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New Netflix App

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by rainwater, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    The new UI is up on my TiVo today, as well as my PS3. I haven't received the Roku 3 or Xbox 360 updates yet. Yes, it does feature Profiles and asks you to choose one before it starts (you can go to a menu afterwards to change to another). Hopefully it will stop asking if you choose the same one several times in a row. It's a bit different on the PS3; on the PS3 you bring up a menu with CIRCLE button and go directly to Search with TRIANGLE; on TiVo you scroll to the row above My List to see the menu. The menu includes Search (a magnifying glass), Kids, Profiles (the icon of the currently selected) and Settings (a cog); Settings is the menu you previously got to with UP UP DOWN DOWN LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT UP UP UP UP. From that menu you can see version information and run a network diagnostic, as well as log out of your Netflix account. If I had a family I think that I'd prefer that that menu remain harder to get to, though I'm sure that older kids would quickly learn how to get there. The menu on the Kids UI also contains that Settings item, which is just stupid inasmuch as you can "break" the player by logging out of your TiVo account, requiring the password to log back in. On the PS3 that menu additionally contains "Max", a useless little quiz that you can take to help you choose a title which fits your present mood; you take the quiz and it presents you with recommendations. "Max" is also available by scrolling through the library browser, a few rows down from My List.

    On the PS3 you get a big content ad to begin with; mine is for Sharknado. Press OK/SELECT and it'll take you to the menu for that title; scroll down to get to My List, which is where it starts out on TiVo. The top half of the screen is always consumed by information for the currently selected title, leaving only two rows of 5 cover thumbs visible. The information is a description of the title on the left with a slideshow of three shots from the title on the right. The cover thumbs are now 16x9 shaped. Hit PLAY and it'll start playing the selection, from where you left off if you'd played it before and not finished. Hit OK/SEL and it'll bring up the title menu. The title menu, for some reason, no longer contains "Play from beginning", something I'm sure will elicit complaints. The same is true of the Xbox player and has been for years so people will probably get used to it. TV series have an item for More Episodes which puts you in a list of seasons with a set of four episodes visible on the right with a poster thumb from the episode to the left of a description; if you select a season you can slide up and down through the list of episodes. I really wish that, when you select a title that's a series, it would replace the generic description of the series with a description of the currently selected episode but they sadly didn't do that; to get that current episode description you have to drill down to More Episodes. Weirdly, you just get a second different description of the series.

    During playback you can hit DOWN to see the scrub bar; hit DOWN again and you can select the Audio & Subtitles menu to change those things without pausing playback.

    The stream status info overlay (this) which comes up when you press INFO (DISPLAY or SELECT on PS3) no longer contains bit rate information on TiVo so you don't know which of two 480, 720 or 1080 Super HD encodes that you're seeing. It does not completely go away when you press INFO again; the audio and subtitle (if any) lines stay (TiVo only). That "feature" is not documented by Netflix anywhere; it's their debug tool, available for use as-is. If you hit DOWN and then INFO on the TiVo then the whole overlay goes away.
     
  2. g808

    g808 New Member

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    Is the new app coming to non-Roamio boxes, at least the Premieres?
     
  3. monkeydust

    monkeydust New Member

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    Hasn't shown up on my Elite yet
     
  4. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    The most recent update for the Premieres added the ability to run HTML5 apps. As of now only the YouTube app is using it, but I assume they play to switch the Netflix app over eventually as well.
     
  5. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    Unlikely. The Premiere's implementation of the Netflix UI is built on top of a no-longer-in-development Adobe Flash-based tool call AIR. Roamio's Netflix app runs on essentially a version of the Opera browser which contains HTML5 and the Webkit rendering engine.
     
  6. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    I'm sorry--I hadn't heard that (my Premiere's been unplugged). If true then maybe. I'll have to speak with my friend at TiVo about that.
     
  7. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    It's not maybe - it does run already. Via RPC call I was able to run HTML version of Netflix on my Premiere and Elite units with 20.3.7 software which has opera browser built in. I haven't tried today's HTML version yet but the previous one ran fine on series 4 units albeit much slower than on my Roamio Pro.
     
  8. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    After playing with it a little more I notice that they've retired the "Super HD" logo in the descriptions; all titles in HD are simply marked "HD". When the "Super HD" logo was there, a title marked simply "HD" was 720p-only.

    I also note that they've removed the "x of y" indicator from the browser row. You used to see that the title that you've selected was "5 of 75" for example; not anymore. The genre rows continue to be 75 titles long AFAICT.
     
  9. mrizzo80

    mrizzo80 Active Member

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    I like the new app so far.

    Might be nice if they would add a toggle in the Settings to enable/disable the top-of-screen graphic rotation -- a single static image would be fine with me. The rotation speed is also a bit fast IMO.
     
  10. nws alpine

    nws alpine New Member

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    After I got done telling my GF about the update coming she was watching netflix on the mini. I noticed the update here and launched it on the Roamio. I asked her if she noticed anything new. Her response was "Yeah it has the profile screen now. I selected your name". Looks like I will have settle with a messed up profile forever.
     
  11. apw2607

    apw2607 New Member

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    .. and the premier struggled to run the older UI, let alone this one. The Roamio seems to handle this new UI with ease. Its a marked improvement over the old one. Much more information rich.
     
  12. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    According to the press release this new UI is actually suppose to run better on low powered hardware.

    moyekj has a hack that allows him to use the new app on his Premiere, maybe he'll try it out for us and let us know how it runs.
     
  13. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    I'm impressed that they ported the Opera platform to Premiere; that's a huge mod to be making to last gen's platform at this point. I'll have to check it out when they get Netflix up and running on it. (Since I switched to my Roamio using the Premiere is difficult, since with it set up to use CableCARD, unlike the Series3, it insists on the CableCARD being installed. I had to set it to "antenna only" before I could transfer my list of Season Passes which screwed up those season passes a bit, changing the channels to OTA ones; I can't change them back for series which are currently in hiatus).
     
  14. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Should have used kmttg for the SP transfer. It can grab the SPs from any Premiere or Roamio and transfer them to another Premiere/Roamio while maintaining the order and even properly setting them up for shows not currently in the guide. It's 1000x better then trying to use the website.
     
  15. hamz9561

    hamz9561 New Member

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    For about a week, my Roamio started frequently dropping audio and video and then after about a second or two it continues where it dropped. None of my settings have changed and I have no problems on my WD Live streaming box with the same programming. It doesn't seem to matter what I'm watching on Netflix either. I'm a n00b here but have had TiVo boxes for over 7 years.
     
  16. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    We just got the update on our Roamio, and the menu looks great. But now it is inexplicably stretching a non-widescreen show. My daughter just put on the TV show Dinosaurs, and Netflix is stretching it to fill the screen.
     
  17. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    I just started playing an episode of that and it's not doing it to me. It was season 1 episode 2; any particular episode you're watching that's getting stretched?
     
  18. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    Huh...it's one that my daughter just turned on the first time after we got the new interface message tonight. It's off now, but I'm curious. I'll go and see what it was...
     
  19. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    Well, all of them it seems.

    I picked the same episode as you, sampled a few others. All stretched instead of pillarboxed.

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  20. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    This is what I'm seeing:


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    From near the beginning of S1:E3.

    Must be a TiVo setting somewhere. Are you sure you don't have "Settings->Video->Aspect Correction Mode" set to "Full"? (The ZOOM remote button does funny things in the new Netflix UI).
     

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