So half of the forum members here have 2 TB hard drives for quite some time? Does that equal half of all DVRs currently in use by DTV customers? EVERY DVR has "last 4" available, and I have to assume that every DVR user watches recordings (why have a DVR if not?) and live TV at some time. You can't just sort alphabetically when you're looking for Chuck? That's only a few more button pushes, isn't it? Fewer than getting into PIP, I'd bet.
Anyway, sorry to bring up an idea for a feature I would like to see, think others might use, and think might be easy to implement. Nobody has ever done that before, so I apologize.
There is certainly no need to apologize (I am going to play this straight and ignore any possibility of your response being merely sarcastic; that, I would accept an apology for), but (assuming no sarcasm) it is also refreshing to see a poster who is as gracious as you are, which is far from the norm, and I appreciate that. Your idea is a valid one. And my idea is also a niche request, I freely admit; I just feel it is a feature that more folks would find more useful, and probably easier to technically implement.
True, "half" is a wild guess; it could be a lot less, but it also could be a lot more than half.
But how many folks that represents as far as those who could take advantage is not only consistent with that; everyone that records more than 15 shows a week or keeps a show that is not currently airing for more than a week or two would benefit from search in the Play List. Those with tons of recordings would just benefit all the more.
And non-members by definition do not care as much about how DTV or anyone else designs their DVRs, generally speaking, and if DTV is monitoring their customers to find out what would make them happier, they are not polling them, they are crawling this forum and a few like it because we are the low-hanging fruit of good ideas while the gen pop is not.
Sorting by alpha turns out to be more of a pain, actually, than just scrolling; it takes more navigation brain power/concentration than a search box, or even just blindly pressing buttons until you scroll through tons of pages. And it implies that you have to reconfigure back to "latest" after you are done. I've tried both in significant testing, and it turns out that even if the show starts with a or b, or y or z, (and most are somewhere in the middle of the alphabet meaning it only cuts the scrolling in half) it is less annoying to just power through the 50 button-presses, which is also pretty annoying. A search box would not be annoying at all, and that is an exercise the normal 2013 human does half a dozen times a day on the internet anyway, so the muscle memory is already there.
And I did not mean to hijack, or steal your thunder, so I am the one who needs to apologize; let's hope they adopt all of our good ideas. I'm rooting for that.
Edited by TomCat, 05 November 2013 - 07:58 PM.