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View Poll Results: What Is Your Favorite Streaming-Video Provider?
Amazon Instant Video 110 13.40%
Blockbuster On Demand 1 0.12%
CinemaNow 0 0%
Hulu 19 2.31%
iTunes 25 3.05%
Netflix 425 51.77%
Vudu 88 10.72%
YouTube 35 4.26%
Other 47 5.72%
I don't watch streamed video 71 8.65%
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post #181 of 198 Old 12-27-2018, 01:38 PM
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One of the primary reasons I am shocked at the prices people are paying for the latest Oppo UHD players. Paying exorbitant, above retail prices for a now defunct player with no hope for firmware updates. I own an Oppo for my SACD and DVD-A discs.

But to the question on the thread, we use Netflix and Prime in the living room and bedrooms. Disc only on the theater room.
Don't get me wrong I can get firmware updates just not for netflix in order to get DD 5.1. But my receiver matrixes the sound and for the amount I watch netflix it isn't bad. I do most of my action watching useing BD. Also even though Oppo is not making anymore new players they said that they will continue to support players that are out there now with tech and firmware support.
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I think Netflix and Amazon are the best for their robust content library and investments into original shows.
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Netflix! even if I hate the way it manages movie genres/categories
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Yes Netflix is my favorit, but annoying we have less content here in Sweden....
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Again, I'd rather watch a Blu-ray. I was watching the Dark Knight on Netflix (the poll leader) and noticed severe posterization in dark scenes, particularly when he is in China and swoops down off the building at night. It took me right out of the movie. I switched to same scene on the Blu-ray and it was gone.

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Netflix - mainly because of their high quality original content.
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Like I said earlier I had Netflix but the reason I do not currently have it is I lost my job so that got cut and once my job is stable and not through an agency I will most likely get it back. One thing I hate with streaming services is the line up changes and there is only so much content and usually you do not find alot of classics or rare titles. And another example is Ultraviolet going under there are and will be services that come and go and so will your library when they do. I look at Netflix like a different version of HBO so I can justify the cost of Netflix because I am not spending money on something I do not own like digital media, it is more like a subscription service. Streaming is ok for rentals as well so that is something I am looking into to add to what I have in my library of movies on disc.

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Netflix: May be resubscribing this summer
Vudu & Movies Anywhere: Mainly to register codes to use to back up movies I purchase on disc. Also may rent movies using there service
Planning on purchasing an 4K Apple TV this year for renting movies

Considering a NAS but I will have to be able to play back lossless surround, Dolby Atmos and DTS-X! But the cost of investing into a NAS and the time and effort of ripping movies from disc to the NAS makes me wonder if it is worth it. Granted once everything is on the NAS it is just a matter of adding movies as I buy them. But currently I still do not see value in spending money on something I can not hold in my hand, something that can be taken away if there are any legal issues / licensing problems, provider going out of business and you loose everything and you actually do not own anything! Granted streaming has improved so much and there is no doubt it kills DVD quality and is close to blu-ray. But the best experience and quality is still physical media especially 4K UHD Blu-ray. Shure digital content doesn't take up space but if they change the version they are offering your screwed! Some services can cancel your account then what? For me digital is not worth spending money on and the library is no where near what is on physical media with the number of titles in 4K and with lossless audio or immersive audio. This may change in the future but for now no buying digital content.

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I dont really watch streaming video so I picked Other





When you stop watching what they want you to watch you stop thinking what they want you to think.. Then you see a world that is nothing like they tell you it is.
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I just upgraded to ATMOS last month, so besides picture quality, that's one more strike against streaming. I'm sure one day it will be good enough, it just isn't there yet.

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I just upgraded to ATMOS last month, so besides picture quality, that's one more strike against streaming. I'm sure one day it will be good enough, it just isn't there yet.
Lossy Atmos is available through streaming, just not lossless. I agree with you on sound quality, lossless is the goal, but Atmos functionality is available.
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My question is quite simple, it regards a specific aspect of the aforementioned providers' offer. Do you know who offers the most user-friendly phone and tablet application as well as which provider has the option of downloading the content to your device?
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Lossy Atmos is available through streaming, just not lossless. I agree with you on sound quality, lossless is the goal, but Atmos functionality is available.
For a price...

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For a price...
Well... yeah - Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, iTunes.. etc cost money, but the ability to do Atmos (lossy) doesn't cost extra, unless I'm missing something (don't use Atmos).
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I'm in Australia just to note as Stan is Australia specific.

I use Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime Video, Itunes, and Youtube. I own a few movies and tv shows on Google Play but it's not really used by me as I prefer itunes.

In terms of preference I consider the video/audio quality of about all the services to be pretty close. At least if you're comparing an HD stream to an HD stream or a 4K stream to a 4K stream. I probably prefer Itunes out of any of them due to the breadth of recent 4K content. Netflix is only 4K for original content. With a few exceptions I think, like Outlander used to be in 4K and Blacklist used to be in 4K. And Stan has a pretty limited amount of 4K content.
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Well... yeah - Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, iTunes.. etc cost money, but the ability to do Atmos (lossy) doesn't cost extra, unless I'm missing something (don't use Atmos).
You are. ATMOS on Netflix requires paying for a higher tier level, and Prime only allows ATMOS on certain devices (Firestick, etc).

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You are. ATMOS on Netflix requires paying for a higher tier level, and Prime only allows ATMOS on certain devices (Firestick, etc).
I guess so, but since I already am paying more for UHD access, I didn't take into account (or know) that the 1080p level doesn't support ATMOS.
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streaming for TV is primarily amazon, movies require BD at the moment due to quality on vid/audio. Streaming just can't match it.
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We subscribe to YouTube (Red + TV), HBO, Amazon, and Netflix. Content varies per provider at any given time - i.e. Netflix/HBO will constantly phase-in/out items. Curation seems to be best with HBO, but I think its because there is less selection - i.e. more quality per amount of scrolling so its easier to find something to agree on to watch.
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