Which device do you use for streaming?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by wco81, Mar 10, 2021.

Which streaming device or ecosystem do you use?

  1. AppleTV

    31.0%
  2. Roku

    40.7%
  3. Tivo DVR

    13.3%
  4. Tivo Stream 4k

    13.3%
  5. Nvidia Shield/Shield Pro

    8.0%
  6. Fire TV devices

    24.8%
  7. Google ChromeCast or Google TV

    13.3%
  8. Smart TV

    26.5%
  9. Other

    4.4%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

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    I could be misinterpreting, but I think he means it's surprising that the kind of buyer willing to spend big bucks on Tivo is not willing to spend big bucks on a streaming device or buy a Tivo streaming device. Turns out they're just like everybody else and just go for the cheap, popular options.

    For me the Firestick was just a gateway drug to cutting the cord entirely, ultimately ditching Tivo.
     
  2. Bruce24

    Bruce24 Active Member

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    I certainly might have misunderstood:confused:

    I was using my Tivo for streaming at first, it supported Prime, Netflix and MLB which were all I cared about. Then I wanted a service not supported by Tivo, so I bought and AppleTV. When Tivo stopped supporting MLB a few years back I bought another AppleTV because I sometimes would watch west coast games from my bedroom.

    Were I live I can't reliably get OTA TV. When I consider the savings of ditching cable and getting Hulu Live or YTTV + HBO + Showtime + Internet service (from Comcast) my savings are like $30/month vs. my current bundle...and I'd rather continue to spend that money and continue to use my Tivo.
     
  3. kokishin

    kokishin Active Member

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    I understood.

    However, cost and pragmatism do not have to be mutually exclusive.
     
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  4. wco81

    wco81 Active Member

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    Yeah Tivo is a brand name. It does have a large upfront cost if you get the Lifetime.

    But you know, Comcast and others will charge a lot for DVR service so may not be as much of a price premium over the generic DVRs that cable companies put out there.
     
  5. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

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    So how did you expect the poll to go? What's your main streaming device these days?

    Personally, over the past few decades, I've gone from extremely complex to extremely simple. These days my smart TV does everything except play discs. My home theater has gone from a rack full of a dozen or more devices down to just two devices today (AVR and disc player). I could even do without the disc player since it only gets used maybe once a month. I only keep it because renting new releases on disc is still a lot cheaper than streaming them.
     
  6. wco81

    wco81 Active Member

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    Apple TV, which is on the higher-end of the price range for streaming devices.

    Though actually I didn't buy it, got it as promo for Direct TV streaming service.

    But I may get the next Apple TV.

    Also have the Chromecast 2.
     
  7. NashGuy

    NashGuy Well-Known Member

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    Heh, I got my Apple TV 4K the same way and I also have a Chromecast 2 plugged into my TV. (Occasionally I use it to cast music or photos from my Pixel.)

    What are you hoping that the next-gen Apple TV will do that the current one can't that would tempt you to buy it? I'm sure it will be more powerful -- the rumor is Apple wants it to be able to handle more sophisticated/better-looking games from Apple Arcade (which I've never tried and don't care much about).

    I can think of things that I'd tweak in the tvOS UI but the current-gen hardware is completely adequate, IMO. Maybe I'd consider buying if the SoC and software in their next box worked some real AI magic in cleaning up and upscaling inferior video sources. Like correcting compression artifacts, noise, etc. -- the kind of video processing that the highest-end Sony TVs do.
     
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  8. wco81

    wco81 Active Member

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    Yeah I wouldn't be surprised if there's little improvement in PQ or AQ over the ATV4K.

    Maybe a better remote finally? Or an outside chance at HDMI 2.1?

    Otherwise, I just don't want to pay full price for a product that's over 3 years old now. I will spend the almost $200 but not on an old product. It may be perfectly fine for streaming content but just won't do it.
     
  9. NashGuy

    NashGuy Well-Known Member

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    Those seem pretty likely. I like the current remote fine but lots of folks do not. Given the way tvOS works, I can't really see them completely doing away with a touchpad on the remote but maybe they'll somehow redesign it to make it less prone to user error.
     
  10. mattyro7878

    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

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    while streaming I will have the urge to go back and look at something. Then I remember I am not using my Tivo Roamio; this is not going to end well for me. Overshooting one way or the other by 20 minutes is just the beginning!!~!
     
  11. mattack

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    The apps on my TV do reasonably decent skipping by a short period (like 15 seconds) with the left/right navigation buttons, on multiple streaming services. on one of them (I don't remember which one at the moment), holding the same button down does a reasonable scan through the show..
     
  12. wco81

    wco81 Active Member

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    Apple TV has 10 second forward or backward skip. Just tap as many times as necessary. Usually the response is immediate.
     
  13. Hamstring

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    Roku. It has every app and Xfinity. Also has airplay.
     
  14. ncted

    ncted A leaf on the wind

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    Except Spectum currently, and HBOmax and Peacock last year. Airplay is nice in these circumstances. The inclusion of AirPlay is an indication to me that Roku plans to continue to have disputes with app developers over revenue share.
     
  15. hapster85

    hapster85 Well-Known Member

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    Until last November, we were happily using Fire TV. Then the living room TV broke, and we added on to the newly finished basement. So now those two locations are Android TV. Bedroom is still Fire, but I've thought about getting a new Chromecast Google TV dongle for it.
     
  16. wco81

    wco81 Active Member

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    They use actual AirPlay, the Apple protocol? So you can use iPhone or iPad apps to stream to the Roku device?
     
  17. ncted

    ncted A leaf on the wind

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    If you have the right hardware, yes.

    Roku!
     
  18. humbb

    humbb Well-Known Member

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    You can also mirror from Samsung phones and tablets to a Roku using Smart View (Quick Settings button).
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2021
  19. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

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    TVs have built in Airplay too. I used that for HBO, since my TV doesn't have an HBOMax app..though I then realized there is an app for Playstation 4, so I just use that now.
     
  20. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I've tried all the various streaming devices and prefer the Apple TV. It's also the only device that has every app. Every other device is missing at least one major app. The remote sucks, but there are 3rd party options to fix that.
     

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