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I want easier access to the TO DO List ...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Janice805, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. Jan 21, 2012 #1 of 128
    Janice805

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    Now the TO DO List is buried even further. I use it a LOT and would like easier access to it.

    Why can't Direct TV make the LIST button on the remote bring up a choice to select, like PLAYLIST "or" TO DO List ... ???? Wouldn't that be easy to do and satisfy those of us that us it a lot ???
     
  2. Jan 21, 2012 #2 of 128
    texasbrit

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    I'm interested in why you use it so much. I probably look at the todo list once a month, if that...
     
  3. Jan 21, 2012 #3 of 128
    Drew2k

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    This thread is no longer active, but contained a LOT of information about why folks wanted to have quick access to the To Do List:

    Constructive to-do list discussion (10/16/2011 to 10/21/2011)

    I also want quick access to the To Do List, and my reasons from that thread are still stand:

     
  4. Jan 21, 2012 #4 of 128
    jdspencer

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    A universal remote with macro capability will solve the problem.
     
  5. Jan 21, 2012 #5 of 128
    Stuart Sweet

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    I guess it's been a few months since we had a thread about this. :)

    To summarize, there are a lot of reasons for the enthusiast to want access to the to do list, but the research shows that the overwhelming majority of the almost 10 million dvr users don't look at or even think about the to do list. As I don't have the raw data I can't interpret it myself, and I therefore rely on the integrity of my friends when they say it's sound.
     
  6. Jan 22, 2012 #6 of 128
    bwaldron

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    Sigh. The tyranny of the majority once again.
     
  7. Jan 22, 2012 #7 of 128
    mws192

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    To which I would say, that's because it's buried in the menu and they don't know about it! Put it somewhere more noticeable and the statistics would change.

    When I had cable it was on the main DVR page and I used it every day. Now that it's buried I have to force myself into checking it a few times a week.
     
  8. Jan 22, 2012 #8 of 128
    texasbrit

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    We're obviously in disagreement here, but everyone has their own way of doing things. I doubt whether anyone would accuse me of not knowing where the to-do list is. I just don't see any need to use it, except in very unusual circumstances. I don't have any ARSLs. It isn't as if the to-do list is even a list of everything that is "to do". Most of the time, programs that are "bumped" from recording because of conflicts will not even appear in the to-do list but are recorded anyway. Looking at the to-do list makes people set programs to record manually and change priorities because they think their "bumped" program won't record.
    Ironically, I have a fully-programmable Pronto remote with an infinite number of macros and so I could easily program a single button for access to the to-do list if I really wanted to....
     
  9. Jan 22, 2012 #9 of 128
    trh

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    +1
     
  10. Jan 22, 2012 #10 of 128
    Herdfan

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    You need to get your family out now. The black helicopters are coming for you. DirecTV does not want you to have easy access to the TODO List and they don't even want it mentioned. Save yourself while you can.

    While on the surface this is funny, in reality it is not. There are too many easy ways for them to provide better access and they won't. So what if even a small amount of people use it, adding a LIST>LIST function would just not be that hard. Someone at DirecTV was harmed by the TODO List and they are keeping it buried.

    Yes, to a degree. That is what I use now, but you get missed commands on occasion and have to keep the remote pointed. Once the HR34 gets the new GUI, I am going to figure out their non-standard IR IN and try it that way. But that only helps on one TV.
     
  11. Jan 22, 2012 #11 of 128
    wilbur_the_goose

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    OR - Make the info available thru your home network. Provide a to-do-list display on your computer or iOS/Android device!
     
  12. Jan 22, 2012 #12 of 128
    Carl Spock

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    Janice, we all do, at least here on DBSTalk. I accept Stuart's explanation that the vast majority of DirecTV users don't use or even think about the To Do list, but I go to it at least once a week.

    I would put easy access to the To Do list in the same category as that of getting to closed captioning. Most people don't use closed captioning but those who do wanted easy access to it and DirecTV complied.

    I'd recommend it be accessed through two rapid presses of the List button. Once either the List or the To Do list are up, a single press of List button would take you back to live TV, which is what a second press of the List button does now.
     
  13. Jan 22, 2012 #13 of 128
    Drew2k

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    The idea to make the LIST button work like the GUIDE button has been around for a while and is a great idea with a simple implementation and execution and it's mystifying that DIRECTV won't give the users that want the ability to manage their recordings a quick way to do it.

    This would

    GUIDE press 1: display the GUIDE
    GUIDE press 2: display Guide Cagtegories
    EXIT: return to video

    LIST press 1: display the Playlist
    LIST press 2: display the To Do List
    EXIT: return to video
     
  14. Jan 22, 2012 #14 of 128
    Mike Bertelson

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    I find it interesting how some people want others to justify their reasons for using the To-Do list. I check it once or twice a week...more often when a season is starting. And, I’m not inclined to justify my reasons.

    At one point we had easy access to the To-Do list. Now I had to program a macro. I think it should be easier to get to but maybe that’s just me. IMHO, instead of having the Playlist as the first option under the Recordings menu, it should be the To-Do list. I’m not really sure why there is a menu option for something with a dedicated button on the remote but if it stays in the Recordings menu Playlist shouldn’t be first. I would like one button access back but I believe that isn't going to happen.

    My 2¢ FWIW.

    Mike
     
  15. Jan 22, 2012 #15 of 128
    lparsons21

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    I use the todo list quite often as I have lots of series links set up, and also some one offs that I like to do. i have 2 HR24s in my viewing area that I have to use to set up to not get contentions that have bad results for me.

    I would like to have it easier to get to the todo list, but I'd be MUCH happier if I had a unified todo list. Barring that, it would be nice to have a todo list with the iPad D* app so that I don't have to switch to the other HR to schedule/check.
     
  16. Jan 22, 2012 #16 of 128
    Herdfan

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    Teays...
    Does that justify the reason for making it as hard to access as possible? I don't visit the local "casino*" and neither does anyone I know, but it still sits out there right on the main drag making it easy for the minority of people who do use it to find it.

    I would guess the same overwhelming majorities don't watch some of the niche channels, but they are still there. So just because the majority of a population don't use something doesn't mean it should be eliminated or hidden.


    * Casino is a very loose term for a building that has electronic poker machines inside.
     
  17. Jan 22, 2012 #17 of 128
    Rich

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    10 million D* DVR users? If I'm reading that correctly, wow!

    Rich
     
  18. Jan 22, 2012 #18 of 128
    Rich

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    Something you can't get away from. Such an obvious PITA that could be easily resolved.

    Rich
     
  19. Jan 22, 2012 #19 of 128
    Rich

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    It used to be on the Yellow button. That was easy.

    Rich
     
  20. Jan 22, 2012 #20 of 128
    Drucifer

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    I look daily on three of my DVRs.

    It is really a must do because of incorrect or poor info in the Guide data that the ToDo List depends on.
     

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