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Bring back the old Tivo guy's face!

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

  1. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    We're having a Freaky Friday (well, Saturday) event: when I hear "TiVo guy," I always think male and the assumption/use bugs me a bit (well, in a small fashion--it's all relative)--but I don't see an equivalent alternative. "TiVo dude" also seems male; and "TiVo figurine," well, no.

    ;)

    I would like the start-up videos back; they always make me smile, when I come across them. :) Great marketing--TiVo could rotate them and even have special, surprise holiday editions, a la Google.
     
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  2. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Yes! Wasn't that fun? I remember the start-up animation when I got my first two Tivos, and for quite some time, was like an acid trip or something - colors and fun with the plinky music. Good stuff! Then, the next one - I'll be darned if I've completely forgotten that one but I just remember that I liked it, maybe not as much. Then now - nothing. :(
     
  3. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    TiVo start-up animations (multiple): tivo animation - YouTube

     
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  4. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Oh yay! Thanks, Mike! :) I'm going to have to explore the others. That one on the upper right must have been before my time but I will have to view that one, too.
     
  5. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    Yeah, too bad they didn't continue the trend and include a separate audio track for those with surround sound, giving it the feel of one of those THX test clips.
     
  6. kujo999

    kujo999 New Member

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    Good point. That's is really what it looks like. No eyes, no mouth, no motion, just a surly Tivo Dude dissing us by turning his back on us. I know it sounds silly, but really who came up with this idea? It's sucked the fun and personality out of the Tivo experience. Please bring this back. Sort of related, I've been using Hydra for about 2 weeks. It is an improvement, but I still have to wonder, how is it possible for a company who were the pioneers in DVRs with plenty of year of practice in their corner come up with UIs that are just so average? I don't mean to slam Tivo, but really, I think you could hire someone fresh out of high school to design a more compelling UI.
     
  7. Furmaniac

    Furmaniac Active Member

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    ... And it's depressing to view YouTube videos about TiVo ... looking at the great encore TiVo screens, the yellow on blue, the larger fonts, the smaller pictures, the different folders in the My Show screen. It's sad to see all that gone :(
     
  8. Lurker1

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    Yikes! Seeing the original interface again almost makes me cry. I had nearly forgotten how much better TiVo used to be before it became washed out and hard to read. :(
     
  9. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    When power is applied to a series 4 or 5 (including Mini), the color logo appears for a few seconds. On a Mini VOX it has been replaced with a blank display for the same amount of time.
     
  10. Furmaniac

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    The only good thing about the new software is that the Vox remote search will bring up every old movie & TV show in their database and allow you to put a onesearch or a bookmark for the streaming apps. That's the only reason I'm not bringing back the old UI.
    By the way, this expanded Vox search has not even been documented by TiVo.
     
  11. LarryAtHome

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    Even the remote for my Bolt no longer has the TiVo guys face. Just a silver button.
     

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