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Sat, Dec 8, 2018 9:22 PM

Directv Now Streaming Box Beta

Is there anyway to volunteer to be a beta tester for the new Directv Now streaming box?  I’ve had Directv for over 20 years and have both Directv and Directv Now, but I never get the opportunity to try out the new products.

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KiLLaBEE

Mentor

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31 Messages

2 years ago

I was one of the first to get the box and mine came with the remote that was shown on a previous post. Everything works just as good as it does when I use the Apple TV. I have a harmony elite which I haven’t set up to use with this box, and I actually like the remote it came with. Feels really good in the hand. 

Teacher

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11 Messages

2 years ago

The remote is just garbage. Try using it at night or in a dark room and you can’t see anything. Very poor design. I was an early beta user but have refused to even test with it as the remote lacks in many ways. If they would send out an updated remote we would begin to test it again. Until than lll continue to use the Apple TV and it’s remote.

Tutor

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11 Messages

2 years ago

I can agree the remote is a major difficulty for me. I may not go as far as not using the system because of it, but it is hard to use. I am happy with the performance of the system however, and am still waiting for Netflix as a functional app.
lizdance40

ACE - Sage

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79.8K Messages

2 years ago

I used the box once, hated the remote (I got the yuck version) and the box is limited in apps.  

Love my Roku.

Like the fire stick, I pack it for travel.   

DTVN is on its last month here.  Doing trials of other services.  Can not justify the increase when other services are much cheaper.  The $5 HBO price was a big winner. 

 

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beww357

Master

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4.6K Messages

2 years ago

Personally I can't stand that ATV remote, for several reasons. It can't be used in the dark any more than the beta test device. Too easy to pick up upside down, and "swipe" to me means to steal something.

So I use a Harmony, it works great and even allows me to do things that can't be done with the Apple remote, like see video as I FF or REW.

 

Tutor

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11 Messages

2 years ago

Can it be use along with my fire stick so I can keep my apps?

bno25ab

ACE - Guru

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520 Messages

2 years ago

Yes, it's a separate box, so as long as your tv has enough HDMI inputs you can use this box together with your fire stick on the same tv.

 

 

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Tutor

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11 Messages

2 years ago

Do you like the new box and remote? I was reading that people didn't like it.

Tutor

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11 Messages

2 years ago

I like the box the performance of the system etc. However the remote is a mess. Very difficult to use. Also I’m very happy with the recent addition of new apps to the box. Netflix yea!

beww357

Master

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4.6K Messages

2 years ago

There is no way to volunteer, but the Osprey boxes do show up on EBay.

You would not be an official beta tester, but you could get the hardware, unless the seller also gave you the beta tester credentials, if that's even possible.

I'm not sure of the legality of re-selling a test box you received for free, I'll let the lawyers argue that one.

 

 

Tutor

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11 Messages

2 years ago

HI there I am an official Beta tester My husband has an account and so do I because of our cell phone plans being separate. So we get Direct Tv Now half price. Hoping this doesn't change in the future. I am keeping both boxes and will do all of the Beta questions required like last time...I would be chicken to put it on EBay, ha ha..

Tutor

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11 Messages

2 years ago

OH good Netflix is on it...I thought the second round of Beta testers got an improved remote. That stinks my elderly mom will be using one of the boxes I receive. I'm getting 2 boxes because we are AT&T Customers and we get Direct now half price and in order to get this deal my husband and I had to have different accounts which we already did anyway

Tutor

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7 Messages

2 years ago

so I got my box in yesterday.. hooked it up to my new Sony Bravia 75" tv and was an interesting setup.

pair remote, let it do its updates, etc...

 

once in.. I added Nexflix and Plex apps so I should be golden. I would love to get my hands on the APK as I side loaded NTV Now onto my tv from the google play store and it is not tv friendly as its for touch screen devices..

 

anyway... Everything seems to work EXCEPT!!! DTV NOW!!!!! I cant get it to run. it starts, buffers, never plays a video.. frustrating.. going to do some more testing tonight. 

bcbsncjlj

ACE - Expert

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19.7K Messages

2 years ago

Basically I have little to trouble with buffering with the BETA or commercial versions of DTVN. Never really understood why do many do have issues. Customer setup or ISP or location? No idea.

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Tutor

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7 Messages

2 years ago

this post is about the new android-tv box that is being beta tested..

 

I have an apple 4k tv box and all works well

I have a Roku Ultra and all works well

 

so while all of this works, were saying the new beta box with issues...

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