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DBSTalk First Look: High Definition User Interface


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#1 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 08:19 PM

DBSTalk is proud to present our first look at the upcoming user interface for all HD receivers and DVRs:

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This one's the real deal. Rendering speed is up to 300% faster than the old UI... it makes an HR21 feel like an HR24! All text is rendered at full resolution for every graphics mode from 480i to 1080p!


HDGUI First Look

Please note that some DBSTalk.com testers and staff members may have received free equipment from DIRECTV or its partners for the purpose of evaluation and testing.


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#2 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:06 AM

To answer your first question, I don't know when it will come to your home.
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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:07 AM

Nice work putting it together Stuart...once again. :)

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:11 AM

I'm intrigue by this image. . . . .

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AutoTune for the HR's?


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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:13 AM

I'm intrigue by this image. . . . .
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AutoTune for the HR's?[/CENTER]


Why do you assume it's a HR?
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#6 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:14 AM

I'm intrigue by this image. . . . .

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AutoTune for the HR's?


Drucifer, that is a receiver, not a DVR. There is no auto tune for DVRs in the new UI.
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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:17 AM

Very nice. Definitely one of the upcoming features satelliteracer hinted about awhile back.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:17 AM

Drucifer, that is a receiver, not a DVR. There is no auto tune for DVRs in the new UI.


if it's not a dvr, then how do you explain the "recordings" tab also?

i'm probably just missing something...

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:18 AM

if it's not a dvr, then how do you explain the "recordings" tab also?

i'm probably just missing something...

Because the Recordings menu contains an option to the Play List for an MRV connected receiver.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:20 AM

To answer your first question, I don't know when it will come to your home.


Does this mean its ready for release, quite slow and staggered I imagine, into the stream as an NR?

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:21 AM

Because the Recordings menu contains an option to the Play List for an MRV connected receiver.

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got it...i knew i was missing something...

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:29 AM

Does this mean its ready for release, quite slow and staggered I imagine, into the stream as an NR?


I'm sorry, I didn't hear your question ;)
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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:30 AM

Nice! Good job on the report, and thank you!

Note. Was very hard to scroll in Chrome (onna Mac), but I always d/l PDFs that are bigger than a couple of pages.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:32 AM

Nice work as always on the First Look presentation Stuart.
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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:51 AM

Nice presentation, but I notice HD guide still only shows 1 1/2 hours of programming.

Dish has 3 hours; FiOS TV has 2 1/2 hours. Still some catching up to do...

...and "coming soon" means ???
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Posted 22 October 2011 - 10:55 AM

Nice presentation, but I notice HD guide still only shows 1 1/2 hours of programming.

Dish has 3 hours; FiOS TV has 2 1/2 hours. Still some catching up to do...

...and "coming soon" means ???

"Catching up" is in the eyes of the beholder...not everyone wants an overabundance of screen content. It appears the key value of the new UI is to remain uncluttered and easy to read the content - which is not the case on some other service provider screens.

Navigating to more timeframes is easy and fast.

I suspect you won't see it change signficantly.
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Posted 22 October 2011 - 11:13 AM

The amount of data on the screen has been discussed at length here and at DIRECTV. it seems to boil down to, if you have a 37" tv or smaller, or have worse eyesight, then you want less. If you are younger, have better eyesight and/or a large tv, you want more.

So it doesn't change.
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Posted 22 October 2011 - 11:26 AM

Questions that came to mind is if the HD GUI is faster are:

Are the Trick plays faster
How did they do it?
Did they change from say C++ to Assembler for the parts that were killing performance?
Why won't they give options for various guide displays? Is memory that tight?
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Posted 22 October 2011 - 11:34 AM

The amount of data on the screen has been discussed at length here and at DIRECTV. it seems to boil down to, if you have a 37" tv or smaller, or have worse eyesight, then you want less. If you are younger, have better eyesight and/or a large tv, you want more.

So it doesn't change.

I see you closed the other thread. Is this a discussion thread too? Thanks

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 11:36 AM

This is DIRECTV's port of the standard interface to HD, with much of the functionality unchanged but obviously a tremendous amount of work done in restyling the interface, giving it an elegant modern look.

There is a notable exception in functionality in that the main menu was completely redesigned. I honestly love the new main menu, and think it's a very intuitive way for new users to features of the receiver that were previously buried in sub-menus.

My hope, though, is that this is just the first step in a series of changes to the interface. First, the port from standard to HD. Next, how about introducing new functionality such as GUIDE "options" that allow the user to select the number of rows visible, or the number of hours visible? This would allow those old and young, with large and small TVs, to set the GUIDE's appearance to what suits their needs...

PS Great job on the first look DBSTalk!




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