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Old 10-17-2019, 07:51 PM   #1061
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Staying with friends on San Mateo.

They have YouTube TV instead of regular cable. Every sports channel under the sun. ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, NBCSN, CBS sports and the local FS, NBCSN and CBS sports. All for $50/month.
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Old 10-17-2019, 08:44 PM   #1062
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Did you have to sideload the app? It won't let me install via the play store, even using a VPN. I've got it working in a browser.
Apkmirror.com has pretty much every play store app dumped, and it's updated daily with new app versions

The one thing you need to watch for is specific Android TV support for each app, if you're using a shield. Some apps (like Hulu) have a completely separate app for Android TV, while others have a single app that works both on TV and mobile

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Old 10-17-2019, 09:03 PM   #1063
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Apkmirror.com has pretty much every play store app dumped, and it's updated daily with new app versions

The one thing you need to watch for is specific Android TV support for each app, if you're using a shield. Some apps (like Hulu) have a completely separate app for Android TV, while others have a single app that works both on TV and mobile
Yeah I've used apkmirror many times. Thanks.

By the way, a new Shield TV leaked today. It looks like a disappointingly minor upgrade but it'll support Dolby Vision at least.
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Old 10-17-2019, 09:35 PM   #1064
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Yeah I've used apkmirror many times. Thanks.

By the way, a new Shield TV leaked today. It looks like a disappointingly minor upgrade but it'll support Dolby Vision at least.

Actually I'm stoked for the new processor. The 2017 shield is an emulation beast, but just falls short running Gamecube and Wii games through Dolphin. If the new Tegra chip enables it to play those games at full speed I'll buy it for that alone
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Old 10-17-2019, 10:58 PM   #1065
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Actually I'm stoked for the new processor. The 2017 shield is an emulation beast, but just falls short running Gamecube and Wii games through Dolphin. If the new Tegra chip enables it to play those games at full speed I'll buy it for that alone
They’re going with the X1+ chip which is supposed to be 25% faster. I would have hoped for a bigger performance bump after 4 years, and they’re not increasing the RAM either.

There’s going to be a “stick” version too. I’d be ok with it getting the more modest spec bump but the pro model should’ve got at least the X2 and 6GB of RAM to really make sure it can run stuff like Dolphin.
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Old 10-18-2019, 08:29 AM   #1066
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They’re going with the X1+ chip which is supposed to be 25% faster. I would have hoped for a bigger performance bump after 4 years, and they’re not increasing the RAM either.

There’s going to be a “stick” version too. I’d be ok with it getting the more modest spec bump but the pro model should’ve got at least the X2 and 6GB of RAM to really make sure it can run stuff like Dolphin.
Well the 2017 Shield is still the most powerful media player on the market, and they don't need extra ram or an X2 to run Netflix or Prime. They're not going to bump specs up just so it can emulate games better, the amount of people using the Shield for that is minuscule compared to their overall customer base
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Old 10-18-2019, 11:10 AM   #1067
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Well the 2017 Shield is still the most powerful media player on the market, and they don't need extra ram or an X2 to run Netflix or Prime. They're not going to bump specs up just so it can emulate games better, the amount of people using the Shield for that is minuscule compared to their overall customer base
I get that but it’s not enough for me to upgrade. The Apple TV 4K has been my go to anyway and the new update makes it nearly perfect.
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Old 10-20-2019, 08:00 AM   #1068
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If you've got Telus, I've got Pik TV for 2 years $5/month with a $5/month credit (so free) including 5 specialty channels then I added the sports package which includes all of the Sportsnet channels and TSN for $14/month.

It's a bit of a cop out to cutting the cord, but at least it's not traditional cable.
How is this working out for you? Any problems?
I am on Optik, and always have freezing/lagging on my upstairs tv. I’ve had techs over time and again who run all their tests and upgrade the box and do this and do that and the issue never resolves. My upstairs tv is wireless but I’ve got the booster thing and they swear the wireless service is strong, but every ‘x’ number of days the freezing returns then goes away, rinse lather repeat. My tv downstairs seems to work fine though it has in the past had the same freezing problems albeit not for some time. Internet otherwise seems fine as well.

It just seems it’s the Optik tv that isn’t working for me. I was considering changing to Shaw as perhaps it would solve the freezing aspect which is my only concern and to which Telus can’t fix after years of tech visits. I wonder though if this Pik tv idea may be an option. I only want the basic channels and sports as you noted. Maybe this is an option for me in staying with Telus and keeping the handful of (live) channels I seek.

Any feedback from yourself, or anyone else reading this?

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Old 01-24-2020, 12:53 AM   #1069
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New to the thread so apologies if this has been covered.

A friend of mine in Toronto with a smart tv recently signed up to a trial for Nora Go. Seems sketchy to me.

But apparently for a modest fee she gets a full line-up of live and on demand channels in HD.

Last Sunday I confirmed she was able to watch both the NFC and AFC title games live on CBS and FOX and looks like she has the full suite of Sportsnet and TSN channels.

Anyone have any experience here? I am getting tired of Shaw's ridiculous rates.
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Old 01-24-2020, 06:43 AM   #1070
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New to the thread so apologies if this has been covered.

A friend of mine in Toronto with a smart tv recently signed up to a trial for Nora Go. Seems sketchy to me.

But apparently for a modest fee she gets a full line-up of live and on demand channels in HD.

Last Sunday I confirmed she was able to watch both the NFC and AFC title games live on CBS and FOX and looks like she has the full suite of Sportsnet and TSN channels.

Anyone have any experience here? I am getting tired of Shaw's ridiculous rates.

Nora Go looks like IPTV. Not really legal and lots going on in the world right now with authorities shutting these down and rumbling about going after subscribers.
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New to the thread so apologies if this has been covered.

A friend of mine in Toronto with a smart tv recently signed up to a trial for Nora Go. Seems sketchy to me.

But apparently for a modest fee she gets a full line-up of live and on demand channels in HD.

Last Sunday I confirmed she was able to watch both the NFC and AFC title games live on CBS and FOX and looks like she has the full suite of Sportsnet and TSN channels.

Anyone have any experience here? I am getting tired of Shaw's ridiculous rates.

Not legal, any IPTV stream that's not coming from an established TV provider is just a bunch of pirate streams put together in a single package. Quality will vary widely between providers and even channels from the same provider, and it can be shut down at any time
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:34 PM   #1072
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Also if she is in Toronto- with a decent antenna you'd be able to pick up the US networks from across the lake.
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Old 01-26-2020, 01:57 PM   #1073
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Nora Go is not a provider, just the software that any number of iptv providers may use.
And yeah, they are all illegal.
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I got a notice on my LG tv that there’s an Apple TV app available now. I probably won’t use it but if you’ve bought content from Apple it’s nice to know there’s another way to watch it without buying an Apple product.
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I got a notice on my LG tv that there’s an Apple TV app available now. I probably won’t use it but if you’ve bought content from Apple it’s nice to know there’s another way to watch it without buying an Apple product.
Being able to AirPlay directly to the TV would be handy. My LG just missed this capability I think though.
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Being able to AirPlay directly to the TV would be handy. My LG just missed this capability I think though.
Yeah the 2019s have Airplay and Chromecast support. Hopefully Apple makes an Android app for TV like they did with music.
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Thoughts on streaming devices? My vizio TV, beautiful as she is, has very poor wifi reception and I have to get a streaming device that has all the newest formats that Netflix has (dolby vision etc). I was going to get a firestick 4k, because I read chromecast ultra doesn't support dolby vision, but that's been updated? Thoughts on streamers?
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Thoughts on streaming devices? My vizio TV, beautiful as she is, has very poor wifi reception and I have to get a streaming device that has all the newest formats that Netflix has (dolby vision etc). I was going to get a firestick 4k, because I read chromecast ultra doesn't support dolby vision, but that's been updated? Thoughts on streamers?
Is there a reason you don't have your TV plugged in? Is the idea that you want your streaming box to be on wifi as well?

Imo, if you're having trouble with WiFi at 4k on the TV, you will have trouble with 4k on any wifi connected device.
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Is there a reason you don't have your TV plugged in? Is the idea that you want your streaming box to be on wifi as well?

Imo, if you're having trouble with WiFi at 4k on the TV, you will have trouble with 4k on any wifi connected device.
I don't have an ethernet cable where the tv is.

The Vizio p 2018 has notoriously weak WiFi performance. I got a chromecast ultra and can test it out soon.
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So it works really well. But I went and checked and did more testing and it looks like it's just the plex app on Vizio that's causing an issue. Wireless I was able to stream Dolby Vision 4k on the native netflix app.

So the question now is, do I want to have a 90 dollar device for use only with plex. Lame.
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