-Cloud based backup/restore of settings (Favorites, prefs, series links, etc..)
-More than 50 series link limit.
-Hardware accelerated, triple buffered graphics. UI elements could crossfade on/off screen (Guide/Menu). Caller ID notifications / Delete / Don't Delete question could slide in briskly from the lower right and then slide off smoothly when dismissed. Top banner could slide down when invoked and slide up/off screen when dismissed. Think of the UI polish you take for granted in iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows Vista/7/8, Apple Mac OS, etc... Look at Xfinity X1 DVR to prove its possible. Also Passport Echo on Cisco set tops have nice fades and quick animations that make the system feel real responsive. Check out Android's Project Butter for some technical insight on triple buffering and how it could be done.
-Shortcut to manage recordings. LIST+LIST maybe could take you to the screen where you can view todo or change series link ordering.
-Ability to REMOTELY manage to do list and series link. Also view how much space is free on a DVR from other rooms on MRV, iPad or iPhone. Also do it from web.
-Actual remote control function to iPhone so I don't have to use 3rd party apps (DTV iRemote, WaltzRemote).
-Updated HD version of TV Apps (See Xfinity X1's really cool high res sports app for an idea). When invoking them they should slide on or off screen. None of the Windows 3.1 era "appear and disappear"
-Replacement for DIRECTV2PC. Updated UI similar to iPad. View DVR recordings on PC as well as the guide and same live streaming / on demand content that you can get on network from the iPad.
-True TV Everywhere. Live streaming should be allowed even when away from home.
-Customize-able mini-guide. I would adjust mine to show 3 channels at once instead of 1 (blue button).
-When a channel is updated to HD and you have hide SD duplicates turned on, it should automatically replace the SD version in any favorites list. People are bookmarking the content, so if IFC is in "Favs" list... IFCHD should of automatically taken it's place when it went HD this past week.
-If the above is not possible, then the banners saying "So and so is now in HD!" should be visible so people KNOW to update their favorites list. Currently the banner only shows if the HD version IS in favorites... moot point - I know, I had to manually add it!
-Faster browsing on demand screens. Sometimes it takes awhile to find stuff in on demand because the delay loading the lists of content. Cache it maybe?
-Ability to harness the power of MRV to view the on demand screens from other rooms (H24/H25 boxes for example). If a non DVR is authorized for MRV, it should be able to utilize the DVR on network to pull in channels 1000-1999 so other rooms can select and play on demand content.
-Harness MRV to announce caller ID messages to all receivers if only one has a phone line. Also possibly announce it to iPhone or DIRECTV2PC replacement app when you are on your home network.
-External hard drive ADD to DVR storage pool. Not replace it. Allow USB 2.0 interface in addition to eSATA. Pair it to the ACCOUNT not the Receiver.
-Keep the HD coming!
Nice interface example. XFINITY X1:http://xfinity.comcast.net/x1/
Edited by cypherx, 02 February 2013 - 05:57 PM.
My DirecTV HD WISHLIST: Nicktoons, FXM, Oxygen, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, GSN, Sprout, GAC, Esquire, El Rey, Up, Music Choice Play HD, NASA, Epix (if reasonably priced)
My DirecTV SD WISHLIST: MTV Hits, MTV Jams, Music Choice, Youtoo TV