AVForums Podcast 23/03/20: Physical Media vs. Streaming, Soundbar Round-up, BT DAC Review and more

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
00:00:00 - Sponsor Message
00:00:44 - Thank you key workers - What we did this week
00:13:34 - Current Competitions
00:15:00 - What's happening with reviews
00:19:20 - Current Soundbar round-up with Steve
00:35:08 - Ed reviews iFi Audio Zen Blue Bluetooth DAC
00:40:00 - Cinema releases moving to VOD
00:47:07 - The Hunt review
00:53:00 - 4K and Blu-ray disc releases this week - Le Mans 66
01:00:48 - TV & Streaming: Physical Media vs. Streaming
01:23:18 - Westworld Season Three Opener Review (Light Spoilers)
01:28:57 - Goodbyes
01:29:54 - Ends

Presented by Phil Hinton with Steve Withers, Ed Selley and Cas Harlow

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Time: 01:29:54 | File Size: 164mb | Direct Link
 

Jokerr

Well-known Member
Thank you for excellent Podcast. If anyone interested here is my current list of What I am Watching, excluding Movies. I stopped watching AppleTV+ due to resolution drop to 480p - will wait until it is 4k/full bitrate.

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Jokerr

Well-known Member
I also put a hold on subscribing to Disney+ due expected lower bandwidth at launch.

Will probably listen to more Podcasts instead of TV Watching if my Netflix/Prime/NowTV bandwidth/quality is reduced.
 

invisiblekid

Distinguished Member
Great podcast guys. Always like the "non-std" podcasts you guys do.

Just one obvious question, apart from £ALOT, jusy how much the B&O remote?
 

the_dude2

Well-known Member
Thank you for the podcast, definitely needing some sort of normality like this to continue throughout this crazy time!
 

invisiblekid

Distinguished Member
Oh and just watched my first Red Letter Media YT video. Choose Terminator 6 sorry Terminator 3 Dark er something, I think.

Excellent. Instant sub after trying to explain the films at the start.
 

Steve Withers

Reviewer
Just one obvious question, apart from £ALOT, jusy how much the B&O remote?
It's a not-inconsequential £275. I would have mentioned it in the podcast, but I could remember at the time.
 

boabis

Active Member
Signed up for Disney+, way I see it is that I now have all Star Wars & Marvel content in 4K (or HD at least) for £50 for the year, and presumably £60 a year ongoing. Can’t be arsed buying the discs, and they go on and off Netflix/Amazon.

Have curated a Simpsons playlist in anticipation (forgive some shorthand with the episode titles):


1-12 Krusty Gets Busted

2-2 Simpson & Delilah
2-11 Blowfish
2-15 Oh Brother
2-19 Lisa’s Substitute

3-1 Stark Raving Dad
3-10 Flaming Moes
3-11 Burns Kraftwerk
3-20 Colonel Homer
3-21 Black Widower
3-24 Brother Can You Spare A Dime

4-7 Marge Gets A Job
4-9 Mr Plow
4-12 Marge vs the Monorail
4-13 Selmas Choice
4-14 Big Brothers
4-15 I Love Lisa
4-17 Last Exit To Springfield
4-20 Whacking Day
4-22 Krusty Gets Cancelled

5-1 Barbershop
5-2 Cape Feare
5-3 Homer Goes To College
5-9 Last Temptation of Homer
5-10 Gambling
5-11 Homer the Vigilante
5-15 Deep Space Homer
5-18 Burns Heir
5-19 Sweet Seymour Skinner
5-20 Chowder

6-1 Bart of Darkness
6-4 Itchy & Scratchy Land
6-5 Sideshow Bob Roberts
6-9 Homer Badman
6-12 Homer The Great
6-13 Maggie Makes Three
6-14 Barts Comet
6-15 Homie The Clown
6-16 Bart vs Australia
6-18 A Star Is Burns
6-23 The Springfield Connection
6-24 Lemon Of Troy
6-25 Who Shot Mr Burns

7-1 Who Shot Mr Burns 2
7-2 Radioactive Man
7-7 King Size Homer
7-8 Mother Simpson
7-9 Sideshow Bobs Last Gleaming
7-12 Team Homer
7-16 Lisa The Iconoclast
7-17 Homer The Smithers
7-18 The Day The Violence Died
7-19 Fish Called Selma
7-21 22 Short Films
7-22 Flying Hellfish
7-23 Much Apu
7-24 Homerpalooza

8-2 You Only Move Twice
8-4 Burns Baby Burns
8-5 Bart After Dark
8-6 A Millhouse Divided
8-10 Springfield Files
8-12 Mountain Of Madness
8-15 Homers Phobia
8-16 Brother From Another Series

8-18 18th Amendment
8-22 Mr Sparkle
8-24 Homers Enemy
9-1 New York
9-2 Principal and the Pauper
9-16 Dumbbell Indemnity
9-22 Trash of the Titans
10-9 Mayored To The Mob
10-23 Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo

11-5 Glove Slap
11-22 Behind The Laughter

12-14 New Kids On The Blecch
12-15 Hungry Hungry Homer
 

invisiblekid

Distinguished Member
Signed up for Disney+, way I see it is that I now have all Star Wars & Marvel content in 4K (or HD at least) for £50 for the year, and presumably £60 a year ongoing. Can’t be arsed buying the discs, and they go on and off Netflix/Amazon.

Have curated a Simpsons playlist in anticipation (forgive some shorthand with the episode titles):


1-12 Krusty Gets Busted

2-2 Simpson & Delilah
2-11 Blowfish
2-15 Oh Brother
2-19 Lisa’s Substitute

3-1 Stark Raving Dad
3-10 Flaming Moes
3-11 Burns Kraftwerk
3-20 Colonel Homer
3-21 Black Widower
3-24 Brother Can You Spare A Dime

4-7 Marge Gets A Job
4-9 Mr Plow
4-12 Marge vs the Monorail
4-13 Selmas Choice
4-14 Big Brothers
4-15 I Love Lisa
4-17 Last Exit To Springfield
4-20 Whacking Day
4-22 Krusty Gets Cancelled

5-1 Barbershop
5-2 Cape Feare
5-3 Homer Goes To College
5-9 Last Temptation of Homer
5-10 Gambling
5-11 Homer the Vigilante
5-15 Deep Space Homer
5-18 Burns Heir
5-19 Sweet Seymour Skinner
5-20 Chowder

6-1 Bart of Darkness
6-4 Itchy & Scratchy Land
6-5 Sideshow Bob Roberts
6-9 Homer Badman
6-12 Homer The Great
6-13 Maggie Makes Three
6-14 Barts Comet
6-15 Homie The Clown
6-16 Bart vs Australia
6-18 A Star Is Burns
6-23 The Springfield Connection
6-24 Lemon Of Troy
6-25 Who Shot Mr Burns

7-1 Who Shot Mr Burns 2
7-2 Radioactive Man
7-7 King Size Homer
7-8 Mother Simpson
7-9 Sideshow Bobs Last Gleaming
7-12 Team Homer
7-16 Lisa The Iconoclast
7-17 Homer The Smithers
7-18 The Day The Violence Died
7-19 Fish Called Selma
7-21 22 Short Films
7-22 Flying Hellfish
7-23 Much Apu
7-24 Homerpalooza

8-2 You Only Move Twice
8-4 Burns Baby Burns
8-5 Bart After Dark
8-6 A Millhouse Divided
8-10 Springfield Files
8-12 Mountain Of Madness
8-15 Homers Phobia
8-16 Brother From Another Series

8-18 18th Amendment
8-22 Mr Sparkle
8-24 Homers Enemy
9-1 New York
9-2 Principal and the Pauper
9-16 Dumbbell Indemnity
9-22 Trash of the Titans
10-9 Mayored To The Mob
10-23 Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo

11-5 Glove Slap
11-22 Behind The Laughter

12-14 New Kids On The Blecch
12-15 Hungry Hungry Homer
Recognise some Simpson episodes, but couldnt tell you the name of most so will give this a go if I sign up. On important thing with streaming services over terrestrial/Sky etc is that you can pick and choose any episodes with the streaming options. How many times have you seen "Who Shot Mr Burns" and they have only shown the 1st episode.
 

HugoFJH

Active Member
I was reading somewhere that Simpsons was staying on Sky - think it was Overclockers chatter

Really not sure about Disney - would like to see Mando full quality but now with the bandwidth restrictions that isn't going to happen.
 

invisiblekid

Distinguished Member
Yes it's staying on Sky
 

Toon Army

Well-known Member
Thanks gents. I'm going to saviour this week's edition later this week rather than binge listen now. Need to look forward to something!
 

Jokerr

Well-known Member
As I understand based on my own experience and checking iTunes thread is that iTunes content - purchased/rental are still full resolution quality, however AppleTV+ is throttled. Hence Steve saw high quality rental on iTunes and Cas noticed poor resolution on AppleTV+.


My Netflix/Prime/YouTube is still full bandwidth.
Disney+ is also looking great as just subscribed.
 

Steve Withers

Reviewer
As I understand based on my own experience and checking iTunes thread is that iTunes content - purchased/rental are still full resolution quality, however AppleTV+ is throttled. Hence Steve saw high quality rental on iTunes and Cas noticed poor resolution on AppleTV+.


My Netflix/Prime/YouTube is still full bandwidth.
Disney+ is also looking great as just subscribed.
I watched The Hunt and The Invisible Man through AppleTV+ and they both looked and sounded great. I've been watching Amazing Stories on AppleTV+ as well, and that also looks good. To be honest I haven't noticed a drop in quality on any of my streaming services yet, and that's on a 77-inch C9 and a 10-foot screen.
 

Jokerr

Well-known Member
I watched The Hunt and The Invisible Man through AppleTV+ and they both looked and sounded great. I've been watching Amazing Stories on AppleTV+ as well, and that also looks good. To be honest I haven't noticed a drop in quality on any of my streaming services yet, and that's on a 77-inch C9 and a 10-foot screen.
Ok. Strange what is going on. I should have clarified that by AppleTV+ when i watch iTunes Movies it looks great, but when I watched Apple Original content such as SEE or THE BANKER it was unwatchable.
JUST CHECKED AGAIN RIGHT NOW AND IT IS FULL QUALITY AGAIN. SORRY FOR CONFUSION.
 

Jokerr

Well-known Member
THE BLACK HOLE (1979 movie) is on Disney+, awesome.
 

Jokerr

Well-known Member
I think Atmos is only available for Disney+ via AppleTV4k. This has been the case since it was launched in USA.

my LG OLED C7 web os and Sony AF9 android [Disney+] native App doesn’t do ATMOS. However via AppleTV4k it does.

anyone else confirm this?
 

Jokerr

Well-known Member
I wonder if a Soundbar would be released beating the Ambeo Bar in sound quality performance this year.



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Jokerr

Well-known Member
Me thinks the bit rate is now compromised for every one.
 

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