v2019.12.24.0128 has a new experimental feature for improving the experience of viewing Live TV while out of the house. This is bringing the Live TV experience to match the recorded streaming experience that we rolled out in September.
Why should I be interested in this?
If you watch Live TV when you are out of the house, the available bandwidth is often less than the bitrate of the content, and will sometimes increase and decrease depending on reception. Today the user is required to properly set the quality in Settings to be less than the available bitrate and adjust it if the situation changes.
What will be different if I use this?
Like the current behavior of streaming of recordings, this will result in a Live TV experience that has:
- Less time spent changing quality settings
- Less pausing and buffering
- The highest quality available based on the available bandwidth
Who are we looking for to test this?
Anyone who uses iOS, tvOS or Android to watch Live TV remotely.
How do I try it out?
Make sure you are on the latest DVR beta and have installed the latest iOS, tvOS or Android app beta from getchannels.com/beta.
We do not have a beta process for the Fire TV so are unable to test it on it.
Once you have done that, enable Adaptive Streaming for Live TV in the Experimental settings section.
Please let us know in this thread if you find any issues or strange behavior.
Like Adaptive Bitrate for recordings, the browser player is not supported for Live TV ABR.