I’ve succumbed and bought an Amazon Fire Stick (which is vastly inferior to my Apple TV).
Here’s a warning for you all. To turn Dolby 5.1 on you have to adjust a setting in the Now app, not just the settings in the Fire Stick. It’s taken me 30 minutes of hair pulling to work that out.
This is nothing new for NOW apps on many devices.
Even though I have the firestick... and even with its new software.. I find the experience slow and clunky.
Since Now finally started to play nice with the Apple TV app... (PLEASE Netflix follow suit).. it just shows me how superior the whole apple infrastructure is when it comes to the TV experience.
I can now add TV shows to my up next list, and thats synchronised across all devices, I can see new episodes when I check on my iPhone... I use the firestick highly grudgingly.
However... with the imminent price rise for boost - something I never expected given that what it offers is standard with most other streaming services... coupled with the fact they seem to think its perfectly acceptable to not provide a 5.1 soundtrack on the AppleTV... enough is enough and im cancelling boost.
Cutting off my nose to spite my face perhaps.. but i refuse to pay £5 a month when I cant use it properly on my platform of choice... a platform where literally every other streaming app has managed 5.1 for years so I simply cannot accept there is any technical limitation that Now are up against.
When they finally get their act together is when ill come back... of course this will have a knock on effect for me as ill cancel movies too as I dont want to watch in 2.0.
Ill keep my eye on this forum as Im sure it will be apparent when they fix 5.1.
I can see Now losing a lot of customers over these changes and it’s inability to improve the viewing experience (the most expensive streaming service provides the lowest quality).
Rather than subscribe all of the time, in the future I might subscribe for one month out of every three or so and watch everything I want to see in that month. Netflix, Prime, Apple TV and Disney (which combined cost me less than I pay Now) will keep me busy the rest of the time.
What’s funny is NowTV don’t even get the basics right as it doesn’t remember the episodes watched after an unknown period, I’m not sure if this is between not having a pass active or just after a period of time. But it’s really annoying, Netflix remembers forever, not that I’ve ever stopped paying, even between regions, so when on holiday in the USA and the show isn’t currently in the U.K., when it is added in the U.K. it still knows where I got to.
Looks like all the sports channels are now in 1080 with 50FPS nice to see the sky sports news tick flow smooth after all these years doesn’t look like heave done it for the entertainment channels tho sky news still has jagged ticker