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DirecTV HD GUI Anticipation

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by cypherx, Mar 31, 2011.

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  1. Oct 5, 2011 #721 of 839
    Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

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    DirecTV wants money first. They'll do or allow themes if there's any money in it for them. So marketing a sports package with a sports theme is a long way from will never happen.
     
  2. chapel

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    I'm also looking at the THR22, simply because I love the TiVo interface of my old DirecTiVo (I'm not spoiled by the newer ones)

    meh... my media tower is already packed...

    50 series in a year for 3 people is not that many
    Just rattling off the shows that are currently on this current active season (primetime only):
    Sunday
    Simpsons
    Family Guy
    Boardwalk Empire
    Dexter
    Hung
    Breaking Bad
    Pan Am

    Monday
    Dancing with the Stars
    Top Gear
    Bored to Death
    Enlightened

    Tuesday
    Parenthood
    Sons of Anarchy

    Wednesday
    New Girl
    Up All Night
    L&O SVU
    South Park

    Thursday
    Community
    Parks and Recreation
    The Office
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    The League

    Friday
    Kitchen Nightmares
    Fringe

    Saturday Night Live

    So that's just this current Fall 2011 Season, with primetime only, and I'm at 25 shows.

    Take into account the shows my wife records for my kid (2-3 shows) and for herself... and then take into account the winter season and the summer season

    With just the primetime HBO and SHO shows:
    Weeds
    Chuck
    The Big C
    Man vs Food
    Episodes
    Nurse Jackie
    Shameless
    The Borgias
    Game of Thrones
    Eastbound and Down
    True Blood
    Curb your Enthusiasm

    that's 36 total shows that are always on my DVR...

    As for time to watch: We generally watch TV after dinner until about 10 (so about 2 hours)
    On Fridays and Saturdays we will try to catch up on shows until about midnight.

    We tend to only watch a few stations (HBO, SHO, NBC, FOX, FX...) I know people that watch EVERYTHING... ABC, CBS... the lot... We'd love to fit Modern Family in there and some more stuff on AMC and BBC and the like... but there's no room on the DVR for it...

    I guess it's not a bad thing... we do watch less TV (if you can believe that after reading that list of shows.)
    Luckily, we don't really like Reality TV shows.
     
  3. Mike Bertelson

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    This is a discussion about the HD GUI and NOT DVRs and SL limits.

    :backtotop

    Mike
     
  4. Brian Hanasky

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    Any ideas when the new GUI is coming?
     
  5. Athlon646464

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    "Soon"

    There is no official announcement on a date for release.
     
  6. Tom Robertson

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    One other thing to remember is how the rollout will occur. With major upgrades such as this, DIRECTV typically rolls out the upgrade in regions. It could take a few months for everyone to get the upgrade.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  7. RobertE

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    Agreed. As with anything else, the timeline is subject to change, but my people are telling me that the roll out target is set for very early Nov. Along with that, it's anticipated that this will be one of the slowest NR rollouts in a very long time.

    Everyone will need to be very, very patient during the roll out.
     
  8. RAD

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    Sounds like a good plan since I'd except a larger the normal amount of folks calling in for assistance since this is a fairly major change to the UI.
     
  9. Athlon646464

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    We should start a pool......

    How many will ask 'How do I force....'

    The closest wins a nomad.

    My guess: 1,035

    :grin:
     
  10. RobertE

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    Pretty much spot on. With the level on changes going on, this is going to be an extremely slow roll out to prevent the call centers from getting hammered from confused customers.

    My hope is that they change the methodology of this rollout vs prior ones. I would really like to see targeted households vs a west to east (or east to west) like prior ones. To me it would be much simpler to hit all the boxes in X number of random houses each night/week.

    I would recommend to anyone that may be looking to do an upgrade, schedule a service call or change programming, do it before the 1st if possible. If not, try and call during off hours. Its going to be busy.
     
  11. Jasqid

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    I bet they will send a receiver message about the update coming. Most of that is usually SPAM for package and sports deals.... but this would be a good use so the average customer at least has a heads up.

    Can you imagine Mrs. "Average" Jane Smith waking up in the morning and everything is different. lol.
     
  12. Athlon646464

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    Yup - it will freak out those who do not like 'change'. Some will call and demand the 'old look' back.

    Should be fun to watch what happens and see exactly how they handle it.
     
  13. mreposter

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    Good luck with that. ;)

    I just hope this isn't like waking up one morning to discover that Microsoft has "upgraded" my PC to Windows Vista...
     
  14. LameLefty

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    It won't be.
     
  15. Malibu13

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    At this point we can only speculate what changes have been made and how much of an improvement the new GUI will bring.
     
  16. billsharpe

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    The Dish HD guide shows three hours of programming; the FiOS TV guide shows 2 1/2 hours of programming.

    Both of these blow away the current DirecTV guide.
     
  17. bobnielsen

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    For one thing, they won't charge $100 for the upgrade :hurah:
     
  18. wmb

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    no, but they will charge over $100 per month to USE it!!!:eek2:
     
  19. Skyboss

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    If I am in the last region, that will be major suxors.

    Color choices wouldn't be too difficult. The receivers used to have that at least.
     
  20. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

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    Well, that quite depends on your programming package and number of receivers, doesn't it?

    That being said, I am going to go out on a limb with the following: a lot of folks will like it (for a number of reasons), a good number will dislike it for one reason or another, and some will hate it (there are always some who can't or won't be pleased).

    In other words, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
     
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