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DirecTV HD GUI Anticipation

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  1. Mar 31, 2011 #1 of 839
    cypherx

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    Regulars on this site are well aware of the announcement by DirecTV (during the Investor day presentation) stating that a whole new HD GUI experience is in the works for 2011. The thought alone of a new HD interface with a fresh new look has me excited to be a DirecTV customer. Despite the differences in opinion I (and many others) may have with DirecTV regarding programming content, the GUI is an integral part of the customer experience. Any development to the interface to improve the look, feel and feature set is welcome. It's also something to make DirecTV stand out over the competition.

    What do you guys want to see out of the new HD GUI?

    When do you think it will be released?

    Just thought maybe we could get some ideas or some kind of discussion started on your expectations and what type of features would make it an essential tool in your television viewing and navigation experience?

    My votes?
    -Sleeker, richer looking graphics, kind of like the DirecTV iPad app.
    -The same overall smoothness you get out of the DirecTV iPad app (or any iOS app for that matter). Meaning how things appear and disappear from the screen. Smooth fades, slides, transitions, "bouncy" feedback, etc. UI Animations that help bring attention and focus where you need to be. This stuff we take for granted on PC and Mac's, plus all the mobile devices these days.
    -A universal playlist and todo list
    -Quick access to the todo list and series recordings
    -Better "MediaShare" functionality
    -One click VOD streaming - if Receiver detects you have a good enough broadband connection (like Netflix).
    -Maybe some IPTV functionality to design your own "Mix" channels, by pulling the individual channel windows via your broadband connection.
    -Streaming recorded content or live content to iPad, iPhone, Android devices.
    -Ability to see more channels by more time in the full grid guide.
    -Perhaps Picture in Picture added to the "DoublePlay" feature?
    -Crisp and sharp fonts looking just as crystal clear as the graphics many networks put on screen for sports scores and stuff like that.
    -RVU compatible for thin client devices

    When do I expect to see an HD GUI? Well the Investor day presentation said that it was for 2011. So I expect to see it Q4 2011. They are still tweaking the current GUI, so until testers can get ahold of a new "HD GUI" and debug it, I think that puts us to the Holiday season time frame near the end of this year.

    Thoughts, questions, opinions, any insider knowledge or screen shots?
     
  2. Mar 31, 2011 #2 of 839
    hdtvfan0001

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    I anticipate 4 things:

    1) There will be a new, consistent UI across all the HD hardware in the DirecTV stable (receivers and DVRs).

    2) The new UI will be more "HD" and graphical in nature, with a similar "look and feel" to the latest DirecTV iPad application.

    3) The new UI will contain a re-tooled version of the MediaShare functionality.

    4) We'll see it appear some time before 4Q 2011.
     
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    Rich

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    Along with the TiVo....:lol:

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    cypherx

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    I agree with your points 1 through 3 above. But such a drastic HD GUI overhaul means creation of manuals, training videos, marketing materials, etc... all for something that testers haven't even got their hands on? I don't see expecting an HDGUI before 4Q 2011 realistic. To testers sure... but not National Release.
     
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    hdtvfan0001

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    That would make sense...assuming no work on such a project has started. ;)
     
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    jal

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    I was on Continental Airlines this week, and they had Directv. The interface looks similar to the one we have now, [Mod Edit] Just the time, station and channel. The simplicity of it to me makes it seem better
     
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    sigma1914

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    That's all I want/like...simplicity. I don't need bells and whistles like a Tivo. Give me text with the pertinent information and call it a day.
     
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    mjwagner

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    They would make me happy by just providing the ability to setup recordings on any DVR in the WHDVR 'network' from any other DVR.
     
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    hdtvfan0001

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    We can already do that with WHDS from any HD receiver in the home...so its not far fetched to think it will come.

    I suspect the work on the new UI may already be underway - as others have pointed out...it takes alot of time. Doing it on all HD devices takes even more time (to have it consistent).

    When it will surface...now that's another thing....but I still suspect it will be in 2011 and before October.
     
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    LameLefty

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    I'm not holding my breath. I have hope and agree that a refresh is due, but I am focusing on more near-term improvements in other areas.
     
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    hdtvfan0001

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    Hopefully "they" are too. :D
     
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    Hutchinshouse

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    HDGUI is high on my list. Bring it!
     
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    I just hope they don't charge us for it. ;) (only partially kidding)
     
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    Hutchinshouse

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    :lol:

    I would be surprised if they did.
     
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    hdtvfan0001

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    You would not be alone in the surprise. ;)
     
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    LarryFlowers

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    The redesign of the GUI is so far down on my list as to be non-existent.

    There are still too many basic code issues.
     
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    ffemtreed

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    i just want a 16X9 widescreen FAST gui.

    I can care less if its HD or not. If they can't speed it up I don't want it.
     
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    veryoldschool

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    For those using native, I wonder how and HD GUI would work.
     
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    cypherx

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    I wonder that as well. I would be ok with just checking off 720p and 1080i if I had to. How does the Dish Network 922, Moxi Cable card DVR, TiVo Premiere, Verizon Fios IMG 1.9 handle it?

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    It would probably scale to whatever output resolution was being used.

    Fonts get bigger, less stuff on the screen maybe... I wouldn't think they'd have two completely different interfaces: one for SD and one for HD. They'd want it to look similar.
     
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