Originally Posted by Superman07
I’m in the market for either a 4K Apple TV or a Roku Ultra to upgrade my old Roku. We’re currently using PS Vue, so I’d like something that plays well with controlling that. Current Roku seems to have issues when paired with the Harmony as it’s tricky to navigate between the different menus.
Apple TV app sounds like it blends different services and makes a seamless interface (ala Roku search), but the website is very vague on all of it. Almost sounds like the feature won’t be available yet, so wasn’t sure if it was tied to the ATV+ service.
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When I had PS Vue about a year ago, I tried Roku Ultra and ATV4K; hands down ATV4K was faster and got updates quicker too. Roku was slow and didn't always allow skip through commercials that I could do with the ATV4K (some vod and catch-up episodes)? PS Vue support was telling me at the time that Roku was in need of updates. ATV4K seems to generally have more update frequency across most apps.
And personally, I like the Roku Ultra but for TV streaming apps, it only seemed ideal for YouTube TV. Been nearly a year but it was slow on DirecTV Now and still has issues with framerate auto switching on Hulu for me. And I've yet to sync any Harmony remote will with it; missed command steps or just goes inactive for a spell. Annoying. Also annoys me that Roku lost its interval skipping forward feature; now it's only fast forward in increasing increments (no guess where you land), no logical skip for set time frames like 30 seconds, 90 seconds or 3 and one half minutes. Voice skipping still isn't there yet.
If you have the Harmony Hub, your Harmony remote will integrate better with Apple TV than Roku.
Search and voice commands are best with the ATV4K, IMO. Roku has some catching up to do with Google Assistant. However, I believe it's still only the Amazon Fire TV that will do the voice commands like voice skip with PS Vue. At least I think it did with PS Vue? Been a while for me, sorry!
If you're willing to pay the extra for the ATV4K, I think you'll like it. Some don't like the Siri remote but I find it's a premium when scrubbing through content and using voice skip where available. I also have the Amazon Fire TV 4K Stick; though it also has voice skip and framerate matching, it's less available than ATV4K for my apps and use. Alexa generally annoys me with narrow voice commands and misinterpreted commands. And using voice commands, I much prefer Siri's approach to text onscreen rather than voice that doesn't even have its own volume control. Surely wish Amazon would fix the volume issue!
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