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Is Pluto constantly streaming when app open

Sat May 05, 2018 1:35 pm

I just found Pluto tv and installed on my Roku.  I can not find a way to stop it from streaming other than close the app, and not sure about then.   There is a little window up at the top right ( can change to full screen with the * button)  that appears there is always something streaming there.  I do not want to use my data , till  I am ready to watch something.  Do not want to be streaming while I am looking for something to watch  I do not have unlimited with my ISP.   Is there anyway to stop  the streaming while  deciding what to watch.?
 
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Sat May 05, 2018 4:38 pm

lfayb wrote:
I just found Pluto tv and installed on my Roku.  I can not find a way to stop it from streaming other than close the app, and not sure about then.   There is a little window up at the top right ( can change to full screen with the * button)  that appears there is always something streaming there.  I do not want to use my data , till  I am ready to watch something.  Do not want to be streaming while I am looking for something to watch  I do not have unlimited with my ISP.   Is there anyway to stop  the streaming while  deciding what to watch.?

The preview window is always there, there is no way to turn it off.
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Re: Is Pluto constantly streaming when app open

Sat May 05, 2018 4:57 pm

So it is going to be using my data. I do no really  like that.  
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Sat May 05, 2018 5:04 pm

lfayb wrote:
I just found Pluto tv and installed on my Roku.  I can not find a way to stop it from streaming other than close the app, and not sure about then...?

If the app isn't running, the app isn't streaming.
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So it is going to be using my data. I do no really  like that. ...

When it's open, yes. Remember, you have to exit the channel to stop it. Don't just turn off the TV and think it'll stop streaming. Must close app.
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Sat May 05, 2018 5:24 pm

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Sun May 06, 2018 10:19 am

Just hit the Roku Home button before turning off TV.
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Wed May 09, 2018 10:51 am

It would be good if Roku could add an option or app requirement that nothing streams unless the end user presses select or play.

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Wed May 09, 2018 10:58 am

Netflix auto-streams. They won’t care if Roku tried that.
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Re: Is Pluto constantly streaming when app open

Wed May 09, 2018 12:51 pm

Some unlucky folks may have data caps
https://broadbandnow.com/internet-provi ... -data-caps
Luckily I am not capped. But roku and netflix  and others should consider those unlucky users who might have need to throttle their internet usage. If those users buy a newer roku, their internet usage will increase, while the total viewing availability decreases.
 
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Wed May 09, 2018 3:42 pm

You are correct. But if Roku tried to force Netflix to do, well, anything, Netflix could take its ball and play elsewhere. Roku needs Netflix more than Netflix needs Roku. 

Of course, it's not that difficult to stop the streaming. Exit the app. Or hit the Home button on the Roku remote.

I dropped Netflix some time back, so I don't experience the issue, but family members certainly do. I think it's a poor user experience. But, for the no attention span group of users (that seems to grow every day) it's not an issue. I'm not Netflix's target audience, so what I think doesn't matter to them. So, I keep my money. Or spend it elsewhere, actually.
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Thu May 10, 2018 8:14 am

Even if the channel didn't auto play, you would still be using some data to get all the thumbnails.
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Thu May 10, 2018 8:20 am

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Even if the channel didn't auto play, you would still be using some data to get all the thumbnails.

Exactly. Anytime you use an Internet connected device, you’re using bandwidth. Not much, but some. And pictures increase that. But Netflix and Crackle and others that just start playing a video are using even more, even if you don’t want them to.

Even Facebook lets you turn off auto-play on videos. 
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Re: Is Pluto constantly streaming when app open

Thu May 10, 2018 9:05 am

I am one that has data caps,  only have 300G.   Guess I will have to be careful not to spend much time on the home screen for those apps that do  auto stream there.
 
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Thu May 10, 2018 9:45 am

The good news about Netflix is that you can, by profile, limit the bandwidth usage. It’s lower quality seam, of course, but it helps with caps.
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