Greetings All !
I'm just trying to make sense of what I've been reading about Channels. And I thought, perhaps, if I posted a bit about my situation and what I'm looking for, somebody could help clarify for me:
I've been with DirecTV (now owned by AT&T) for several years now. And every few months, I've done the whole "streaming comparison" thing. But that hasn't worked out very well for me, as any cost savings I might gain from going to streaming services to replace DirecTV has been offset by the fact that DirecTV would then raise my Internet plan costs "since I was no longer bundling".
So, here I am again, researching this. And, honestly, I felt like a combination of FuboTV, the Frndly streaming service, and the Uzzu TV streaming service together... might be what we'd want. (Frndly would get me a few extra fishing channels. And my wife is a Kansas City Royals nut, so Uzzu TV would provide that.) We have Firesticks on both of our TV's. So, ideally, that'd be the way we'd get these services transmitted to those TVs.
But that still would leave me with one big problem: Uzzu TV doesn't offer a DVR service.
So, I got to thinking about this yesterday and I said to myself "Why don't I just buy a DVR of my own and use it for everything?" However, Googling on this topic got me confused, as I kept running into info about "Over The Air" DVR-ing. Was this for the purposes of recording local stations? Well, if that's what that's primarily for, I don't care... because I'd be getting our locals from Fubo.
But further Googling brought me to some articles about Channels. And what attracted me most was the idea of a UNIFIED DVR... that would potentially offer ONE MENU system for all three services I'm considering. (This would be FABULOUS, in the way of "Wife Acceptance Factor"! Right now my wife doesn't even understand how to get from watching Amazon TV a la FireTV ... back to watching DirecTV by hitting "Input 1" on the TV's remote. That's too much for her.)
Then I saw the diagram that showed I'd need an HDHomeRun and antenna. Would I really, given my situation? I don't care about bringing in local TV channels. And I would no longer be bringing in data via the DirecTV dish that's attached to the side of my house.
And I guess that's my real question... as well as just generally wanting to confirm that I'm on the right track here: that Channels would be a terrific way of providing a single-menu cloud DVR for any streaming services that I'd normally get through Amazon Fire Stick? (I don't suppose it'd provide a unified menu for when you're actually watching TV too?)
-= Dave =-