Originally Posted by JackB
Could any Phase 1 testers comment on how this client box works? Is it pretty much like a DTV client box? Have they built in a lot of the usability features into the remote so that most all the functions I am used to using are there? Things like Custom Guide, List of Recordings, Info about the program being watched, etc.
Originally Posted by Ph8te
You should take a look at the link mdavej posted, lots of posts in there.
To address these specifically, the app is pretty much the same as the current Fire TV app but with the additional remote and voice control functions in the referenced thread. There are no other significant app enhancements per se, so none of the extras you asked about. The main thing is it operates pretty much like a cable/satellite DVR in terms of being able to quickly and directly jump to the guide, specific channels (by number if you want), recording list, do one-touch recording, etc., thanks mostly to the additional buttons on the remote versus a streaming device remote (beta 1 testers should be getting the new remote too).
When you turn the box on, it goes directly to live TV really quickly. Being an Android device, you can add/remove and switch to other apps from within the DTVN interface. When you exit an app, you're put right back where you left off in the DTVN app.
Biggest problem reported is forced HDR which apparently still hasn't been fixed. No reports on that from beta 2 testers yet. I should have mine soon, and finally have a 4k tv to connect it to.
With Netflix finally getting added and Prime coming soon, should be a decent alternative to cable/satellite if you can adapt to the 20 hr / 30 day recording limit.
Hope that helps.