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2020-09-21 10:49:43 AM  
Now do HBO Max.
 
2020-09-21 10:58:39 AM  
Gee, yet another streaming service they think I'm going to pay for. No thanks, I've already gone BACK to cable, it's bundled with fast internet, and I'm this close to dumping Netflix because they're becoming worse by the week.

I already get Amazon with my Prime account, plus I love the cheesy horror movies they offer.

That's it, not paying for a bunch of broadcast TV streaming services with content that I should be getting with my cable subscription.
 
2020-09-21 11:21:00 AM  
When Peacock launched in mid-July, it was notably absent from Roku, Fire TV, and some smart TV platforms including Samsung's, which all carry other popular video streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, and CBS All Access. For now, Peacock is still not available on those latter two platforms.

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One other big new streaming app is also missing from Roku, as well as Fire TV: HBO Max. With smart TV platforms seeming to give companies like HBO and NBCUniversal better deals, the biggest device sellers (Amazon and Roku) have yet to catch up, even though their hardware may run these apps better than a standalone TV.


This whole fragmented situation is such a pain in the balls.  It means you need to have backup options for every platform if you really want to have access to some of these things.  Android+Chromecast/Android TV seems the most universally accepted, but there's still some weird shiat going on at times.  Also have a Roku and a Fire TV Stick to cover bases and just rotate them between my TVs if I need something special(in-laws can't figure out how to use a Chromecast when they stay over, so they get the easy to use Fire Stick, but that circles back to all of this bullshiat).

Madcaplaff: Gee, yet another streaming service they think I'm going to pay for. No thanks


Peacock is completely free if you want it to be.  Ad supported, like TV.  Only real complaint I have with Peacock is that it doesn't have Homicide even though NBC owns the rights to it and it isn't available for streaming anywhere else.  Have to own the DVDs for that one
 
2020-09-21 11:32:06 AM  

bhcompy: When Peacock launched in mid-July, it was notably absent from Roku, Fire TV, and some smart TV platforms including Samsung's, which all carry other popular video streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, and CBS All Access. For now, Peacock is still not available on those latter two platforms.

...

One other big new streaming app is also missing from Roku, as well as Fire TV: HBO Max. With smart TV platforms seeming to give companies like HBO and NBCUniversal better deals, the biggest device sellers (Amazon and Roku) have yet to catch up, even though their hardware may run these apps better than a standalone TV.

This whole fragmented situation is such a pain in the balls.  It means you need to have backup options for every platform if you really want to have access to some of these things.  Android+Chromecast/Android TV seems the most universally accepted, but there's still some weird shiat going on at times.  Also have a Roku and a Fire TV Stick to cover bases and just rotate them between my TVs if I need something special(in-laws can't figure out how to use a Chromecast when they stay over, so they get the easy to use Fire Stick, but that circles back to all of this bullshiat).

Madcaplaff: Gee, yet another streaming service they think I'm going to pay for. No thanks

Peacock is completely free if you want it to be.  Ad supported, like TV.  Only real complaint I have with Peacock is that it doesn't have Homicide even though NBC owns the rights to it and it isn't available for streaming anywhere else.  Have to own the DVDs for that one


I stand corrected, it is a free service, but they still want you to give them your email, etc. And we'll see how long it takes until it does become a pay service like CBS or Disney.

/just tired of all this a la carte crap so you can watch 1 or 2 shows you can't get anywhere else, but SHOULD.
 
2020-09-21 11:36:25 AM  

Dr. Nick Riviera: Now do HBO Max.


They will. The new $50 4K Google/Android TV stand alone dongle is coming on the 30th will take a shiatload of Roku and Firestick customers away. TCL and Hisense are now making Android TVs.
 
2020-09-21 11:45:50 AM  

Madcaplaff: bhcompy: When Peacock launched in mid-July, it was notably absent from Roku, Fire TV, and some smart TV platforms including Samsung's, which all carry other popular video streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, and CBS All Access. For now, Peacock is still not available on those latter two platforms.

...

One other big new streaming app is also missing from Roku, as well as Fire TV: HBO Max. With smart TV platforms seeming to give companies like HBO and NBCUniversal better deals, the biggest device sellers (Amazon and Roku) have yet to catch up, even though their hardware may run these apps better than a standalone TV.

This whole fragmented situation is such a pain in the balls.  It means you need to have backup options for every platform if you really want to have access to some of these things.  Android+Chromecast/Android TV seems the most universally accepted, but there's still some weird shiat going on at times.  Also have a Roku and a Fire TV Stick to cover bases and just rotate them between my TVs if I need something special(in-laws can't figure out how to use a Chromecast when they stay over, so they get the easy to use Fire Stick, but that circles back to all of this bullshiat).

Madcaplaff: Gee, yet another streaming service they think I'm going to pay for. No thanks

Peacock is completely free if you want it to be.  Ad supported, like TV.  Only real complaint I have with Peacock is that it doesn't have Homicide even though NBC owns the rights to it and it isn't available for streaming anywhere else.  Have to own the DVDs for that one

I stand corrected, it is a free service, but they still want you to give them your email, etc. And we'll see how long it takes until it does become a pay service like CBS or Disney.

/just tired of all this a la carte crap so you can watch 1 or 2 shows you can't get anywhere else, but SHOULD.


Peacock have 3 tiers. Free with ads*, $5  More content with ads*, and $10 even more content without any ads.
/*Peacock ads are 5 minutes per hour
//Peacock has less ads than ANY free app on Roku or Amazon
//Tier two is free if you have Comcast
 
2020-09-21 11:52:04 AM  

bhcompy: Fire TV Stick


I'm watching Law and Order CI on Peacock via my Fire Stick. Watched Raised by Wolves last night on HBO MAX via the same Firestick last night. Took 5 minutes to sideload them both on my Fire stick
 
2020-09-21 11:57:39 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Dr. Nick Riviera: Now do HBO Max.

They will. The new $50 4K Google/Android TV stand alone dongle is coming on the 30th will take a shiatload of Roku and Firestick customers away. TCL and Hisense are now making Android TVs.


I have an Android TV device(Shield), a Roku, and a Fire TV.  Android TV is the least user friendly of the bunch.  Fire TV and Roku will maintain a userbase of people who don't want the complication of Android and the people who buy and setup tech for their parents/grandparents.

Madcaplaff: /just tired of all this a la carte crap so you can watch 1 or 2 shows you can't get anywhere else, but SHOULD.


It's annoying.  The concept of syndication is dying in the digital world, even though it makes rightsholders very rich.  AT&T has Friends(they own Warner, which owns Friends) as an exclusive on HBO Max.  There's no way that AT&T will ever make as much money off that as they do off syndication.  It seems to be the one time that companies would rather bite the bullet than make more money
 
2020-09-21 12:15:32 PM  
Peacock's website video playing is complete garbage. Peacock's mobile video playing is complete garbage.  They lack support for chromecast except to mirror, you can't cast.

Will the roku app be any better?  Somehow, I doubt it.  But I'll give a try, since it's free.

Anyone dumb enough to pay, I have a question: Is it a better overall experience than the free version?  Did they purposefully nuke the free version to make it suck as much as humanely possible to force you into paying for it?  Or does the pay version suck just as much?

I'm guessing AT&T will see how well Comcast threatening to pull all their apps to force a deal worked out (literally, it took less than 24 hours after that to suddenly strike a deal) and do the same thing for HBO MAX, but since HBO MAX casts fine, I don't care as much.  Plus, I paid $30 for the chromcast, I need an excuse to have it!

/The amount of 'unlockable' content is almost nothing.  I think I saw a grand total of like 10 movies that would be unlocked by paying.  I've seen a grand total of maybe 2 or 3 series that would be unlocked by paying.
 
2020-09-21 12:18:56 PM  

Madcaplaff: Gee, yet another streaming service they think I'm going to pay for. No thanks, I've already gone BACK to cable, it's bundled with fast internet, and I'm this close to dumping Netflix because they're becoming worse by the week.

I already get Amazon with my Prime account, plus I love the cheesy horror movies they offer.

That's it, not paying for a bunch of broadcast TV streaming services with content that I should be getting with my cable subscription.


You'll love all those ads cable is going to shove down your throat.
 
2020-09-21 12:21:54 PM  

bhcompy: When Peacock launched in mid-July, it was notably absent from Roku, Fire TV, and some smart TV platforms including Samsung's, which all carry other popular video streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, and CBS All Access. For now, Peacock is still not available on those latter two platforms.

...

One other big new streaming app is also missing from Roku, as well as Fire TV: HBO Max. With smart TV platforms seeming to give companies like HBO and NBCUniversal better deals, the biggest device sellers (Amazon and Roku) have yet to catch up, even though their hardware may run these apps better than a standalone TV.

This whole fragmented situation is such a pain in the balls.  It means you need to have backup options for every platform if you really want to have access to some of these things.  Android+Chromecast/Android TV seems the most universally accepted, but there's still some weird shiat going on at times.  Also have a Roku and a Fire TV Stick to cover bases and just rotate them between my TVs if I need something special(in-laws can't figure out how to use a Chromecast when they stay over, so they get the easy to use Fire Stick, but that circles back to all of this bullshiat).

Madcaplaff: Gee, yet another streaming service they think I'm going to pay for. No thanks

Peacock is completely free if you want it to be.  Ad supported, like TV.  Only real complaint I have with Peacock is that it doesn't have Homicide even though NBC owns the rights to it and it isn't available for streaming anywhere else.  Have to own the DVDs for that one


No worries

Murder Porn is easy to find on prime time Mercan TV.
 
2020-09-21 12:28:53 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Dr. Nick Riviera: Now do HBO Max.

They will. The new $50 4K Google/Android TV stand alone dongle is coming on the 30th will take a shiatload of Roku and Firestick customers away. TCL and Hisense are now making Android TVs.


Android sucks as an operating system.

Which is why i put my nvidia shield into storage and put my Roku Ultra back in service.

Plus nvidia gpu's suck for their sorry assed open source driver in Linux.

Bought an AMD video card for my desktop and smooth sailing.
 
2020-09-21 12:32:02 PM  

bhcompy: drjekel_mrhyde: Dr. Nick Riviera: Now do HBO Max.

They will. The new $50 4K Google/Android TV stand alone dongle is coming on the 30th will take a shiatload of Roku and Firestick customers away. TCL and Hisense are now making Android TVs.

I have an Android TV device(Shield), a Roku, and a Fire TV.  Android TV is the least user friendly of the bunch.  Fire TV and Roku will maintain a userbase of people who don't want the complication of Android and the people who buy and setup tech for their parents/grandparents.

Madcaplaff: /just tired of all this a la carte crap so you can watch 1 or 2 shows you can't get anywhere else, but SHOULD.

It's annoying.  The concept of syndication is dying in the digital world, even though it makes rightsholders very rich.  AT&T has Friends(they own Warner, which owns Friends) as an exclusive on HBO Max.  There's no way that AT&T will ever make as much money off that as they do off syndication.  It seems to be the one time that companies would rather bite the bullet than make more money


They will all consolidate over time so your choices go away.

Verizon bought TracFone.  Less choice means poop shoot for customers.
 
2020-09-21 12:51:59 PM  

jake3988: They lack support for chromecast except to mirror, you can't cast.


I'm having no issue with that.  Seems to work like casting anything else, at least on Android.

drjekel_mrhyde: I'm watching Law and Order CI on Peacock via my Fire Stick. Watched Raised by Wolves last night on HBO MAX via the same Firestick last night. Took 5 minutes to sideload them both on my Fire stick


Yes, you can sideload a number of apps.  There's still some weird shiat that happens at times, though.  Like Adult Swim isn't available through the Amazon store for a Fire tablet and won't authenticate when sideloaded, but does work on a Fire TV without issue even though they're both running FireOS under the hood.
 
2020-09-21 1:12:12 PM  

jake3988: Peacock's website video playing is complete garbage. Peacock's mobile video playing is complete garbage.  They lack support for chromecast except to mirror, you can't cast.

Will the roku app be any better?  Somehow, I doubt it.  But I'll give a try, since it's free.

Anyone dumb enough to pay, I have a question: Is it a better overall experience than the free version?  Did they purposefully nuke the free version to make it suck as much as humanely possible to force you into paying for it?  Or does the pay version suck just as much?

I'm guessing AT&T will see how well Comcast threatening to pull all their apps to force a deal worked out (literally, it took less than 24 hours after that to suddenly strike a deal) and do the same thing for HBO MAX, but since HBO MAX casts fine, I don't care as much.  Plus, I paid $30 for the chromcast, I need an excuse to have it!

/The amount of 'unlockable' content is almost nothing.  I think I saw a grand total of like 10 movies that would be unlocked by paying.  I've seen a grand total of maybe 2 or 3 series that would be unlocked by paying.


Disregard most of this.  I misunderstood.  Apparently the roku app dropped today.

When the deal was signed they said it would be weeks before it would drop.  Guess they were wrong!
 
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