Streaming TV is about to get very expensive

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  1. Dawghows

    Dawghows Liberal Elitist

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    I have HBO Now through my Hulu subscription. I suppose I should cancel that and sign up directly with HBO Now.
     
  2. realityboy

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    Maybe? AT&T could still strike a deal with Hulu to offer HBO Max. So far, they haven’t really given any information on how that was going.
     
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  3. Dawghows

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    Exactly. But it makes no real difference to me; the price is the same, currently, whether I go through Hulu or subscribe directly. I only went the Hulu route because it was an option when I signed up for Showtime via Hulu (which, at the time, did save money on Showtime).
     
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  4. DevdogAZ

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    Thanks. I always got confused with Now and Go as to which was the OTT service.
     
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    mr.unnatural

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    I just signed up for Disney+ at the yearly rate of $69.99. The free preview period begins Nov 12. I use an Nvidia Shield for streaming but there is currently no app for watching Disney+ available. Is it safe to assume that one will become available once they start streaming? Is there one available for the Tivo yet? They say I can stream on up to a dozen different devices but there's no info on their website that says how I can do that.

    Never mind. Just found out that the Disney+ app will be released on Nov 12
     
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    astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    Along a similar line, I have a Sony TV with Android, and watch streaming services via the native Android apps on the TV* (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu,etc). Can we expect Disney+ to get added as an app? Anyone have any experience with how Sony (or Android) have handled this in the past?


    *Load time Netflix on Roamio, 10 secs. Load time Android on TV, 1 sec. And 4K!
     
  7. Nov 9, 2019 #467 of 587
    Rob Helmerichs

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    There's an Android TV Disney+ app coming (although reports from beta-testing is that it's not very good yet)...

    But I'm sure, quality issues aside, that Disney will have apps available on pretty much every platform at launch.
     
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    astrohip

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    Thanks. I'm a novice at Streaming, so I'm not sure I'm even asking the right question... When you say "every platform", you mean hardware devices? Like Roku? Because the only devices I have are TVs and TiVos.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    I would suspect that pretty much any way you can get Netflix, you'll be able to get Disney+...
     
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    Anubys

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    I just bought an LG smart TV. It has all the apps. Still, I got a Roku for it. Roku is 100 times better than any smart platform on any TV (I also have Samsung and Sony smart TVs). Roku blows them all away. It's a small investment since there's no monthly cost and it's worth the money. Moreover, with each TV having Roku, the interface is the same regardless of TV brand.

    I never even considered Roku except that it came free with my Sling subscription. But once I used it, there was no other option for me!
     
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    Lurker1

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    The built-in TV apps are like the built-in speakers. Fine for people who don't care, but everyone else will want to replace them with something better.
     
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    mr.unnatural

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    Apps for Disney+ are supposed to become available for all iOS and Android platforms on the 12th. This should also include smart TVs.
     
  13. Nov 9, 2019 #473 of 587
    astrohip

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    Why?
     
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    Family

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    I vote Roku as well.

    If it's either/or Tivo/Roku; I keep Roku.
     
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    Anubys

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    It's a combination of things...the interface is really easy, the remote is very nice, you can sort the apps so the ones you use are at the top, it seems to really optimize the wireless signal so you get the best quality (if you have a hard line, there's a roku for that as well), it has any app you can want...etc.

    For someone like me, with many different brands of TVs in the house, roku not only has the best interface, but streamlines it across platforms. That makes my wife have one fewer things to complain about! :p
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    It can't be 100 times better for me, because my TV does everything I want it to do for streaming, without having to buy something else or hook up something else. Therefore, by definition Roku is worse.

    For me.
     
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    astrohip

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    Thanks, good info. I've never used a Roku, or any device for that matter. Other than TiVo.

    All our TVs are new Sony's, so the same interface. And all my wife streams is Netflix or Prime, so the TiVo can handle that. She doesn't even know our TVs stream, when she sees me streaming, she thinks it's thru the TiVo.

    Same here. I tend to use the TV, not the TiVo, to stream. And the interface is easy for me, plus the picture is 4K. I have to use the Sony remote, but it's no big deal to use one more remote.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    I have a Harmony, so I'm still at just one remote. ;)
     
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    Whether an external device is "better" depends on one's needs vs what the TV offers natively. I also have a Sony with Android (2018 model) and it's just easier to use the native apps. That said, I don't have a need for the many, many niche apps that the Roku has.

    I've had plenty of Firesticks and Rokus over the years (since before TVs had apps) and in fact have a Firestick 4K plugged into the back of the Sony. I buy them when they are on half price sales and use as a backup and for apps the Sony may not have.

    As it turns out, Sony hasn't added the Apple TV Plus app so I have been using it for that. I can control with my relatively primitive Harmony 650 so it's a good option for us although it does require switching inputs rather than just pressing the "Watch Streaming" button. For some reason the Sony's Hulu app is also just in stereo so if I want to watch that with 5.1 sound I can also use the Firestick.

    PQ and streaming quality on the native apps are perfect. I do have it hard wired but unless an app I want is not on the TV's platform I see no reason to add a device and have to switch inputs (more an issue for others in the house than me).
     
  20. mr.unnatural

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    I have both a Roku and Nvidia Shields. The Shield is the closest device I've found to replacing my HTPC and I prefer it over the Roku.
     

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