Moving form Cable card to to OTA question

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by mroe, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. BRiT wtfdotcom

    BRiT wtfdotcom Active Member

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    That comparison article is a little out of date, SlingTV has added plenty more channels to their lineup since then. They gave 3 different base packages ranging from $20, $25, $40 and has addon packages.

    However, the extra functionality of Vue puts it ahead in my eyes.
     
  2. TeamPace

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    Just finishing a month of Playstation VUE. I've been OTA only since 2009 but always look for a means to watch the Tour de France bicycle race every July. Decided to use it as a chance to sample VUE at the same time. I watched it via the ROKU app. Overall it's a good service and reasonable value especially with the ability to record. Yes Sling is cheaper and may be fine for those who want the bare minimum and a lower price. But for most the price difference is well justified for the expanded channels and ability to record. I did find the ROKU app will need some work. I couldn't find any type of channel guide to get a better handle on what's on and coming up. It does show whats on each channel currently. There are also decent VOD options. It worked pretty flawlessly as we watched the tour. We were even able to FF thru commercials (since we had recorded the episodes) but it only shows a time indicator so you just have to guess at the length of the commercial break. I expect the ROKU app will be improved over time making it an even better option.

    The funny things was that other than watching the Tour de France and a few episodes of Tiny Houses we didn't watch much else. We have gotten so accustomed to watching pretty much only whats available on over the air TV with some Netflix thrown in on occasion we really didn't have much desire to watch anything else. Over time your viewing habits tend to adapt to what you have available and for us we find plenty to watch for pretty close to free. So we already cancelled it.
     
  3. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    Yes, the experience for Vue is MUCH better using a FireTV box or PS4.
     
  4. mroe

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    So now I'm a little confused. I have Roku, but that's a second hardware device. TeamPace stated they watched and was able to record and fast forward. Unless the Vue app is on Tivo how is that possible?
     
  5. mdavej

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    You "record" on Vue by marking it as a favorite. Then you can pull any episode in the last 30 days from the cloud and ffwd/rew through many programs.

    On Fire and PS, Vue has a guide and ffwd/rew with thumbnails like Netflix. The Vue app on Roku is pretty terrible. It's not fair to judge it by the a half baked Roku app.

    Vue is more a cable TV replacement than TiVo replacement. But its cloud DVR capability brings it pretty close. I find a combo of Tivo OTA plus PS Vue gives me most of what I had on cable including enough on demand to serve as a DVR replacement for cable channels at less than a third of the cost of a traditional cable TV package alone.
     
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    It looks like the Vue is all I'll need, am canceling sling and Hulu. Plus with the locals over the air, I'm all set now. Thanks everyone for all the advise
     
  7. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    What streaming device are you using for Vue, may I ask? Also, would you mind giving a review on how well it works for you with that device? Maybe once you have some time playing with it.
     
  8. idksmy

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    I am also interested in this information. I don't mind switching between devices (Roamio Basic and a FireTV box), but my wife probably will. She has grown very accustomed to being able to access everything she wants to watch, live or recorded, on the Tivo. Having to use the Tivo for local, Netflix and Hulu then switching to the FireTV for channels we currently get via cable might be a challenge. :)
     
  9. mdavej

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    Fire TV box is the best Vue streamer. No problem switching if you get a universal remote. If my 80 y/o parents can do it, anybody can. Alternative is to go back to cable and shell out another $100/mo.
     
  10. NashGuy

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    If you're in no big rush, I'd recommend holding off another two or three months before committing to a new set-up. There are rumblings that Amazon may incorporate OTA TV, possibly with DVR capabilities, into their Fire TV box. (Not sure if that would be via a USB plug-in tuner for the current Fire TV 2 or built into a new Fire TV 3 which may be introduced soon.) If that came to pass, it could be an attractive all-in-one solution for you, combining your OTA locals with PlayStation Vue cable channels. (It also appears that Android TV boxes, like the upcoming Mi Box, will also have the ability to tune and record OTA TV by plugging in a USB tuner and hard drive, although PlayStation Vue does not currently offer an Android TV app. However, they probably will at some point.)

    Beyond that, AT&T is planning to launch a "streaming cable TV" service called DirecTV NOW that will be a direct competitor to PlayStation Vue later this year. No word yet on which devices that service will be available on.
     

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