HBOGo Quality

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by theBigD23, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2008
    I have been using HBOGo with Xbox 360 and today I just tried it on Apple TV. The quality is noticeable worse to me and my wife. The Xbox version just looks so much better.

    Has anyone else noticed this?
  2. macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2013
    Oh, I did, I posted a question on here asking if I need a high speed hdmi cable vs the regular hdmi I have in use now. I don't have an Xbox but have been watching HBO on directv satellite box and this HBOGO on my ATV is not as good a quality.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2011
    in apple tv the majority of streaming services are worse than one of the others brands. apple never been good in streaming content.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Sep 28, 2012
    I watched a few episodes of the wire looked hd quality as on my roku 3. Not having the same issue at all.
  5. macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2012
    I think that is just...well...bunk!
  6. macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2012
    Yeah, he or she is pretty much just wrong.
  7. macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2008
    I can only compare the HBOGo Web Interface to the AppleTV. That said, I do not see a difference in quality unless my internet connection is having issues.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Sep 28, 2012
    Just watched all of the dark knight rises in hd no problem. Must be a connectivity issue?
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2008
    Baltimore, MD
    I've been watching Sopranos today and it was very sharp and clear the whole time. Hooked up via wifi and 75/35 Verizon FiOS.
  10. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Wired or WiFi? If it's WiFi what sort of throughput are you getting? I don't have a 360 to compare with but no complaints regarding HBOGo image quality.
  11. macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2011
    What ATV model do you have. 720p or 1080p?
  12. macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    I prefer the AppleTv for Netflix over my high end Roku box (highest model before the Roku 3).

    I can't scientifically prove one is better than the other, but neither can you ;)

    Facts VS Opinions. Neither of us has facts.
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2008
    I have the 1080P version.


    It is WiFi, but my connection is very strong. The 360 is on WiFi and I get full HD, 5.1 (HBOGo on 360 shows connection strength and if the sound is in 5.1 or not) and it's always strong.

    Throughput is strong. The quality is not bad at all, just not as good as the 360. If it were bad in general, my guess would be that complaints would be coming, but not everyone compares it to a 360.
  14. macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2008
    The Trailers app only streams sometimes for me (sometimes one trailer will play all the way through in HD, and other times I can barely get through a full trailer as it buffers forever). HBOGo sometimes slips into SD from HD as does MLBTV. Airplay from iMac has been so/so. Netflix and Hulu Plus work seamlessly, however. I have a blazing fast internet speed, and have tried the ATV3 hardwired as well as wi-fi. I love my ATV3 (and 2), but wish it worked better for me across all the apps that Apple makes available to us.

  15. macrumors 68020


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    Have yet to notice a quality issue using my Apple TV and I'm a bit picky
  16. macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    I have 55 mbps down 15 mbps up cable internet (Comcast) and I've seen some issues here and there with the PQ changing to a pretty bad state, but then recovering after a minute or so.

    I also see this when using HBOGO on my MBP, so it's not really a ATV issue.

    Overall, pretty happy with the PQ - but not thrilled.
  17. macrumors 68010

    Aug 23, 2008
    Has anyone tried comparing AirPlay quality vs native streaming of ATV?
  18. macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2012
    Looks great, but every once in a while it stalls, and I get the spinning wheel. Why would this be?
  19. macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2010
    Eliminate variables

    Hook it up to ethernet and see what, if anything, happens.

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