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My TV's internal apps 250 34.82%
Roku 264 36.77%
Chromecast 103 14.35%
Apple TV 151 21.03%
Fire TV 109 15.18%
Game console 162 22.56%
PC/Mac 198 27.58%
Phone/tablet 136 18.94%
Blu-ray player 156 21.73%
I don't stream video 37 5.15%
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Poll: How Do You Stream Video?

Do you stream video? If so, how do you do it? Do you use a TV's built-in smart apps, a dedicated streaming device, a PC, a phone, or something else?

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I put AppleTv reluctantly because I only use it for a movie I know I am not going to buy but want to see. I purchase 99% of my movies on UDH Blu RAy or regular Blu Ray. When watching the actual disc you get the best sound quality and picture quality capabilities. I did not spend a ton of money on my system to watch compressed video and audio, I know I am part of a small percentage but I will hold out as long as I can. It is funny that this article came out because my wife and I were at Thomas Moser over the weekend discussing the purchase of a new custom home theater cabinet and she asked what my plans were for all of the Discs I had.
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. . . I did not spend a ton of money on my system to watch compressed video and audio, I know I am part of a small percentage but I will hold out as long as I can . . .
+1 on this - the streaming I have experienced so far (Netflix, Amazon Prime) is at best passable, at worst dreadful.
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I put AppleTv reluctantly because I only use it for a movie I know I am not going to buy but want to see. I purchase 99% of my movies on UDH Blu RAy or regular Blu Ray. When watching the actual disc you get the best sound quality and picture quality capabilities. I did not spend a ton of money on my system to watch compressed video and audio, I know I am part of a small percentage but I will hold out as long as I can. It is funny that this article came out because my wife and I were at Thomas Moser over the weekend discussing the purchase of a new custom home theater cabinet and she asked what my plans were for all of the Discs I had.
I just rent the movies I want to see via Netflix disc by mail or Store-3D-blurayrental.com. I use steaming for original Netflix and Amazon content not available on disc and for watching TV shows that I missed when they were on TV, their streaming quality is much better than cable or satellite.

As for devices, I just use my Sony Android TV's internal apps, it's the easiest way and has excellent quality.

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You did not put HTPC. Sometimes I use Chrome to watch some Youtube stuff in 4k (as long as you have the right video card). I always use external devices at my two main media consumption positions in my home (Great room & Mancave) which are Denon receivers. I subscribe to Netflix, Amazon (with Showtime addon), Hulu & have HBO GO because of my D* package. We keep D* for Sunday Ticket. I have an Apple TV 2 & 3 & Roku on a stick, but like Dave-T the vast majority is Blu-ray ripped via MakeMKV & streamed (wired GigabitEthernet) from a 17TB unRAID server with kodi as the front end. I have the el-cheapo samsung 4k player in the Great room & an oppo 103D in the Mancave. The plan is to get that 65in 4k TCL that everybody is raving about & oppo 203 this fall. Yes, I watch & pay for waaayy to much television.
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I stream a few different ways. I have a P-series that I do not need an external streaming box. I al so have an LG OLED that I use the built it apps as well as an ATV. When apple finally releases a 4K ATV, I will probably use that on both the LG and the Vizio. I rarely if even stream movies, it is mostly for streaming HBO, Showtime, and Netflix.
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You forgot media players as well...
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You did not put HTPC. Sometimes I use Chrome to watch some Youtube stuff in 4k (as long as you have the right video card). I always use external devices at my two main media consumption positions in my home (Great room & Mancave) which are Denon receivers. I subscribe to Netflix, Amazon (with Showtime addon), Hulu & have HBO GO because of my D* package. We keep D* for Sunday Ticket. I have an Apple TV 2 & 3 & Roku on a stick, but like Dave-T the vast majority is Blu-ray ripped via MakeMKV & streamed (wired GigabitEthernet) from a 17TB unRAID server with kodi as the front end. I have the el-cheapo samsung 4k player in the Great room & an oppo 103D in the Mancave. The plan is to get that 65in 4k TCL that everybody is raving about & oppo 203 this fall. Yes, I watch & pay for waaayy to much television.
PC/Mac includes HTPC, was my thinking.
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Add Nvidia Shield TV to the list. This is what I use.
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A poll like this is very difficult because so many CE devices these days include streaming capability.
In my case, I stream TV shows over Netflix and Amazon Prime using a TiVo.
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Add Nvidia Shield TV to the list. This is what I use.
Please vote for gaming console. Polls have a limit of 10 options. I wanted to include Shield as a stand-alone streamer, but its gaming abilities led me to the list I went with.

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I use a PC but its in another room, and I use a Steam Link to stream to my media room. So no big, loud, ugly box in the room, but it functions as a regular PC and a pseudo-game console since the steam link has wireless support for most modern game console controllers PS3, PS4, XBox etc.
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+1 on this - the streaming I have experienced so far (Netflix, Amazon Prime) is at best passable, at worst dreadful.
+1 same here. I do not like the quality of the streamed content I have tried so far.
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You forgot media players as well...
Do you mean software? Please vote for PC/Mac.
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A poll like this is very difficult because so many CE devices these days include streaming capability.
In my case, I stream TV shows over Netflix and Amazon Prime using a TiVo.
Lol, I forgot about TiVo. And how could I forget about TiVo when Tropic Thunder is one of my favorite movies!!!! Oh well, sorry.
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+1 same here. I do not like the quality of the streamed content I have tried so far.
Only high bitrate UHD streaming offers PQ that someone used to Blu-ray would find equivalent. IMO, Vudu's UHD offerings in Dolby Vision set the standard for how good streaming can look. I do grant that there's lots of bit-starved content out there.

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You forgot media players as well...
Do you mean software? Please vote for PC/Mac.
No I was referring to hardware media players from brands like Popcorn Hour, Dune, Zappiti, Egreat, HiMedia,... They are all being talked about in this exact sub-forum.
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No I was referring to hardware media players from brands like Popcorn Hour, Dune, Zappiti, Egreat, HiMedia,... They are all being talked about in this exact sub-forum.
Ah gotcha. I confess, I am not familiar with them. So, they all run apps like Vudu, YouTube, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, etc. as well?

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No I was referring to hardware media players from brands like Popcorn Hour, Dune, Zappiti, Egreat, HiMedia,... They are all being talked about in this exact sub-forum.
Ah gotcha. I confess, I am not familiar with them. So, they all run apps like Vudu, YouTube, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, etc. as well?
It all depends. Not always. Especially Netflix is hard as Netflix needs to approve a device of its streaming. Amazon in HD is also not always possible. At first I understood your question in a way that it would include local streaming/playback as well (just read your post here and not the article). But now that you mentioned Amazon, etc. I guess media players don't really being here as you are just focusing on commercial internet streaming.
So you can forget my objection^^

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It all depends. Not always. Especially Netflix is hard as Netflix needs to approve a device of its streaming. Amazon in HD is also not always possible. At first I understood your question in a way that it would include local streaming/playback as well (just read your post here and not the article). But now that you mentioned Amazon, etc. I guess media players don't really being here as you are just focusing on commercial internet streaming.
So you can forget my objection^^
Mostly, I wanted to see if people are using a TV's internal apps vs. some other device for streaming over the Internet...

I too get where the confusion occurred.

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On my OLED LG it's with the TV's apps. On my Sony 75x850C it with Nvidia Shield, on other TVs it's a Roku

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And now to your poll:

In the rare case I use streaming, I’m using the Xbox one S because its relatively fast and the apps are up to date. If I remember correctly, Xbox One S was the first to receive the Dolby Atmos update.

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For me it's a Roku Ultra, an LG C7 OLED TV and a Sony X800 UHD player. The latter two have limited options compared to the Roku but all of them have Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. Sometimes which device I use depends on which one is on or a specific capabity. If I've just watched a Blu-ray or UHD movie and want to look at something on YouTube, Netflix or Amazon, I'll just keep the disc player on and use that. If there's something on Netflix in Dolby Vision, then it's the C7's native app (the Sony isn't DV capable yet) and if I want a greater variety of apps, especially the HBO and Showtime streamers, then it's the Roku. It's nice to have options.
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I stream from either the apps on my TV or, if in our theater, the FireTV box. Neither is ever used for serious movie watching. We use the Amazon/Netflix app on our TV for shows unique to them and the FireTV box for watching movies when I don't care about the quality of either the audio or video and have no interest in owning the movie.

We have strongly considered more streaming to get off of DirecTV, but even in an area as populated as Atlanta (we don't live there anymore), not all of the 4 major channels are available for "real time" streaming ------ and that is only important to me for sports.

Like others have noted, I didn't pay all of this money for my theater to watch sub par video and listen to sub par audio.

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I think Netflix HD quality is superb. Sometimes I'm fooled into think I'm watching a BR. Anyways...

My rank, by my own usage only is:

1) WebOS internal app
2) Roku Ultra
3) Chromecast Ultra
4) Phone/tablet
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6) UHD BRP Apps

I need the first 4 in my life, the last two are just overkill.
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If its a UHD movie that I want to see in the very best quality, then I'll rent the blu-ray from store-3d-bluray.

Otherwise, if I stream a movie, I'll usually use my Samsung Smart TV apps for ease of use and convenience 90% of the time. However, the Samsung TVs do not output Dolby Digital + via ARC so if its a movie that I want to watch in Dolby Digital +, then I'll stream using a Chromecast, or built in streaming apps on my blu-ray player

If Samsung is ever able to put out an update that allows DD+ via ARC, then I'll most likely use my Samsung Smart TV for 99% of my streaming needs.
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There needs to be an Other option but yeah I mostly use my Roku 4, everything else is just the odd ball app or source that needs to use one of my other devices.
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I purchase 99% of my movies on UDH Blu RAy or regular Blu Ray. When watching the actual disc you get the best sound quality and picture quality capabilities. I did not spend a ton of money on my system to watch compressed video and audio, I know I am part of a small percentage but I will hold out as long as I can.
I don't limit myself to what's available on disc... as I didn't spent a ton of money on my system(s) to limit my available content. Some times streaming is the highest available quality (at that moment). All of the online premium channels are far superior to my OTA/cable images not to mention Netflix's 4k programming.

Sure the shinny discs are superior although that's only the case if they have the content you wish to view... in my case more often than not they don't.
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A poll like this is very difficult because so many CE devices these days include streaming capability.
In my case, I stream TV shows over Netflix and Amazon Prime using a TiVo.
+1 on this also. I do 90% of my streaming via the apps on my TiVo! The TiVo is my central "hub" for everything on my TV. I have many other means of streaming, but the TiVo apps make it easy with no input changes necessary.
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A few years ago I looked over all the streaming boxes and decided to plug a Mac mini into the TV, and we're very happy with it. Unlike any streaming box, having a computer plugged into the TV means we have access to just about anything, with easily expandable storage and readily upgradeable software. And we greatly prefer navigating from the sofa with a Bluetooth trackpad and keyboard instead of having to do a seemingly infinite number of clicks on the buttons on a streaming box remote.

At the time, a big factor in choosing the Mac mini was being able to easily record OTA HD television for time shifted viewing, which at the time almost no dedicated streaming hardware could do. But since then, Plex and SiliconDust have developed OTA recording solutions, so when it comes time to replace the Mac (which could be years from now at this point), I might switch to an NAS instead and record OTA TV directly to its disks. Some of the new NAS boxes even have an HDMI port now for a direct connection to the TV, removing the need for another box to clutter up the power strip.
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