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HR2x Wish List, V3

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Steve, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. Oct 7, 2007 #461 of 1819
    TigerDriver

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    Yes, definitely. I said "It's even easy for the receiver to support both the existing numeric interface and the proposed alpha interface. The user would choose his preference by programming the remote (i.e., a single bit in the IR pulse train)."

    After all, the remote is just the portable input device to the user interface. I envision a switch on the remote labeled "123/abc." If you hand the remote to your wife, she can set the switch into the 123 position. The alpahbet need not appear on the buttons themselves, but could be silk-screened on the case surrounding the buttons.

    It often takes many years for designers to get user interfaces correct. My favorite example is the telegraph, which literally means writing from afar. The original invention actually raised and lowered a stylus onto a rotating drum of paper, make marks and spaces. The paper rolls would then be taken to a reader, who interpreted the marks and spaces and stranscribe them into language. After about 25 years, one of the company managers noticed that the transcribers could hear the stylus hitting the paper and transcribe it on-the-fly. Within a year or so, all the stylus-paper devices had been replaced with sounding devices. Why? The transcription rate went up by a factor of twenty times! (BTW, the terms MARK and SPACE are still in use today by engineers in serial communications.)
     
  2. Oct 7, 2007 #462 of 1819
    marcmec

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    My first Sony D* receiver (circa 1995) had something called a 'jump loop'. If you pressed and held the 'jump loop' button it would add/delete the current channel to/from the loop. Tapping the button would just cycle through the channels in the loop, which could be up to 5 channels long. I thought that this was a good feature but have never seen it on any other television or accessory since. As described in your attached post, the implementation of an OSD list coming up briefly after hitting 'Prev' would probably be an even better feature.
     
  3. Oct 7, 2007 #463 of 1819
    dennisdh

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    The more I use previous channel the more it becomes a must and I think an improved interface would almost be as good as DLB for us sports fans. As for another remote, I think "D" should make it more useful with there own I shouldn't have to keep buying more stuff to make this "top of the line" system work well.
     
  4. Oct 7, 2007 #464 of 1819
    mgress

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    Hope this is the proper place to post this. I would like to see an option for MediaShare, to disable the pop up box asking about viewing slideshow when listening to music. When I listen to music, I never use the slideshow and it is a minor annoyance to always receive the slideshow popup. An option to disable this would be great.
     
  5. Oct 7, 2007 #465 of 1819
    DC_SnDvl

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    Two things:

    1. lock and external drive to the account and not the box.

    2. better control of music playback ( the blue button should bring up the playlist or album content)

    and DLB
     
  6. Oct 7, 2007 #466 of 1819
    ebr

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    I want to put in a request that Channel up/down NOT take you to Live TV and change the channel when you are watching a recording. Pressing one of these buttons while watching a recording, IMO, is a mistake by the user and has no meaning for the recorded show so it should do nothing (could "bong"). Alternatively, it could ask you to confirm what you really wanted to do but I'll bet 99.9% of the time the user did not really mean to change the channel. The button was either hit by accident or the user forgot/didn't know they were watching a recording.

    The downside of the current behaviour, besides the fact that you are summarily shot out of the program you were watching is that the live buffer is destroyed by the channel change. This will become a bigger issue if the "return to paused point in live buffer" ever gets implemented (which I really hope it does).

    Thanks for listening...
     
  7. Oct 7, 2007 #467 of 1819
    dennisdh

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    this isn't true any more because with on demand and music it has moved down one more notch so it's page down and one single down
     
  8. Oct 8, 2007 #468 of 1819
    Steve

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    This is one case where I wish PRESS-HOLD actually worked reliably. If it did, you could simply PRESS-HOLD PREV to pop-up the PREV menu that you now get from the QUICK MENU, or just click PREV and have it work as it does now.

    Given there are no "free" buttons on the current remote, should we just put a request up there to ALWAYS have PREV display the PREV menu? If so, I will run a POLL first, since this could either represent a change many might not like... or we may find out that folks don't mind. I know I, for one, could live with it. If my last channel was always "top of the list", it would only represent one extra click. Not a big deal, IMO.

    Any more thoughts on this one would be appreciated.

    /steve
     
  9. Oct 8, 2007 #469 of 1819
    Steve

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    You make an excellent point, IMO. This is another one we should run a POLL on, even though I suspect that most folks will agree with you. Either the function should be disabled, or an "Are you sure" should pop-up. I'll work on putting a POLL on this topic up tomorrow, time permitting. /steve
     
  10. Oct 8, 2007 #470 of 1819
    ebr

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    Thanks Steve!
     
  11. Oct 8, 2007 #471 of 1819
    Steve

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    TigerDriver

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    I second this.
     
  13. Oct 8, 2007 #473 of 1819
    Drew2k

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    Actually, Steve, if the pop-up PREV menu was implemented as I wrote above, there would be NO extra keystrokes involved when hitting PREV, because the tuner would always immediately change to the last channel visited, but you'd also have a pop-up menu showing the other most recently visited channels.

    Here's how it could work:

    Hit PREV and tuner immediately is changed to the most recent channel. The on-screen banner appears. Hanging down from the banner is a tiny menu of the previous four channels, and the cursor is on the top channel number right below the banner, in other words, it's on the 2nd to last channel visited. The tuner has already switched to the previous channel so if you want to go to the 2nd to last channel visited, you now just hit SELECT. If you want to go to any of the other previously visited channels, you just cursor down and hit SELECT. The banner and pop-up menu disappear in the same time it takes for the banner to normally disappear.

    Example showing channels tuned to:

    Key in 70 ENTER. Banner shows 70 HBO
    Key in 202 ENTER. Banner shows 202 CNN
    Key in 242 ENTER. Banner shows 242 USA
    Key in 311 ENTER. Banner shows 311 FAM
    Key in 101 ENTER. Banner shows 101 T101

    Hit PREV. Tuner changes from 101 to 311.

    BANNER: 311 USA
    POP-UP MENU: 242 USA / 101 T101 / 202 CNN / 70 HBO and cursor is on 242 USA

    Hit SELECT. Tuner changes to 242.

    BANNER: 242 USA
    POP-UP MENU: 311 FAM / 101 T101 / 202 CNN / 70 HBO and cursor is on 311 FAM

    Hit DOWN, DOWN, SELECT. Tuner changes to 202 CNN

    BANNER: 202 CNN
    POP-UP MENU: 242 USA / 311 FAM / 101 T101 / 70 HBO and cursor is on 242 USA

    Do nothing. Banner and Pop-Up menu clear on their own. (EXIT also clears them.)

    This makes your previous four channels immediately available with at most five keystrokes: PREV, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, SELECT. However, your previous channel is still always available with just ONE keystroke (PREV) because it immediately always tunes to that last channel when PREV is hit.

    Hopefully no one will object to this because the only change in behavior when hitting PREV is the on-screen menu which only appears for as long as the banner appears.
     
  14. Oct 8, 2007 #474 of 1819
    Steve

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    Gotcha. Thank goodness there's an alternative to PRESS-HOLD! :lol:

    PREV should not only switch to the prior CHANNEL, but also briefly display the PREV menu, if there are other recently-viewed channels available for selection.

    This one seems like a "no-brainer", so I think I'll just add it to the list, if no one objects to it in this thread.

    /steve
     
  15. Oct 8, 2007 #475 of 1819
    Drew2k

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    Sounds perfect!
     
  16. Oct 8, 2007 #476 of 1819
    dennisdh

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    Thanks guys!! this is why I keep coming back/
    I think this would be a great solution as long as the pop up doesn' take up to much screen but even if it does it sounds like it would be temporary.
     
  17. Oct 8, 2007 #477 of 1819
    Steve

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    It's not too bad now. A vertical rectangle in the lower left corner that occupies about 1/8 of the screen. And, as you noted, it will clear in a few seconds, like the channel BANNER. I assume you will also be able to hit EXIT, to make it clear even more quickly. /steve
     
  18. Oct 8, 2007 #478 of 1819
    dennisdh

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    being able to recall it with a one button touch would be awesome.:)
    I think it's worth a try. Thanks again!
     
  19. Oct 8, 2007 #479 of 1819
    dennisdh

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    How bout QLB:lol:
    Quad Live Buffer :grin:
     
  20. Oct 10, 2007 #480 of 1819
    Sirshagg

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    I was at a friends house tonight. He has Time warner cable and I noticed something really cool on their search. As you enter each character of the search term some of the letters that you can choose (for the next character) become greyed out. I believe the way it works is that the greyed out letters would not make terms that match anything. It seemed a bit odd a first glance but it made navigating the character grid MUCH easier as you entered the search term since you didn;t have to scroll through as many characters. In all I thought it worked very well.
     

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