Gadget show reviewing TiVo v SkyHD

Discussion in 'VirginMedia TV with TiVo - UK' started by Major dude, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. cyril

    cyril Active Member

    Sep 5, 2001
    London UK


    Yeah - Jon Bentley is so used to his sky+ he doesn't fully realise what TiVo can do. I guess he's forgotten that going to the planner requires guide and green which are inconveniently located on the sky remote and requires 2 presses for one of the most used actions.His complaint about the TiVo remote is nothing compared to that fault! I prefer the TiVo remote overall, and once the qwerty remote arrives its no contest
  2. kmusgrave

    kmusgrave New Member

    Oct 13, 2000
    Isleworth, UK
    You can get to the planner on Sky with 1 button - Play

    I personally prefer the Sky remote to the Vm peanut. The original peanut was a lot better.
  3. cyril

    cyril Active Member

    Sep 5, 2001
    London UK
    I was thinking more about the to do list which you have to go to the planner and then page down on as pressing play only goes to last watched. I guess it's not such a problem unless you have dozens of show and dozens scheduled to record like I used to.

    Agreed though that the new TiVo peanut is not as well thought out as the old TiVo one, but the new slide out qwerty remote should be neat.

    Being colour blind the over use of the coloured buttons in the sky interface doesn't help.
  4. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

    Mar 3, 2002
    Can anyone in the UK rip the video so those of us outside of the UK can see it? Damn geographical restrictions.
  5. cwaring

    cwaring VM Tivo User

    Feb 11, 2002


    My pleasure. Though I don't know how long it will be available for :D
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  6. Tony Hoyle

    Tony Hoyle Geek

    Apr 1, 2002
    Sky also had the rather convoluted way of getting to HD channels.. Not only did you have to do Guide/Green but then you then had to press the red button to get to them.

    Even they could see how stupid that was and they removed that requirement in an update eventually.

    Generally though I'd criticise Sky on reliability rather than UI - I lost count of the number of programmes failed due to 'power cut'... and the way it deleted series links - seemingly at random - got on my nuts.

    The Tivo would be a lot better if VM hadn't grafted their overcomplex menu structure from the V+ onto it.. I never understood why you had to have about a dozen different 'catchup' menus each containing basically the same thing, when 1 menu with a search would have done.

    Somewhat agree on the peanut (although John Bentley was barking.. there's never a *need* to use Clear, as it's just a shortcut, and having it out of the way stops accidental presses). The S1 peanut had just the right number of buttons.. adding more doesn't help.
  7. Brangdon

    Brangdon New Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    Nottingham, UK
    I dislike the peanut remote so much that I don't use it. I have a One For All instead. And Clear is one of the more frequently used buttons. (And to make a short-cut key hard to access surely defeats the object.)

    Although I agreed with most of Jon's criticisms, it seemed to me most of them were cosmetic, and the core functionality was better in TiVo. I hope VM/TiVo take his comments on board. They really need to do better with the UI.

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