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Time for annual plea to DirecTV: PLEASE make the progress bar go away more quickly!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by miss_my_utv, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. cartrivision

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    Technically that may be correct, but I have never seen a progress bar so poorly designed as the HR2x progress bar, so saying that it was designed "broken" is a short way of saying that the "works as designed" progress bar that the HR2x has is at best a mess that needs to be "fixed".

    As I detailed a few posts above, it's extremely poor design is reflected in the fact that more than 85% of the picture obstructing progress bar graphics consists of filler, logos, and borders that provide absolutely no program progress information. That ratio of useless picture blocking filler to useful information isn't exactly a sign of a good well thought out and well reviewed design.
     
  2. TomCat

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    Actually, I think DCowboy7 is very forward thinking. Apostrophes add nothing to the understanding of a sentence, and are not needed in the least to clarify meaning or prevent confusion. I don't think that anyone reads "its" or "thats" as plural in that context, so thank you, DCowboy7, for removing the unecessary clutter. Very economical of you. Apostrophes are so 1958. Or maybe he is just used to typing on a phone where the apostrophes are automatic.:rolleyes:

    I also am about ready to stop using periods at the end of single sentences or after the last sentence in a paragraph

    See what I mean? You all understood that I was done at the word "paragraph", and no one was left hanging--wondering where the rest of the words went

    Lets (sorry, no apostrophe there, either) reform the English language
     
  3. Steve

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    You're both correct. It's not a top of mind concern, and folks can live with it. That said, when when asked if they'd like to see the PROGRESS BAR clear more quickly, 1211 Wish List voters to date have made that the 9th most popular suggestion, ahead of 70 others. So to say that folks are satisfied with the way it works would not be painting an accurate picture either.

    FWIW, here are the "Top 10", in order of popularity:
    1. Show more GUIDE channels and hours per screen.
    2. Allow editing of the "CHANNELS I GET" list, similar to the way the OFF-AIR channel list is editable.
    3. Up to FFX3, automatically switch to PLAY at the end of a commercial block.
    4. Display only the channels that are in your current subscription package in SEARCH results.
    5. Recording HISTORY should always display the correct reason a show was "Canceled", "Deleted", or "Not Recorded".
    6. When DOUBLEPLAY is active, display and link to the other tuner's Channel/Show Title on the current tuner's INFO bar, otherwise display a link to start DOUBLEPLAY.
    7. Undelete, or the ability to allow user acccess to a "recycle bin" to restore a recording.
    8. Use "First Aired Date" to calculate "First Run/Repeat" status, and only look for embedded "First Run" or "Repeat" flags when no FAD is present.
    9. The PROGRESS BAR should clear immediately when hitting PLAY to exit from a CRUISE CONTROL function (or after the last ADVANCE), and just display for a half-second when hitting PAUSE.
    10. Continue to scroll the cursor to the bottom (or top) when reaching the top (or bottom) of a list or menu pane. E.g., move from "Aiwa" up to "Zenith" in the remote code list, or "Zodiac" down to "24" in the PLAYLIST.
     
  4. bobcamp1

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    iagreemanylanguagedontusespacepunctuationbetweenwordorevenhavecapitalletterorpluralyoucantypealotfasterifyoudonthavetousethemanywayanitemthatisnumber9onthetop10thingtofixseemsimportnantithinkifthebarwerentsobiguglyorlastedaslongitwouldbealotbetterbutitcurrentlyisallthreeofthosethingitisreallyapainifyoureusingthetvclosedcaptioningitfrequentlyblocksthetext

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  5. Steve

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    :backtotop, please.
     
  6. Rich

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    I think Tom wrote that post tongue-in-cheek. I hope so, anyway.

    Rich
     
  7. Rich

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    I measured the height of the PB on one of my 42" TVs and it is a bit more than two and a half inches high. On a screen that is 20 inches high. More than 10% of the screen blocked out and wasted.

    Rich
     
  8. dcowboy7

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    To TomCat:
    I am dcowboy7....dont know who DCowboy7 is ? :confused:

    To rich584:
    Yes & his brains are in his cheeks too but not the cheeks on his face. :lol:


    Oh Snap....this material couldve been in "The Hoff" roast the other night....which was classic....Whitney Cummings rules !!
     
  9. NaperDan

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    AWESOMEBABY!!!!:hurah::hurah::hurah:
     
  10. dcowboy7

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    How often do these requests actually get applied.

    Like % wise ?
     
  11. Steve

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    IIRC, about 60 requests have been implemented to date, so roughly 40%.
     
  12. cartrivision

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    Yep, that's what happens when the PB design is so poorly thought out that greater than 85% of the graphics that make up the progress bar is dedicated to borders, logos, and other useless filler that provides no program progress information whatsoever to the user.

    In other words, more than 85% of the PB graphics serve no good purpose and do nothing but obstruct a significant portion of the picture when the PB is being displayed.
     
  13. NewForceFiveFan

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    Agree it is way too long. I can see having it on while it advances but it should disappear immediately as soon as playback mode resumes. We all know pressing play brings it back up and can hide it again so there is no reason to keep it on screen for long periods.
     
  14. hdtvfan0001

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    Perhaps a configurable setting like the banner 2,4,6 seconds might satisfy folks who see this as an issue (I'm not one of them)...
     
  15. RunnerFL

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    Or just use the same setting as the banner. Maybe that will make the impatient people happy. :)
     
  16. Rich

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    I think we are way overdue for an HD UI.

    Rich
     
  17. TomCat

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    She does. Now if she were only funny, too

    Sorry, I got my Dcowboy7s mixed up. What a travesty. Possibly it has something to do with picking a stupid, border-line illegible and unpronouncable handle in the first place. Dude, you just fragged the only poster in this thread that wasn't trying to crucify you

    FWIW (which is very little, I grant you) it was somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but at the same time serious. But it made you think. While I am but a mere mortal and a pretender, only the King himself, the late great George Carlin, knew how to pull that sort of thing off

    What I said actually made a lot of sense, even if tongue-in-cheek. Running stuff together without spaces, even if it actually did have a decent syntax structure (which that didn't) is something completely different and shows how the author just didn't get it, both the tongue-in-cheek part as well as the serious part
     
  18. RunnerFL

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    We definitely are but once we get that people will bitch then too...
     
  19. Rich

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    Well, if folks aren't bitchin', they ain't twitchin'. :lol:

    Rich
     
  20. Flyrx7

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    +1

    Amazing to see a lot of the Club Members and CE guys still acting like children whenever a proposed function doesn't suit them. I'd have thought that there would be some maturation since I've been here last. I guess some things never change.

    Frank

    (hope my punctuation and spelling are good enough for y'all)
     

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