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DBSTalk First Look: High Definition User Interface

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Sep 25, 2011.

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  1. Sep 25, 2011 #1 of 239
    Stuart Sweet

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    DBSTalk is proud to present our first look at the upcoming user interface for all HD receivers and DVRs:

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    This one's the real deal. Rendering speed is up to 300% faster than the old UI... it makes an HR21 feel like an HR24! All text is rendered at full resolution for every graphics mode from 480i to 1080p!


    HDGUI First Look

    Please note that some DBSTalk.com testers and staff members may have received free equipment from DIRECTV or its partners for the purpose of evaluation and testing.
     
  2. Oct 22, 2011 #2 of 239
    Stuart Sweet

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    To answer your first question, I don't know when it will come to your home.
     
  3. Oct 22, 2011 #3 of 239
    Mike Bertelson

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    Nice work putting it together Stuart...once again. :)

    Mike
     
  4. Oct 22, 2011 #4 of 239
    Drucifer

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    NY Hudson...
    I'm intrigue by this image. . . . .
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    AutoTune for the HR's?​
     
  5. Oct 22, 2011 #5 of 239
    sigma1914

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    Why do you assume it's a HR?
     
  6. Oct 22, 2011 #6 of 239
    Stuart Sweet

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    Drucifer, that is a receiver, not a DVR. There is no auto tune for DVRs in the new UI.
     
  7. Oct 22, 2011 #7 of 239
    MysteryMan

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    Very nice. Definitely one of the upcoming features satelliteracer hinted about awhile back.
     
  8. Oct 22, 2011 #8 of 239
    nj1313

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    if it's not a dvr, then how do you explain the "recordings" tab also?

    i'm probably just missing something...
     
  9. Oct 22, 2011 #9 of 239
    Mike Bertelson

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    Because the Recordings menu contains an option to the Play List for an MRV connected receiver.

    Mike
     
  10. Oct 22, 2011 #10 of 239
    HoTat2

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    Does this mean its ready for release, quite slow and staggered I imagine, into the stream as an NR?
     
  11. Oct 22, 2011 #11 of 239
    nj1313

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    got it...i knew i was missing something...
     
  12. Oct 22, 2011 #12 of 239
    Stuart Sweet

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    I'm sorry, I didn't hear your question ;)
     
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    Laxguy

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    Nice! Good job on the report, and thank you!

    Note. Was very hard to scroll in Chrome (onna Mac), but I always d/l PDFs that are bigger than a couple of pages.
     
  14. Oct 22, 2011 #14 of 239
    hdtvfan0001

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    Nice work as always on the First Look presentation Stuart.
     
  15. Oct 22, 2011 #15 of 239
    billsharpe

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    Nice presentation, but I notice HD guide still only shows 1 1/2 hours of programming.

    Dish has 3 hours; FiOS TV has 2 1/2 hours. Still some catching up to do...

    ...and "coming soon" means ???
     
  16. Oct 22, 2011 #16 of 239
    hdtvfan0001

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    "Catching up" is in the eyes of the beholder...not everyone wants an overabundance of screen content. It appears the key value of the new UI is to remain uncluttered and easy to read the content - which is not the case on some other service provider screens.

    Navigating to more timeframes is easy and fast.

    I suspect you won't see it change signficantly.
     
  17. Oct 22, 2011 #17 of 239
    Stuart Sweet

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    The amount of data on the screen has been discussed at length here and at DIRECTV. it seems to boil down to, if you have a 37" tv or smaller, or have worse eyesight, then you want less. If you are younger, have better eyesight and/or a large tv, you want more.

    So it doesn't change.
     
  18. Oct 22, 2011 #18 of 239
    TBoneit

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    Questions that came to mind is if the HD GUI is faster are:

    Are the Trick plays faster
    How did they do it?
    Did they change from say C++ to Assembler for the parts that were killing performance?
    Why won't they give options for various guide displays? Is memory that tight?
     
  19. Oct 22, 2011 #19 of 239
    TheRatPatrol

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    I see you closed the other thread. Is this a discussion thread too? Thanks
     
  20. Oct 22, 2011 #20 of 239
    Drew2k

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    This is DIRECTV's port of the standard interface to HD, with much of the functionality unchanged but obviously a tremendous amount of work done in restyling the interface, giving it an elegant modern look.

    There is a notable exception in functionality in that the main menu was completely redesigned. I honestly love the new main menu, and think it's a very intuitive way for new users to features of the receiver that were previously buried in sub-menus.

    My hope, though, is that this is just the first step in a series of changes to the interface. First, the port from standard to HD. Next, how about introducing new functionality such as GUIDE "options" that allow the user to select the number of rows visible, or the number of hours visible? This would allow those old and young, with large and small TVs, to set the GUIDE's appearance to what suits their needs...

    PS Great job on the first look DBSTalk!
     
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