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How do you navigate the video streaming channel nightmare?
Posted by: davester
Date: February 28, 2020 04:50PM
We have our fancy new Samsung TV hooked up to Comcast internet and cable app. However, when I sit down to watch a current or recent show (usually something like Homeland, Picard, Outlander, Better Call Saul, a brit show or three, etc) I often forget how to go about watching it. Some of these shows require purchasing either the show or a subscription to Showtime or CBS All Access. However, it's difficult to remember which app to go to for each show. If I use the Samsung app to search for the specific show, it might come up with five different choices (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Fandango, CBS, etc.). It may be that I have a subscription to one or more of these, or to the show itself on one of these, but it's difficult to keep straight what I've paid for or what channels I'm currently subscribing to. To make it worse, even some of the channels can be subscribed to in different ways (i.e. Showtime can be obtained through Comcast, through Hulu, through Amazon Prime, and who knows what else. A couple of times I've found myself paying to watch something that I previously paid for on a different channel.

Is this just a function of old age, or are there others who get confused. It certainly doesn't help that we're only occasional TV watchers so that between viewings I tend to forget how things work. Any good ideas for keeping all this stuff straight?

Oh, another thing...

Some shows seem to be free to watch via a computer browser but require subscribing to a channel to watch on the TV. For example, our guilty pleasure is CBS's Survivor. I can watch any episode I want for free on the laptop, which can then use the TV as a giant monitor. However, if I try to watch it via the CBS All Access app on the TV I have to pay $6/month (and that still has more commercials than I get through the web browser). This is craziness.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan



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Re: How do you navigate the video streaming channel nightmare?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: February 28, 2020 04:54PM
No...they took a good thing, Netflix, and broke it. They all wanted a piece of the pie and thought they could do better on their own. Anymore, if it isn't on Netflix or Amazon Prime it doesn't exist to me. I really want to watch Picard, but I'll just wait until I can order DVDs off of Netflix I guess. Apparently their was another Star Trek series that was only available online through CBS' portal but I never heard about it or watched it. It still isn't available on Netflix.



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Re: How do you navigate the video streaming channel nightmare?
Posted by: Bernie
Date: February 28, 2020 05:04PM
Get a stand alone box like Apple TV or Roku and stick with it. Avoid TV software that is never finished and changes more often than the remote.
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Re: How do you navigate the video streaming channel nightmare?
Posted by: kurtzie
Date: February 28, 2020 05:07PM
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Bernie
Get a stand alone box like Apple TV or Roku and stick with it. Avoid TV software that is never finished and changes more often than the remote.
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This.
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Re: How do you navigate the video streaming channel nightmare?
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: February 28, 2020 05:51PM
I go for the high latency Netflix DVD/BD setup.
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Re: How do you navigate the video streaming channel nightmare?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: February 28, 2020 08:10PM
Survivor? barf smiley



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Re: How do you navigate the video streaming channel nightmare?
Posted by: davester
Date: February 28, 2020 08:23PM
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Filliam H. Muffman
Survivor? barf smiley

How many times have you watched it? I thought not.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: How do you navigate the video streaming channel nightmare?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: February 28, 2020 09:09PM
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Bernie
Get a stand alone box like Apple TV or Roku and stick with it. Avoid TV software that is never finished and changes more often than the remote.
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Roku powered TVs get updated regularly as well.



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Re: How do you navigate the video streaming channel nightmare?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: February 29, 2020 07:17AM
I feel your pain davester old fogey smiley

My LR TV is a LG (webOS) with built in Prime, etc. + tons of other channels but no
PBS (have to go thru Prime or use the ATV4k or <shudder> the webOS Browser).
Meanwhile the BR TV is dumb, use a Firestick 4K and old ATV2.
Two totally different protocols to watch the same channel for each!
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Re: How do you navigate the video streaming channel nightmare?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: February 29, 2020 10:43AM
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davester
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Filliam H. Muffman
Survivor? barf smiley

How many times have you watched it? I thought not.

I watched a few episodes in the first five years and couldn't stomach it. People risking their health and lives for entertainment. I am really surprised someone hasn't died. Recent seasons haven't gotten any safer.



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Re: How do you navigate the video streaming channel nightmare?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: February 29, 2020 10:45AM
Another vote for sticking with something like an AppleTV.

Individual streaming channels (apps) are another matter; each seems to want to reinvent the wheel with every release. Netflix might be the champ b'c that's just what we're used to, but it is simple and relatively clean.

Prime Video is one of the worst IMO -- i.e., instead of, say, a single entry for "psych", there's entries for each season. They're cleaning that up a bit but in a list you'll still see "psych season 8, psych season 1, psyche season 4" etc.

Prime also has a big problem with subtitles routinely being off from what's on screen. I've reported it when I find it; sometimes they acknowledge & fix it, sometimes they say something offensive like "can't you turn them off and just sit closer to the TV".

Disney+ is quite nice with its layout.

BritBox is terrible, but mostly for me b'c I need subtitles. You always have to navigate to the show specifically to get to the episode list so you can select the version of the episode that has subtitles burned in (it doesn't use the system's settings for CC/subtitles, no matter what their technicians tell you).



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Re: How do you navigate the video streaming channel nightmare?
Posted by: davester
Date: March 01, 2020 08:10PM
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Filliam H. Muffman
People risking their health and lives...

That's pretty funny. Apparently you haven't watched it.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: How do you navigate the video streaming channel nightmare?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: March 01, 2020 09:07PM
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davester
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Filliam H. Muffman
People risking their health and lives...

That's pretty funny. Apparently you haven't watched it.

I guess neither have you.



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