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Looks like streaming services are the new "Cable." Look for them to continue to go up till people drop everything and go with just ota antenna. Like full circle in the grand scheme of things. We started with antennas and now we end up using them again to save money on ota networks ,which are what my wife and I watch the most anyway.
 
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So I tried Directv Stream for the couple of days when YTTV lost the espn channels. There are some good to the service, the PQ was excellent, and it was pretty fast to change channels.

However, somethings about it just seemed stuck in the sat/cable past to me after several years with other streaming services.

So when YTTV restored the channels a day later, I cancelled D Stream. Not with a simple click to cancel however. They make you call or do a chat so that you spend more time getting it disconnected and get to listen to the old sales pitch to get you to stay. What should have taken ten seconds, took 5-10 minutes.

Personally, that last part is enough reason that I doubt I try them again unless it is changed.
 
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I've decided to switch over from YTTV. PQ is excellent using FireTv plugged directly into ethernet and it supports 5:1 surround on many channels which I find very pleasing. It's about as close to cable/fiber TV as it gets like local RSN's and several other channels I enjoy YTTV Google will never carry. The UI on YTTV is better but Directv Stream has come a long way from Directv Now and better than the IPTV fiber boxes I tried recently which I found clunky and cumbersome to maneuver and more expensive without a better PQ.
 
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Well ordered the DirectTV streaming box they sent the 2019 version C71KW. It came with HDR on as the default as you can imagine everything was over-saturated and crushed. Turned off it looks better but PQ still wasn't as good as FireTV. After looking at the LG-CX settings I discovered the FireTv cube was defaulting to DolbyVision and was why it always looked better even over the Roku (Ultra) so went into the Roku display settings and turned on Dolby Vision and now the Ultra looks just as good. I'll be sending the C71KW back even though I fell in love with the remote, it turns the TV experience into what it was back when I had satellite.
The Roku remote has better features over FireTv and comes as close to the C71KW experience with better PQ with Dolby vision on. Directv Streaming does have an upgraded box but as far as I can tell hasn't been released yet but once they do I'll be giving it a try. Hopefully, it has the Dolby Vision feature. LG just recently released a software update Dolby Vision 4K @120Hz when the HDMI ULTRA HD Deep Color is set to ON and it looks great even if not gaming.
 
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Everyone has their preferences, but I personally turn off any forced HDR/DV settings on my devices. The device will still display content that's actually HDR/DV in that format, but I'd rather use my TV's picture settings that were calibrated for SDR content on SDR content.
 
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How is the new 2021 Apple TV 4K as a Stream box?
I always resisted buying one because of the price, and there were other much cheaper alternatives.

That said, I finally got one a couple of months ago, and IMO it is the smoothest operating streamer out there. Even beating out the powerful Shield device. PQ imo is also better, if only slightly.

So I changed my tune, and think it is worth the money, especially if you are already in the apple ecosystem.
 
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I always resisted buying one because of the price, and there were other much cheaper alternatives.

That said, I finally got one a couple of months ago, and IMO it is the smoothest operating streamer out there. Even beating out the powerful Shield device. PQ imo is also better, if only slightly.

So I changed my tune, and think it is worth the money, especially if you are already in the apple ecosystem.
I agree 100%!
 
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I always resisted buying one because of the price, and there were other much cheaper alternatives.

That said, I finally got one a couple of months ago, and IMO it is the smoothest operating streamer out there. Even beating out the powerful Shield device. PQ imo is also better, if only slightly.

So I changed my tune, and think it is worth the money, especially if you are already in the apple ecosystem.

Great to hear, thanks for the feedback.
 
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