Streaming TV is about to get very expensive

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  1. Sep 7, 2019 #401 of 781
    Allanon

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    I don't use it with WMC but the XML file it produces is standard and works with most devices. You can run and update the data whenever you want using the Windows Scheduler. Using zap2it.com you can get 10 days of data and 13 days from TVGuide.com. I use Kodi as my media center and it has other addons that handle episode and series data and I'm sure WMC has other addons as well.

    I was just pointing out a free option, not dissing EPG123.
     
  2. Sep 7, 2019 #402 of 781
    Anubys

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    I can't find anything on the Sling web site to tell me what resolution they have...Do they have anything in 4k?
     
  3. Sep 7, 2019 #403 of 781
    lparsons21

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    I don’t think so.


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  4. Sep 8, 2019 #404 of 781
    mr.unnatural

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    I understand, but the discussion about epg123 was pertaining to it being used with Windows Media Center. It integrates seamlessly with the DVR function in WMC and replaces the Rovi guide provided by Microsoft. Unless I'm mistaken, zap2it is the same as Tribune Media so the guide data is coming from the same source. Epg123 allows you to download up to 30 days worth of data, although the first 14 days is really the only meaningful data as most channels don't have data that far out.

    WMC used to have all sorts of add-ons once upon a time, but most of them have vanished into the woodwork. I used to have all sorts of themes and other add-ons for my HTPCs, but I found that just keeping the configuration as simple as possible made for a much more reliable experience without all of the bells and whistles. I have Kodi installed on several of my HTPCs, but I use JRiver Media Center on my Windows 10 HTPC for 4k playback and Nvidia Shields for streaming and playing movies on other PCs.
     
  5. Sep 8, 2019 #405 of 781
    Anubys

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    Watching the NFL Redzone channel on Sling. Observations:

    1. Picture was a little jittery at the start for 1-2 seconds. This happened a couple of times but stopped.
    2. Can't pause/rewind (not allow on this channel).
    3. Watched the recording of it instead, and I can pause and rewind.
    4. When I press rewind (or FF), the picture continues to play as if I'm not doing anything. The marker goes backwards, though. When I press play, it does start to play from where I had stopped rewinding. But that makes it impossible to know if you've gone back far enough or too far if the picture does not rewind with you!
     
  6. Sep 8, 2019 #406 of 781
    MikeMar

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    Agree to all of this, if they hope they bring in people because of RedZone, not happening
    I'm recording everything I can on YouTubeTV and only watching redzone on Sling (and wife with lifetime) but that's it. Sling interface and everything is just not good

    YouTubeTV is just light years ahead of Sling
     
  7. Sep 8, 2019 #407 of 781
    Anubys

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    I'll also add that there's no screen saver on Sling...

    I will stay pay them rather than pay DirecTV (I'll pay more to Sling if I have to!), but I sure hope their interface improves :)
     
  8. Sep 8, 2019 #408 of 781
    DavidTigerFan

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    I've cut the cord with YouTube TV, but I'm finding that some of my recordings are forcing me to watch commercials even if I've recorded the show. Specifically, big brother. Watching the one recorded on Wednesday this week and it's making us watch unskippablecommercials everycommercial break. This is like when your watching on demand shows. What gives.
     
  9. Sep 8, 2019 #409 of 781
    DavidTigerFan

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    Did some digging. I had the DVR recording available under "other recordings" but it said "CBS has restricted access to this, watch another recording instead" it then makes me watch the VOD version that has commercials. That's BS
     
  10. Sep 8, 2019 #410 of 781
    DavidTigerFan

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    Ugh. Evidently it's just CBS that does this.
     
  11. Sep 8, 2019 #411 of 781
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Not surprising...CBS has long been the most DVR-unfriendly network.
     
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  12. Sep 9, 2019 #412 of 781
    aaronwt

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    Yes. That is extremely old. My 2001 receiver had PLII and my 2005(or was it 2008?) receiver had PLIIx. Neither of those are even an option on the last receiver I got a few years ago

    PLIIx simulated discrete surround channels while PLII had mono surround.
    What's available now is far beyond what those were capable of.
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  13. Sep 9, 2019 #413 of 781
    tigercat74

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    CBS and CW
     
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    Anubys

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    Another reason why it's not a surprise is we discussed this issue a few posts ago and concluded that it's only CBS and CW ;)
     
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  15. Sep 9, 2019 #415 of 781
    Steveknj

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    My receiver is vintage 2016. The newest (at least as of 2016) iteration of Dolby Surround is oddly called well, Dolby Surround (which makes things REALLY confusing (rival DTS has something similar for their discreet sound) What Dolby Surround does that Pro Logic didn't is try to emulate Atmos if you have upfiring speakers. So it REALLY sounds a LOT better than Pro Logic. It's STILL not quite as good as Dolby Digital, let alone Atmos, but it IS a lot better than what it used to be. It's STILL a simulator and for most content that's fine. But for content that is designed to use true DD or Atmos, it just doesn't sound as good. It just doesn't sound as "rich". For example, the airplane sound on Catch 22 on Hulu kind of emulate overhead sounds, but similar sound on a movie like Dunkirk pretty much shake the ground as it goes overhead and you really get the feeling of planes overhead. Most content on regular TV (broadcast or cable channels) don't really make good used of the Dolby Digital content they have. Most is just upmixed stereo which works fine for Dolby Surround. A few shows (and I've noticed this quite often on NBC shows....Chuck from a few years ago was an example) have a good Dolby Digital sound mix. But mostly they aren't great.
     
  16. Sep 9, 2019 #416 of 781
    mr.unnatural

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    I only see this with their Sunday prime time lineup. CBS has been screwing up their Sunday night schedule for decades. I just pad any recordings of CBS shows on Sunday nights by an hour to account for any NFL overruns. Otherwise I just delete the show from my recording schedule. There's nothing on the networks that I consider "must see TV" regardless of what they say. I don't recall ever having any issues with the CW as far as their schedule for any of the shows I record.
     
  17. Sep 9, 2019 #417 of 781
    jr461

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    It's not that old - it's a Yamaha RX V473 which I have for about 5 years and I think it came out around 2012 or so.

    Anyway, it's just for Hulu as I'm getting 5.1 from all the others now that I discovered that optical audio cables don't support DD+ :oops:
    Switching to HDMI, running cable through the receiver and utlizing ARC brought in the 5.1 from CBSAA and HBO Go, leaving Hulu as the only one still just in stereo (I'm using the Android TV apps). I can live with the faux surround although I was told by their CS that my TV model should support 5.1 on Hulu.
     
  18. Sep 9, 2019 #418 of 781
    Steveknj

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    Is there a model or a streamer that does Hulu 5.1? I have tried it with Roku, and LG's Web OS (I also have a Firesick and XBox so I can try those as well.
     
  19. Sep 9, 2019 #419 of 781
    hapster85

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    Hulu supports some content in 5.1 on some devices. See here:

    Hulu Help
     
  20. Sep 9, 2019 #420 of 781
    Steveknj

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    Thanks. I wonder why my LG TV didn't pick up 5.1. Maybe it was just the content I was watching (Handmaid's Tale, Catch 22) I'll have to try again.
     

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