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DBSTalk First Look: High Definition User Interface


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#41 OFFLINE   Laxguy

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 05:23 PM

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.


Given it's much faster than the older GUI, I'd say it's way more than a port!

But a nice job all around, indeed.
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#42 OFFLINE   rrdirectsr

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 05:30 PM

From what I read on the D* site, that with a mix of HD and SD receivers, only the HD DVRs will have the new HDGUI and that the old SD DVRs will have the "same" GUI. Is this correct? What do they mean by "same"?

What about the R22(with HD), which I have two of these, will they have the new or old GUI?


Now I see that all the mention of "speed" increase is regarding the navigating of the new GUI, will the changing of channels speed also increase or will that stay the same?




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Posted 22 October 2011 - 05:36 PM

Given it's much faster than the older GUI, I'd say it's way more than a port!

But a nice job all around, indeed.

Very true; I wouldn't want to slight the DIRECTV engineers on the under-the-hood improvements. Their work is not immediately apparent if you only look at the visible changes, but when you start scrolling horizontally or vertically in the guide you notice how much faster it is.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 06:07 PM

So, they've banned ads from the guide display? 'Cause I don't see any.
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Posted 22 October 2011 - 06:08 PM

Looking forward to new guide. Hope is sooner than later. Maybe even this month, we still got 2 weeks in October.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 06:27 PM

So, they've banned ads from the guide display? 'Cause I don't see any.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 06:42 PM

Nice job on the First Look Stuart, really nice. Now I can't wait to get it to show up on my boxes.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 06:44 PM

Thanks but I have to give credit to the guys who did the screencaps.
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Posted 22 October 2011 - 09:32 PM

Thanks for another great First Look. I learned something today.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 09:41 PM

A very nice first look. Thanks to Stuart and the team. :biggthump

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 03:44 AM

Will this be updated for all HD recievers and DVR's? Even the older model ones?

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 04:00 AM

All HD boxes except the H20. The HR20 will have it.

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 05:39 AM

Yeah I know Comcast (and other iGuide cable ops) let's you choose a few things:
1. Guide color scheme
2. Double line or single line guide (single gets more channels at once)
3. Two or three channels on the mini guide

However for the last 10 years, I-guide is relatively unchanged in looks.


That would definitely be a nice set of options. That blue "glow" effect will get stale after a while. Just being able to choose a different color would be nice, although I could even go for themes... sports teams, holidays, favorite show, etc.

I also don't see why the guide can not be customized. Users should be capable of deciding how many channels and how much time their TV can display and their eyes can read. Least common denominator is never a good reason for a design choice like this.

All things considered though, speed improvements will be a welcome change.

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 06:18 AM

There have already been many suggestions for changes/options expressed here, and most of them are very good, IMHO.

I'm for implementing most, if not all of them - if - and it's a big IF -

Any of these changes/options will not slow my boxes down!

The new HDGUI is extremely fast.

I'm sure D* will continue to add new features going forward, just as they always have. I just don't want to see new stuff added at the expense of speed.

For me, the speed boost overrides all else. When D* decides to make changes/add options I hope they do it slowly and allow testing to confirm that there is no impact on speed.

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 06:20 AM

You can't get pay tv a la carte so why expect the guide to be any different. :)

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 08:23 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.


Because of course it would be foolish to give the individual user the option to display more or less. More brain dead "same-old-same-old" that we've come to expect from the DIRECTV GUI design team.

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 08:35 AM

About freaking time!!!! Welcome to 2005 D*

This comes as good news. After being a D* customer for 10+ years I was about to dump them because I got tired of the SD interfaces. The Vip 922 Dish Network system has got my attention. I still might do it.

Maybe it's me but D* is slow when it comes to things that are aesthetic. SD only menus on an HD box in 2011? Pathetic!!! The SD menus makes the D* receivers about as exciting as a kitchen appliance. Last year I was all excited about the H24 until I saw that it had the same played-out, SD interface that they’ve had now for the last 5+ years. After owning the H24 for a year now still nothing excites me about it. The H24 is a lifeless, Generic HD-DVR. Come to think of it I’m gonna dump D* anyway.

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 08:37 AM

Will this appear in our setup screen as a software update...and if so, what is the update number?
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Posted 23 October 2011 - 08:46 AM

Will this appear in our setup screen as a software update...and if so, what is the update number?


No, when it is 'your turn' to get it, it will be pushed to you. There is nothing for you to do.

My guess is that when the roll out starts, it will take 6 weeks or more for everyone to have it pushed to them.

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 08:47 AM

About freaking time!!!! Welcome to 2005 D*

This comes as good news. After being a D* customer for 10+ years I was about to dump them because I got tired of the SD interfaces. The Vip 922 Dish Network system has got my attention. I still might do it.

Maybe it's me but D* is slow when it comes to things that are aesthetic. SD only menus on an HD box in 2011? Pathetic!!! The SD menus makes the D* receivers about as exciting as a kitchen appliance. Last year I was all excited about the H24 until I saw that it had the same played-out, SD interface that they’ve had now for the last 5+ years. After owning the H24 for a year now still nothing excites me about it. The H24 is a lifeless, Generic HD-DVR. Come to think of it I’m gonna dump D* anyway.


The H24 is not an HDDVR ;)
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