Grid Guide or Live Guide - What is your preference?

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Grid Guide or Live Guide - What is your preference

  1. Grid Guide

    50 vote(s)
    46.7%
  2. Live Guide

    57 vote(s)
    53.3%
  1. CoxInPHX

    CoxInPHX COX Communications

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    There have been a few polls in the past, but I wanted to get a fresh perspective.
     
  2. CoxInPHX

    CoxInPHX COX Communications

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    Those viewing the thread and not voting, does that mean you do not have a preference?
     
  3. mlsnyc

    mlsnyc Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I go back and forth but I like the Live Guide better.
     
  4. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    Those voting but not viewing have nothing to add. :)
     
  5. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    I won't rule out that since we've been using it since 2000, it could just be that we're more use to it. :)

    Of course we also rarely use the guide.

    Scott
     
  6. UCLABB

    UCLABB Well-Known Member

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    I mostly use the guide on my iOS apps which are in the Live Guide Style and my boxes are set to live guide.

    IMO, the grid guide seems to appeal to someone simply looking for something to watch, channel surfing. I never do that.

    The live guide seems suitable for someone looking for an upcoming specific program on a specific channel.
     
  7. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    I voted for the live guide, but I don't use the guide much. Being OTA I used to just set recordings each fail and that was about it. Now I do have to pay a little more attention as they start new shows throughout the year including a summer season, but still pretty don't use the guide much.
     
  8. osu1991

    osu1991 Well-Known Member

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    I prefer grid guide on tv but I use live guide on the iOS apps
     
  9. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I actually had to look to see what the one I use is called. D'oh! It's 'Tivo Live Guide'. I've hit the wrong button in the past that changed it to the other one and I found that very unappealing.
     
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  10. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    One must ponder why all the internet guides I've found are the grid type, and there's no option for the Live Guide with TiVo Online.
     
  11. Nickipedia

    Nickipedia Nick of Time

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    Great idea!
     
  12. CoxInPHX

    CoxInPHX COX Communications

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    ;) ;) :praying:
     
  13. moonscape

    moonscape Member

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    In my case I didn't know what the one I use is called - have used it forever because I never liked the other one.

    Live guide!
     
  14. KDeFlane

    KDeFlane Active Member

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    Same here. Not casting a vote because I don't know what is being asked. I use the guide that comes up over a live broadcast when I press the Guide button. Is that configurable? How else would someone access a guide if not on Live viewing?

    I see two columns: on the left is a list of current shows on all channels, and on the right is a list of upcoming shows on the single channel at the top of the left list. And this is all in text, no icons, no images, on a Premiere using SD-menus. Simple and efficient for my needs. Both columns scroll down -- i dislike the horizontal guides i've seen on other systems.
     
  15. NJ Webel

    NJ Webel Member

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    Live guide:

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    Grid guide:

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  16. MHunter1

    MHunter1 TiVo Bug Hunter

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    My daily TiVo routine includes browsing the Grid Guide's prime time 8-11pm slots for new programs to record. It's the primary way I find pilot episodes or one-time specials, and also a good way to see if a program I expected to record is TBA due to faulty Rovi guide data.
     
  17. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

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    When I first got TiVo 3.5 years ago, the Live Guide was the default and I didn't know you could change it. At first I didn't like it, but it grew on me to the point where when I found out that you could change it to the grid guide I just kept it on live guide instead.
     
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  18. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

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    Each serves a different purpose, in other words, you're comparing apples and oranges. So there is no preferring one to the other. If you want to see all upcoming programs on several channels in a single view, that's impossible on the Live guide. If you want to see many hours of upcoming programs on a single channel in a single view, that's impossible on the Grid guide. I use whichever one serves the purpose at the time. Preference doesn't come into play when only one option serves the desired purpose.
     
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2017
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  19. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    I prefer the guide that uses data from Nielsen. :D
     
  20. fburgerod

    fburgerod Member

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    Live guide exclusively. Just feels more comfortable.
     

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