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Is anyone expecting an updated GUI?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by ejjames, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. Nov 26, 2010 #61 of 112
    BattleScott

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    I think Internet ready sets might even push them into the market sooner and without any real FCC mandate. I have already decided that ethernet connectivity and an inetgrated browser will be one of the most important factors in my next TV purchase, probably in the next 2 years. The more integrated the internet, home pcs and the TV become, the more important seamless integration by the traditional content providers is going to become.
     
  2. Nov 26, 2010 #62 of 112
    marquitos2

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    I love the new format on the guide from D* web site. I think they got it right time.
     
  3. Nov 26, 2010 #63 of 112
    Hutchinshouse

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    I'm not looking for revolutionary, just HD. ;)

    Fuzzy text :barf:
     
  4. Nov 26, 2010 #64 of 112
    Mike Greer

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    I'd like an updated GUI - more info for the bigger, higher resolution TVs that many people have these days but.... Let's hope they can get the basic functions straightened out before they try to add more features.
     
  5. Nov 26, 2010 #65 of 112
    Rich

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    They seem to be fixated on the "bells and whistles" more than they should be. Couple years and we'll see a huge change in the way we view TV. The Net has already made inroads in our lives in such a short time, it's really only a matter of time before we see changes that will affect our viewing habits greatly. I really expect to see some streaming options on D* receivers and DVRs soon.

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  6. Nov 26, 2010 #66 of 112
    hdtvfan0001

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    How come its totally readable and NOT fuzzy on the 116" and 55" (as well as smaller) screens here....hmmm...

    Of course...I've had my eyes checked in the past 6 months and they work fine. :D
     
  7. Nov 26, 2010 #67 of 112
    Hutchinshouse

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    Did your dentist check your eyes? :lol:

    ALL SD is fuzzy. Hence the HD movement. ;)

    Readable it is, HD it's not.
     
  8. Nov 26, 2010 #68 of 112
    hdtvfan0001

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    Fuzzy to one is less than HD to another. :D
     
  9. Nov 26, 2010 #69 of 112
    RobertE

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    At this point, even a more refined font could make an big difference on larger screens.
     
  10. Nov 26, 2010 #70 of 112
    hdtvfan0001

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    True.

    I call it the Font of Youth.
     
  11. Nov 27, 2010 #71 of 112
    nola56

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    Here, here. I agree 100%. We already have internet connections that are cheaper than D-TV and provide more content. Google TV is out and already on Sony equipment. D-TV-->shape up or ship out. You are just too expensive to compete with these emerging technologies.
     
  12. Nov 27, 2010 #72 of 112
    Richierich

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    I understand that there are tons of complaints about Google TV not working properly so I guess it is not as simple as it seems to roll out a product as advertised.
     
  13. Nov 27, 2010 #73 of 112
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    That would help a little. However, still too much "noise" or "mosquitoes" around the text.

    Plus, channel logos and "posters" really need HD in order to shine.
     
  14. Nov 27, 2010 #74 of 112
    hdtvfan0001

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    Seems there are basically 2 camps...

    One - OK with the UI, but wouldn't mind some resolution improvement - the time for it is "when it gets done". :D

    Two - the UI replacement can't come soon enough...people are running in the streets screaming "I'm blind, I'm blind"...and at least 24 HDTV's have bit the dust from rampant paranoid insanity kicking of screens over the issue. :lol:
     
  15. Nov 27, 2010 #75 of 112
    Hutchinshouse

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    I'm in camp 1.5 :D
    The GUI is readable, but should be HD on an HDDVR. :rolleyes: Anything less than HD is subpar.

    In today's time, big-screens are bountiful. SD no longer cuts the mustard. TVs are evolving, DVRs must do the same.
     
  16. Nov 27, 2010 #76 of 112
    hdtvfan0001

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    I'm in Camp One....but taking night classes studying to graduate to Camp Two.
     
  17. Nov 27, 2010 #77 of 112
    dennisj00

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    I'm not sure we could. . . Our D* bill is also around $150 a month (5 DVRs, 2 Premium). . . that's about $5 a day.

    At $0.99 a program, that's not even 3 hours a day. Plus you'd still need some 'basic' level of service for the news / local / general sports programs.

    I also have yet to see any streaming program with the picture and service quality of D*. While streaming will improve in the coming years, I think you'll see higher prices or more intrusive ads to support those systems coupled with the 'caps' or higher prices of bandwidth usage.
     
  18. Nov 27, 2010 #78 of 112
    cypherx

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    That continues to be the case also. My coworker just got a 50" plasma TV for $500 yesterday. These things are coming down in price so much. I even questioned the black friday ad's on TV when they say "We have HDTV's!" Well aren't all TV's made now HD? Couldn't they just say TV's, isn't it the norm?
     
  19. Nov 27, 2010 #79 of 112
    dennisj00

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    I'm also satisfied with the current GUI. The mock-ups of an HD gui don't gain a lot usable information. . . maybe one line in the guide or playlist and an extra 30 minute segment in the guide.

    I think the performance hit on the current boxes would cause havoc. Even the 24s aren't as speedy as originally thought.

    We watch programs. We spend very little time in the gui.
     
  20. Nov 27, 2010 #80 of 112
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    As with most ongoing debates around here, those are the 2 vocal "extremes". Most of us likely fall somewhere safely in between those 2. As Steve explained earlier, more guide data per screen is the #1 wish list item. I think the largest percentage of those wanting GUI improvements, want it for that reason and we definitely want it sooner than later.

    Are we smashing TVs over it like group 2? No.
    But are we so obtuse about it we would be considered group 1? Obviously not or it wouldn't be #1 on the wishlist. (Sorry, just watched Shawshank Redemption again and have always wanted to use that).
     

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