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DBSTalk First Look: High Definition User Interface

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Sep 25, 2011.

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  1. waylonrobert

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    I may have missed this...but any idea when this is expected to release? I remember hearing back at CES that October was the goal...given that October is nearly over, when will this update launch?
     
  2. Bilbrey

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    First, Thanks Stuart Sweet for the first look.

    I've been a DirecTV subscriber for a while now, because DirecTV was better choice than my cable alternative.

    I've not been participating on this board for quite a while (too busy with other things), but I got an email bringing my attention to this thread. So I read the first look and was pleasantly surprised to find out a new GUI was coming.

    I have both an iPad and an iPhone, and was pleasantly surprised with the update to the DirecTV app. I thought the UI there was well done, easy to use, and gave me more options and control over my TV viewing. I like that I can control my receivers remotely, view what is currently on my receivers (great for checking on what the kids are watching - the best form of parental supervision), and I've even noted that with the iPad app, you can watch an additional stream of content when the two tuners are recording. I can only hope my experience with the new DirecTV GUI will be a similarly great experience, and I hope even better integrated with the apps.

    Folks in the thread have noted that the goal is to watch our TV content, and that the GUI just helps facilitate that. I agree. The less time I spend in the GUI the better. And I hope that DirecTV has put as much thought into the usability of the GUI as the look and feel. The actual use and navigation of the GUI is what I will be interested in. For example, will it be easy to turn on and off the Closed Captions (so I can see what some actor mumbled). Currently, it is rather easy to do that, so I hope they don't bury functionality in a prettier interface.

    I can patiently wait for the update and look forward to an improved TV experience. Better performance is always appreciated, and a nicer GUI will be a pleasant update to my aging HR21's. But usability will be my key concern, so I hope that the new GUI has a well thought out menu structure and easy to navigate process.

    I've been happy with my DirecTV experience (And I migrated from a TiVo cable experience), and I welcome the new GUI and hope there are not too many 'kinks' to iron out with the new revision.

    Many thanks to DirecTV on the new GUI.
     
  3. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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  4. Poleposition

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    Sorry if this is a dumb question but how will this now deliver a 1080p resolution if the cabling is still coax? Is it just the graphics on the menu thats 1080p? If so, i get it.

    Thx
     
  5. Stuart Sweet

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    Not sure what you mean. If you're connected via component (3RCA) you will not get 1080p content. The menus will render at a maximum resolution of 1080i.
     
  6. Poleposition

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    Why all the promo for 1080p?
     
  7. dpeters11

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    As far as I know, the only 1080P content is some of the PPV. They are marked as such in the guide. Keep in mind though, not all 1080P sets are compatible, they must be able to do 1080P/24. All normal HD channels are either 1080i or 720P.
     
  8. dpeters11

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    It could start in November, but I'd expect the rollout to be fairly slow, maybe over 2-3 months.
     
  9. Poleposition

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    Thx and sorry for my brainfart. I figured it out. 1080p is delivered the same way a 1080p movie is delivered. It's downloaded and then sent to the TV via the HDMI. I kept thinking about the coax from the dish to the receiver and thats where i had a (disconnect) pun intended. The obvious limits of coax is what was throwing me off.
     
  10. RunnerFL

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    You could start by using the search feature on the forum instead of just yelling at us.
     
  11. usnret

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    Maybe not on point, but will/should I change my HDMI cables from the regular ones to the "new" 3.1 for 1080p
     
  12. noisuf0

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    The new guide is incredible. It's a totally new experience for DTV in general. They still need to fix a few things but other than a couple little silly things not working that I could careless about, it's phenomenal. It's so much easier to use everything because it is sooo quick!
     
  13. m4p

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    Thanks to all who put this together, it looks great. Unfortunately it looks like those of us with HR20 series and TV's that are only 1080p60 won't be able to have all these features, which is pretty disappointing.
     
  14. Rasterburn

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    the hd user interface should start tomorrow november 1 2011, also the HR20 should be able to be upgraded, just call.
     
  15. Go Beavs

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    The only thing you won't get with your setup is 1080p resolution. Everything else will work just fine. Remember, 1080i is HD also. :)
     
  16. hilmar2k

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    Why?
     
  17. Rasterburn

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    well i got a 3d tv and the hr20s dont work on 3d tvs i called dtv and they replaced for free with no new agreement
     
  18. RunnerFL

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    They'll replace it for 3D yes, but they won't have to replace it for the HD UI. The HR20 is getting the HD UI.
     
  19. Opie

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    The caveat on the updated GUI webpage reads: "Available on all HD DVR and HD Receivers, model H21 and later. HD Receiver model H20 excluded."

    So y'all are saying that H20 is excluded but the HR20 is included?
     
  20. Richierich

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    That is when the NR Software Release will start being Rolled Out on November 1, 2011 but it may take 2, 3 or 4 weeks for the complete National Rollout to be completed!!! :D
     
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