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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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6 Messages

2 years ago

@CompuPreach Did you get it recently?

 

Couple of us got emails going on four weeks ago saying we were getting devices to test and nothing yet.

Tutor

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11 Messages

2 years ago

When I got notified I was getting the box I got it like 5 days later
bno25ab

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540 Messages

2 years ago

I got my hands a one of these boxes through a friend. She didn't want it, so very happy.

Had some problems with the initial setup since it would hang on downloading updates. Seemed I had set a wrong setting in the QoS setting on my router.

Very happy so far. Pretty fast startup, channel changes. Comparable and a tiny bit faster then my Apple TV and Fire Stick.

Love the channel numbers, even though I have to get used to them again. Haven't used them in over 2 years. 

Local channels are coming through nicely. Only ones so far did the streaming restart when I switched to ABC. Haven't noticed any buffering so keeping my fingers crossed on this one. Note: I didn't have any buffering issues on my other devices either, except for the occasional hiccup. 

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11 Messages

2 years ago

you will love the box I've had no issues, no buffering and have been streaming for a couple years too. In the beginning I had a lot of buffering but as time went on it got better and then none so I'm happy. you can download Pluto TV its awesome and so many channels and movies you should check it out

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2 Messages

2 years ago

Does your unit make a grinding Lise? Is there a hard drive in the unit? I cannot figure out what it is doing?

John Daniel

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6 Messages

2 years ago

Seems like its a reasonable device, for those who got one. Big question is, how much? Expect a monthly charge, but does it really offer anymore then using a Roku or FTV? The whole immediately playing content thing is a negative for me, though if its actually for the DTV user, then I understand. Probably my biggest complaint with the DTVNow app on my FTVs.

Tutor

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11 Messages

2 years ago

Mine does not make any noise if you get in touch with them they will send another one
bno25ab

ACE - Guru

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540 Messages

2 years ago

Mine also doesn't make a sound. Checked the housing and didn't see any openings that might suggest there's a cooling fan inside that might have a bad bearing.

So there could be a loose internal connection sparking. I'd be careful with that. As suggested, contact DTVN through chat and maybe you can get a new one from them.

 

As to the box itself, I finally found a very bad bug. Every so often the sound goes off. Both in Stereo and Surround settings. Right now the box is connected to the HDMI input of my Vizio TV and getting sound through my SONY Audio Receiver through ARC. All my other equipment is connected directly to my Audio Receiver without this sound-bug, so I will be testing if connecting the HDMI cable directly to my audio receiver will help. Could be an ARC problem. If not, I guess this is a bug with the box (either hardware and/or software). I did read about this in at least one post with the same bug.

 

As to the comment about needing the box. I guess it's a matter of preference. I only have DTVN and OTA, so pressing the ON button and kind of immediately having live TV is very nice to me. Others who have a mix of streaming subscriptions on their streaming devices might not like this and rather at start up have a choice which app to start.

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11 Messages

2 years ago

No noise here…quiet as a church mouse!

bno25ab

ACE - Guru

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540 Messages

2 years ago

Sound bug solved. Seemed it was an ARC problem. After connecting the HDMI cable directly to an input on my SONY receiver the sound remains on. No more hiccups sound wise.

 

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1 Message

2 years ago

Yes, I went over my data limit. I had to go back to my Ruku.

 

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11 Messages

2 years ago

Data limit ? How did you do that ? Is it not connected too wifi ?

bcbsncjlj

ACE - Expert

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19.9K Messages

2 years ago

Means they exceeded their ISP's data limit. Not everyone has unlimited.

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1 Message

2 years ago

I had no major diffculties setting up the device. At start up it sometimes powers down and must be restarted. Start up time is long, but I am sure they will work to speed that up.  Yes, it will buffer during viewing, but usually not long. Anytime you use the rewind or review feature you must endure paid advertising, but there is a clock to alert you of the time remaining until programming resumes. Picture is not as clear as casting direct from mobile device, but I run it from a hot spot source.

bcbsncjlj

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19.9K Messages

2 years ago

You need to use the BETA forum instead of here. Since you have a box you should have received an email to join the forum.

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