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Title: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: ChrisLambert! on October 26, 2018, 07:41:09 PM
The appís website lists BUZZR as one of its channels, but it wonít let me tune directly to it, nor does it show on my channel guide, either on the iPhone or Roku apps.

Can anybody get it?
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: TimK2003 on October 26, 2018, 11:55:21 PM
The appís website lists BUZZR as one of its channels, but it wonít let me tune directly to it, nor does it show on my channel guide, either on the iPhone or Roku apps.

Can anybody get it?

I poke around a site called Radio Insight, and recently someone started a thread claiming they had a back-door link to Buzzr via Pluto TV. 

The link to the thread:  https://radioinsight.com/community/topic/buzzr-tv-programming-on-pluto-tv-a-certain-internet-video-service/

Pluto TV "backdoor" link to Buzzr:  http://pluto.tv/watch/buzzr?clip=5b9ac869fadbb577d9e4e1c6

I tried his link in the initial post, but only got a static image from Pluto TV. 

Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: ChrisLambert! on October 28, 2018, 11:57:26 AM
brings up the ďRat PackĒ music channel for me, but I can stream from Buzzrís site on my laptop anyway.  Hopefully something happens with the Roku app soon.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: snowpeck on October 30, 2018, 10:35:25 AM
Buzzr just posted to social media that they're officially on Pluto TV channel 514, but I'm not seeing it on the channel lineup yet.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: chrisholland03 on October 30, 2018, 11:28:04 AM
Pluto is being Goofy again

Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: clemon79 on October 30, 2018, 12:34:44 PM
Buzzr just posted to social media that they're officially on Pluto TV channel 514, but I'm not seeing it on the channel lineup yet.

Its also in their channel lineup on their Web site, I saw (which was enough to get me to register for an account with them), but yeah, not showing up yet otherwise. Will be quite useful for Roku and Fire Stick users. (Wish there was an Xbox app; guess I'll have to keep using my Plex stream there for now.)
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: TimK2003 on October 30, 2018, 03:17:31 PM
Good Morning! We are so excited to announce that you will find #BUZZR on Pluto TV today! Download Pluto TV free and watch BUZZR 24/7 (CH 514) soon!

With that last word in their post above, I'll take a stab and say "soon" will be November 1st.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: snowpeck on October 30, 2018, 06:21:27 PM
They're now apologizing for jumping the gun and saying it will be on Pluto soon.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: clemon79 on October 30, 2018, 07:17:15 PM
They're now apologizing for jumping the gun and saying it will be on Pluto soon.

I suspect the problem is they need an actual editor and they meant to say "We are so excited to announce today that you will find #BUZZR on Pluto TV!"
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: snowpeck on October 30, 2018, 08:15:42 PM
It's showing on my Pluto guide finally, but only on the website. Not on Roku yet.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: clemon79 on October 30, 2018, 09:08:58 PM
It's showing on my Pluto guide finally, but only on the website. Not on Roku yet.

Yep, I see it too. Can you not set favorites on the website?

EDIT: Amusingly, they acknowledge it exists in the Favorites / Block Channels list on the iPad, but you still can't tune it yet. :)
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: tvwxman on November 01, 2018, 06:01:57 AM
Is this air droppable on Apple ? asking for a technologically challenged friend.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: clemon79 on November 01, 2018, 11:31:11 AM
Is this air droppable on Apple ? asking for a technologically challenged friend.

Not sure what you mean. Are you asking if it can be played on an AirPlay drvice (like an AppleTV) from an iOS device? If so, I can check in a bit, but at the same time I'm 90% sure PlutoTV would have a native AppleTV app so you wouldn't need to.

EDIT: The only AirPlay device I have is a hacky app on a Fire TV, so this isn't 100% tested, but: PlutoTV on iOS does not have native AirPlay, though screen mirroring worked just fine. (And PlutoTV *does* have a native AppleTV app.)
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: tvwxman on November 01, 2018, 02:40:02 PM
Not sure what you mean. Are you asking if it can be played on an AirPlay drvice (like an AppleTV) from an iOS device? If so, I can check in a bit, but at the same time I'm 90% sure PlutoTV would have a native AppleTV app so you wouldn't need to.

EDIT: The only AirPlay device I have is a hacky app on a Fire TV, so this isn't 100% tested, but: PlutoTV on iOS does not have native AirPlay, though screen mirroring worked just fine. (And PlutoTV *does* have a native AppleTV app.)
Yes. AirPlay. My bad. Thank you.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: MikeK on November 01, 2018, 08:48:34 PM
BUZZR is available on the Android app.  The PS4 version does not have it yet.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: BrandonFG on November 04, 2018, 05:50:21 PM
Not on my Roku yet, but I like the selection of channels. The Shout! Factory channel seems like it has some potential.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: chargeradiocom on November 06, 2018, 04:08:54 PM
Iíve been a fan of Pluto TV for a while. The cartoon channels (particularly After School Cartoons) first got me semi-addicted. Pluto also got me turned onto watching news mostly on streaming and international networks. Since I can get more straight news from CBSN, Sky News, etc. (plus others that stream outside of Pluto), I really donít care much to watch the dead horse beating on CNN/Fox News/MSNBC anymore.

Anyway, I saw Pluto added BUZZR on their iOS app over the weekend. Iím out of town and canít check Roku at the moment. But if you have a Roku and an iOS device, you can use the iOS Pluto app in ďRemote modeĒ to cast the desired Pluto channel to your Roku. (I think the Pluto Android app has the same feature.) You might be able to run BUZZR on Roku that way?
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: snowpeck on November 06, 2018, 05:03:16 PM
Iíve been a fan of Pluto TV for a while. The cartoon channels (particularly After School Cartoons) first got me semi-addicted. Pluto also got me turned onto watching news mostly on streaming and international networks. Since I can get more straight news from CBSN, Sky News, etc. (plus others that stream outside of Pluto), I really donít care much to watch the dead horse beating on CNN/Fox News/MSNBC anymore.

Anyway, I saw Pluto added BUZZR on their iOS app over the weekend. Iím out of town and canít check Roku at the moment. But if you have a Roku and an iOS device, you can use the iOS Pluto app in ďRemote modeĒ to cast the desired Pluto channel to your Roku. (I think the Pluto Android app has the same feature.) You might be able to run BUZZR on Roku that way?
The Android app does have that, but it doesn't work for Buzzr. Any other channel works though.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: bclark71 on November 08, 2018, 09:41:58 AM
Has anyone here received an reply from Pluto TV as to when Buzzr may show up on Roku?


Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: chrisholland03 on November 08, 2018, 09:53:29 AM
I just discovered the Pluto App on my TV (Samsung) - and there is Buzzr!

Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: aaron sica on November 08, 2018, 10:13:17 AM
I just discovered the Pluto App on my TV (Samsung) - and there is Buzzr!



I have a Samsung as well. Now I know it'll be there. Thanks!
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: cmjb13 on November 08, 2018, 01:08:04 PM
I just discovered the Pluto App on my TV (Samsung) - and there is Buzzr!



I have a Samsung as well. Now I know it'll be there. Thanks!
I just checked a few days ago and it was not there. I'll have to check later tonight.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: BrandonFG on November 08, 2018, 01:31:53 PM
Still no dice on Roku. One day.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: bclark71 on November 08, 2018, 03:04:37 PM
Answering my own question, I received an answer from Pluto TV and they say...
"We are still working on integrating Buzzr and plan on releasing on Roku in the next few weeks."

And there you have it.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: JakeT on November 08, 2018, 07:13:41 PM
I just discovered the Pluto App on my TV (Samsung) - and there is Buzzr!

Oooooooh...hope it is on my Samsung as well when I get home!!!

JakeT
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: MikeK on November 08, 2018, 09:27:17 PM
I just discovered the Pluto App on my TV (Samsung) - and there is Buzzr!

Oooooooh...hope it is on my Samsung as well when I get home!!!
YMMV.  The Pluto TV app isn't available on my 18 month old Samsung TV.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: JakeT on November 08, 2018, 10:37:52 PM
I just discovered the Pluto App on my TV (Samsung) - and there is Buzzr!

Oooooooh...hope it is on my Samsung as well when I get home!!!
YMMV.  The Pluto TV app isn't available on my 18 month old Samsung TV.

Ugh...mine is much more than 18 months old but I will remain hopeful until I get home...

JakeT
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: cacLA8383 on November 10, 2018, 06:18:30 PM
Pluto's taken it off their service for hopefully the time being.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: JakeT on November 10, 2018, 06:32:42 PM
Pluto's taken it off their service for hopefully the time being.

Wow!  That was fast..

JakeT
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: clemon79 on November 10, 2018, 08:24:42 PM
Pluto's taken it off their service for hopefully the time being.

Wow!  That was fast..

JakeT

I'll say, since I'm seeing it right now on both my iPhone and PC....
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: snowpeck on November 10, 2018, 08:36:59 PM
Pluto's taken it off their service for hopefully the time being.
It still shows up on their lineup for me (though still not on Roku.)
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: chrisholland03 on November 10, 2018, 09:00:40 PM
Same here - I've been watching the CC marathon
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: BrandonFG on November 10, 2018, 09:45:43 PM
Thatís interesting. I just saw a BUZZR promo on Pluto either today or yesterday.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: aaron sica on November 13, 2018, 07:53:04 AM
I was able to get BUZZR on the Pluto TV app for my Samsung TV when I tried last night.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: JakeT on November 13, 2018, 08:26:54 PM
So, can you get your Samsung TV to add apps that it doesn't have yet?  Mine doesn't have Pluto TV...*sob*

JakeT
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: aaron sica on November 14, 2018, 11:17:28 AM
I was able to get BUZZR on the Pluto TV app for my Samsung TV when I tried last night.


Quoting myself to add that yesterday, while it still appeared on the app, i just got the blue spinning circle and it would not load.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: cmjb13 on November 14, 2018, 11:26:21 AM
I was able to get BUZZR on the Pluto TV app for my Samsung TV when I tried last night.


Quoting myself to add that yesterday, while it still appeared on the app, i just got the blue spinning circle and it would not load.

Not available on my Samsung. I believe my TV is from 2012-2013
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: aaron sica on November 16, 2018, 10:13:44 AM
It has begun working on my Samsung again; Mine is a 2017. I noticed something interesting - Pluto tosses in their own commercials. Most of them play two or sometimes three times in a row. I'm not sure what I would rather have....Theirs, or the small set of ones Buzzr plays. :)

Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: BrandonFG on November 16, 2018, 11:43:16 AM
I noticed that on the MST3K channel as well. Iím guessing the commercial log is automated, because it cuts to break at random moments, or just before the title bumper. So instead of going to break after the rotating MST3K moon or marquee logo, theyíll cut to break, then show a snippet of the logo after the commercials.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: tvmitch on November 16, 2018, 07:04:35 PM
It has begun working on my Samsung again; Mine is a 2017. I noticed something interesting - Pluto tosses in their own commercials. Most of them play two or sometimes three times in a row. I'm not sure what I would rather have....Theirs, or the small set of ones Buzzr plays. :)
Ah, so this is how Pluto makes its money. I hadn't watched it long enough to take notice of that, but it makes sense. It may be possible that the commercials are targeted to the specific viewer, also.

Dynamically inserting commercials this way may explain some of the delays in Buzzr being released at different times on different platforms. Samsung TVs might not have the technology to allow Pluto to insert commercials during the local breaks, which would affect the revenue model. This also means that Buzzr is sharing its rundown with Pluto.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: clemon79 on November 16, 2018, 08:55:16 PM
This also means that Buzzr is sharing its rundown with Pluto.

That's generally part and parcel with pretty much any carryage deal between a channel and programming provider.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: chargeradiocom on November 17, 2018, 03:06:07 PM
Ah, so this is how Pluto makes its money. I hadn't watched it long enough to take notice of that, but it makes sense. It may be possible that the commercials are targeted to the specific viewer, also.

Dynamically inserting commercials this way may explain some of the delays in Buzzr being released at different times on different platforms. Samsung TVs might not have the technology to allow Pluto to insert commercials during the local breaks, which would affect the revenue model. This also means that Buzzr is sharing its rundown with Pluto.
Pluto does use targeted advertising. Iíve noticed different spotloads running during breaks on the same Pluto channel on different devices. I also get localized ads sometimes for local car dealers, furniture stores, political candidates, etc.

Iím pretty sure they use an ad engine, similar to YouTube. (It may even be YTís engine.) I believe they have a sales team, so some of the ads are probably sold directly, but I doubt theyíre directly selling to every local furniture store & political candidate whose ads run.

Sometimes their ad engine is funky, though. Probably the most common viewer complaint on their Facebook page is about the same ads sometimes playing back-to-back-to-back. Theyíve said theyíre working on fixing it, though I havenít seen a timeframe. (Personally itís not that big a deal to me, but it seems to be to some people.)

Also, about a year ago, I was seeing a LOT of local ads for things several states away. This seemed to be especially an issue on Roku. And it wasnít that they just had me in the wrong ZIP codeóthese were ads from all over the country. Being a media geek, I found it pretty interesting, though I doubt most of the advertisers who saw it were amused. It seems theyíve gotten this issue mostly fixed, although even now an out-of-market ad occasionally slips through.

About the Pluto ad breaks not exactly always being in sync with the showís breaks, yeah, thatís always been a problem since Iíve been watching it. (Iím not sure how thatís working for the live channels like BUZZR, but itís very noticeable on the Pluto-run channels.) I feel like itís a small price for all you get with Pluto, but it is something I hope they fix going forward.

One other ad-related issue is the content at times. I have seen a few somewhat racy ads, even on the cartoon channels. Itís not as big a deal to me since I donít have kids in the home, but Iíd be squirming at times if my kids were watching an age-appropriate show and certain ads came on. Again, I hope they fix that issue going forward.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: chargeradiocom on January 04, 2019, 03:57:29 PM
Cord Cutters News (https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/pluto-tv-adds-buzzr-with-access-to-24-7-game-shows-to-roku-players/) is reporting that Pluto TV has now added BUZZR on Roku. One of CCN's commenters confirmed it, although I haven't been able to confirm it for myself (& won't be able to until this evening).
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: BrandonFG on January 04, 2019, 04:43:12 PM
Yep...someone mentioned it on the Big Board as well, but I can confirm itís on Roku, Ch. 514. Watched a little Supermarket Sweep last night. :)
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: chargeradiocom on January 04, 2019, 10:28:40 PM
Yep...someone mentioned it on the Big Board as well, but I can confirm itís on Roku, Ch. 514. Watched a little Supermarket Sweep last night. :)
Ok, cool. I had seen the Big Board thread a while back but hadnít looked at it the last couple days. I generally follow the GSN/BUZZR board more closely, especially on topics like this.

In any case, Iím glad to see some folks here confirming it as well. :)
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: Pyramid80 on January 10, 2019, 09:26:50 PM
Does anyone have problems with Buzzr constantly freezing up when watching on Pluto Tv?  I just got a new Samsung tv and it freezes up constantly on Buzzr.  I can change the channel to something else and it plays fine.  So I donít think itís necessarily the app.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: BrandonFG on January 10, 2019, 09:50:08 PM
It happens from time to time, yes. I've noticed it on the MST3K channel as well.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: MikeK on January 11, 2019, 05:50:21 AM
I have never gotten BUZZR to work on my Vizio TV, continually getting the circle rotating in an orbit.  Outside of the infrequent crash on the PS4, all PlutoTV apps work without any issues.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: clemon79 on January 11, 2019, 11:04:15 AM
I have never gotten BUZZR to work on my Vizio TV, continually getting the circle rotating in an orbit. 

Hmm. My girlfriend just got a new Vizio, and BUZZR works a treat for her on the native Vizio app.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: WhammyPower on January 25, 2019, 03:36:36 PM
Viacom has purchased Pluto. (https://variety.com/2019/digital/news/viacom-pluto-tv-acquisition-1203114773/)
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: BrandonFG on March 16, 2019, 12:41:58 AM
Anyone watching on Pluto and having issues? Tonight, the audio went out on me, and now I'm staring at a black screen as we speak.
Title: Re: BUZZR on Pluto TV?
Post by: bwood on March 17, 2019, 05:25:40 PM
I have noticed some pixelation issues for a week or so. Late last week it was freezing, skipping ahead, black screen and pixelating, then it became pixelation issues only with no freezing. I checked both Stirr and Pluto, same issues. No issues elsewhere so not on my end. Something is going on. I have better luck with Stirr, as it seems more "stable" as far as the overall app performance goes but both are having pixelation issues right now as well as website stream. So probably related to that and not on your end.