I have given up with the Firestick i was debating it for a while because of Ads and layout but since i brought the 2021 Apple TV which fixed the issues over the old one i'm again behind it as the best Streaming Device for me at least. If they could finally fix the Now app with 5.1 it would be brilliant but if I want to watch a Movie on Now I can just use my PS5 for that. Hopefully one day they fully fix the Now app.
Reasons I left Apple TV
1. was due to lack of 4K support on BBC hopefully they one day fix that with the new one as it supports HLG now. But can put up without 4K on BBC as it's not overly common yet.
2. Now app not supporting 5.1 since I got my PS5 this is mitigated but since it at least sports 50FPS is supported I can put up with on the Apple TV for moment as it's rare I watch films on there.
3. BT Sports 60FPS 4K HDR i'm glad to say this one has been resolved with the new Box.
4. I forgot how much I liked TV App collecting all my watchlists pity netflix is still against that.
I find the best way to use NOW on the Apple TV with intergration is search the tv show your watching by Siri and you get a native view of all the episodes with a tick on what’s watched you also get better detail on release date etc , then click that episode and you just go straight into it on NOW no need to use their app interface at all 🙂
I know its an annoying and repetitive topic in this thread..
But.. 5.1. OK so how long has it been now since we "discovered" that the live TV feed via the AppleTV app was delivering 5.1?.... a couple of months?
So... as we've known now for a while that the app is technically capable of a 5.1 sound stream.... what on earth is the problem here for on demand content?? Why is it still stuck at 2.0 stereo??
Back to my theory... I mean.. its now October... just 2 months away from the app's rather inauspicious first birthday on the AppleTV platform.... and suspiciously that of the Firestick app too via the clandestine agreement between Sky and Amazon to share content etc...
Feels more like what ive been thinking all along. The restriction of 5.1 is an artificial one.. and one that will miraculously be fixed after a contractually pre-determined time.... lets say 1 year.
5.1 incoming in December I think. Oh what a coincidence that will be when we all celebrate the monumental technical achievement of the Now development team to crack the near impossible task of providing a 5.1 stream on their app ..... (as all the others have been doing for years).
I have tried this many times and works every time. Open live tv and you get 5.1 track. Then go to on demand and you will still get 5.1.
if you close app and go straight to on demand only stereo. But switch to live tv and you will change back to 5.1.
I noticed as well that Sky has finally updated there Sky News app for Apple TV as well that thing hadn't been changed in years and was still more like a Apple TV 3rd Gen app then anything made in last few years. So clearly they have developers now unlike before haha.
An interesting announcement as was expected for a long time..... Sky without a dish.
The future for Sky is Dish-less and as all of us who use NowTV can attest... streaming is fine.
As we have guessed before... Sky can, and now will imminently be streaming their content in Atmos.
Where does this leave the Now product. Come to think of it where does that leave SkyQ?
Now will always be as it is, the lower cost no commitment lower quality service.
How does this bode going forward? will we end up getting Atmos and 4K in Now? seriously doubt that as im sure they will try to get as many as they can on the new Sky Glass platform and will only do so if its a better option.
Im sure Now is stuck at 1080p and 5.1 for the foreseeable future.
However lets hope that AppleTV finally catches up with the rest of Now's platforms and provides that 5.1 service.