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Do you prefer the HD or the SD UI?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Jerry_K, Jan 24, 2012.

Which UI do you prefer?

  1. New HD UI

    0 vote(s)
  2. Old SD UI

    237 vote(s)
  3. Don't care

    50 vote(s)
  1. bakers12

    bakers12 ΔS > 0

    May 29, 2007
    Chicago -...
    I like the looks of the new UI, but I'm hoping for improvements like more channels and/or hours in the guide.
  2. BosFan

    BosFan Legend

    Sep 28, 2009
    Altoona, WI
    New - I simply like it better, always room for improvements of course.
  3. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    No. Picture in Graphics. (As it's the Guide and the Playlist)
  4. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    And now the Menu as well.
  5. TomCat

    TomCat Broadcast Engineer

    Aug 31, 2002
    And they don't understand why we want a one-button To Do List.

    For me, I spend most GUI-time on the playlist, followed by the EPG, followed by the TDL. All three deserve their own dedicated buttons.

    But not for other folks? OK, how about this:

    You know the "pick 9" screen where one button gets you to a pop up mini-GUI that allows navigation by one or two button presses to up to 9 different channels that YOU GET TO CHOOSE ALL BY YOURSELF?

    Why stop there? Create another "pick 9" screen, this time invoked by the left-arrow button instead of the up-arrow button, and let us program the nine tiles with the nine most important GUI destinations, THE ONES IMPORTANT TO US. Put a drop-down menu in each tile that is invoked by using some key as a shift-key along with the select button for the programming aspect. You could even forego the shift-key for the first time each tile is programmed, and make that necessary only if you wanted to change the programming.

    I'd put TDL smack in the middle, but you could put "Smart Search" there if it struck your fancy. Steve Jobs would be proud.
  6. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    Yes, it's in all of those areas, but it up until it was changed in the latest Acronym list, it was always Picture in Guide.

    edit: There's many uses of the term "picture in guide" going back as far as 2002, the use of the term "picture in graphics" only goes back to 2007 with any regularity.
  7. Jerry_K

    Jerry_K Godfather

    Oct 21, 2006
    Regardless of the expansion of the acronym, the new PIG is not as good as the old PIG. PIG in a suit I think.
  8. Xing

    Xing Legend

    Oct 1, 2007
    I voted HDUI. I do miss the splash screen during the reset. The DIRECTV logo in the SDUI was much nicer. As I do not reset often this is not a terrible loss.
  9. Richierich

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    I want to Remind Everyone that this is just the First Cut or First Phase of many changes that will come along so be Patient as Directv will Improve upon this First Cut.
  10. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Oddly enough, I like the lack of the screen flash during screensaver enough to prefer the HD GUI. Maybe because it was such an old bug, nice to see it gone.
  11. jes

    jes Icon

    Apr 20, 2007
    I don't care... I just want a clean, uncluttered interface that works on all active outputs w/o jumping through hoops or staring at stupid excuses that take 2/3 of the screen... :beatdeadhorse:
  12. EricJRW

    EricJRW Icon

    Jul 6, 2008
    Keller, TX
    Voted "don't care" - I saw nothing that wowed me (unless you have a thing for icons).

    I would have thought the HD program guide would allow a time period of greater than 1.5 hours to be shown (increase columns). I would have also thought the number of rows would be increased too.

    Our favorite way to look for something to watch is to page up and down in the guide, and seeing more of "what's next" would be a big help to us.

    So bottom line the new HD guide did nothing for me, exact force me to switch between HD and SD whenever I want to record a show to a DVD. I use the s-video out to send the show to my DVD burner. I like to show the info at the start of the record. I do think it's pretty cool that the HR22 knows I have an SD device connected and prompts me for the long EXIT button press to switch between HD and SD.

    PS. Looks like jes and I are on the same page on SD vs. HD.

    PPS. I too see no noteworthy increase in speed. Which is too bad, as that excited me.

    PPPS. Still amazes me that we don't have control over the color of the guide, or at least a few schemes to choose from.
  13. allenn

    allenn Icon

    Nov 19, 2005
    I think the new HD-UI is easier to view, but the previous version was better than Comcast, Charter, or DISH. I have been with D* since 1994, so I am prejudice. I guess it really does not matter to me. Have a great day!
  14. jones_hdtv

    jones_hdtv AllStar

    Oct 4, 2011
    60% LIKE

    I have seen performance improvement with the HD UI on my HR23, especially when I am watching an recorded program from a different DVR (It was dreadfully slow with the SD UI). This one item carries the 60%...

    40% Do not LIKE

    Burying the To Do List deeper into the Menu..

    I have no use for MYDIRECTV (personal preference, wish it was not the first Menu Item)...

    I like many others would like the option to display more hours (3) display on the guide...

    I am not a big fan of the color scheme and would like the ability to change it....

    I am not a big fan of the opaque Channel/Info banner and would like the ability to make it translucent....


    Both UI’s seem to still have the same slow remote response to commands at times...

    This is just a opinion: I do not think that the remote has the highest priority versus background operations the the STB is trying to accomplish and sometimes the user is waiting for some background operation to finish....

    I just think that when the user makes a remote command the STB should be right there with a response....
  15. slackrlthe slackrl

    slackrlthe slackrl AllStar

    Dec 24, 2011
    IMHO......To be sure the New....
    Hands down....!!!
    Always felt the old never did the HD picture behind it any justice.
    Now both are crisp....!

  16. Jodean

    Jodean Icon

    Jul 17, 2010
    The HD guide was a bad idea

    Just hooked up a HD DVR to a 27 tube tv, ridiculously small, unreadable, and ugly.

    Sure hope they fix this! Trying to show customers features on the miniature overlays is ridiculous.

    Come on!!!!!!! Directv, what about mpeg4 markets!!!! and mirrors?

    Holy crap, even the install screens have the "your tv is not HD" warning......REALLY????? on the resolution test page?? WTF? How stupid the installer looks when this happens......:bang
  17. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008

    Change the guide to 480 and it's fine on a smaller SD TV.

    Mirroring isn't supported so if you're doing this it's on you to make it look good. Install it the way they say to or deal with issues when you don't.

    You shouldn't look stupid if you set it up the way it's meant to be setup. However if you don't then well...
  18. comp4pod

    comp4pod Cool Member

    Apr 23, 2007
    Other than quicker guide scrolling I would rather have the old Gui. After all the hype on the board touting the new interface I expected alot more. Maybe the problem is that I am running HR20-700's. It still takes 6 sec to bring up "list" after pressing the button.
  19. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    HR20-700's are the 2nd fastest dvrs currently....if your list functionality is slow it could be your hdds are starting to show their age. Also, do you have whole home activated? If not that apparently also may be a reason for the sluggish performance. This is supposedly being addressed in the next NR. With whole home, playlist response seems to be very quick, without it seems more sluggish than before.
  20. Jerry_K

    Jerry_K Godfather

    Oct 21, 2006
    Need a message "Please pay me $3 per month for faster response."

    Seems like one step forward and three steps back.

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