Bring back the old Tivo guy's face!

Discussion in 'TiVo Suggestion Avenue' started by kujo999, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. kujo999

    kujo999 New Member

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    What was the rationale for making the Tivo guy faceless and grey? It's so sad. If this was a design decision it was a bad one. Part of the fun of Tivo was the colorful Tivo Guy who would wiggle his attennae and tap his feet. But sadly no more.

    Was that a legal decision?

    If it is at all possible it would be great to have his personality black. The Tivo experience is so dull and lifeless now. I was hoping it would change with Hydra but he's still a shadow of his old self.

    So sad.
     
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  3. kujo999

    kujo999 New Member

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    LOL! The OTHER Tivo guy. :)
     
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  4. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    A company's perceived need to update (and/or, bureaucratic change)? "Modernization"? To try to be seen as "non-frivolous"? Design-wise, for simpler/less-expensive reproduction (only B&W/gray tones now)?
     
  5. bradleys

    bradleys It'll be fine....

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    It certainly doesn't meet a modern design standard. It is more like a children's doodle than the brand of a mature and serious technology company. Those colorful and childish brands were rather popular in the bubblegum neon 90's, but did not age well as technology and technology firms matured.

    Reminds me of Hot Tub Time Machine, the guys are skying down in their grey and black ski wear and everyone is wearing bright colorful 1980's ski wear.

    "Dude, is there some kind of retro thing going on here?"
     
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  6. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    I agree with the explanation. But dang, some frivolity and fun in life is good and deserves a place. :)
     
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  7. philco782

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    I like the old animation of the tivo man sliding down the slide then morphing between time periods and stuff, at one point there was a Godzilla type thing.

    It was modern, I mean, there was a Prius in the background :)


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  8. philco782

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    Hmm. Looking at videos on youtube, it seems my memory has morphed the Tivo HD and Tivo Premiere startup videos into one singular memory. LOL. I don't really remember an exact date, but somewhere along the line, my Premiere stopped playing the startup animation when it was power-cycled.

    Kinda sad, I thought the animation was cute.
     
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  9. philco782

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    Anyone know offhand what sequence of buttons need to be pressed to watch the startup animation?
     
  10. dswallow

    dswallow Save the Moderatоr TCF Club

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    It would have been nice to allow a few developers at TiVo to create a "classic" skin of the Hydra interface paying proper homage to the original graphic designs, and allow people to switch between the two. A "geek" mode, if you will.

    Or they could take the Tesla approach and have little differences unlock and appear on special occasions/holidays.

    Or perhaps a fee-based choice of UI styles...
     
  11. philco782

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    My Roku TV is like that. There are a few free skins, a few for a small payment, and it changes up the default skins for various holidays, there were snowmen and falling snow during December.
     
  12. Mikeguy

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    If it works for your box/model: TiVo + 0 (if I recall correctly, doesn't work on, e.g., the Bolt and Roamio)

    Secret TiVo Tips and Tweaks


    Less cool, but YouTube is a good playing source, and people have posted YouTube links/TiVo animation videos here as well.

    Walking TIVO Man
     
  13. rdrrepair

    rdrrepair Bill Knapp

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    Or... It's an attempt to appease "The Greys". A push to a neutral based gender ideology. Your pick :rolleyes:
     
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  14. Anotherpyr

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    It’s symbolic of what Rovi is doing to TiVo. It’s a shell of its former self.
     
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  15. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    What does the TiVo logo's face or not have to do with "neutral based gender ideology"?
     
  16. John Gillespie

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    I thought it was TiVO turning its back on their customers.
     
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  17. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    These threads are like weeds. I can't explain it. Too much free time?
     
  18. rdrrepair

    rdrrepair Bill Knapp

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    almost every post, in multiple threads, have called the rendering a guy, dude, man, etc. I was shining a light, while making lite, of that fact. Why call the TiVo insignia anything gender based at all? It's simply a logo made by a company who decided it was time to refresh their brand as they see fit. Labeling it any other way sounds weird to me.
     
  19. Mikeguy

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    I think it's a facet of the English language: we don't have a short, gender-neutral term for a personification--"person" might be the shortest (although some people would say that "guy," especially when used in the plural, is an option). And the logo does have legs, and used to have a face, and so the anthropomorphizing seems a natural, which we seem to like to do (Dory the fish does not really speak English). But there often does seem to have been a default in language to the masculine singular when gender has been unknown, changing in the past more recent years, to a degree.
     
  20. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I grew in CA, FWIW, and phrases like 'you guys' or 'hey, guys', etc, were pretty much gender neutral. I've heard some (very few) women being offended by this, but not I nor anybody I really know.

    When I've seen 'Tivo guy' I've never actually thought 'man'.

    Not that any of this really matters. ;) I did like the Tivo guy having a face and I really thought the animated start up bits were really cute and fun. I have missed both of those things. I don't fret it, however.
     
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