Originally Posted by TedRPeters
I'm considering 'cutting the cord' and getting rid of my DVR and tv service and going internet-only.
Has anyone here done that with any of these (or others that I have missed) ATV4K network bundle apps?
Hulu with Live TV
I'm interested in any opinions on how well any of these work on the Apple TV, how the picture/sound quality is (at least 1080p? 5.1?), does the 'cloud DVR' feature work (allow skipping commercials?) etc.
Thank you in advance for any feedback or suggestions!
YouTube TV was excellent on ATV4K but the commercial experience there is, typically recordings get replaced with on-demand content with no commercial skip ability; a major inconvenience compared to physical DVR at home. If you watch within 12 hours, you get what you recorded in the cloud but as early as that time from recording, you no longer can skip commercials because of the switch taking place. The commercial experience, 9 months life per recording and otherwise unlimited DVR capacity is a value if the commercial experience doesn't ruin it for you.
DirecTV Now has no public DVR yet but expected soon. Beta DVR by invite only isn't reliable but I don't suspect that indicts the public release; it should be reliable and better quality. Hopefully there will be pause with buffer capability in public release of DVR but it hardly allows for an extended buffer in beta. I believe the public offering will be better than beta experience from past beta experiences with DirecTV.
I don't recall if YouTube TV does this but many recordings are 30 fps and audio seems substandard on Hulu Live TV and DirecTV Now beta. What helps, imo, is that Hulu has a better on-demand offering so this doesn't impact quality as much as other TV services.
Not that Hulu Live TV is best all around; still lacks some channels, recording sporting events isn't as straight forward as TV series and movies. And even with commercial free or commercial skip methods with recording (enhanced DVR) or buffering live TV, there's a tendency to steer users into the commercial watching schemes by default. From my standpoint, if paying for the commercial free on-demand and enhanced DVR, there's options to avoid or skip commercials but you need to know yourself what content options there are and limitations when watching or adding content to your watch list (what was once easy with on-demand commercial free option just got needlessly complicated with Hulu Live TV beta). And it also seems you can buffer live TV and skip commercials but only if that pertains to its live status. Once the buffered show isn't live anymore, the ability to skip commercials is lost (as if Hulu now treats the remaining portion as on-demand with no commercial skip).
None of which are the ATV player's fault or limitations; it's Hulu's approach that isn't ideal. Say you record a series because you know that's the only option to skip commercials; your watch list will have a recorded caption for that episode but if you try to play it from there, you'll get the on-demand episode by default and find you cannot skip commercials in the episode. Unless you play from list of episodes or manage my DVR (which seems best for view/delete mode you're likely accustomed to anyway), you'll default to Hulu's "let's maximize your commercial viewing experience". Apparently Hulu wants it that way.
I've not tried Sling or PSVue. I included the above to differentiate between physical DVR at home to DVR in the cloud. With a good connection, the quality is there and sometimes better than my old DirecTV satellite DVR. It's been nice to press the voice button and say "skip 3 and half minutes" or "skip 90 seconds" for tennis changeovers. ATV is useful for skipping commercial breaks, especially where the desired interval changes.
And sometimes on Hulu, when live TV is buffered on ATV4K, when the commercial break is posted in a round countdown timer; a single 10 second skip with Siri remote will skip the whole commercial break. Can't do that with DirecTV.
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