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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Earl Bonovich, Jun 11, 2007.
And the color scheme is irrelevant.
Got the new GUI last night.....the new "white" is MUCH improved over the old blue. Love it!
Looks fine to me, but I wasn't unhappy with the previous colors.
Responses in this thread just shows that you can't please everybody.
Yawn. To the nth power.
I hope the new GUI didn't take time away from more important fixes.
I agree with you 100%. I feel the color is now dull looking and does not 'POP" like it did on my Panny Plasma. :nono:
I am disappointed in the color..........too dull for my taste.
It looks like something that would have been used by DirecTV 10 years ago.
I guess I will get use to it.
Actually the colors that were used 10 years ago, at least on the Hughes STBs were GREAT!
The suckitude of this color scheme is timeless.
I don't like the new GUI at all. It's harder to read plus it looks like the font on the play bar may be smaller. The Directv logo and all the blank space around it takes up about 1/3 of the play bar. I wish instead of changing the GUI, they would have made some fixes/improvements such as easier access to close captioning, and especially not having to push the Enter key to change channels. I understand they want to try something new graphically, but I think there are more important things to be done with the HR20.
IMHO, best thing to happen to the HR20 so far....now bring on the VOD!
After spending a few hours with the new UI last night overall I like it. The white could be a leeetle bit more gray but I can live with it. In no particular order, things I really like:
1. It's fast. Nice improvement in scrolling, paging and response times.
2. My Playlist. I like the placement of all the elements, and I like that the list now does not seem run off the bottom of the screen.
3. The Guide. The placement of elements on the screen is good.
I agree -- what's with all the "white space" (literally) around the DirecTV logo?? There's enough room in there to repeat the logo two more times! Maybe they are saving it for future ad space? Imagine, the DirecTV logo flanked by a Carl's Jr. and a Ford logo ...
HD? Looks the same as before to me, at least as far as the resolution goes.
When people are complaining about the white being "too bright", what does white normally look like on your screen, say on the D* schedule screens or Active channel? To me the white in the menus is more like a subdued shade of grey. Could your contrast be set a little to high? (Not to pick on anyone's viewing preferences...)
I agree. Watching last night's NBA Final with the new Super-Groovy Blueish Color Scheme, I had to marvel at the the contrast between ABC's use of space, color, graphics, and text on their on-screen game summary and D*'s progress bar that pops up every time you do a Skip30.
The ABC game summary has the ABC logo, the game score, the quarter, and game clock and the shot clock, five pieces of information. The DirecTV progress bar has a huge logo, the show name, the length of the show, the amount of pad, the current position, and the number of clicks buffered, six pieces of information. The ABC thing is half as high and 2/3's as wide as DirecTVs, and much more pleasing to the eye. The D* bar conveys very little useful information and insists on hanging around way too long. If it was the same size as the ABC thing, it would fit below ABC's info without obscuring it.
When you see things like this you have to wonder if the graphic designers who created it actually watch TV. It was my experience when I worked in an AR lab for a major Japanese TV company that most engineers in this field don't use the product. D* seems to suffer from the same malady.
I have to hold my nose to watch TV with this disaster on the bottom of the screen.
Someone needs to remind the D* UI design team that we're using 46" 1080p panels with 2 million pixels and that the need for a guide designed for a 60 year old mom watching a good ol' Magnavox 480i 4:3 isn't necessary. At the very least, create an option to double the content and/or halve the sizes. My first D* receiver was a Sony from 1997 and it had the same 6 channels by 90 minute guide. HDTV. Ever hear of it D*?
Boy, do I ever agree.....like what they've done......BUT.......the smaller amount of content (ie. bigger fonts) is really a bad tradeoff. Seems they swung the pendellum to far to the other extreme. Just my two cents....overall like it though except for this.
Hey Fun... accessing the receiver remotely??? Cool. How do you do that. What's to set up?
For all the good it did, I spent a bit of time on a "rant" to them. Actually, I tried to describe the problem with the WHITE background as technically as I could (I have graphic design background and experience with GUI design).
It wouldn't be so bad if it was just the Guide that was bright (though, the Guide IS bad...), but the controller bar for the DVR is, well, just clueless. On our 50" plasma, the white logo area on the left side is almost a foot wide - at least 80% is empty, glaring, white. Absolutely no reason for it. They can't even use the excuse that it's their logo.
Any user interface that's on an active overlay should not be distracting and disrupting to the viewer. Their "selling point" of the new GUI was better contrast for readability. Well, ok, white letters on relatively dark background. But, why WHITE backgrounds anywhere? whew. And, it seems they've reduced the transparency, just making matters worse.
I sure hope they listen and rethink this. At least, offer the user some choice. My last receiver (not DVR or HD) had not only color scheme, but transparency choices. It's like they're trying to enforce human interface guidelines for an operating system - it just doesn't apply here. There's only a single application.
For me, this GUI is so bad I was even telling dtv I'd rather give up any fixes (like the crop - stretch problem) and go back to 0x15C. Unfortunately, I now find tonight the crop stretching is still present in 0x166! (yes, I know one can't downgrade)
btw: I probably have my display tuned like a lot of critical viewers, with the levels maybe half of the factory default. The first guy I talked to at Dtv started to bring up my TV setting and I cut him off and requested to speak with a supervisor.
edit: Well, now I am really disappointed - I thought I had 166, but I have 0x168. The MAIN item I was looking forward to being fixed was the Crop stretching bug. It's still there - in fact, looks even more stuck (I can't get it to even flicker to the proper aspect when pausing/play toggling).
Is that folder icon in the My Playlist page new?