HD DVRs, Receivers, and R22: Nov. 2011 Release Issues/Discussion (HD GUI)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Oct 28, 2011.

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  1. Jan 1, 2012 #1241 of 1520

    hydroz_23 New Member

    Mar 4, 2008

    Dazzling New Look and Feel A sleeker, more streamlined on-screen guide makes controlling your DIRECTV system a supremely intuitive and enjoyable experience. And the guide itself is in 1080p HD, making it as visually stunning as your favorite movies.*

    Full page - h t t p://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/content/technology/hd_guide

    Thanks for the info!
  2. Jan 1, 2012 #1242 of 1520

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    No, I agree with that.
  3. Jan 1, 2012 #1243 of 1520
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    I did explain before - the guide/menu/STB graphic is just overlay (another layer) over video picture, so it's has a 'resolution' of the video mode: 720x480; 1280x720; 1920x1080, and follow video interlacing "i" or "p". Simply, the graphic itself is just additive video plan.
  4. Jan 1, 2012 #1244 of 1520

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Dazzling New Look and Feel!!!

    You forgot to emphasize the Dazzle! ;)

    I couldn't copy in the asterisked points, but I don't see whey they didn't just say "HD" instead of 1080p, which will be seen rarely by many, and never by a lot. Oh, well, Marketing has to do their thing.....
  5. Jan 1, 2012 #1245 of 1520

    gregftlaud Hall Of Fame

    Nov 20, 2005
    Ok, this is the 3rd sunday in a row since the new HD GUI was installed my tv apps stopped loading after tuning to an NFL Sunday Ticket channel. Tuning back to non NFL doesnt get them to work somehow tuning to a Sunday Ticket channel seems to make the apps stopped working (at least for me). When i right click it says they are loading but the sidebar just never comes up. Test my internet connect---fine. Test my network services ----fine. 3 Sunday's in a row i've had to restart my receiver to get my apps to start loading again.

    Tuning to a Sunday Ticket channel 3 Sunday's in a row and then the Apps dont load just cannot be a coincedence. Guess i wont have to worry about it anymore now though since the regular nfl season is over.

    Didnt have this issue either before the new HD GUI came out.
  6. Jan 2, 2012 #1246 of 1520

    Juppers Icon

    Oct 26, 2006
    So how do we get the guide and menus to show on secondary sets without having to cripple the main hd set? That "feature" is extremely annoying and not a pleasant surprise.
  7. Jan 2, 2012 #1247 of 1520

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
    See the workarounds here ....
  8. Jan 4, 2012 #1248 of 1520

    kenmoo Legend

    Oct 3, 2006
    I just got the new HD GUI on all 3 of my receivers today. Seems like a lot of DMA's should have been in today's release based on the schedule. I went back on this thread to day one and read to page 20 and the above 2 quotes sum up my feelings on the new status/progress bar. It looks nice but is a step backwards for us that like to read the bottom info while skipping, FF'ing or RW'ing. Other than that the GUI is wonderful to me and definitely faster.

    Agreed it's an easy step to "exit" out of the banner but why does it have to be so large and non-transparent in the first place. Was the decision to make it larger and opaque instead of transparent something required by the software design or coding? Or was it just a design choice that someone thought looked nice? IMO, it needs to be made smaller and/or transparent.
  9. Jan 4, 2012 #1249 of 1520

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Yes, I haven't read any comments save two that thought it should be bigger! I'm pretty sure it'll get right sized one day.
  10. Jan 4, 2012 #1250 of 1520

    rhurson New Member

    Jun 8, 2010
    Boy I'm glad they did this(not). I can think of at least 5 large AMX / Crestron installations I have done in the past where the composite feed was routed to the touchpanels and the HD feed ran to HDTV's. I'm sure my phone will be ringing tonight/tommorw since this update hit my area today. I guess I should start stocking up on component to composite adapters.
  11. Jan 4, 2012 #1251 of 1520
    Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    You probably should stock up on those. They're a pretty good value.
  12. Jan 4, 2012 #1252 of 1520

    litzdog911 Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Mill Creek, WA
    Think of it as a "business opportunity" to go back to those customers and maybe sell them additional goodies :)
  13. Jan 4, 2012 #1253 of 1520

    Karen Godfather

    Oct 4, 2007
    I got the HD Guide this morning. It looks nice, but I'm disappointed that it doesn't show a longer time frame and more channels. I already knew that, but wanted to say it anyway... <g>

    I just had my first problem. I was watching the Sacramento Kings game in HD on channel 699-1 when I got a popup telling me that the channel had to be changed to record Hot In Cleveland on channel 304. I didn't think I had any other program scheduled to be recorded, but told it ok anyway. It did not actually change the channel, but changed the resolution on the current channel to SD... I used the remote to change the channel to one that I knew was in HD then changed it back to 699-1. HD was back! :)

    To summarize:

    1) Popup saying to change channel when it was not needed.
    2)Current channel changed from HD to SD.

    I have an HR24-500 running release 0x57b.
  14. Jan 5, 2012 #1254 of 1520

    JohnDG Legend

    Aug 16, 2006
    Pretty much repeating other commments:

    1) Black banner: doesn't anybody on the fracking design team watch football and use the 30 second slip? Brain-dead design.

    2) I access the ToDo list frequently looking for conflicts. Real pain-in-the-ass now. They need to add some shortcuts for frequently accessed menu items.

    3) I'm also seeing the "can't change back from 480p" problem after I'm finished using my DVD recorder. Resolution button on the remote doesn't work. Have to turn the receiver off/on. Note that I only have 480i/1080i setup in my resolution options as I have an older HDTV, so changing to 480p as the default it an annoyance. If I'm going to record, I have to change resolution to 480i before accessing the recorder to avoid any issues.

    4) I'm also seeing something else: the channel buffer when the DVR is off seems to no longer be 90 minutes. I often set the DVR to a news channel before I retire for the night and it has always had 90 minutes of content buffered the next day when I turned the DVR back on. Now it looks like 30 minutes? Anybody else see this or was this a one-off on the first after the download?

    All-in-all, a waste of time and resources IMHO.

  15. Jan 5, 2012 #1255 of 1520

    sfpegasus Cool Member

    Feb 27, 2008
    Not acceptable, in my opinion. I have a widescreen TV (see signature) in the kitchen being driven by the composite port that has always shown a proper (widescreen) image in any resolution selected by the receiver, including the guide. It was just one of those things that "worked" out of the box so I didn't give it much more thought.

    Now I have to use "workarounds" to see the guide? :confused: It's easier to go to the living room and see the guide!
  16. Jan 5, 2012 #1256 of 1520

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Use 30 SKIP, not slip. Perfect for most play sequences except hurry-up offenses.

    And nobody has a humble opinion any more!
  17. Jan 5, 2012 #1257 of 1520

    kenmoo Legend

    Oct 3, 2006
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    mx6bfast Hall Of Fame

    Nov 8, 2006
  19. Jan 5, 2012 #1259 of 1520

    jahgreen Godfather

    Dec 15, 2006
    I think when Shakespeare wrote "Much Ado About Nothing" he was thinking of the HD GUI.

    Got it Jan. 4, used it, not impressed. I hope not a lot of resources went into it.

    Plus, now I have to re-program my remote to have one-button access to the To Do list.

    Oh well.
  20. Jan 5, 2012 #1260 of 1520

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Problem solved then. :D
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