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Am I overlooking the detail, or does it not list when this will expire anywhere? Right now I am trialing Vue and would like to avoid more overlap than necessary
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Am I overlooking the detail, or does it not list when this will expire anywhere? Right now I am trialing Vue and would like to avoid more overlap than necessary
I'm looking to cut the cord too, so how's PlayStation Vue, is it good & have you tried any other TV streaming apps? It's the number one TV streaming app that I want to use.
1. PlayStation Vue
2. DirecTV Now
3. YouTube TV
4. HuluPLUS w/ TV
5. Sling TV
I wanna end up trying them all to see which one I or more importantly my mother prefers, so she could cut her cable too. I think I heard that Amazon & Comcast Xfinity was coming out with a TV streaming app as well.

I know DirecTV Now had another deal where you purchase 2-months of DirecTV Now for $70 & get a free Roku Premiere+ 4K HDR Streaming Box. I hope that one is still available, because this 1-month $35 deal only comes with a Roku Streaming Stick. which I think only does FHD 1080p with no HDR.
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nice that they cut it down from two to one month. But I'm afraid you might be dissatisfied with the service if stick doesn't cut it. It would be nice to get the latest and greatest stick, maybe 4K too. DTVN is a resource hog and needs a strong wifi if not ethernet. I even put my FTV2 on the back burner because DTVN runs better over Roku TV app and Roku Premiere+ box.
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nice that they cut it down from two to one month. But I'm afraid you might be dissatisfied with the service if stick doesn't cut it. It would be nice to get the latest and greatest stick, maybe 4K too. DTVN is a resource hog and needs a strong wifi if not ethernet. I even put my FTV2 on the back burner because DTVN runs better over Roku TV app and Roku Premiere+ box.
Good to know about Roku. Thanks monkeybiz.
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Good to know about Roku. Thanks monkeybiz.
just general observation, been running DTVN for a year over several devices. Wasn't a Roku fan until I got the TCL roku 4K tv. I really don't know much about this Roku stick, too confusing sometimes to keep up.

I'm the OP in the ATV 4K bundle with DTVN that is still going on into the new year. I didn't get the apple product but it seems to have the raw power to run the apps.

I'm running the beta in chrome a lot and the recent outages might mean they are ramping it up for release soon.
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just general observation, been running DTVN for a year over several devices. Wasn't a Roku fan until I got the TCL roku 4K tv. I really don't know much about this Roku stick, too confusing sometimes to keep up.
How is DirecTV Now on the TCL Roku TV? I also wasn't a Roku fan until I got a TCL a month ago, but I find that all the apps I've tried run great. Been using Sling for a while and their Roku app on the TCL kills their Android app. But now I'm looking for something with locals and both ESPN and Fox sports channels. DTVN looks like it fits the bill for me, if it runs smooth and reliably.
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How is DirecTV Now on the TCL Roku TV? I also wasn't a Roku fan until I got a TCL a month ago, but I find that all the apps I've tried run great. Been using Sling for a while and their Roku app on the TCL kills their Android app. But now I'm looking for something with locals and both ESPN and Fox sports channels. DTVN looks like it fits the bill for me, if it runs smooth and reliably.
I have the TCL 55S405 and the Roku app is rock solid and reliable. It seems a big YMMV with the DTVN feed, mostly depending on location. Half say buffering is bad and the others just don't comment or say it's as good as cable. I've had Directv Satelitte 1080i for 18yrs and DTVN looks as good or better.

I'm perhaps a bit biased because I'm grandfathered on GO BIG and the OP in the big Apple TV 4K bundle. The Roku TV app seems as good as the Roku Premier +. The display also is a factor, some TVs up-convert better than others. However if source is crap then it doesn't matter. I'm getting a Vizio P65 tomorrow so prepared to see every skin blemish possible.

I stream two streams in HD constantly since I'm a live news hound and retired/seasonal work. I do get frustrated with it sometimes but can live with the brief buffers. My Beta experience has gone downhill but that's another story.
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I have the TCL 55S405 and the Roku app is rock solid and reliable. It seems a big YMMV with the DTVN feed, mostly depending on location. Half say buffering is bad and the others just don't comment or say it's as good as cable. I've had Directv Satelitte 1080i for 18yrs and DTVN looks as good or better.
Thanks for the review and comments. My TCL 49S405 is basically the same as yours but smaller, so I have high hopes for the Roku app. I'll probably flip the Roku stick or give it away but it's a nice throw-in. Still have an unused Express from Sling sitting in a drawer, and my mom occasionally uses the free Roku 3 I passed on to her. With this TV + Sling and Plex apps I haven't touched my Android box in weeks.

The lineup is nice for $35 - ESPN, Fox Sports regionals, Discovery, Comedy Central, Viceland, Syfy, etc. It will be nice to have local channels, which Sling doesn't offer here. And I'll save $5/mo compared to their price for their Blue+Orange package. Pretty crumby of them to charge $25 for the package with Fox networks (including my regionals), then a whole $15 to add ESPN and little else. I won't retire my antenna since I watch more PBS than anything, including the sub-channels, and I'm between two different markets and can pull in most channels from both. Anyway, this should be a worthwhile upgrade. Their freebie promo works - it's helping to convince me to give them a try.
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Update to my previous post.
I signed up tonight, pre-paying for a month and the Roku stick. I regret it already, here's why:
  • The guide is horrible - terribly slow to pop up, slow to scroll, hard to read because of the stupid transparency level, no configurability.
  • My regional sports nets are not included in the $35 package. Definitely my fault but I feel misled - when I put in my zip code to check available local channels I was also given a place to check the RSNs, not realizing that this did NOT mean they were included.
  • The Roku app is slow to load, for me anyway.
  • The website will only work in incognito mode for me, and only supports Chrome and Safari. (Yes, I cleared cookies, etc. - still doesn't work normally - just a blank page.)
  • Too much pausing to buffer. Not constant, but way, way too much, and 1000% more than any other app on my TV. Too much to tolerate. No way to limit bandwidth.
I wish I hadn't prepaid, as I don't think they'll let me cancel without charge now, even if I tell them to keep the Roku stick. The package I "need" with the RSNs is $50, and includes precisely 2 channels I'll ever watch that aren't in the $35 package. I've watched less than half a football game and the app has stopped to buffer about ten times. No, neither my wifi nor my ISP are the problem, since everything else works great, all the time.

Maybe some day we'll have true a la carte TV, but until then I'll probably never be happy with any provider's packages. I really only want about 20 channels but I'm still forced to pay for a bunch of crap I don't want and to pay extra for things that are included in pretty basic traditional cable packages. I'll be done with DTVN after this $35 mistake, some of which I'll probably recoup by selling the Roku stick, and I'll walk away disappointed. WIll go back to Sling and live without ESPN for $25/mo. or with ESPN for $40/mo. The only thing I'll miss from DTVN is Discovery channel. Oh well.
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And if you're interested in this, note that the Stick they are sending out is the crumbier 3800: no 4K, and half the memory of the 3810. That's right, 1080p max, in 2018.

And along with the frequent buffering on my Roku tv, I've been completely unable to watch some channels with their Android app due to error 40. Wifi and mobile, tried everything, no dice. This will definitely be a one-month-and-done experience for me. It is hard for me to believe that everything related to AT&T is garbage and that their customer service has never, ever improved over the years, but every time I give them another try I regret it before long. It's like everything they do is beta-level, so even though I'm a geek I'd be scared to even try anything they label as beta.

The only upside I've found is that I didn't get the Apple TV deal and pay for 4 months up front.
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sorry to hear it's not the latest and greatest stick. I just updated the apple 4k deal, AT&T has extended the offer while supplies last if you need more power. I suspected as much, a better box will make life and DTVN more bearable. https://slickdeals.net/f/10806843-4k-apple-tv-4-months-prepaid-directv-now-140-new-customers?v=1
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I'm looking to cut the cord too, so how's PlayStation Vue, is it good & have you tried any other TV streaming apps? It's the number one TV streaming app that I want to use.
1. PlayStation Vue
2. DirecTV Now
3. YouTube TV
4. HuluPLUS w/ TV
5. Sling TV
I wanna end up trying them all to see which one I or more importantly my mother prefers, so she could cut her cable too. I think I heard that Amazon & Comcast Xfinity was coming out with a TV streaming app as well.

I know DirecTV Now had another deal where you purchase 2-months of DirecTV Now for $70 & get a free Roku Premiere+ 4K HDR Streaming Box. I hope that one is still available, because this 1-month $35 deal only comes with a Roku Streaming Stick. which I think only does FHD 1080p with no HDR.
Me too, looking to do some trials. I want to do playstation vue but I keep getting a location error, I can't do a bad interface, my husband would complain too much. So hmmm...what to do..
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I'm looking to cut the cord too, so how's PlayStation Vue, is it good & have you tried any other TV streaming apps? It's the number one TV streaming app that I want to use.
1. PlayStation Vue
2. DirecTV Now
3. YouTube TV
4. HuluPLUS w/ TV
5. Sling TV
I wanna end up trying them all to see which one I or more importantly my mother prefers, so she could cut her cable too. I think I heard that Amazon & Comcast Xfinity was coming out with a TV streaming app as well.

I know DirecTV Now had another deal where you purchase 2-months of DirecTV Now for $70 & get a free Roku Premiere+ 4K HDR Streaming Box. I hope that one is still available, because this 1-month $35 deal only comes with a Roku Streaming Stick. which I think only does FHD 1080p with no HDR.
My favorite is Direct TV Now. I like the guide feature, and the ability to keep hearing/watching a show while searching for another show. HBO Go is only an additional $5. I don't believe there is a DVR function yet, but you can log into all of the major networks using DTV credentials to stream shows you miss. I know it is not perfect. The big limitation is that you only get 2 streams, but that works for me.

Next favorite is Sling TV based upon guide and cost. Works everywhere with 5 streams.

I had trouble using PSV and HL because I prefer the traditional guide format over the block tile format. They stream just fine if you don't need a traditional guide.

So many factors to consider. I recommend at least taking advantage of the Roku deal.

PS: If you do a trial first, I think you are blocked from the Roku deal. That happened to me. I had to use a different email to set up a new DTV account to take advantage of the offer.
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And if you're interested in this, note that the Stick they are sending out is the crumbier 3800: no 4K, and half the memory of the 3810. That's right, 1080p max, in 2018.

And along with the frequent buffering on my Roku tv, I've been completely unable to watch some channels with their Android app due to error 40. Wifi and mobile, tried everything, no dice. This will definitely be a one-month-and-done experience for me. It is hard for me to believe that everything related to AT&T is garbage and that their customer service has never, ever improved over the years, but every time I give them another try I regret it before long. It's like everything they do is beta-level, so even though I'm a geek I'd be scared to even try anything they label as beta.

The only upside I've found is that I didn't get the Apple TV deal and pay for 4 months up front.
My experience has been the opposite. I stream to the Roku stick without issue. It could be a network issue on your end.
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