Sabrina could be a better option.

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    Niners

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  2. Oct 3, 2020 #342 of 445
    dbpaddler

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    Actually it'd be nice if remotes were actually remotes and not just a form first/function last minimal button device. Standard media navigation keys and let the device map them to the appropriate function in each app. That would be a step above Apple. The idea of going through a d-pad is just dumb. Dvr functions since the push for live linear TV is obviously a focus. And basic linear TV controls (channel up/down), last, and guide.

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    Geez, the Home Screen is bloated with junk. I tried going to the apps only display, but it disables the voice assistant, which is the only way I’ve found to launch the Live Channels app.
     
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    This might be a silly question, or not...I'm not sure...

    From Sabrina's one USB-C port which you normally plug into power...can I plug a hub directly into that port, and power the hub so power will pass through and power Sabrina? OR, do I need to get basically a USB-C OTG cable, splitting the connection, with one connector into power and the other into my hub (which has its own port for power)?
     
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    Tony from the corner

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    Agreed on the home screen clutter There are just way too many genres that are aggregated. would have been nice if they allowed us to
    show/hide the genres ike on the TS4K.

    I did try the apps view mode. But then it's like a Roku but only much much worse without the assistance.

    The volume buttons on the right are kind of clunky. I have to shift the remote in my hand to work the volume buttons. Clearly not ergonomically developed. The TS4K had the advantage there.

    I'm definitely keeping the two Google TVs I just purchased. I really really like the assistant. That's the biggest selling feature. Along with the content aggregation. I just keep telling myself it's like the fire TV homepage that was cluttered also. That seems to settle my nerves .
     
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  7. Oct 4, 2020 #347 of 445
    Tony from the corner

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    I complained about the plex app on the TS4K. I would get jutter/stutter when playing 24P Blu-ray rips when the device was outputting 60P (neither the TS4K nor the Google TV switch the frame rate to match the content inside the Plex app).

    But I did notice with the Google TV stick that there was no stutter/judder when watching that same content on the same televisions I tested before when testing with the TS4K. I believe the artifacts on the TS4K was caused by the 3:2 pull down, or something else I'm completely not aware of.

    So dropping that here is another data point on the Chromecast . Although from what I read on these forums, not everybody was experiencing the same artifacts with Plex and TS4K like I was
     
  8. Oct 4, 2020 #348 of 445
    Noelmel

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    For those still looking to buy I wanted the sky blue but was outta stock at google store online last night. This morning the Netflix bundle is back with ship dates of 11/20 - 11/21 tho! I’m hoping it comes much sooner. Best Buy and Walmart were both out of stock still and Home Depot has shipping dates next week but the bundle is a better deal for me. I’d prefer Amazon the most though due to gift cards and rewards points so if it pops up on there I’ll just cancel the original order I guess.


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    Tony from the corner

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    Off topic post from me... Keep reading if interested...

    Consider the Best Buy Visa card. The points are insane. They'll have deals with he'll give you 10% back on groceries. They just had that deal over the summer. It lasted several months so I put all my groceries on me Best Buy card. or they'll send out an email stating spend $250 inside Best Buy or even outside Best Buy on anything you want, they give you 10% back.

    From March of this year to now, I accumulated 110 dollars worth of Best Buy points, and I'm fixing to get another $25 In a few weeks. For stuff that I had to buy anyway.

    Since we buy a lot of stuff on Amazon, when they say spend $250 outside of Best Buy for 10% back, my buy a gift card at Amazon. I'm going to use Amazon anyway, plus I got 25 to spend in Best Buy.
     
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    Noelmel

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    ^ That is a good deal my Amazon one is only 5% (only at Amazon too I believe not elsewhere). I really wish Staples would carry these my boyfriend works there I could use his discount plus rewards coupons lol they have the original chromecasts but not this yet not even on the website.


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  11. Oct 4, 2020 #351 of 445
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    I make purchases for my family in my account. I've been elite for years. And that's just the normal store card. You can use their Visa card like a normal visa up to the point it gets you elite status. And then just use it only for BB purchases to maximize the benefits. An instance where its worth applying for the visa. I just haven't done it yet.

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    I finally have it working correctly this morning with good video and audio.

    I swung the tv out from the wall and connected the google device directly to the tv and now I get 4K/60 without any video glitches. I played some videos and 4K video was steady and HDR triggered when the video was HDR and switched off when it wasn’t.

    Guess I need to take the wall plates off and pull the inserts out and see what cables I put in the wall 6 yrs ago.

    As usual, nothing is perfect. I’m definitely not a fan of the remote or the home screen. The remote is my least favorite, among the TiVo, fire sticks, and Roku’s.
     
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    moyekj

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    I agree, I find remote too short length-wise, and at least the way I hold the remote it's not natural at all to get to volume controls on the side. I have to slide the whole remote up in order to operate the volume buttons on the side with my thumb, then back down again for any other operation. The remote and the fact I can't change TV inputs using voice command are my biggest gripes against the Chromecast 4K so far. Then there is the general issue of Google TV having inconsistent trick play across various apps.
     
  14. Oct 4, 2020 #354 of 445
    NashGuy

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    IMO, the Google TV's For You tab is much better than the Fire TV homescreen, which sometimes has ads for PPV or even non-video stuff, along with a strong bias in favor of Amazon's own content. Plus it has that weird "Recents" row that mixes apps and content titles. Meanwhile, with Google TV, the most useful stuff -- Top Picks for You, Your Apps, and Continue Watching, are the three rows at the top of the For You tab. If you don't like the fact that there are multiple more rows of content suggestions below there, well, there's no need to keep scrolling down.

    Meanwhile, Google TV gives you the option to mostly (though not completely) restrict suggestions to just the paid subscriptions you have. Does Fire TV? And the Google TV UI features Rotten Tomatoes scores throughout and the ability to thumbs up/down content to improve the system's content suggestions. Not saying the Google TV UI is perfect but it seems much better thought-out than the current Fire TV UI (which isn't saying much). Although Amazon has a redesigned Fire TV UI that will roll out soon.
     
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    Eh, having a single app/UI through which all the services serve their content will never happen. It would be sufficient if the OS/app store just required that all apps followed certain guidelines in terms of playback controls and how they responded to various remote control commands. Apple TV (tvOS) comes closest to this as there's a lot of consistency among the major apps. But even there, the new Peacock app doesn't comply. With Roku, all the apps used to respond to its "instant replay" button the same way, jumping back several seconds and turning on captions only during the replay. But now some Roku apps don't respond to that button like that any more.
     
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    how did you get Netflix to work with the continue watching feature? I seem to only get HBO Max on there
     
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    JOSHSKORN

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    Alright, so I got my Sabrina/Chromecast device finally plugged in. A few observations so far, one of which was already reported but since I already had the device, I tested it anyways.

    When Plugging Chromecast with Google TV/Sabrina into the AUKEY USB C Hub Adapter, 5 in 1 Type C Hub
    • The Cable that came with Sabrina was now plugged into the PD port of the hub. I thought I'd just try that and see what happens, although this hub can handle more power, I believe.
    • This keyboard worked, but the keys did not light up as advertised. I might need to add batteries as well, though. Sill researching this.
    • As expected/reported, the Ethernet port DID NOT work, so this hub is definitely out.
    • I'd also tested a FURUI Upgraded HDMI Capture Card, basically it's HDMI to USB 3.0. I plugged it into my PC and the Chromecast into the capture device. It worked, but there was some slight lag. Maybe it's a configuration issue, as it's my first time trying this. My goal was to feed my TV feed (plug in HDMI cable) from my TIVo Mini into it. As a test, I used my Samsung Dex Pad, but I could not find an app in the Play Store that has the capability to capture a device. Maybe a camera app would capture the picture, but not the audio. After some research, there may be other ways of going about this, anyways. I basically want to play my TiVo cable TV through Chromecast without having to switch TV Inputs. After further playing around, I may try again, using Live Channels. There's a VLC option.
    I just ordered the USB C Hub, Utaxo 8-in-1 USB C Adapter, which is said that the Ethernet port will work. As I mentioned above, the keyboard I purchased, works.

    A couple of things I came across today, were DIAL ("Discovery and Launch") and mDNS. DIAL was only used by the first Chromecast, so I would assume it's not available on Sabrina. I'm not actually sure of what it all did, nor am I familiar with mDNS. I'm also noticing that the Live Channels app has an option for Sling. This makes me curious as to what all Sling does and how it relates to TiVo and why TiVo advertises it. I obviously know nothing about it. Again, the goal is to feed live TV from my Bolt through the Chromecast with Google TV.
     
  18. Oct 5, 2020 #358 of 445
    moyekj

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    I didn't do anything special. In case you want to try it, the Netflix series I'm watching that is working for me is "Narcos". When I choose the Netflix Narcos tile in "Continue Watching" on Chromecast it takes me into Netflix and automatically past the "Who's watching" selection in Netflix to the resume screen in Netflix.
     
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    Alex_7

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    It seems to be random, some people get hbo max to work and not netflix or vice versa
     
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    moyekj

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    In my case both HBO Max and Netflix seem to be working, at least for 1 title each. Prime titles don't show up in Continue Watching, but I believe that was expected as there is no formal integration there.
     
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