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Verizon FiOS Debuts New HD GUI

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Jeremy W, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Large Member DBSTalk Club

    Feb 5, 2009
    That was good :lol:. Yea, I've always wondered what the major big deal is about an HD GUI. Sure it would be pretty but the added functionality would be minimal. MAYBE you'd see another hour or so ahead in the guide but that wouldn't even be a sure thing.
  2. George_T

    George_T Legend

    Sep 19, 2002
    Having a wife that's visually impaired and who has trouble reading black type on a bright white background, that's not a good look for her particular situation. It would be nice if FIOS, D* and others would have multiple color display schemes that could be changed. I know my old RCA D* boxes from the mid to late '90's had multiple color schemes that could be set as the default. Would be nice if D* and others would offer this once again.
  3. DogLover

    DogLover Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    Well, another hour in the guide would be a good thing. The Fios layout had 2.5 hours, which is good. Of course it looks like they only have 5 lines of channels. That's not as good as we have now. I don't really like that they have the program description inline with the rest of the guide.
  4. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I think this is a big jump up for verizon; they've needed it since their GUI is, in my opinion, worse in most areas than ours.
  5. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Just to be clear....any improvement to the User Interface is not a bad thing.

    I just don't see them as mission-critical as others. They are also entitled to their alternative views on this topic. (Yes that was a pun :D)
  6. jefbal99

    jefbal99 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 7, 2007
    I thought the Chipsets would support a 16x9 SD GUI, but not an HD GUI...

    Maybe the newer HR23/24 have a chipset capable of HD GUI, but I don't think the H20/21/22 chipset will handle an HD GUI
  7. jpl

    jpl Hall Of Fame

    Jul 9, 2006
    Dave Zatz had a bit more info in his write-up of the new s/w. One glitch in Verizon's home media (multi-room) DVR is that currently you can only share from the one DVR that's specified as the home-media DVR to stand-alone STBs. There's no DVR to DVR sharing, nor can you specify more than one DVR as your home media DVR. It sounds like that's changing with this release. Not only will you have external storage activated (something they've needed to do for a LONG TIME), but they've enhanced that multi-room functionality.

    Apparently you'll no only be able to share DVR to DVR (if I read it right), but also grab from the external storage on any box in the house. So if I put expandable storage on, say, my DVR in the family room, I can access those recordings from my STB in the living room. No, it's not quite as good as having a biger harddrive, but it's a step in the right direction (until the newer boxes come out later this year).
  8. Hutchinshouse

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    An HDGUI has got to be my number one most wanted feature from DIRECTV. Same with the active channel and the game channel. I’d actually use those channels if they were in HD.

    Count me in on any HDGUI testing.
  9. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    It's certainly different than ours, so if you're a veteran HR user just trying it out, I can see why you'd feel that way. I'm over at my mom's and son's houses a lot, tho, and now that I'm used to their GUI, I like it a lot. I find it very intuitive
  10. BAHitman

    BAHitman Godfather

    Oct 23, 2007
    Austin Texas
    +1. she would be happy with wihte text on a black background (or dark blue). personally, so would I...
  11. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    I use it every day. It is not. Menu selections and other selections vary from clicking OK to using the right arrow randomly. I always find myself clicking the wrong one because you have to look to see if you should right arrow or click OK rather than just do it.

    It is alright but it is not better than the DirecTV GUI. Some people fall for flash. I find the current Fios GUI to be pretty bad.

    One thing I do like is that they have an option for showing a telephone pad picture for the search function. Makes it easier to remember what keys to push when using that type of search. Also can push it on the screen.

    As for the new GUI. It just looks like a wide screen different color version of what they already have. (BTW, Fios had a widescreen GUI and had to drop it; don't think it was HD...their current one is 4:3 unstretched.)
  12. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    I guess I think like their GUI programmers, then. :) Generally, don't they use click to select a menu subject area, and then right arrow to drill down to that menu's options? Once I understood that, it seemed natural to me.

    It's not unlike the HR's Setup menu, navigating through the tabbed headers under certain menu selections, e.g.
  13. jpl

    jpl Hall Of Fame

    Jul 9, 2006
    That's not correct. They never officially released a wide guide... not intentionally anyway. Here's what happened - on one series of their HD boxes (the moto QIP-7xxx series) all of a sudden folks started seeing a stretched guide. Per Verizon, that wasn't intentional. Apparently they were doing some testing with their s/w and inadvertently rolled out that change but again it only affected one series of their boxes. A subsequent release removed it.
  14. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    That VZ GUI is really beautiful. Applause to VZ. Silence and crickets to D*.
  15. jpl

    jpl Hall Of Fame

    Jul 9, 2006
    Not to pound this too hard, and I know this isn't a FiOS forum, but to all who said 'well, yeah, that's pretty and all, but come on... it's just a guide...' - there are lots of new features baked into this s/w release too - beyond the pretty new guide, e.g.:

    - eSATA expansion support
    - additional multi-room functionality (what I mentioned above)
    - DVD-like chapters baked into recordings (not sure how all this will be implemented)
    - Undelete functionality
    - additional support for streaming to other devices (e.g. they're creating an iPad ap, that will initially allow you to use an iPad as another TV - the decryption of programming will be done at the router, so the iPad will act as a stand-alone STB)
    - enhanced searching (e.g. addition of auto-complete)
    - chronological guide listings - meaning that you can see all the programs for a particular channel listed chronologically - I know... DirecTV has this... FiOS USED to have this (they don't now), but it has a nice twist to it - the horizontal channel lists.
    - the ability to actually purchase VOD permanently (nothing that I can ever see using, but hey, it's an enhancement).

    And then there's the 16x9 HD guide. This is a significant s/w update.
  16. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Those three in particular caught my eye.

    I wonder if they're sensing commercial breakes in order to insert bookmarks? That would be very cool, and not unlike one of our Top 10 Wish List requests. I'm paraphrasing, but something like "When doing a FFx3, automatically switch from FF to PLAY at the end of a commercial break."

    "Undelete" is another of our long-standing requests.

    I've always preferred Verizon's approach to search, especially when it comes to search results. E.g., with FiOS, a search for "A-L-<space>-P" not only finds Al Pacino and Al Punto, but it also finds Along Came Polly. I like that better, but understand other's MMV on that one.
  17. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    True, but I was really referring to the fact the the HR22 -> HR24 have plenty of space vs the FiOS standard drive in their DVR. For me, there is no need to add an external hard drive with DIRECTV.
  18. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    That fios guide has only 5 channels per page ?

    Dont like that at all.

    oh 7 - still not enough - too much waste of space on top - screw pip give me more channels per page.

    if its really 5 that totally sux.
  19. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Looks like 7 to me, unless you select a show as pictured.

    Plenty of room for the show description on top, tho. Designers..... arghhhhhh!

    Except for Stuart, of course! :)
  20. DogLover

    DogLover Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    All the pictures show a show selected. Are we sure that you can scroll through the guide without a show selected? Does it just highlight a show/channel until you press enter/select?

    Either way 7 is good, 5 is not.

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