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Have you ever used the Tivo-style text guide?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by hoopsbwc34, Aug 23, 2007.

Have you used the Tivo-style guide before?

  1. Yes, and I liked it a lot

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  2. Yes, and I didn't care for it

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  3. No, but I think I would like it

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  4. No, and I think I wouldn't care for it

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  1. Sirshagg

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  2. hoopsbwc34

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    Don't forget to vote for it in the WishList then and maybe it will get added...

    unless it's patented (AutoCorrect), assumed to be patented (DLB) or might upset advertisers (30 sec skip) :lol:
     
  3. Rockermann

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    I guess I never understood the logic of watching what is 'on now' when I have a DVR. :lol:

    Seriously, I channel surf or watch live TV maybe once a year. No lie. Other than that, I sit down when I have free time and choose from the multitude of programs in my 'now playing list' to find something to watch.
     
  4. Sirshagg

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    Same here. I suspect there are MANY people who don't use their dvr like this though, personally I don't understand it (other than live events).

    I generally use the guide to find interesting stuff to record some time in the future. I like being able to easilly see many hours of programming on a single channel at once and then being able to instantly switch to seeing multiple hours or programming on the next channel and so on.
     
  5. rekoil

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    I'm a fresh DirecTiVO to HR-20 switcher, and I will say that the grid-style channel guide could be a lot more useful if the box could take advantage of the configured HD resolution and put more data on the screen. When you're in 1080i mode the guide text is much larger (to me, at least) than it needs to be, and smaller text would allow much more info to be shown on the screen at once, IMO.
     
  6. tonyd79

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    I see, you never casually wanted to see what is on. Maybe to record it? Maybe we can just get rid of the guide for you, then.

    I am open to ALL shows not just what I have recorded. I don't understand the logic of limiting yourself to what you have recorded when there are hundreds of other shows available right now.

    The logic of "I have a DVR so I only watch pre-corded stuff" is just silly to me.
     
  7. Sirshagg

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    The point is that you use the guide to find things to record for watching later.
     
  8. hoopsbwc34

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    Thus the AutoTune option in the wishlist.... which makes no sense to me at all with a DVR...
     
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    61.3% in favor currently, but we are getting hammered in the WishList Survey
     
  10. Ken S

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    I tried it a few times and never really liked it.

    Generally, when I'm looking for shows to record I thought the showcases and suggestions were much better (and sadly missed on the HR20).

    I also wish the HR20 would give us a few more lines on the Guide screen.
     
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    And deprive yourself of watching things that are on now because?

    I guess I am silly. I use my DVR to do all of the above. Live TV is tuned in with my DVR so therefore it is a function of my DVR.

    By your reasoning, because my telephone has a built in answering machine, I would never use it as a telephone only as an answering machine.

    Explain to me again the logic of limiting yourself only to shows that are recorded? Why limit at all?
     
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    They were fun at first but showcases turned into mostly ads for Chevy and other car dealers and suggestions just got dumber and dumber. If I look at the suggestions, I find that I like the Simpsons! Wow! I haven't found anything new in suggestions in about two years.

    The better technique for me was to do a wishlist on premiers and season premiers. That would get movies that were new to stations like Encore (even if it was an older movie, but it was something available again) and catch new seasons of shows to check out. I think I can do them on the HR20 as well.
     
  13. Sirshagg

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    1) I'd rather fast forward through all the commercials.
    2) I'd rather watch shows on MY schedule and not the networks.

    Take your pick.

    I also don't feel deprived. In fact I feel privileged.
     
  14. Sirshagg

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    I actually DO let my answering machine handle all the telemarketing calls.
     
  15. Sirshagg

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    I'm not limiting myself to only recorded shows. I will watch things live (rarely), but prefer not to for the reasons already stated.
     
  16. hoopsbwc34

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    No I just want the option to change the gudie depending on what I am doing... for me that is usually choosing stuff to record later so I use the Tivo guide.

    But really the Tivo guide works great for stuff on right now too, at least for me... it shows you about 10 channels worth of shows on right now (left side) plus 12 hours of shows coming up for one channel (right side).
     
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    I agree. That's been one of my complaints since it came out.
     
  18. tonyd79

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    I disagree with the statement that it gives good information on what is on now because now is a relative term. If you are cruising at 9:55 you want to know what is on at 10, not at 9:30.

    I will never understand a preference for the Tivo guide, but you like what you like.
     
  19. danor

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    I loved the Tivo guide and absolutely wish we had an option.

    Additionally, I wish we had an option to make the font size smaller. It huge!
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  20. Sirshagg

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    With the Tivo guide you can very easilly change the time from 9:30 to 10 with the press of one buitton.
     
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