Provider style convenience

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by twg, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. twg macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2014
    My wife and I have started looking at replacing our DTV subscription with a streaming player like Roku or Apple TV. However, my family REALLY likes the convenience of turning on the box, pressing the "list" button and choosing one of their shows on the recorded list. From the demos and screenshots we've seen, it looks like there is a lot more clicking and remembering with a streaming device. "Hmmm, was that show I wanted to watch on Amazon or Netflix or this app or that app?" "Where is that new show I heard about streaming? I guess I'll have to search through every channel on the device to find out which service handles it." "Can I not just go to a list of everything I like or watch and choose from there?" These are all questions posed to me last night when I was talking about it with the family (wife, 10, 7 and 2. OK, the 2 year old doesn't really care...). I bought an Apple TV the other night and haven't found a place I can see a list of my favorites or subscriptions that doesn't care which app it is in.

    Thanks for helping me out here.
  2. linds15 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2012
    Great White North
    doesnt exist. if its on netflix you go there, hulu to the hulu app, etc.
  3. twg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2014
    Ugh. That doesn't help my sales pitch at all...
  4. warvanov macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2011
    My understanding is that the Roku may actually have the functionality that you're looking for, but I haven't used one so I cannot confirm or deny.
  5. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    AppleTV cannot do this. I'd suggest finding a Roku forum and seeing if it does.

    Regardless if it does or not I wouldn't rule AppleTV out entirely. I still prefer it but mostly due to AirPlay.
  6. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    roku has search in the top level. it will search the major channels

    redbox instant
    hbo go
    (might be more, but on a couple searches i did that's what showed up)

    it also shows the price to rent or buy

    there is no way on roku to access anything from the iTunes store though (rented or purchased)

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