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What irritations have you noticed in the Roamio's UI?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by chrispitude, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. Dec 24, 2013 #1 of 111
    chrispitude

    chrispitude New Member

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    Edit: before I begin, let me say that the Roamio's UI is TiVo's best UI yet and I applaud their development effort for it. For me, it wouldn't take much to make it perfect for needs, and that's why I started this thread.

    I'll start off.


    1. In the Premiere's SD UI, when I had multiple episodes of a show, I was able to use "Channel Up" and "Channel Down" in the episode description page to move between them. I was able to quickly see all description information update (episode number, airing date, duration, etc.) as I moved through the shows.

    The Roamio UI shows most of the information in the truncated summary on the right (which is clever design!), but not all of it. When I select a show to see the full description in the UI, I wish I could still use "Channel Up" and "Channel Down" to move between them.


    2. Although the Roamio menus are impressively fast compared to the Premiere HD menus, there is still some lag before it completely renders all menu items. I noticed that if I move the selection cursor before the menu is finished rendering, it will force the cursor back to the original item when the menu render completes.

    To see this, go to My Shows, then find a list of episodes for a show. Go to the detailed information page for the first show. If you press "left" to to back to the episode list and immediately press "up" or "down" to move to another show, the cursor will be forced back to the original show if you beat the menu.

    Strangely, some shows redraw their menu very quickly and some do not.
     
  2. Dec 24, 2013 #2 of 111
    ADG

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    If you look hard enough, you can find fault with anything.
     
  3. Dec 24, 2013 #3 of 111
    chrispitude

    chrispitude New Member

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    This is why I'm a good engineer. However, these aren't things that I went looking for; they are things I noticed in normal operation.
     
  4. Dec 24, 2013 #4 of 111
    jeffosoft

    jeffosoft New Member

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    Thank you chrispitude

    This was exactly what i was looking for. The Tivo HD and Premiere .. was bad at times and near awful others.

    I appreciate you writing this.

    ADG - I appreciate you comment as well. But Honestly Its way past time to stop babying Tivo over there systems. They have issues that should have been worked out years ago

    No more excuses Tivo, I mean my premiere when I got it, the remote didnt work, They sent a new one right away (luckily I used my old remote from the tivo HD)

    About 8 months after I got it all the numbers and symbols wore off, the sad part is I rarely if ever use the numbers.. yet they were store worn off.

    My Past 4 tivo remotes, perfect no issues.

    So yea they have had quality issues in the past, hopefully though this is starting to be behind them.
     
  5. Dec 24, 2013 #5 of 111
    richbrew

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    This happens in the Premiere's HD UI also, and it drives me nuts. I often have a folder of episodes of a show where I have watched a few, and my wife hasn't. I would select one and use page up/down to flip through looking at episode numbers/descriptions to figure out where I left off. I hate having to go the long way around to get from one to the next. I love the advances made to the HD UI, but it was attention to those minor details that gave the original TiVo's such a fantastic user experience and put TiVo so far above other DVR's, so it sucks to see them being overlooked in the transition.
     
  6. Dec 24, 2013 #6 of 111
    ltxi

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    none worth mentioning
     
  7. Dec 24, 2013 #7 of 111
    Zu Nim

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    The time stamps on the left and right side of the progress bar aren't vertically centered.

    The Dolby indicator is yellow when looking at program info, but if you choose a stereo track it becomes a blue speaker icon. Inconsistent.

    When you're in the guide, the NEW and HD graphics aren't vertically aligned with the second line of the description of the currently selected program.

    Hardly anyone probably notices these things but they irritate me.

    Oh, and ads. So many pointless, unpleasant, redundant ads. ;)
     
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  9. Dec 25, 2013 #9 of 111
    pautler

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    Totally agree. I used to use that feature all the time on my old DirecTiVo, and really miss it on the Roamio.

    -Joe
     
  10. Dec 25, 2013 #10 of 111
    pgoelz

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    Related to this..... I find it irritating that with all the new screen real estate available in the HD UI, the program descriptions are STILL truncated when they show in the sidebar. To see the whole description you have to click through to the program itself. And then click back out to click to the next program.

    I know there are good design reasons for this, but it would be nice to be able to enable or disable things like the thumbnails at the top to leave more space for descriptions. Or allow the description area to move up (providing more space under it) if you disable the live view thumbnail in the "What To Watch Now" screen.

    Paul
     
  11. Dec 27, 2013 #11 of 111
    crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    I wish TiVo would change the menu animations. They are now the one thing slowing down the UI- having to wait for the fancy transition animation with each menu pick. I would want it turned off or swapped out for something at least twice as fast.

    Have made this suggestion to them several times now. It is the most irritating thing about the Roamio UI, to me, and it should be really easy to fix.
     
  12. Dec 27, 2013 #12 of 111
    Sixto

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    Bothers me that there's a slight sound cutout when entering TiVo Central. Don't have it with the Guide.
     
  13. Dec 29, 2013 #13 of 111
    mjcxp

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    Yep, this is extremely annoying.
     
  14. Dec 30, 2013 #14 of 111
    chrispitude

    chrispitude New Member

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    My wife actually asked why our Roamio does this. ("Good question, honey.")
     
  15. Dec 30, 2013 #15 of 111
    crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    I don't notice or care about that.

    But I get a 3/4 second sound dropout EVERY TIME I start to play a video (even after every pause/resume), which I very much notice. (I am using optical/toslink AC3). Don't remember that happening on my HD nor Premiere.
     
  16. Dec 30, 2013 #16 of 111
    dtivouser

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    This may simply be a personal problem, but when I'm watching a recorded show and press the Tivo button to do something, I'm not sure how to get back full screen to the program I was watching. The "live TV" button doesn't seem right to go back to a recorded show, but it seems to work. So that's my UI irritation.
     
  17. Dec 30, 2013 #17 of 111
    tatergator1

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    The "Zoom" button will always take the video in the preview window back to full screen, whether Live or recorded.
     
  18. Dec 30, 2013 #18 of 111
    jwbelcher

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    I'd like if Clear button still worked from the main Tivo Central menu. It seems Clear is now just a Delete shortcut.
     
  19. Dec 30, 2013 #19 of 111
    jwbelcher

    jwbelcher New Member

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    I also occasionally see video pauses when entering in Tivo Central. Again, don't have that prob with Guide. preview should be seamless
     
  20. Dec 31, 2013 #20 of 111
    ADG

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    This is not a Roamio specific anomaly. My Premier Elite and two S3's display the same behavior.
     

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