9.1 GUI is too distracting

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by riffola, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. Oct 3, 2007 #1 of 25

    riffola New Member

    Dec 8, 2004


    My Series 2 TiVo upgraded to 9.1 last night and the GUi is distracting with it's bright blues and gradients and stuff. Too much colour all over. I wish TiVo would tone it down. I don't need a Web 2.0 TiVo, I want my TiVo to be TiVo-y.
  2. Oct 3, 2007 #2 of 25

    s2kdave New Member

    Jan 27, 2005
    funny, I didn't even notice it on my S2 at first because it's the same graphics that have been on my S3 since it was released. I'm glad the code is finally merged into one again. You'll get used to the graphics. They look nice in my opinion
  3. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    Mar 3, 2002
    Funny, a number of people have been complaining about how 'dull' and 'dated' the TiVo interface is starting to look compared to other boxes and software, like the new FiOS 2.0 software, and how TiVo really needed to spruce things up.
  4. gonzotek

    gonzotek tivo_xml developer

    Sep 24, 2004
    Darned if you do, darned if you don't. ;)

    I'd love to see the animated backgrounds change someday. I'm aware they've previously claimed that the way the backgrounds are designed makes them not easy to change, although that was prior to availability of all the video download features, other than MRV. It's possible things are different now.
  5. litkaj

    litkaj Member

    Jun 5, 2007
    Exton, PA


    Personally, I'd just like the icons to not stretch when my S3 is set to 16x9 output. For a device designed for HD you would have thought that, if they were going to stretch at all rather than have two sets of icons, that they would have done it for the people using 4x3...
  6. s2kdave

    s2kdave New Member

    Jan 27, 2005
    yeah, it would be nice if they would fix that. It's been long enough. The whole screen is stretched (minus the background), not just the icons. It's basically a 4x3 menu, but stretched over a video background.
  7. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.
    I haven't noticed much difference on 9.1, FWIW.
  8. TiVoPony

    TiVoPony New Member

    May 11, 2002

  9. MickeS

    MickeS Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    I have no problem with the basic design of the interface still, I like that it's not cluttered and that it's plain and straightforward.

    But the stretching is really bad. It doesn't use the screen real estate efficiently (even less so in 9.1, where information in the Now Playing list has been sacrificed in order to fit the Amazon Unbox logo in), and it just looks bad with all the stretched icons.
  10. s2kdave

    s2kdave New Member

    Jan 27, 2005
    Do you have any info on whether or not there is a plan to fix the stretched menus on 16x9 screens?

  11. TiVoPony

    TiVoPony New Member

    May 11, 2002
    There is no 'fix' required. What you're asking is whether there is a plan to re-implement the entire UI in HD. That's what would be required, the current implementation is what has been possible given the current code base.

    Something to consider for the future, but it's much larger than 'fixing a bug'. ;)

  12. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets TCF Bookie

    Jul 12, 2005
    East Hell
    I'm a pretty big fan of the new look.
    I have a S2, and don't have a widescreen TV, so it's all good...other than some hardware issues I'm attempting to work through.
  13. rodalpho

    rodalpho New Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    Yes, please.
  14. zaknafein

    zaknafein Shorthanded

    Jul 17, 2001
    Kansas City, MO
    I thought I was picky. I didn't even notice that the icons were stretched until looking very closely just now. The only indication is that the dots are slightly oblong, rather than perfectly circular.

    I can't see how that's an issue warranting a great deal of attention.
  15. Crrink

    Crrink Active Member

    Sep 2, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I don't think people are complaining that the circles are now ovals, I think they're unhappy that they can't take advantage of all the extra text that could be displayed if the HD TiVo's could render a 16x9 image rather than stretching a 4x3 image to fill the space.
  16. bubba1972

    bubba1972 Member

    Mar 28, 2005
    Why does my S2 flash aqua blue full screen before playing a selected recording now? Also that ugly color is the background while playing music.
  17. moonscape

    moonscape Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    SF Bay Area
    yeah, the blue splash screen is weird. it's okay, just different.

    the thing i care about is the slowdown i've experienced, hate it. the graphics i'll get used to ... the slowdown i don't wanna mellow into...
  18. Stormspace

    Stormspace Electrocuted by TiVo

    Apr 13, 2004
    Hartsville, SC
    I don't mind change, but the new color of the icons clash with the backgrounds on my S2's. If you are going to change the color scheme and graphics, do everything. As it is the neon colors don't look good at all on a red background. In fact they look a little washed out.

    As for re-implementing the entire UI in HD, how's about an SD UI in 16x9?
  19. jmoak

    jmoak Beware of Conky!

    Jun 20, 2000

    I was going to ask if there was a plan to fix the squished menus on 4x3 screens!
  20. lastdeadcat

    lastdeadcat 22 years in Alaska

    Mar 14, 2005
    Duvall, WA
    I have 9.1 on my three boxes. Two are 240's and one is a 540. I haven't noticed any real change in the graphics since the upgrade. The icons may be a little different, maybe bigger, and the scroll marks on the right edge aren't what they used to be.

    The background for the 240s' are different from that of the 540. So is the opening animation after a restart. The 240s' have a gears and ball pattern. The 540 has footlight and a tower. There colors are also different.

    They are still the same basic patterns as before the 9.1. All three indeed have 9.1 as indicated in the system info screens and by the fact that they all show up in MRV.

    Screen changes don't seems to be as snappy and before, but they seem to be getting faster. Maybe I am just getting used to them.

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