First off, thanks for trying to make search better! The definition of better for me means that I have to do less work in less time to find what I was looking for.
Regarding this beta release, it is not better
The software takes 30-40 seconds to launch. Then it finally shows a Dominos Pizza ad at the top. In the gizmodo shots I saw, it looks like it will have links up there to other shows. What drives these links? Are they paid sponsorship as well or based on suggestions?
When it finally gets running, the cursor movement speed is ok until I cursor right into the show list. Then cursoring up or down through the list becomes too slow, presumably while it goes out to the net and loads the artwork and other information.
These new bells and whistles are nice, but I'd gladly throw the new ad-laden menu system away for what I had in a S1. It always responded to my key presses.
The HD text is pretty, but please don't use the excuse of going to HD to justify giving yourselves more space to pump ads onto our TiVo.