Originally Posted by Zookster
There's bitrate and there's buffering and outages. Guess which service is notorious for the latter.
Sorry; but except for the 1 time 4 hour outage back in October, I've NEVER experienced an outage. And as far as buffering goes, 99% of the time buffering issues is a result of YOUR Network/Internet connection. I had slight buffering issues when I first signed up with DirectvNow. But once I fixed my "Home Network", I haven't had one buffering issue in 6 months. And the higher video quality is, the more critical a stable internet connection is. So I would expect DirectvNow to have some issues that require the home network to be looked at.
But hey, if the very best video quality isn't important; (Which for MANY people, including my wife is the case); then go with Sling, Youtube, Vue, hulu, or whatever. For me, I wanted the best video quality I could get.
Also; just as important, (More important for my wife), is the "Channel Selection". NO PROVIDER EXCEPT DirectvNow, can provide the channels that I and my wife want. The ONLY way I could get the same channels currently, if I changed away from DirectvNow, would be to combine services with 2 or more services. E.g. Youtube + Philo. And even then, I'd have to go with a 3rd service to get HBO and other premiums. And sorry; but no one "Wants" to have to switch between 2-3 different apps just to see what's on tv to watch. I sure don't. Let alone, combining 2-3 services will cost me $20-$30 per month MORE than what it costs me for DirectvNow.
I have nothing against Youtube. For many, it seems like a good service. Go for it. For me, DirectvNow has been FLAWLESS. I have absolutely no use for a DVR, so even though DirectvNow describes theirs as "Beta" and still in development, that doesn't affect my decision. What affects my decision for having DirectvNow is: Channel avialability, Price, and highest video quality. For what I'm looking for, ONLY DirectvNow can provide what I want.