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DirecTV HD GUI Anticipation

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

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  1. Mar 31, 2011 #61 of 839
    cypherx

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    Fair enough. But for a contestant HD UI experience... I guess we should look at the least powered CPU in the HR line. Thats what DirecTV would have to design against. Nothing worse then building it for the HR24, then finding out it runs unbearably slow on an HR23.
     
  2. Mar 31, 2011 #62 of 839
    harsh

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    The existing GUI is handled by a character generator and an overlay facility. Changing various aspects within the limitations of the character generator shouldn't negatively impact performance outside of having to shuffle more data around.

    Then again, the HR2x database engine seems to be pretty frail.
     
  3. Mar 31, 2011 #63 of 839
    Rich

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    I refuse to get all worked up over this...again. When it comes, it comes. I'll surely appreciate it, but I'm not gonna hold my breath.

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  4. Mar 31, 2011 #64 of 839
    TBoneit

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    Who watches SD? People like me that want the content that is only available in SD.

    Content is king, not HD as eye candy.

    I suppose they could have 480, 720p & 1080i(p) menus available so the the proper one gets displayed with native on.
     
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    Rich

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    Nobody will ever call the FAN a pessimist. :)

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    Rich

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    Let us pray together.

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  7. Mar 31, 2011 #67 of 839
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    "A rough breakdown"
    The 20s use a single broadcom chip.
    The 21/22/23s use a [cheaper] two chip solution, with a slower memory bus.
    The 24-500 uses a NDX chip.
    The other 24s use a broadcom chip.

    Others may/should either correct this or give more details, as I just don't follow all the chip details as much as I've read others do.
     
  8. Mar 31, 2011 #68 of 839
    Rich

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    You know, it Stuart Sweet hadn't mentioned that the GUI was in SD, I would have never realized it. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss...

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    That seems like a rational explanation.

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  10. Mar 31, 2011 #70 of 839
    cypherx

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    Yeah, at least our current GUI fills the screen. Cable tends to "pillarbox" it centered on the screen. So it could be worse!

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  11. Mar 31, 2011 #71 of 839
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    I still have one SD tv in my house and it has a HR22-100 hooked to it, there will need to be some sort of scaling done.

    I'm not too worried if the existing HR's can handle the HDGUI or not, I remember being told here that the HR's didn't have enough processor power to properly stream MRV. We all know what happened there.
     
  12. Mar 31, 2011 #72 of 839
    veryoldschool

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    "Yeah", it only took them over a year to figure that out. :eek2: :lol:
     
  13. Mar 31, 2011 #73 of 839
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    I'm not so much concerned with an HD GUI. I'd just be happy with a universal to do list.

    I'd also like a series manager that broke down by days of the week. Nothing worse than starting a series on, say, Thurs @ 9pm only to find out nothing will record because you already have two things set up to record at that time. Even if it was just something that said "hey idiot you already have that slot filled"
     
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    And depending on the design, the CPU might have almost nothing to do with it. I run an HTPC (XBMC) and in spite of the fact that it often has a programming guide that is dynamically generated (PseudoTV add-on), it is almost completely GPU-bound. The CPU, which is a dual-core Atom, rarely hits above 12% even with a programming guide overlaying a 1080p movie.
     
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    Its all in the efficiency or inefficiency of the code that the processor has to handle.
     
  16. Mar 31, 2011 #76 of 839
    argonaut

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    I'm not very demanding. Here is what I want.

    1. True 1920x1080 resolution
    2. No ads
    3. Extremely responsive
     
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    You want fries with that? :lol:

    All sounds great to me.
     
  18. Mar 31, 2011 #78 of 839
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    While an HD GUI seems like it would be a good thing, I'm just hoping it's FAST. That's my only requirement. The first thing I always turn off on the PC and/or the DirecTV UI is animation.

    I'm mostly hitting GUIDE, LIST, SELECT, and EXIT. Just want it super fast to watch recordings, while 95% of what I watch is a series recording.

    Looking forward to whatever is developed.

    And as a reminder ... my #1 requirement is always DVR selection for MRV. :) (zillion times more a priority - for me)
     
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    Jeremy W

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    Who gives a crap if it fills the screen? The current GUI fills the screen by simply stretching the 4:3 GUI to 16:9. Six in one hand, half dozen in the other. Give me a 16:9 native GUI and I'll care.
     
  20. Apr 1, 2011 #80 of 839
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    I'd be surprised to see anything other than a base 16 X 9 UI that fills most HDTV screens fully.
     
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