Well, I'm a current Vue user, and I'm giving the Youtube TV service a free trial because they finally added CNN, one of my must-have channels. Obvious advantages up front: a lower price $35 a month versus Vue's $40 a month (goes away on March 13th, so I have until then to decide, in a way, though my free trial ends on the 20th), BBC World News and Turner Classic Movies on the lowest tier, two of my like-to-have channels.
So far, however, I'm not really liking it.
Yes, I've not encountered any major glitches, and, yes, the picture quality is superior. Any channel that is in 1080 shows up on Youtube TV in 1080, any 720 channel shows up as 720. This is in marked contrast to Vue, which reprocesses everything into 720.
However squeezing everything control-wise into my phone, and depending solely on ChromeCast to watch it on my main TV feels quite limiting (although not as inconvenient as it did the first day or so).
I have a real concern about the fact that YTV's DVR recordings disappear the moment On Demand copies are released by the content provider, because those OD copies have commercials through which one CANNOT fast forward. As a result, I feel a lot of pressure to watch my recordings within hours of having recorded them, and I don't like that kind of pressure.
More and more, I'm thinking the ideal DVR experience has to incorporate a Download and Go-type feature. There are programs I'd like to save long-term, and it is rumored that DirecTV Now may make that available when they roll out their DVR in the spring. The ability to save programs long-term on my local hard drive is very appealing; it restores the power we used to have with our VCR recorders, and which I sorely miss. Yes, unlimited cloud DVR relieves the pressure to constantly decide what to delete and what to save, which was indeed a pain. And I'd never want to go back to the days of Verizon FIOS, when I was constantly doing housekeeping on my DVR recordings. Still, local storage should at least be an option.
Most importantly, however, I really miss the ability to have a standalone device that I can use to watch TV, without tying up my phone or my computer. I have a Fire TV, which offers the best interface for Vue, but google and Amazon are currently in a pissing contest over something-or-other, so Youtube TV is not coming to Fire TV any time soon.
Which means that if I just can't take the phone interface any more, I have to buy a Roku or an Apple TV.
In the case of Vue, there were sharp differences in quality between their various STB aps, with the wildly overpriced PS4 and the Fire TV being the best, which is why I purchased a Fire TV in the first place.
I presume therefore that there is a difference in the quality of the Youtube TV user experience between the Roku ap and the Apple TV ap. Are there folks here who use the Roku Youtube TV ap? Are there folks here who use the Apple TV Roku ap? Which is better? What are the differences?
Part of what's going on here is that I really want to give YTV every chance to convince me. It represents a saving of $60 a year if I get it before March 13th, so I feel an obligation to bend over backward to give it every opportunity to make the sale with me. Buying additional hardware is never a deal-killer with me. One never knows when such additional hardware might not come in handy and it can never hurt (aside from the one-time impact of the purchase, and I figure I can always borrow and repay myself if I want to be really persnickety with my budget).
If I can go with an STB that has a satisfactory user experience, am I willing to forego DVR recordings where I can fast forward through commercials? That is obviously a major commitment of time in exchange for a $60 savings, and I could quite possibly decide it's not worth it. Still, I feel I need to experience the superior Youtube TV experience that would come with a Roku or Apple TV before I definitively reject it.