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I want my PAUSE button back...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by jklipa, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. Barmat

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    Removing basic functions of a UI because of a remote redesign seems insane.

    I'm sure what happened is the remotes were designed without any thought to the UI and went to production. Down the road some one said Ugh Oh! Lets just change the UI.

    I used to use the pause function in the guide all the time and have been starting unwanted shows since.
     
  2. jimbo56

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    Whether or not you choose FiOS is your decision (I'm happy with my choice), but be aware that Verizon (and any other provider) has to negotiate carriage prices with the programmers. Verizon is just as likely as anyone else to drop channels if they can't reach an agreement. And the providers are understandably not forthcoming on when agreements expire. I know this has been discussed in other topics, but I admire DirecTV for not caving in to Viacom's demands. Programmers have been looking at providers as cash cows for too long. They need to realize that advertising rates are based on viewership and the fewer potential viewers the less they can charge advertisers. If more providers would do the same as DirecTV maybe rates wouldn't rise as fast.
     
  3. studechip

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    The change being discussed here has an easy work around. Just use pause before going to the guide. Is that really so difficult or complicated? Surely there are more important issues to get riled up about.
     
  4. tonyd79

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    It isn't just that it doesn't work. It does the wrong thing. Pause PLAYS a show if you are in the playlist.
     
  5. MarkG21

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    Stop hitting Pause or Play in the play list. Press Exit---> Pause----> LEFT arrow will bring you back where you left off.
     
  6. jimbo56

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    What if you press Pause BEFORE you go into the guide or playlist. Does the program start playing again, or does it stay paused?
     
  7. tonyd79

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    It still plays the select show.

    It is bad GUI design.

    Neither do FF or the other controls work any more. FF jumps the time in the guide. What the green button already does.

    They took away good functionality supposedly for remotes intended to be used in hotels and through dumb clients. No reason to do so for full up dvrs.

    All stupid. Period. End of sentence.
     
  8. tonyd79

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    I know the workarounds. It is still wrong.
     
  9. studechip

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    As earlier mentioned, it was done to accommodate the new remote design. Apparently they thought it was more important to work with the new remote than the way you want it to. Oh well.
     
  10. susanandmark

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    I too used this functionality frequently and am annoyed it's gone. Can I do it differently? Well, obviously, yes, I can, since I now must. Hardly a showstopper, but it's another "feature" that seems to have vanished. New doesn't always equal better and breaking/altering UI to include LESS functionality is pretty bad design.
     
  11. studechip

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    Not with my remote it doesn't. If I pause, then go into the guide and hit play or pause, nothing happens. I have to use the enter key to do that.
     
  12. tonyd79

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    And as mentioned earlier, there are other ways to make it work. And to not break functionality for the vast, vast majority that do not not will have the new remotes.

    Shoddy planning. Shoddy programming.
     
  13. jklipa

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    This is the most useful reply so far...!

    The change of the UI to conform to the remotes wasWAS thoughtless and inconsiderate to those of us long-time customers who have the original remotes because they have BROKEN our pause buttons...

    I don't have nor do I want a pause-and-play button...
    I want to be able to pause in list or guide...
    If it actually did pause live tv when I hit it that would be fine, but it does not...

    For now I'll have to learn a new trick... exit-pause-left arrow...!!!

    Very inconsiderate move on Dtv's behalf...

    Thanks for all the replies, glad I'm not the only one irritated by this...
    Misery loves company... :)
     
  14. ShapeGSX

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    It is by design AND broken.
     
  15. jahgreen

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    We are the .00001%.
     
  16. war59312

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    Very annoying indeed, I'd love to get this back as well.

    I've only been with DirectTV for 3 weeks and I still got the "old" remote. Thank God!

    So yea sounds pretty stupid for them to break this.
     
  17. Church AV Guy

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    Could it have been all that difficult for them to have put a page in the remote control setup showing a picture of each remote, and asking which yours looks like. If you select the old one, then the functionality would still work, if the new one, it won't. It seems doable to me.
     
  18. Beerstalker

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    There is a bunch of things they could have done, the problem is they didn't, and the remotes are out in the wild now, so I don't see anything changing.
     
  19. Joe Diver

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    LOL...no doubt. When I first noticed this change....and I used pause alot while in the guide or list...I just changed my behavior. Hit pause, then go into list or guide.

    Not so hard to do...figure out....and there's just so much more in life to get upset about. Especially spend alot of time on....
     
  20. tonyd79

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    Really? Who has got them? The remote on the DirecTV webpage is either RF or non-RF but still the full remote.

    Aren't these targetted at hotels, who are NOT using HR2x boxes?

    Sounds pretty simple to me. HR2x respond one way, hotel units respond a different way.

    Edit to add:

    From Solid Signal Blog of June 27:

    "The back of the RC70H is labeled to tell the user that there's no point in stealing it. RC70H remotes use a different codeset than other DIRECTV remotes so taking one home isn't going to do anyone any good."

    Kinda shoots the remote theory to hell, huh?
     

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