) is a good substitute but still not as good as a good theater.
     
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